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Matchday live

6:00 PM

That's A Wrap

That's all from us here on Matchday Live as Watford progress to the Fourth Round of the FA Cup.


Keep your eyes peeled on for out Match Review page, with social reaction, exclusive post-match interviews from goalscorer Jerome Sinclair and academy graduate duo Brandon Mason and Carl Stewart a full match report and extended highlights (available tomorrow).

5:45 PM

Mazzarri Post-match

Watford Head Coach Walter Mazzarri spoke post-match to BBC and


"I am happy because all players including [Brandon] Mason from start played well. I am happy with overall performance of team.


"I was very happy with the new faces. Mason made his full debut and managed to do very well. It is something important for long-term future of the club.


"It is a good win for a team not doing very well with results. This today will help with confidence for Premier League.


"It is very important to win - especially for our fans. We wanted to give them this satisfaction and hopefully we can do the same next week against Middlesbrough."

5:35 PM

Sinclair - "Great to get on the scoresheet"

Jerome Sinclair got his first goal for Watford today, and he spoke to the media after the final whistle:


"We wanted to go out there and give the fans something to cheer about. We'll draw a lot of confidence from this today ahead of next week.


"It was a tough afternoon but we managed to come out with the win and get through to next round. It was all about biding our time and opening the them up.


"It's great to be able to get onto the scoresheet today and it's something I've been looking to do. To get that goal will do me a world of good and I'm looking to push on.


"I can't describe the feeling [of scoring]. As I was getting closer it opened up and I just thought I need to hit this. Hopefully I've given the manager something to think about today.


"It shows the young players there's a pathway to the first team and Brandon [Mason] has done so well today. Being a young player at a Premier League club you know you have to take your opportunity."

5:25 PM

Nice Day Out

5:15 PM

Happy Hornets


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4:56 PM - 90 MIN

FULL-TIME: Watford 2-0 Burton Albion

The FA Cup provided a good opportunity for the Golden Boys to right recent wrongs and they did that with a solid performance against Burton Albion.


Christian Kabasele put the Hornets ahead in the first-half, meeting a cross from Brandon Mason, before Jerome Sinclair produced a fine individual run and goal midway through the second-half.


Mason was particularly impressive, continuing in the energetic fashion of his display against Spurs on New Year's Day.


It was a day of debuts too, as Brice Dja Djedje made his first outing in yellow, as did academy graduate Carl Stewart (pictured below).

4:55 PM - 90 MIN


Watford FC




4:51 PM - 90 MIN

Additional Time

EIGHT minutes added on here, largely because of the injury to Varney earlier this half.

4:48 PM


Jerome Sinclair celebrates scoring his first goal for Watford.

4:42 PM - 83 MIN


Watford win the ball and Capoue uses the outside of his foot to thread a ball through to Sinclair.


The young forward lays it off to Ighalo, but the Nigerian's scoop and shot finds McLaughlin making himself as big as possible in front of the Burton goal.

4:40 PM - 81 MIN

Substitution Burton Albion




4:39 PM - 79 MIN

Yellow card
Brayford (dissent)

4:36 PM - 77 MIN

Sinclair Scores!

What a great goal! Watford break down the left, and Sinclair darts inside towards the area and smashes past McLaughlin for 2-0.

4:36 PM - 77 MIN



Watford FC Watford FC
2 - 0
Burton Albion Burton Albion
4:30 PM - 70 MIN

Lengthy Delay

Luke Varney went down and stayed down under the challenge of Costel Pantilimon, and has had to be stretchered off. Back underway. 

4:29 PM - 70 MIN

Substitution Burton Albion




4:21 PM - 62 MIN

Yellow card
Flanagan (foul)

4:20 PM


Etienne Capoue picks out a pass.

4:19 PM - 60 MIN


Watford FC




4:14 PM


Jerome Sinclair jinks past an opposition defender.

4:07 PM - 48 MIN

Burton Chances

Big chances for the visitors. Dyer plays in Flanagan down the left, and his cross is nodded wide from close range by Varney. 

Flanagan bombs forward again and his fizzing pass is just ahead of Marcus Harness' outstretched leg. 

4:07 PM


Costel Pantilimon barks orders to the Watford defence.

4:04 PM - 46 MIN

We're Back Underway!

The second-half begins, 1-0 to the Golden Boys.

3:47 PM - 45 MIN

Yellow card
Naylor (foul)

3:47 PM - 45 MIN

HALF-TIME: Watford 1-0 Burton Albion

The Hornets went ahead with a goal from Christian Kabasele, neatly set-up by Brandon Mason, on his first start in Watford colours.


It was a half of few chances, but Odion Ighalo and Etienne Capoue also had efforts on goal that didn't find the back of the net.

3:45 PM - 45 MIN

Additional Time

Three minutes added on here at the end of the first-half.

3:44 PM


Brandon Mason looks ecstatic after creating the opening goal.

3:43 PM - 43 MIN

Capoue Shoots

The home fans urge him to shoot and Capoue obliges, forcing a good stop out of McLaughlin down to his right. 

3:33 PM


Kabasele celebrates his opener

3:32 PM - 33 MIN

Substitution Burton Albion




3:30 PM


Odion Ighalo receives instructions from Walter Mazzarri on the touchline.

