A goal from Lloyd Dyer helped Watford complete a 1-0 win against Stevenage in the Capital One Cup first round

Dyer goal helps Watford struggle past Stevenage

Dyer goal helps Watford struggle past Stevenage

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The match won’t live long in the memory of many Watford supporters but the Hornets booked their place in the Capital One Cup second round after completing a 1-0 victory against Stevenage.

The Hornets weren't at their best for the majority of the first round tie and they were ponderous in possession, especially in the first half. 

But a second half goal from Lloyd Dyer secured their place in the next round. The winger finished off a swift counter attacking move midway through the second period after good work from Diego Fabbrini and Fernando Forestieri.

After Saturday’s 3-0 win against Bolton Wanderers, Hornets head coach Beppe Sannino said he would make changes to his side. The Italian was true to his word.

There were nine in total as Jonathan Bond, Lloyd Doyley and Tommie Hoban came into the defence alongside the only survivors from the weekend victory, central defender Gabriel Tamas and left-back Daniel Pudil.

Keith Andrews made his Hornets debut in midfield alongside Gianni Munari while Fabbrini and Dyer started on the right and left flanks respectively. Forestieri partnered debutant Odion Ighalo up front.

The opening period of the contest was scrappy but the Hornets did look threatening when they sporadically attacked.

Forestieri had the first chance of the contest. The little Argentine received a pass on the edge of the area, made space to shoot but could only guide his effort over. Munari then followed suit soon after.

Stevenage had offered little going forward in the opening ten minutes but almost went in front from their first attack of note.

Neat hold up play from Darius Charles allowed Charlie Lee space to collect the ball and his rasping 20-yard drive struck the post with Bond beaten.

Watford’s passing was free-flowing on Saturday, that wasn’t the case at Broadhall Way. The Hornets were not fluent in possession and struggled to break down the hosts’ defence.

They did almost take the lead through a long free-kick forward from Tamas which Dyer stretched to meet. The winger got a touch on the ball but could only direct his effort inches wide.

Doyley then came close to adding to his two Watford goals with an over-hit cross which almost caught out Stevenage goalkeeper Sam Beasant, however, he tipped the ball over the crossbar.

Watford began to look for longer passes forward as the opening 45 minutes progressed but they weren’t effective and Stevenage’s defence coped easily.

Boro created half chances. Adam Marriot flicked a header into the arms of Bond before the Watford stopper held on to a powerful shot from Lee.

The match was goalless at the interval. Sannino decided not to make any substitutions at the break but had already replaced Doyley in the 29th minute due to injury. Joel Ekstrand was his replacement.

Watford remained lethargic after the restart and Tom Pett curled a shot narrowly wide for the hosts after a neat turn in the penalty area.

The Hornets then flickered into life and it was enough for the visitors to break the deadlock. A swift counter attack saw Forestieri play through Fabbrini.

The Italy international cleverly tricked his way past Dean Wells and passed to Dyer who finished from close range.

In truth, Watford didn’t deserve their lead and Stevenage continued to frustrate the Hornets.

Munari did have an opportunity to add a second goal but he was denied by Beasant from close range.

Stevenage had worked hard off the ball and battled throughout the contest. In the 65th minute they should have levelled.

A cross found Charles six yards out and he volleyed towards goal. It looked as if Boro had levelled but Bond produced an outstanding stop to push the ball over the crossbar.

Stevenage committed more men forward as the half progressed and Watford looked dangerous on the counter.

Fabbrini had a shot saved, Dyer saw an effort blocked before the winger struck the angle of post and bar after a clever lay off from Forestieri.

The Hornets managed the game well in the closing stages. Boro struggled to gain possession and hopeful long punts forward were dealt with by Ekstrand and Tamas.

Matej Vydra replaced Igahlo in the closing minutes and livened up the Watford attack but the Czech Republic international didn’t get a sight of goal.

Stevenage came close in the final seconds. A corner was met by the home side’s goalkeeper Beasant but he could only direct his header wide. It was the final opportunity of the contest.

Watford’s performance was certainly not memorable nor was it that entertaining. But it was a case of job done.

The Hornets are in the second round, that’s all that really matters.

Stevenage: Beasant; Dembele, Worley, Wells, Okimo (Deacon 55); Whelpdale, Pett (Ashton 79), Bond, Lee; Charles, Marriott (Calcutt 79).

Stevenage substitutes: Day, Johnson.

Watford: Bond; Doyley (Ekstrand 29), Tamas, Hoban, Pudil; Munari, Andrews, Fabbrini (Murray 79)s; Forestieri, Ighalo (Vydra 84), Dyer.

Watford substitutes: Doherty, Smith, Johnson, Gomes.

Attendance: 3969 (1,860)

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9:53pm Tue 12 Aug 14

The_Hornet says...

I'm not fussed about the performance. We made 9 changes. We're through to the next round, and got another cleansheet. Two cleansheets and two wins for the first two games is perfect by my standards! COYH!
I'm not fussed about the performance. We made 9 changes. We're through to the next round, and got another cleansheet. Two cleansheets and two wins for the first two games is perfect by my standards! COYH! The_Hornet
  • Score: 64

9:54pm Tue 12 Aug 14

chazmeister97 says...

