EFL Cup - Second Round
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Preston North End 1-0 Watford

Marnick Vermijl celebrates
Marnick Vermijl is on loan at Preston from Sheffield Wednesday

Championship Preston reached round three of the Capital One Cup as Marnick Vermijl's goal saw off Premier League Watford, who finished with 10 men.

Defender Vermijl, on loan from Sheffield Wednesday, scored from inside the box after Josh Brownhill's eighth-minute shot had been blocked.

It was enough to condemn the Hornets to a first defeat this season.

Watford debutant Miguel Britos received a straight red card with 15 minutes left for an elbow on Bailey Wright.

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Flores on Preston v Watford

With Saturday's trip to leaders Manchester City in mind, the Hornets made 11 changes to the side that started Sunday's 0-0 draw with Southampton.

But Quique Sanchez Flores' understudies failed to impress as Preston sealed a deserved win.

Watford finally began to exert some pressure as the second half wore on, but Britos's dismissal after the Uruguayan had gone up for a corner halted the Hornets' momentum, and Preston were able to see out the final 15 minutes with relative ease.

They came close to adding to their lead when former Watford striker Joe Garner saw a long-range effort deflected narrowly wide.

Line-ups

Preston

  • 1Pickford
  • 5Clarke
  • 23Huntington
  • 6Wright
  • 15WoodsBooked at 34mins
  • 2Vermijl
  • 22Brownhill
  • 8Kilkenny
  • 16Browne
  • 14GarnerSubstituted forBeckfordat 84'minutes
  • 17ReidBooked at 64minsSubstituted forHumphreyat 84'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Humphrey
  • 10Beckford
  • 11Johnson
  • 12Gallagher
  • 19Welsh
  • 20Davies
  • 43Kirkland

Watford

  • 34Arlauskis
  • 14Paredes
  • 3BritosBooked at 75mins
  • 4Angella
  • 16Aké
  • 23Watson
  • 28SmithSubstituted forBerghuisat 59'minutes
  • 11Forestieri
  • 22Abdi
  • 19Layun
  • 10VydraBooked at 39mins

Substitutes

  • 13Gilmartin
  • 18Pudil
  • 20Berghuis
  • 27Belkalem
  • 31Hoban
  • 33Dyer
Referee:
Steve Martin
Attendance:
6,250

Match Stats

Home TeamPrestonAway TeamWatford
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home8
Away6
Shots on Target
Home2
Away1
Corners
Home6
Away4
Fouls
Home12
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Preston North End 1, Watford 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Preston North End 1, Watford 0.

Attempt missed. Ben Watson (Watford) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.

Foul by Paul Huntington (Preston North End).

Matej Vydra (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Chris Humphrey (Preston North End) right footed shot from long range on the right is close, but misses to the left.

Foul by Jermaine Beckford (Preston North End).

Fernando Forestieri (Watford) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Jermaine Beckford replaces Joe Garner.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Chris Humphrey replaces Kyel Reid.

Joe Garner (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Gabriele Angella (Watford).

Neil Kilkenny (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Steven Berghuis (Watford).

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Gabriele Angella.

Attempt blocked. Joe Garner (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Kyel Reid (Preston North End) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.

Dismissal

Miguel Britos (Watford) is shown the red card for violent conduct.

Corner, Watford. Conceded by Jordan Pickford.

Attempt saved. Ben Watson (Watford) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the right is saved in the top left corner.

Attempt missed. Kyel Reid (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Hand ball by Ben Watson (Watford).

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Fernando Forestieri.

Foul by Steven Berghuis (Watford).

Tom Clarke (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Kyel Reid (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Juan Carlos Paredes (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kyel Reid (Preston North End).

Attempt missed. Kyel Reid (Preston North End) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Attempt blocked. Juan Carlos Paredes (Watford) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Watford. Steven Berghuis replaces Connor Smith.

Foul by Tom Clarke (Preston North End).

Almen Abdi (Watford) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Kyel Reid (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Corner, Watford. Conceded by Tom Clarke.

Foul by Ben Watson (Watford).

Joe Garner (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Matej Vydra (Watford).

Neil Kilkenny (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Joe Garner (Preston North End) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

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