Watford manager Quique Sanchez Flores: “It was important to see [Domingos] Quina, to see [Sebastian] Prodl, to see [Dimitri] Foulquier, to see many players who are part of the squad. They are not playing too many minutes. “If we were able to win here then perfect, if we were not able to win, we need to set up for the next match at the weekend. We need all of them, in our situation we need all of them. The players got some confidence and they will need this for the future.”
Watford’s best chance came after an hour, a thunderous drive from Andre Gray that Jordan Pickford did well to parry. It was perhaps not the most difficult of saves, though Pickford was doing well just to be awake after enduring 60 soporific minutes as a spectator, and Gray’s shot came with little warning.
This was a generous cup draw for Silva. Watford’s league predicament at the bottom of the Premier League making this competition a distraction they could do without. Quique Sánchez Flores’ side look more organised since his appointment, even with eight changes from the last league game. Attacking flair is evidently an optional extra at this point of his rebuilding.