Byline: Kevin MOSELEY
GARY Megson's Premiership side hit rock bottom as they were dumped out of the Cup.
They now face only a fight for top-flight survival after Icelandic striker Heidar Helguson's goal nine minutes from time put First Division Watford in the fifth round.
Only a brilliant 55th-minute penalty save by Russell Hoult from Watford skipper Neil Cox prevented further Albion embarrassment.
Megson, whose men are second from bottom, just above West Ham on goal difference, blasted them in the dressing room and then spoke out later.
"I can have no complaints about the result," he stormed after giving his players a tongue-lashing.
"You are not going to win when you only have two players out of 11 performing - that was goalkeeper Russell Hoult and Jason Koumas.
"There were two teams out there, one from the Premiership and one from the First Division. You could not see the difference."In fact, they were better than us. We didn't even look good in the warm-up.
"My players have been saying they want better money and bonuses in July but they abdicated their responsibilities today. They chucked it away. It was not acceptable.
"That was rock bottom. We have got some tough games coming up and if we play like that we will get absolutely murdered every time we play. We performed like it was a sodding testimonial. We ducked it.
"I told them what I thought afterwards. I am not bothered about the reaction but, hopefully, it was a bit of a reality check."
Megson has been frantically trying to get in new players while the transfer window remains open but admitted: "We are looking at a few options but, on today's evidence, we need nine new players."
Megson, despite his rage, allowed a little praise for a Watford team who fully deserved their win.
"They were very good and if they play like that every week I can see them getting out of the division," he said.
Watford manager Ray Lewington was naturally delighted for a club which, early in the season, was fighting for survival.
"It went beyond our expectations today," said Lewington, who has steered the team to within one point of a play-off spot.
"It was a marvellous performance."…