Watford suffers early EFL Cup exit with loss against Bristol City

Bristol City caused an early shock in the EFL Cup as they beat Premier League side Watford 3-2 at Vicarage Road.

Watford's Jose Holebas is sent off   -  Getty Images

Marco Silva's Watford revolution suffered an early blow as the 10-man Hornets were dumped out of the EFL Cup by Bristol City in the second round.

Watford has four points from its opening two Premier League matches this season but it could not extend that unbeaten run as its Championship visitor recorded a 3-2 win at Vicarage Road.

Silva's side — which had Jose Holebas sent off late on — was the only top-flight club beaten on Tuesday, the other six in action all going through — although Swansea City and Bournemouth were given scares.

Having fallen a goal behind to MK Dons, Swansea needed a Leroy Fer double, Tammy Abraham's first for the club and a late Jordan Ayew strike to complete a 4-1 win.

Bournemouth were also behind at Birmingham City but Eddie Howe's men turned it around in the second half to win 2-1 thanks to Ryan Fraser and Marc Pugh.

Things were much more straightforward for Crystal Palace, West Brom, Leicester City and Brighton and Hove Albion, who all progress to round three.

Watford was not the only surprise casualty, though, as Fulham was beaten 1-0 by Bristol Rovers and Hull City slipped to a 2-0 loss away to Doncaster Rovers.

Early Championship leader Cardiff City is also out, as Nigel Clough's Burton Albion enjoyed a 2-1 win in south Wales.

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