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5th January 2013- FA Cup Third Round, Manchester City 3 Watford 0

Watford manager Gianfranco Zola, twice an FA Cup winner as a player, predicted his team would be dangerous opponents for the 2011 winners, especially considering their fine league record away from home.

Watford almost caught City napping straight from the kick-off as Fernando Forestieri beat the home offside trap to go one-on-one with Costel Pantilimon but the big keeper stood firm to keep out the shot out with his feet.

Had that one gone in, City may have faced a different challenge against a confident team on the hunt for a giant-killing.

It is easy to see why Watford are going so well in the Championship. As might be expected of a Gianfranco Zola team, they have some lively attackers and ideas. Joleon Lescott and Vincent Kompany had their hands full with Matej Vydra, who embarrassed the City central defenders for pace in the opening few minutes. Trying to play on the break only resulted in the visitors finding themselves pushed on to the back foot, however, allowing City to keep rolling forward.

In a game where City enjoyed by far the most possession and spent long periods laying siege to the Watford goalmouth, the Championship side managed to create the two clearest opportunities of the afternoon, and missed them both.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2012%E2%80%9313_FA_Cup

5th January 2008- FA Cup Third Round, Watford 2 Crystal Palace 0

Dan Shittu scored two virtually identical goals as Watford ended Crystal Palace’s 13-game unbeaten run to reach the FA Cup fourth round.

Well that was much better. It’s been a while since we’ve dominated a side at home as we did in the second half.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2007%E2%80%9308_FA_Cup

5th January 2002- FA Cup Third Round, Watford 2 Arsenal 4

  • Director of Marketing Ed Coan reveals that a ‘Wembley Revisited’ brochure was designed in the run up to the Tottenham semi final in 1987.
  • The East Stand redevelopment plan is shown in detail in the middle pages of the programme.  None of it ever happened due to the collapse of ITV Digital.

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5th January 1985- FA Cup Third Round, Watford 5 Sheffield United 0

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