Eh a wins a win elsewhere Wigan lost lol onto Saturday and Norwich come on Watford!
Eh a wins a win elsewhere Wigan lost lol onto Saturday and Norwich come on Watford! chazmeister97
  • Score: 30

9:57pm Tue 12 Aug 14

Mad_Hat says...

A win's a win! When's the draw for the next round?
A win's a win! When's the draw for the next round? Mad_Hat
  • Score: 15

9:59pm Tue 12 Aug 14

chazmeister97 says...

Mad_Hat wrote:
A win's a win! When's the draw for the next round?
Aug 13 which would be tomorrow aha
[quote][p][bold]Mad_Hat[/bold] wrote: A win's a win! When's the draw for the next round?[/p][/quote]Aug 13 which would be tomorrow aha chazmeister97
  • Score: 7

10:05pm Tue 12 Aug 14

D.unstable says...

This was good game time for those hoping to push for a first team place, important to win but you were never going to get a performance that a first team are capable of with the amount of changes.

Let's hope for Luton in the next round, oh hold on a minute!!!!
This was good game time for those hoping to push for a first team place, important to win but you were never going to get a performance that a first team are capable of with the amount of changes. Let's hope for Luton in the next round, oh hold on a minute!!!! D.unstable
  • Score: 31

10:05pm Tue 12 Aug 14

1\1881 says...

Driving back from the match - must have been around 1,500 (maybe more) of us singing our hearts out - we weren't as bad as the report makes out. Roll on Saturday, great support tonight fellow horns.
Driving back from the match - must have been around 1,500 (maybe more) of us singing our hearts out - we weren't as bad as the report makes out. Roll on Saturday, great support tonight fellow horns. 1\1881
  • Score: 37

10:09pm Tue 12 Aug 14

JohnnyBarnes says...

Our squad is ridiculous
Our squad is ridiculous JohnnyBarnes
  • Score: 3

10:18pm Tue 12 Aug 14

ralear49 says...

A lot of the bigger clubs came a cropper. Their second teams not as good as ours' it seems.

By the way is that the best file picture of Dyer?!
A lot of the bigger clubs came a cropper. Their second teams not as good as ours' it seems. By the way is that the best file picture of Dyer?! ralear49
  • Score: 23

10:54pm Tue 12 Aug 14

GarstonHorn says...

Can people get off fabbrini's back. Everytime he gets the ball I can hear 3 or 4 people moaning. 'He's gonna fall over' or some over negative comment
Can people get off fabbrini's back. Everytime he gets the ball I can hear 3 or 4 people moaning. 'He's gonna fall over' or some over negative comment GarstonHorn
  • Score: 55

11:21pm Tue 12 Aug 14

jasonwatford says...

Fabbrini was class tonight , stood out a mile above all others will be on bench Saturday surely.
Fabbrini was class tonight , stood out a mile above all others will be on bench Saturday surely. jasonwatford
  • Score: 40

5:46am Wed 13 Aug 14

chadderton orn says...

Winning keeps the players momentum going another win , another clean sheet ,it all helps. My only concern is looking at all the clubs that went out did we need to still be in this cup Next game we mite get a player sent off or players injured, Don't think we could afford that. We need to make an impact on the league now to show our intent . And even luton lost shame , not . COYH .
Winning keeps the players momentum going another win , another clean sheet ,it all helps. My only concern is looking at all the clubs that went out did we need to still be in this cup Next game we mite get a player sent off or players injured, Don't think we could afford that. We need to make an impact on the league now to show our intent . And even luton lost shame , not . COYH . chadderton orn
  • Score: -26

7:01am Wed 13 Aug 14

francowatford says...

Did anyone notice how skinny dyers legs are? My wrists are wider than his ankles
Did anyone notice how skinny dyers legs are? My wrists are wider than his ankles francowatford
  • Score: 0

7:41am Wed 13 Aug 14

mkhornet says...

chadderton orn wrote:
Winning keeps the players momentum going another win , another clean sheet ,it all helps. My only concern is looking at all the clubs that went out did we need to still be in this cup Next game we mite get a player sent off or players injured, Don't think we could afford that. We need to make an impact on the league now to show our intent . And even luton lost shame , not . COYH .
We need to be in this cup to ensure that our back up players are getting the game time that they need to keep them sharp in case they are needed in the league team. If we get players sent off or injured it is likely to be the back up players we lose and I'm sure our squad can handle that.
[quote][p][bold]chadderton orn[/bold] wrote: Winning keeps the players momentum going another win , another clean sheet ,it all helps. My only concern is looking at all the clubs that went out did we need to still be in this cup Next game we mite get a player sent off or players injured, Don't think we could afford that. We need to make an impact on the league now to show our intent . And even luton lost shame , not . COYH .[/p][/quote]We need to be in this cup to ensure that our back up players are getting the game time that they need to keep them sharp in case they are needed in the league team. If we get players sent off or injured it is likely to be the back up players we lose and I'm sure our squad can handle that. mkhornet
  • Score: 17

8:05am Wed 13 Aug 14

HunsburyHornet4 says...

