Championship side Watford were given little cause for concern by League Two Bristol Rovers as they swept into the second round of the Capital One Cup.

The Hornets took the lead when Sean Murray robbed the hosts' Lee Brown and slipped the ball past Steve Mildenhall.

Murray turned provider when his corner found Gabriele Angella for the second, before converting Javier Acuna's cut-back for the visitors' third.

Eliot Richards fired home for Rovers but could not spark a comeback.

The prospect of an upset always seemed slim, with Watford opening their league campaign with a win over Birmingham on Saturday at the same time as injury-hit Bristol Rovers, missing nine first-team players, were beaten by Exeter.

And Republic of Ireland Under-21 international Murray took the chance to shine after David Clarkson had hit the post after five minutes in a rare Rovers attack.

Murray's low angled effort found the net to register his first of the season and match his goal tally for the entire 2012-13 season.

Angella's routine far-post header was followed by Murray's confident first-time shot from 15 yards to put Watford three clear and the match out of sight for the hosts.

Richards's neat swivel to sweep home Tom Lockyer's knockdown gave the home fans something to cheer but Watford kept control through to the final whistle.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Bristol Rovers manager John Ward told BBC Radio Bristol:

"When we were 3-0 down I thought 'don't wobble now' as it would have been irretrievable.

"We found a goal which was great for us and it gave us a lift.

"At half-time we asked them to go and play how we play, not how Watford play.

"The boys on the pitch responded well and we came out with some credit."

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Tuesday, 6 August 2013

League Cup

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Bristol Rovers 1-3 Watford FT
(HT 1-3)
  • Richards 41
  • Murray 19
  • Angella 30
  • Murray 35

Bristol Rovers

  • 01 Mildenhall
  • 02 Smith
  • 06 Parks
  • 14 Brown
  • 29 McChrystal
  • 15 Norburn
  • 17 Harrison
  • 30 Lockyer (Harding 74)
  • 32 O'Toole
  • 07 Clarkson (Santos 69)
  • 10 Richards (Hunter 81)

Substitutes

  • 20 Gough,
  • 34 Keary,
  • 35 Southway,
  • 31 Hunter,
  • 33 Santos,
  • 18 Harding

Watford

  • 30 Bond
  • 02 Brown
  • 04 Angella (Doyley 46)
  • 06 Ekstrand
  • 07 Battocchio (Abdi 74)
  • 16 Murray
  • 18 Pudil yellow card
  • 19 Faraoni (Cassetti 54)
  • 28 Smith
  • 15 Acuna
  • 20 Fabbrini yellow card

Substitutes

  • 01 Almunia,
  • 12 Doyley,
  • 27 Cassetti,
  • 22 Abdi,
  • 32 O'Nien,
  • 11 Forestieri,
  • 26 Mensah
Ref: SheldrakeAtt: 4,875
BRISTOL ROVERS
WATFORD

