Millwall dump Watford out of the cup
Fulham hit four to thrash Hull as Sutton stun Leeds
League One Millwall capped a significant week in their existence with a 1-0 home victory over Watford that took them into the fifth round of the FA Cup. Another convincing performance was finally rewarded with the goal it deserved when Steve Morison’s late, closerange finish ensured Watford became the second Premier League team the hosts have eliminated this season.
It also concluded the week in which their future at The Den became secure after Lewisham council’s abandonment of a controversial property scheme.
Watford manager Walter Mazzarri had retained only four players from the team that last week drew 2-2 at Bournemouth in the Premier League, having spoken of his wariness of their schedule of three games in six days, but his gamble undermined them.
As made sense against a muchchanged team low on confidence, Millwall began with the same intensity with which they overwhelmed Bournemouth to win 3-0 in the third round.
And, in the 85th minute, substitute Shane Ferguson brilliantly picked out the unmarked Morison in front of goal with a cross from the left, and the striker deservedly capitalised with a powerful shot Heurelho Gomes got a hand to but could not keep out.
From another attack almost immediately after Millwall again found the back of the net, but Byron Webster’s effort was ruled out for handball.
Watford’s struggles show little signs of ending after their latest defeat left them with one win in nine. “We are an honest bunch. Everyone works hard every day,” Morison said.
“Sometimes it doesn’t go for us but we put 110 per cent in every day. It is well deserved. We were brilliant from start to finish.” There was another Premier League victim as Hull City were thrashed 4-1 by Fulham at Craven Cottage.
Sone Aluko opened the scoring for the home side after 17 minutes before Evandro equalised just after the break.
Further goals from Chris Martin, Ryan Sessegnon and Stefan Johansen sealed the victory before Abel Hernandez missed two penalties inside two minutes for Hull to cap off a miserable day. Leeds United were humbled 1-0 by National League side Sutton United at Gander Green Lane.
Jamie Collins scored the only goal of the game from the penalty spot after Leeds goalkeeper came out and felled Sutton midfielder Roarie Deacon.