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Capital One Cup

Vicarage Road Stadium (ATT 6,434) 24th August 2010 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: P Crossley

Watford Watford vs Notts County Notts Co

Watford 1

T Deeney (78)


Notts Co 2

B Davies (46)
K Smith (67)

Hornets stung by Magpies

County send Watford crashing at the second round stage

Last Updated: 24/08/10 10:10pm

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Davies: Fantastic free-kick

Davies: Fantastic free-kick

Notts County claimed a prized scalp in the Carling Cup second round as they dumped out second tier Watford.

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Ben Davies and Kevin Smith helped the Magpies to a shock win at Vicarage Road.

Troy Deeney did pull one back for the hosts late on, but it proved to be nothing more than a consolation for the Hornets.

The Championship side flew out of the traps and only the post denied Stephen McGinn from breaking the deadlock with a header in the fourth minute.

Magpies keeper Stuart Nelson had to be at his best to deny long-range efforts from Will Buckley and Marvin Sordell as Watford looked to be in the ascendancy.

Sordell spurned a gilt-edged chance to put the Hornets in front after 19 minutes when he dallied in putting the ball into an empty net after rounding Nelson and was superbly tackled by John Thompson.

Following a lull in action, McGinn forced another fine save from Stuart Nelson on the stroke of half-time.


The hosts were made to pay for their failure to convert one of their several first-half chances when County opened the scoring just seconds after the interval.

After Deeney had fouled Smith, Davies' superb 30-yard free-kick whistled into the bottom corner of the net to leave the home fans stunned.

Galvanised by the goal, Craig Short's men were no longer on the back-foot and though Nelson again denied Sordell, Smith doubled his side's lead in the 67th minute.

Shortly after coming off the bench, Craig Westcarr's chip into the box was headed in by the County striker.

However, Deeney halved the deficit with a goal on his debut 12 minutes from time when he headed in from Danny Graham's cross.

Graham missed the target from close range and Sordell was again foiled by Nelson as the visitors held on for the win.

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