Mill­wall dump Wat­ford out of the cup

Ful­ham hit four to thrash Hull as Sut­ton stun Leeds

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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.

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