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Premier League Cup review: Pochettino inspires Watford

7 Sep 2021
Maurizio Pochettino, Watford

Spaniard stars in victory over Newcastle while Exeter book a spot in the group stage

Maurizio Pochettino produced a goal and an assist as Watford got their 2021/22 Premier League Cup campaign off to the perfect start with a 2-0 victory over Newcastle United.

The 20-year-old son of former Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino, the winger fired into the bottom corner after 33 minutes to open the scoring.

Three minutes later, he turned provider as he teed up Shaqai Forde to double the Hornets' advantage.

Watford's Derek Agyakwa was shown a red card in the second half after denying Dylan Stephenson a goalscoring opportunity.

But the Magpies were unable to muster a response, with Charlie Wiggett heading their best chance over the crossbar.

Saints frustrate Arsenal

In Group A, Premier League 2 Division 2 side Southampton earned a creditable 1-1 draw at Arsenal, who sit fifth in PL2 Division 1.

Saints went in front through Caleb Watts' volley, and although Mika Biereth equalised, the Gunners couldn't find a winner.

Elsewhere, Exeter City booked their place in the group stage with a 2-1 victory over Plymouth Argyle in the qualifying round.

Two goals by Ben Seymour were enough to send Exeter through, with the Grecians progressing to face West Ham United, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Swansea City in Group F.

Latest PL Cup results
Thursday 2 September

Group A
Arsenal 1-1 Southampton | SOU report

Friday 3 September

Qualifying round
Plymouth 1-2 Exeter | PLY report | EXE report
Group F
Wolves 1-0 West Ham | WOL report | WHU blog

Monday 6 September

Group B
Middlesbrough 1-0 QPR | MID report
Nott'm Forest 4-1 Blackburn | NFO report
Group G
Watford 2-0 Newcastle | WAT report | NEW report
Group E
Mansfield 3-0 Sunderland | MAN report | SUN report
Group H
Southend 1-3 Fulham | FUL report

See: Premier League Cup groups

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