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Spirited Woking beaten by Watford as cup dream ends

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Published at 3:51pm 6th January 2019. (Updated at 6:00pm 6th January 2019)

Woking are out of the FA Cup after a 2-0 defeat to Watford at the Laithwaite Community Stadium.

Strikes from Will Hughes and Troy Deeney ended any hopes of the Cards continuing their cup fairy-tale and reaching the fourth-round for just the second time in their history.

Despite a fighting display from the hosts, the 5,717 strong crowd were not provided with an upset as the Premier League outfit outclassed the side 110 places below them in the league ladder.

Unsurprisingly it was the Hornets that started the match the brighter of the two teams, but after ten minutes Woking were beginning to look like they might grow into the game when Jake Hyde, the hero in the second-round win at Swindon, played through Greg Luer.

Luer was one-on-one with Watford stopper Heurelho Gomes, but the Brazilian keeper wasn’t required as the back-tracking Adan Masina put a foot in to dispossess Luer and avert any danger.

Any thoughts of Woking taking an early lead then evaporated when Hughes struck for the visitors just minutes later - a simple corner routine, the unmarked Hughes swept in a low cross with a first-time effort.

The Cards could have been level with their first effort on goal when Josh Casey’s cross found Ben Gerring, but Gomes was equal to his header which otherwise would have found the top corner. 

Meanwhile Watford almost had a second before half-time, Tom Cleverly rattling the crossbar from 25 yards with a free-kick.

Into the second 45 and again the visitors should have doubled their lead when Hughes played in Isaac Success, however the Nigerian striker lost sight of the ball as he tried to beat the last defender – had he kept his eye on it he would have had a simple tap in.

The Hornets continued to dominate the play, with Woking left to feed off the few scraps they were allowed by the stern Watford defence and Woking hearts must have sank a little when Watford manager Javi Garci added to his firepower on the field, by introducing Deeney in the 71st minute.

Less than five minutes later Deeney was on-had to tuck away fellow second-half-substitute Ken Sema’s cutback from the by-line to finally get the two-goal cushion they had been threatening.

Deeney came close to doubling his personal tally with a header at the back post that was cleared off the line, while Harvey Bradbury headed a chance for a consolation for Woking over the bar.

At fulltime the home crowd were full of admiration for their team, recognising the performance - even if it didn’t produce the result they had hoped for.

Line-ups

Woking: Ross; Casey (c), Cook, Gerring, Collier; Taylor (Little 50), Jolley, Loza, Edser (Hodges 69), Luer (Bradbury 69); Hyde.

Subs not used: Schotterl, Hester-Cook, Spence, Wheeler.

Booked: Gerring.

Watford: Gomes; Masina, Britos Cabrera, Wilmot, Janmaat, Quina, Chalobah, Cleverley; Penaranda (Sema 71), Success (Deeney 71), Hughes (Navarro 80).

Subs not used: Dahlberg, Deulofeu, Kiko, Mariappa.

Booked: Success.

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