Possession

  • Bristol Rovers 47%
  • Watford 53%

Attempts on target

  • Bristol Rovers 5
  • Watford 7

Attempts off target

  • Bristol Rovers 8
  • Watford 3

Corners

  • Bristol Rovers 1
  • Watford 4

Fouls

  • Bristol Rovers 5
  • Watford 9
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+3:18 The referee ends the match.
  • 90:00+2:49 Free kick taken by Steve Mildenhall.
  • 90:00+2:30 Corner from the left by-line taken by Almen Abdi.
  • 90:00+2:05 Header at goal by Javi Acuna Caballero. Parried by Steve Mildenhall back into danger.
  • 90:00+1:58 Marco Cassetti produces a cross.
  • 90:00+1:18 Shot by Oliver Norburn went wide of the left-hand upright.
  • 90:00+1:11 Mitch Harding sends in a cross.
  • 89:40 Marco Cassetti makes a clearance.
  • 89:36 The ball is sent over by Alefe Santos.
  • 88:38 Clearance made by Connor Smith.
  • 86:10 Clearance by Tom Parkes.
  • 86:07 Corner from the left by-line taken by Almen Abdi.
  • 85:36 Shot by Diego Fabbrini. Steve Mildenhall parries the ball but the danger is not over.
  • 84:41 Almen Abdi sends in a cross.
  • 82:01 Diego Fabbrini takes a shot and went wide right of the goal.
  • 80:56 Substitution Eliot Richards leaves the field to be replaced by Shaquille Hunter.
  • 80:31 Shot by Eliot Richards went wide of the left-hand upright.
  • 78:51 Alefe Santos produces a cross.
  • 77:07 The ball is sent over by Marco Cassetti.
  • 76:47 John-Joe O'Toole takes the chance to get an effort at goal.
  • 76:32 Lloyd Doyley makes a clearance.
  • 76:27 The ball is sent over by Michael Smith.
  • 76:18 Steve Mildenhall restarts play with the free kick.
  • 75:38 Booking
  • 75:38 The referee shows Daniel Pudil a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
  • 74:43 Oliver Norburn takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Jonathan Bond catches the ball.
  • 74:39 Clearance made by Lloyd Doyley.
  • 74:33 The ball is swung over by Alefe Santos.
  • 74:11 Sean Murray crosses the ball in from the free kick.
  • 73:45 Substitution Mitch Harding replaces Tom Lockyer.
  • 73:30 Substitution Almen Abdi is brought on as a substitute for Cristian Battocchio.
  • 73:06 Unfair challenge on Javi Acuna Caballero by Tom Parkes results in a free kick.
  • 71:22 Tom Parkes makes a clearance.
  • 71:18 Centre by Sean Murray.
  • 68:10 Substitution David Clarkson leaves the field to be replaced by Alefe Santos.
  • 67:00 Clearance made by Sean Murray.
  • 66:51 Free kick taken by Oliver Norburn.
  • 66:22 Eliot Richards fouled by Joel Ekstrand, the ref awards a free kick.
  • 66:16 Tom Lockyer makes a clearance.
  • 66:12 The ball is sent over by Diego Fabbrini.
  • 65:24 Free kick crossed by Oliver Norburn.
  • 64:54 Unfair challenge on Ellis Harrison by Marco Cassetti results in a free kick.
  • 62:26 Daniel Pudil takes the free kick.
  • 62:22 The referee blows for offside.
  • 60:40 Diego Fabbrini takes a shot. A parry by Steve Mildenhall prevents the goal.
  • 59:22 John-Joe O'Toole has an effort at goal and missed to the left of the target.
  • 59:02 Jonathan Bond restarts play with the free kick.
  • 58:58 The assistant referee flags for offside against John-Joe O'Toole.
  • 58:25 Ellis Harrison takes a shot.
  • 58:15 Daniel Pudil makes a clearance.
  • 57:10 Steve Mildenhall restarts play with the free kick.
  • 56:59 Sean Murray gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on David Clarkson.
  • 55:06 Clearance made by Marco Cassetti.
  • 54:58 The ball is swung over by Michael Smith.
  • 54:51 Clearance made by Reece Brown.
  • 54:47 Oliver Norburn crosses the ball in from the free kick.
  • 54:31 Lloyd Doyley concedes a free kick for a foul on Ellis Harrison.
  • 53:37 Jonathan Bond takes the free kick.
  • 53:07 Substitution Marco Cassetti comes on in place of Marco Faraoni.
  • 52:46 The official flags Oliver Norburn offside.
  • 52:11 Ellis Harrison produces a cross.
