Watford beat Sunderland to reach the FA Cup quarter-finals

On this date in Watford FC's history

On this date in Watford FC's history

First published in Watford FC News

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

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