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A dream start for Eliasson

Niclas Eliasson says it was a special feeling to net his first goal in City colours in front of the vociferous travelling supporters at Vicarage Road.

Having eased past Plymouth Argyle in the first round of the Carabao Cup, Lee Johnson’s side were rewarded with a trip to Premier League side Watford in round two. 

After conceding inside two minutes of the second half, Freddie Hinds levelled the scores with a driven strike from distance before Bobby Reid flipped the game on its head seven minutes later. 

Eliasson then marked his first start in English football with a composed finish from close range three minutes into added time, securing City’s place in the third round for the third time in five seasons. 

“It was an enjoyable game and it was a great feeling to get a start in such a good team as this, and to score a goal was very nice,” the young Swede told BCTV

“I got a good pass from Callum (O’Dowda) and I saw the defender race towards me so I moved the ball inside and had some time to slot it beyond the keeper. 

“Watford started well and had a lot of the ball so we had to run and defend a lot, but then in the second half we took control and we had some great chances and scored some goals. 

“We had to believe in ourselves and work hard once we fell behind. We knew what we wanted to do and we have some good players and fortunately it went our way."

WHAT HE SAID

“The supporters turned out in their numbers so it was a brilliant to score in front of them."

Niclas Eliasson

Eliasson was Johnson’s fourth signing of the summer window after joining from IFK Norrkoping and the pacey winger is pleased with how well he has settled into his new surroundings. 

“I feel I am improving every day in training and it felt good to get 90 minutes. The team help me a lot in terms of my positioning so I feel good,” he continued.

“It has been a dream since I was a child to play in games like this and we beat a Premier League team.

“We will now wait to see who we face in the next round but Manchester United would be nice! 

“The supporters turned out in their numbers so it was a brilliant to score in front of them."