Championship team Burton are currently struggling in the league but today turned their heads toward the FA Cup, which didn't give them any sort of relief whatsoever as they were simply brushed aside by Premier League team Watford.
Watford Starting XI:
Burton Albion Starting XI:
Early on it was obvious the Premier League side were the dominant force in comparison to the visitors, however in the first 15 minutes they were hit with the blow that Craig Cathcart had to be substituted off as he had picked up a knock. Sebastian Prodl filled in for the defender. This didn't stop the Hornets though as just 6 minutes later Brandon Mason beat the last defender and his low cross found Kabasele at the back post. The defender tapped in to give the hosts the lead.
Odion Ighalo nearly instantly doubled Watford's lead when him and strike partner Troy Deeney teamed up but the Nigerian international's shot fired over the bar. The Brewers recently extended the loan of Will Miller but he only lasted 33 minutes, and was replaced by Jamie Ward. Capoue had a chance which was saved well by McLaughlin on the stroke of half time but the Hornets led by just the one goal going into the break.
Half time - Watford 1-0 Burton Albion
Albion started the second half a lot better, but couldn't convert the chances they had into goals, Luke Varney had a header go just wide. Cracks were beginning to appear in Watford's defence, something which Burton should have capitalised on but didn't manage to in the 15 minutes they had dominance before it was fixed with the substitution of Kaboul going off to be replaced by débutante Brice Dja Djede.
Luke Varney was next to leave the field after he spent 8 minutes down injured following a collision with Costel Pantilimon, it did look bad and Nigel Clough has since said "He's not in the best of shapes, he's had to go to hospital. He got a whack in the rips or somewhere around there and he's struggling to get his breath at the moment so he's going to get checked out, hopefully it won't be too bad."
With 13 minutes of normal time left on the clock Jerome Sinclair went on a great solo run from the left and cut in, on his right peg he found the top corner to all but seal it. The remainder was played with Burton deflated from the second goal and Watford sitting back with no need to go for a third goal which meant the Premier League side are the ones going into Monday's Fourth Round draw.
Full Time - Watford 2-0 Burton Albion
Next up I'm off to Brighton u23s in the Checkatrade Trophy at the Ricoh, like I've said before, not very glamorous but we're three wins from Wembley and I'm sure people will go to matches the closer we get to Wembley.
My Man of the Match - Etienne Capoue - No one stood out but Capoue did the job at both ends of the pitch today.