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Swansea 0-1 Watford

Watford's Lee Williamson is congratulated by Adrian Mariappa after scoring
Watford star Lee Williamson scores in his second successive game

Struggling Watford shocked high-flying Championship rivals Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium to reach the Carling Cup quarter-final.

Lee Williamson's 21st minute strike proved decisive as he kept his cool to convert Tommy Smith's through pass.

Jordi Gomez came closest for an off-colour Swansea as the Spaniard hit the post with five minutes remaining.

And Watford held on to celebrate qualifying for the last eight for the first time in three seasons.

While Swansea, minus their rested big players, were left to rue a below-par display as they squandered their best chance to reach the League Cup quarter-finals for the first time in their history.


Swansea, who have twice reached the FA Cup semi-final in 1926 and 1964, were previously unbeaten at their Liberty Stadium fortress this season while Watford had won just once on the road.

So when Febian Brandy fired wide inside the opening ten minutes after racing on to Guillem Bauza's through ball, it looked like Swansea would continue their impressive start to the season.

But Watford, who had not won in five, showed the hosts their intentions as Tamas Priskin's header dropped just inches wide.

Williamson, though, was not so generous in his finishing as for the second time in three days the Watford midfielder broke the deadlock at Swansea.

Smith's pass sliced open the Swans defence and the Williamson kept his composure to give Watford a deserved lead.

Watford felt they should have had a chance of doubling their lead as Tommy Smith claimed his Jobi McAnuff-bound ball had hit Garry Monk's arm.

But thankfully for the Swans skipper, referee Andy D'Urso waved away the protests.

Swansea had lost just once previously in eight games but Roberto Martinez's team were a shadow of their usual selves.

The hosts looked like a bunch of strangers as they suffered the ill effects of the eight changes made by Martinez from Sunday's 3-1 win over the Hornets.

Swansea's star man Ferrie Bodde, who scored a sensational 35-yard stunner against Watford on Sunday, went close with a second-half free-kick.

But the Dutch midfielder's strike was tipped behind by Watford goalkeeper Richard Lee.

Yet Swansea failed to create any clear-cut chances until substitute striker Jordi Gomez, thrown on just before the hour, hit the post.

Swansea City manager Roberto Martinez:

"We got heavily punished as our performance wasn't as good as we can be.

"I don't think Watford did too much to win but I have no complaints, our performance wasn't good enough.

"I don't like to blame individuals, I will take the blame. The goal we conceded is three mistakes in one action and it's not like us."

Watford manager Malky Mackay:

"We wanted to make sure we got through tonight.

"It is a great confidence booster for the lads to be in the quarter-final. It's something the players needed to happen tonight.

"They've worked immensely hard over the last four days.

"We showed tonight that we don't give away sloppy goals and that's the key to turning the ship around."

Swansea: Konstantopoulos, Tate, Monk, O'Halloran, Serran, MacDonald, Bodde, Tudur-Jones (Gomez 57), Brandy (Scotland 85), Bauza (Gower 57), Pintado.
Subs Not Used: Krysiak, O'Leary, Pratley, Collins.

Booked: Tudur-Jones, Pintado.

Watford: Lee, Doyley, DeMerit, Bromby, Harley, McAnuff (Hoskins 80), Williamson (O'Toole 87), Mariappa, Smith, Jenkins, Priskin (Rasiak 75).
Subs Not Used: Tyler, Sadler, Eustace, Robinson.

Booked: Priskin, Bromby, Mariappa, Williamson.

Goals: Williamson 21.

Att: 9,549

Ref: Andy D'Urso (Essex).

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