  • 51:42 John-Joe O'Toole heads at goal. Jonathan Bond catches the ball.
  • 51:36 Free kick crossed by Oliver Norburn.
  • 51:27 Unfair challenge on Michael Smith by Javi Acuna Caballero results in a free kick.
  • 50:42 Eliot Richards takes a shot. Jonathan Bond safely holds on.
  • 50:22 Oliver Norburn takes the free kick.
  • 50:05 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on John-Joe O'Toole by Reece Brown.
  • 48:22 Ellis Harrison takes a weak shot and went wide of the left-hand post.
  • 48:11 Oliver Norburn sends in a cross.
  • 45:01 The referee starts the second half.
  • 45:01 Substitution Lloyd Doyley comes on in place of Gabriele Angella.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+2:19 The ref blows to end the first period.
  • 45:00+2:09 Steve Mildenhall takes the free kick.
  • 45:00+1:54 Marco Faraoni is adjudged to have handled the ball.
  • 45:00+1:23 Free kick taken by Steve Mildenhall.
  • 45:00+0:49 Diego Fabbrini booked for unsporting behaviour.
  • 45:00+0:49 Booking
  • 45:00+0:44 Foul by Diego Fabbrini on Oliver Norburn, free kick awarded.
  • 45:00 Cristian Battocchio takes the free kick.
  • 44:52 Michael Smith challenges Daniel Pudil unfairly and gives away a free kick.
  • 44:25 John-Joe O'Toole takes a shot. Jonathan Bond safely holds on.
  • 42:09 Shot by Javi Acuna Caballero went over the bar.
  • 40:04 GOAL - Eliot RichardsBristol Rovers 1 - 3 Watford Eliot Richards scores with their right foot. Bristol Rovers 1-3 Watford.
  • 39:51 Corner from the left by-line taken by Oliver Norburn.
  • 37:37 Lee Brown produces a cross.
  • 36:35 Oliver Norburn takes the free kick.
  • 36:28 Diego Fabbrini challenges Oliver Norburn unfairly and gives away a free kick.
  • 34:28 Assist by Javi Acuna Caballero.
  • 34:28 GOAL - Sean MurrayBristol Rovers 0 - 3 Watford Sean Murray scores with their right foot. Bristol Rovers 0-3 Watford.
  • 33:38 Sean Murray fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick over the bar.
  • 32:48 Tom Parkes gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Javi Acuna Caballero.
  • 29:20 The assist for the goal came from Sean Murray.
  • 29:20 GOAL - Gabriele AngellaBristol Rovers 0 - 2 Watford Gabriele Angella heads the ball into the goal. Bristol Rovers 0-2 Watford.
  • 29:11 Corner taken by Sean Murray from the right by-line.
  • 28:55 Javi Acuna Caballero sends in a cross.
  • 27:45 Clearance made by Mark McChrystal.
  • 27:41 The ball is sent over by Cristian Battocchio.
  • 25:34 A cross is delivered by Diego Fabbrini.
  • 22:02 A cross is delivered by Marco Faraoni.
  • 19:11 Marco Faraoni restarts play with the free kick.
  • 19:00 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Marco Faraoni by Ellis Harrison.
  • 18:04 Assist by Marco Faraoni.
  • 18:04 GOAL - Sean MurrayBristol Rovers 0 - 1 Watford Sean Murray scores with a right foot finish. Bristol Rovers 0-1 Watford.
  • 17:01 Eliot Richards takes a shot and went wide right of the net.
  • 16:39 David Clarkson takes a shot and bounced off the post.
  • 14:47 Sean Murray takes the free kick.
  • 14:10 Tom Parkes challenges Diego Fabbrini unfairly and gives away a free kick.
  • 13:18 David Clarkson delivers the ball.
  • 12:05 The ball is delivered by Ellis Harrison.
  • 11:51 Tom Parkes manages to make a clearance.
  • 11:47 The ball is swung over by Daniel Pudil.
  • 11:08 Clearance by Steve Mildenhall.
  • 11:02 Corner taken by Daniel Pudil.
  • 10:26 Javi Acuna Caballero has an effort at goal. Steve Mildenhall parries the ball but the danger is not over.
  • 9:29 Ellis Harrison produces a cross.
  • 6:55 Clearance by Gabriele Angella.
  • 6:44 The ball is delivered by Lee Brown.
  • 6:08 Gabriele Angella manages to make a clearance.
  • 5:59 Free kick crossed by Oliver Norburn.
  • 5:39 Unfair challenge on Eliot Richards by Reece Brown results in a free kick.
  • 0:00 The match gets underway.

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