Premiership strugglers Watford survived an early scare to progress through to the fourth round of the FA Cup with a comfortable 4-1 victory over
It looked like a shock might be on the cards when David Poole shot Jim Gannon's League Two side into the lead midway through the first-half, but the Golden Boys were soon back on level terms through Malky Mackay. Tommy Smith put the home side in front just after the restart and the gloss was applied by Mackay's second and a goal on his debut from new signing Moses Ashikodi.
It was no surprise that Aidy Boothroyd gave the teenage striker his first start, given
The England Under-21 international is known to have been the subject of six bids since the transfer window opened, with one thought to be in the region of £7m. But if Young does move, he will be cup-tied after Boothroyd decided to bring him on as a second-half substitute.
County's joy was to be short-lived though. On the half-hour a Smith corner from the right was flicked on by Darius Henderson and the unmarked Mackay turned the ball inside the unguarded right-hand corner of the net with his left foot.
James Spencer produced a fine save to keep out Jordan Stewart's 25-yard shot in the latter stages of the first-half, but the Stockport keeper was helpless to prevent
Damien Francis should have made it 3-1 and he was nearly made to pay for a glaring miss from six yards when Stephen Gleeson headed
To add insult to injury for County, they handed
Golden Boys man of the match: Tommy Smith. Workrate epitomised the importance