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Smith urges Hornets to finish off Robins

IRELAND U21 midfielder Connor Smith wants his Watford teammates to avoid any more FA Cup slip-ups and seal a place in the next round, with a possible clash against Manchester City.

Watford could only earn a 1-1 draw with League One side Bristol City in Saturday's third round tie, forcing the sides into a replay at Vicarage Road tomorrow week.

Highly-rated Ireland U21 star Seán Murray – who was last week linked with a move to QPR – scored for the Hornets, Smith claiming an assist, but their League One opponents fought back and earned a replay.

The team that emerges from Blackburn and City's replay await the winners in the next round.

"We're disappointed not to see it out – as much for our fans as ourselves, because they came down here in great numbers. But Bristol got the equaliser and finished strongly, so we've got to be pleased to get them back to Vicarage Road and hopefully complete the job there," said Dublin native Smith (pictured), who came off the bench to play as an emergency full-back and also set up Murray's goal.

"Someone had to do the job and I had no problem at all being that player. I'm more used to central midfield but playing wing-back was fine with me if it meant getting out there. It was good to get on – that's the main thing.

"I suppose it is my assist but Seán had a lot to do and it was a good strike so all credit to him," added Smith, praising his fellow Republic of Ireland Under-21 international.


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