Watford Under 23s beat Newcastle United in their Premier League Cup tie, courtesy of goals from Maurizio Pochettino and Shaq Forde.

The Hornets finished the game with ten men, after Derek Agyakwa was sent off early in the second half, but kept the Magpies out to claim the win, having taken a two-goal lead in at the break.

Assistant Coach Richard Shaw took charge of the tie with Under-23 Coach Omer Riza on England Under-17 duties and was pleased with how his side had performed, especially after going a man down.

“I’m delighted with the performance,” he told the club website.

“I thought we really controlled the first half, the boys passed it really well and scored two excellent goals but I felt that in the last five minutes of the first half we stepped off it a bit.

“They’re a good young side, Newcastle, so to get a man sent off after two minutes [of the second half] was hard for us but it showed a different side to us; good character, robustious and togetherness.

“It’s something we have done really well over the recent weeks against Crewe and a good performance away to Sheffield Wednesday. What the boys need to understand is that this [game management] is a part of the game that they have to be used to. We try to put that in their heads. There are starting to get there in understanding that side of football.”