League One side Tranmere Rovers come from 3-0 down to draw 3-3 vs Watford in FA Cup

Watford FC v Tranmere Rovers - FA Cup Third Round

League One side Tranmere Rovers completed a remarkable comeback from 3-0 down to draw 3-3 against Watford in the third round of the FA Cup.

Watford, who have enjoyed a recent resurgence under Nigel Pearson, will now have to play a replay after squandering a 3-0 lead.

Goals in the first half from Ayotomiwa Dele-Bashiru, Nathaniel Chalobah and Roberto Pereyra gave Watford the lead - an advantage that should have secured their place in the fourth round.

But Tranmere produced a thrilling comeback, with goals from Connor Jennings, Emmanuel Monthe and Paul Mullin securing a 3-3 draw.

The magic of the FA Cup.

Watford made nine changes to their side for the match against Tranmere, who are currently 21st in League One.

Pearson included a mixture of fringe players and youngsters in his team and they must have already been looking forward to the fourth round at half-time.

Dele-Bashiru, a product of Manchester City's academy, was making his first start and he needed just 12 minutes to make an impact, firing home from 25 yards out.

Watford FC v Tranmere Rovers - FA Cup Third Round

Chalobah made it 2-0 just two minutes later and the game already looked done and dusted. 

The 25-year-old punished Tranmere after the League One side failed to clear their lines.

The third goal arrived just after the half-hour mark through Pereyra, who swept home his third goal of the game.

Watford FC v Tranmere Rovers - FA Cup Third Round

Tranmere boss Micky Mellon would have been eager to get his players into the dressing room and his words at half-time had a major impact.

They pulled a goal back midway through the second half through Jennings, who headed home following Corey Blackett-Taylor's cross.

Monthe lashed the ball home 12 minutes from time to set up an exciting finish and the comeback was complete four minutes from the end when Mullin scored a penalty.

Watford FC v Tranmere Rovers - FA Cup Third Round

The visitors were given the chance to make it 3-3 when Watford substitute Mason Barrett fouled Blackett-Taylor inside the box.

Mullin slammed home the spot-kick to send the away fans wild. 

Pereyra was sent off late on for kicking out at Kieron Morris to cap a disappointing afternoon for Watford.

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