Newport County shocked Championship side Watford to reach the EFL Cup fourth round for the first time.
Tristan Abrahams put Newport ahead from the penalty spot after Toby Stevenson fouled Brandon Cooper, before captain Joss Labadie made it 2-0 from 20 yards.
Adalberto Penaranda’s penalty gave Watford hope but Padraig Amond capitalised on Daniel Phillips’ mistake to restore the two-goal cushion.
Watford substitute Stipe Perica was sent off late on for elbowing Cooper.
As the Hornets were left to reflect on a miserable night in south Wales, finishing with 10 men and losing to a side who were three divisions below them last season, Newport can look ahead to a home fourth-round tie against Morecambe or Newcastle United.
It is a second Championship scalp of the campaign for County, who beat Swansea 2-0 in the first round thanks to Abrahams’ double strike, before overcoming Cambridge United by a single goal in round two.
Newport County manager Michael Flynn:
“I thought it was a fantastic performance. We’ve outplayed a Championship club who have just come down from the Premier League.
“I can’t be any more proud of my players than I already am.
“We moved the ball really well, played some fantastic football and we created a lot of chances. We created far more than what Watford did.”
- 4LabadieBooked at 42minsSubstituted forCollinsat 82′minutes
- 17BennettBooked at 80minsSubstituted forWillmottat 82′minutes
- 45AgyakwaBooked at 40mins
- 33PussettoBooked at 76minsSubstituted forCrichlowat 84′minutes
- 44HungboSubstituted forPeñarandaat 45′minutesBooked at 62mins
- 47StevensonBooked at 17mins
- 17MurraySubstituted forPericaat 45′minutesBooked at 88mins
- Charles Breakspear
Match ends, Newport County 3, Watford 1.
Second Half ends, Newport County 3, Watford 1.
Francisco Sierralta (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Ryan Haynes (Newport County).
Stipe Perica (Watford) is shown the red card for violent conduct.
Foul by Stipe Perica (Watford).
Brandon Cooper (Newport County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Offside, Newport County. Lewis Collins tries a through ball, but Tristan Abrahams is caught offside.
Attempt missed. Jerome Sinclair (Watford) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Adalberto Peñaranda.
Substitution, Watford. Kane Crichlow replaces Ignacio Pussetto.
Substitution, Newport County. Robbie Willmott replaces Scot Bennett.
Substitution, Newport County. Lewis Collins replaces Joss Labadie.
Scot Bennett (Newport County) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Jerome Sinclair (Watford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Scot Bennett (Newport County).
Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Daniel Bachmann.
Attempt missed. Scot Bennett (Newport County) right footed shot from outside the box is too high following a corner.
Attempt blocked. Joss Labadie (Newport County) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ryan Haynes with a cross.
Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Toby Stevenson.
Attempt blocked. Liam Shephard (Newport County) header from the right side of the six yard box is blocked. Assisted by Ryan Haynes with a cross.