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Watford beat Sunderland to reach the FA Cup quarter-finals
5:30am Saturday 15th February 2014 in Sport
Saturday, February 15, 2003
Watford beat top flight strugglers Sunderland 1-0 at the Stadium of Light to qualify for the FA Cup quarter-finals.
The pivotal moment of the game came in the 65th minute, when referee Mike Dean awarded Watford a soft penalty after Jason McAteer's arm struck Heidar Helguson, and then ordered a retake after Sunderland keeper Thomas Sorensen moved early to block Tommy Smith's first attempt.
Smith retained his composure and converted the retake to extend a particularly welcome cup run.
Reproduced by kind permission of Matt Rowson from his book, Watford FC On This Day