Could we have Northampton at Sixfields please? I'm only 10 minutes away.
Could we have Northampton at Sixfields please? I'm only 10 minutes away. HunsburyHornet4
  • Score: -1

8:18am Wed 13 Aug 14

Glenn Roeder says...

GarstonHorn wrote:
Can people get off fabbrini's back. Everytime he gets the ball I can hear 3 or 4 people moaning. 'He's gonna fall over' or some over negative comment
I thought Fabbrini was excellent and importantly worked hard.
Impressed with how cool in possession Munari was as well.

Nice to have friendly banter with the Stevenage fans.
Loved their "We hate luton more than you" song.
[quote][p][bold]GarstonHorn[/bold] wrote: Can people get off fabbrini's back. Everytime he gets the ball I can hear 3 or 4 people moaning. 'He's gonna fall over' or some over negative comment[/p][/quote]I thought Fabbrini was excellent and importantly worked hard. Impressed with how cool in possession Munari was as well. Nice to have friendly banter with the Stevenage fans. Loved their "We hate luton more than you" song. Glenn Roeder
  • Score: 17

8:31am Wed 13 Aug 14

VOReason says...

Glenn Roeder wrote:
GarstonHorn wrote:
Can people get off fabbrini's back. Everytime he gets the ball I can hear 3 or 4 people moaning. 'He's gonna fall over' or some over negative comment
I thought Fabbrini was excellent and importantly worked hard.
Impressed with how cool in possession Munari was as well.

Nice to have friendly banter with the Stevenage fans.
Loved their "We hate luton more than you" song.
The amusing response of 'you ll never beat them 4 - 0' was unfortunately drowned by a less witty come back!!!
[quote][p][bold]Glenn Roeder[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]GarstonHorn[/bold] wrote: Can people get off fabbrini's back. Everytime he gets the ball I can hear 3 or 4 people moaning. 'He's gonna fall over' or some over negative comment[/p][/quote]I thought Fabbrini was excellent and importantly worked hard. Impressed with how cool in possession Munari was as well. Nice to have friendly banter with the Stevenage fans. Loved their "We hate luton more than you" song.[/p][/quote]The amusing response of 'you ll never beat them 4 - 0' was unfortunately drowned by a less witty come back!!! VOReason
  • Score: 2

9:21am Wed 13 Aug 14

JohnnyBarnes says...

The ability to play below par and win has been crucial to every side who's ever gone up. Let's hope that's something that Beppe can now instill in our boys.

Good result at a potentially tricky ground.
The ability to play below par and win has been crucial to every side who's ever gone up. Let's hope that's something that Beppe can now instill in our boys. Good result at a potentially tricky ground. JohnnyBarnes
  • Score: 13

12:35pm Wed 13 Aug 14

MainStandShambles says...

Our result looks even better this morning seeing that five Championship clubs were knocked out last night. Stevenage could have been a banana skin for us but we've come through it well.

As for the performance not being brilliant sometimes it's down to how the opposition plays so maybe some credit should be given to Stevenage aswell as our much-changed side.

Job done, now let's see how far we can go in this competition.
Our result looks even better this morning seeing that five Championship clubs were knocked out last night. Stevenage could have been a banana skin for us but we've come through it well. As for the performance not being brilliant sometimes it's down to how the opposition plays so maybe some credit should be given to Stevenage aswell as our much-changed side. Job done, now let's see how far we can go in this competition. MainStandShambles
  • Score: 1

1:57pm Wed 13 Aug 14

Big Cliff was King says...

ralear49 wrote:
A lot of the bigger clubs came a cropper. Their second teams not as good as ours' it seems.

By the way is that the best file picture of Dyer?!
He looks like he is just coming out of court.
[quote][p][bold]ralear49[/bold] wrote: A lot of the bigger clubs came a cropper. Their second teams not as good as ours' it seems. By the way is that the best file picture of Dyer?![/p][/quote]He looks like he is just coming out of court. Big Cliff was King
  • Score: 1

5:25pm Wed 13 Aug 14

1234566789 says...

Not there last night but looking at the the team, did we play 4-4-2 last night? If so, that's three different formations used in pre-season, league and cup. So much for not having a Plan B, we seem to even have Plan C covered!
Not there last night but looking at the the team, did we play 4-4-2 last night? If so, that's three different formations used in pre-season, league and cup. So much for not having a Plan B, we seem to even have Plan C covered! 1234566789
  • Score: 0

7:57pm Wed 13 Aug 14

mickallen57 says...

I think it may not have been job well done but rather job done .We are in the next round that's what matters . Keep it simple with two clean sheets ,four goals scored if we carry on like that we will be ok.
I think it may not have been job well done but rather job done .We are in the next round that's what matters . Keep it simple with two clean sheets ,four goals scored if we carry on like that we will be ok. mickallen57
  • Score: 1

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