Watford secured their spot in the third round of the Carabao Cup on Tuesday night as they edged out fellow Premier League side Crystal Palace at Vicarage Road.
Ashley Fletcher’s late goal on his Hornets debut was enough to separate the two sides, with Watford fans set to find out their third-round opponents on Wednesday evening.
Xisco Munoz made plenty of changes from the side that were beaten 2-0 against Brighton last weekend, with Ben Foster, Jeremy Ngakia, Francisco Sierralta and Danny Rose all making their first starts of the season.
Crystal Palace named a fairly strong side but were unable to capitalise on their chances at Vicarage Road, with new manager Patrick Vieira yet to see his side find the back of the net in the three games he has taken charge of thus far.
Although Fletcher will rightfully earn a lot of credit for his goal, it was perhaps the man who assisted him – Cucho Hernandez – who was the star performer on the night.
As per SofaScore, the Colombian winger would earn a solid 7.0/10 rating for his performance against the Eagles and looked dangerous going forward, whilst also helping out Rose at left-back to deal with the threat of the Palace wingers.
The young winger would win five out of 12 duels during the game and whilst he only completed 12 passes, he was the difference-maker in the end as his cross was inch-perfect for Fletcher to score at the back post.
The Watford Observer were particularly impressed with his work rate in the win, as they sang his praises after the game, writing:
“Worked his socks off throughout and played a great ball for the goal.”
After coming off the bench in each of Watford’s Premier League games thus far, which included him scoring a screamer within seconds of coming on against Aston Villa in the opening game, the 22-year-old took his chance to impress from the start on Tuesday night.
Therefore, he should surely be in contention to start Watford’s next game, which sees them take on Tottenham Hotspur away from home on Sunday.
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