EFL Cup - First Round
StevenageStevenage0WatfordWatford1

Stevenage 0-1 Watford

Lloyd Dyer

Lloyd Dyer scored his first goal for Watford as they overcame Stevenage to reach the League Cup second round.

The League Two side almost took a surprise lead when Charlie Lee's 25-yard strike cannoned against the post.

But the visitors took a 52nd-minute lead when Fernando Forestieri fed Diego Fabbrini, who unselfishly squared to Dyer to leave him with a tap in.

Hornets goalkeeper Jonathan Bond saved superbly from Darius Charles before Dyer hit the crossbar late on.

Stevenage manager Graham Westley told BBC Three Counties Radio:

"We did a lot of running in that first 20-25 minutes just trying to stay in the game and energy levels would have been sapped by the amount of work that we did and certainly in the last 10 minutes when we were looking to press for the equaliser, we were just a little bit off the normal pace we would expect to have.

"But credit to the lads. Five players who were in non-league football last year were playing out in our starting XI and they acquitted themselves very well and showed the potential that they have got.

"With a little bit of learning, a little bit of detail, a little bit of improved organisation, I think we can expect to go on and build on tonight."

Watford coach Alex Chamberlain told BBC Three Counties Radio:

"We were expecting it to be a really tough game and we got what we were expecting.

"They had opportunities, they hit the post early on from a strike outside the box.

"But half-time came at a good time but second half we scored a very good goal and, although they had some pressure towards the end, we saw it out."

Line-ups

Stevenage

Formation 3-5-2

  • 1Beasant
  • 19Wells
  • 3DembeleBooked at 73mins
  • 4Worley
  • 22Lee
  • 23OkimoSubstituted forDeaconat 56'minutes
  • 11PettSubstituted forAshtonat 81'minutesBooked at 89mins
  • 6BondBooked at 53mins
  • 7Whelpdale
  • 9Charles
  • 14MarriottSubstituted forCalcuttat 80'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Ashton
  • 15Calcutt
  • 16Day
  • 27Johnson
  • 34Deacon

Watford

Formation 4-4-2

  • 30Bond
  • 17Tamas
  • 3Munari
  • 12DoyleySubstituted forEkstrandat 29'minutes
  • 18PudilBooked at 39mins
  • 24IghaloSubstituted forVydraat 84'minutes
  • 23Dyer
  • 31Hoban
  • 5Andrews
  • 11Forestieri
  • 19FabbriniSubstituted forMurrayat 81'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Gomes
  • 6Ekstrand
  • 16Murray
  • 20Vydra
  • 27Doherty
  • 28Smith
  • 33Johnson
Referee:
Carl Berry
Attendance:
3,989

Match Stats

Home TeamStevenageAway TeamWatford
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home11
Away9
Shots on Target
Home4
Away2
Corners
Home10
Away6
Fouls
Home17
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Stevenage 0, Watford 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Stevenage 0, Watford 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Sam Beasant (Stevenage) header from very close range misses to the right.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Tommy Hoban.

  5. Post update

    Andy Bond (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Keith Andrews (Watford).

  7. Post update

    Corner, Watford. Conceded by Jon Ashton.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Darius Charles (Stevenage).

  9. Post update

    Lloyd Dyer (Watford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  10. Booking

    Jon Ashton (Stevenage) is shown the yellow card.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Watford. Conceded by Jon Ashton.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Connor Calcutt (Stevenage).

  13. Post update

    Daniel Pudil (Watford) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Connor Calcutt (Stevenage).

  15. Post update

    Daniel Pudil (Watford) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  16. Post update

    Darius Charles (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Daniel Pudil (Watford).

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Watford. Matej Vydra replaces Odion Ighalo.

  19. Post update

    Lloyd Dyer (Watford) hits the bar with a left footed shot from the centre of the box.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Watford. Sean Murray replaces Diego Fabbrini.