League One strugglers Tranmere set up Manchester United clash after knocking Nigel Pearson’s Watford out of FA Cup

League One strugglers Tranmere dumped Watford out of the FA Cup on Thursday night thanks to Paul Mullin’s extra-time winner.

The hosts took a 36th-minute lead through Emmanuel Monthe, who volleyed home off the inside of a post for a goal.

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Paul Mullin scored an extra-time winner for Tranmere to knock Watford out of the FA Cup
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It was Monthe’s third goal in his last four games – he also struck at Vicarage Road as well as in Saturday’s 2-1 defeat to Ipswich – and was enough to give Rovers a half-time lead at Prenton Park.

Watford looked more dangerous after the break and they drew level in the 68th minute through substitute Kaylen Hinds.

The 21-year-old, who came on at half-time, drilled his shot through a crowd of players at the breakdown of a corner.

Pearson made 11 changes for the FA Cup replay, although five in the starting line-up played in the 3-3 first meeting between the two sides on January 4.

 

New signing Joao Pedro made his first start, having featured in the original fixture at Vicarage Road, as did under-23 players Mason Barrett, Callum Whelan and Joseph Hungbo.

Tranmere made one change from Saturday’s defeat to Ipswich, with Corey Blackett-Taylor replacing the cup-tied Alex Woodyard.

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