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Posted on 4 December 2008  - 12:00

New Watford boss Brendan Rodgers was encouraged by his team's display as the Hornets pushed us all the way in the Carling Cup.

Opposition view

New Watford boss Brendan Rodgers was encouraged by his team's display as the Hornets pushed us all the way in the Carling Cup.

Tamas Priskin capped a bright start for the home side with the opening goal after 13 minutes but that goal provided the wake-up call we needed and we took control from there.

Roman Pavlyuchenko scored from the spot in first half injury time before Darren Bent's 76th-minute winner sent us through to the semi-finals.

"I thought we were very good for the first 25 minutes," said Rodgers, who only took over last week. "The idea of us playing football was there, we made a bright start and scored a great goal.

"Then we stopped passing the ball and started to complicate the game a bit. I was very disappointed at half-time to give away the penalty.

"That bit of quality they've got then came through.

"I'm very proud. I've only been here one week and the players are a terrific bunch. It gives me big hope for the future. I'm very proud of their performance."