3:28 PM - 28 MIN

Ighalo Chance

Capoue drives forward and plays into Deeney whose one-touch pass finds Ighalo. The Nigerian chops inside and shoots over from a difficult angle. 

3:22 PM

Mason With The Assist

Brandon Mason passed the ball to Troy Deeney, who returned the favour as the young wing-back ran on the overlap.


Mason then threaded the ball across the face of goal, and Christian Kabasele was able to tap in at the far post unmarked.


What a week to remember for Brandon!

3:21 PM - 21 MIN



Watford FC Watford FC
1 - 0
Burton Albion Burton Albion
3:18 PM


Brandon Mason beats his man and drives down the left.

3:17 PM - 17 MIN

Cathcart Forced Off

Cathcart and Britos clashed heads early on and the Northern Irishman groggily makes way after a spirited attempt to carry on. Sebastian Prodl comes on in his place . 

3:16 PM - 16 MIN


Watford FC




3:08 PM - 8 MIN

Slow Start

Watford seeing a lot of the ball so far, nothing in the way of chances thus far for either side. Tentative start, 

3:00 PM - 1 MIN

We're Underway!

The first-half kicks-off, come on you 'Orns!

2:20 PM

Djédjé's In The House

Brice Dja Djédjé makes his first appearance in the Watford matchday squad, having done well to come back from injury after joining from Marseille in the summer transfer window.


The Ivorian right wing-back has seven caps for his country and has made 175 career appearances.

2:10 PM


The Golden Boys are in the building! 

2:05 PM


We're not sure whether it will be a back four, but otherwise we've got you covered.

2:00 PM


Brandon Mason makes his first start for the senior side after impressing as a substitute against Tottenham on New Years' Day.


Costel Pantilimon replaces Heurelho Gomes in goal as the Brazilian shot-stopper is sidelined through illness.


Jerome Sinclair and Odion Ighalo both start after coming off the bench against Stoke in the midweek Premier League fixture.


Craig Cathcart replaces Sebastian Prödl in the starting eleven as he looks to improve his match fitness after a long injury layoff.


HORNETS: Pantilimon (GK); Kaboul, Cathcart, Britos; Kabasele, Capoue, Doucouré, Mason; Sinclair, Ighalo; Deeney (c)


Subs: Arlauskis (GK), Prödl, Watson, Dja DjeDje, Stewart, Folivi, Eleftheriou. 


BREWERS: McLaughlin (GK), Flanagan, Brayford (c), McFadzean, Williamson, Dyer, Naylor, Palmer, Miller, Varney, Harness.


Subs: Bywater (GK), Mousinho, Akins, Ward, McCrory, Barker, Murphy.

1:45 PM

15 Minute Warning!

Team line-ups will be announced in a quarter on an hour Hornets fans.

1:35 PM

Instagram Snapshot


Here we go again ?⚽️?? #watfordfc #facup #thirdround #siblings #selfie

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1:25 PM


We wonder if it's the real thing?

1:20 PM

Golden Boy Guedioura

1:15 PM

Testing, Testing

Making sure the technology is functioning correctly at The Vic

1:10 PM

Happy Birthday!

A very Happy Birthday to Roberto Pereyra and Isaac Success, from all at Watford FC.

1:00 PM

Don't Forget

You can get your copy of The Hornet from one of our official programme sellers around Vicarage Road.


Jerome Sinclair is this week's cover star, and this edition of The Hornet also includes interviews with opposition boss Nigel Clough and former Watford and Burton player Richard Jobson.

12:50 PM

Back Once Again

It's not his first return to the Vic, and Lee Williamson will be a familiar face to those Watford fans who remember the Golden Boys 2006/07 Premier League campaign.


The Jamaican midfielder scored 5 goals in 78 appearances for the Hornets.

12:40 PM


Brice Dja Djédjé was all smiles in training this week, and Walter Mazzarri has said he could be involved this afternoon.

12:30 PM

Then And Now

Lloyd Dyer played 16 times for the Golden Boys, scoring three times. But the 34-year-old winger found it hard to get into the Hornet's team, and spent time out on loan at Birmingham, before moving to Burnley on a permanent basis.


He played just a handful of games for Sean Dyche's side, but has been a regular for the Brewers since joining on a free transfer in summer 2016.

12:20 PM

FA Cup Thoughts


12:10 PM

Got Your Colours?


Game day ?? #coyh #watfordfc #buzzing

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11:50 AM

The Fan View

11:40 AM


A little reminder that it is paper tickets only today, so if you haven't received yours in the post, pick them up from the ticket office in plenty of time before kick-off.



Match day today. #COYH #watfordfc #emiratesfacup #Round3 #hornets #yellowarmy #wfc

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11:35 AM

ICYMI: Key Points - Mazzarri on Burton

11:30 AM

The FA Cup Returns

Welcome to Vicarage Road as the Hornets' FA Cup campaign begins against Burton Albion. 

There will be match commentary from 2.45pm via the 'listen live' button at the top of the page, just give your browser a refresh around then.

We'll have live pre-match build-up, in match updates and post match reaction right here so stay tuned.