White sees the light for Watford

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Devon White and David Connolly scored late goals to end Second Division Watford's troublesome FA Cup third round saga against Oxford United with a 2-0 victory at Vicarage Road last night.

Last Tuesday the game was called off a minute before kick-off as the pitch froze in rapidly falling temperatures and last night the kick-off was delayed for 45 minutes after the floodlights failed. Fans had to wait outside the ground while the lights were repaired.

Gloom also seemed to fall on the players, with Connolly wasting two fine chances, before the transfer-listed White finally broke the deadlock after 71 minutes when he brought down a cross from Clint Easton, chested it past a defender and prodded the ball home. Then, after 80 minutes, Richard Johnson's centre was flicked on by White and Connolly clinched a visit to either Brentford or Manchester City in the next round.

A spirited second-half revival by Luton was rewarded in the third minute of injury time when Marvin Johnson's equaliser earned them a 1-1 home draw and a second chance to put Bolton out of the Cup.

Johnson, who had gone up from the back for a corner, scored in a goalmouth scramble as Luton desperately sought to prolong a third-round tie which appeared to be going the way of the First Division leaders.

In the first half, Bolton had looked what they are, a division above Luton, with Scott Sellars and Jamie Pollock controlling the midfield, but they had only Pollock's disputed 26th-minute goal to show for their dominance. Luton claimed Nathan Blake was offside when he made the break from which Pollock scored.