Watford 1-2 Tottenham – Carling Cup – Highlights
Darren Bent’s late strike kept Carling Cup holders Spurs on course for Wembley with a quarter-final win at Watford.
Tamas Priskin gave the Championship strugglers a shock lead with a shot on the turn after 13 minutes.
Spurs created a host of chances before Roman Pavlyuchenko scored from the spot in first-half injury time after Ross Jenkins had fouled Jermaine Jenas.
Substitute Bent then beat keeper Scott Loach at his near post with 14 minutes left to end Watford’s resistance.
The deserved win put Harry Redknapp’s side into the last four, along with Burnley, Derby County and Manchester United.
Watford were spirited, despite being outclassed for lengthy spells, and new boss Brendan Rodgers will take heart from his side’s resilience as he starts the job of keeping his side in the Championship.
The Hornets needed a fast start to put their Premier League opponents under pressure – and they got it in the shape of that early goal from Priskin.
1-0 Priskin 13′
1-1 Pavlyuchenko (Penalty) 45′
1-2 Bent 76′