Tag: 2019 FA Cup run

18th May 2019- FA Cup Final, Manchester City 6 Watford 0

Referee:
Kevin Friend
Attendance:
85,854

FA Cup Report: Manchester City 6-0 Watford

Owner & Chairman’s Statement: Thank You

FA Cup Highlights: Manchester City 6-0 Watford

Gracia: “Today We Suffered Together”

Mariappa: “It’s An Honour To Play In Front Of Those Fans”

Gray: “We’ll Come Back A Lot Stronger”

Gomes: “I Expect Us To Carry On Growing”

Affleck’s Angle: We’ll Be Back

Watford beaten 6-0 by Manchester City in the FA Cup final at Wembley

Watford supporters sing until the last in face of heavy FA Cup final defeat to Manchester City

FA Cup final: Javi Gracia reacts to Watford’s heavy defeat to Manchester City

Players rated as Watford are thumped by Manchester City in the FA Cup final

Watford owner Gino Pozzo and chairman Scott Duxbury issue ‘thank you’ statement to fans

Pictures of Watford’s FA Cup final defeat to Manchester City

Adrian Mariappa said it is an honour to play for Watford after FA Cup final defeat

Heurelho Gomes wants Watford to focus on positives from their recent season

Heurelho Gomes will talk to Watford about his future plans

Andre Gray says Watford were ‘battered’ by Manchester City in the FA Cup final

Javi Gracia told Watford to come back stronger after Manchester City cup final defeat, says Andre Gray

FA Cup final: A selection of images as Watford fans arrive at Wembley

Gerard Deulofeu semi-final goal against Wolverhampton Wanderers voted best of the competition

The magic of the FA Cup is alive and well in the spirit of the Watford fans

Watford’s best chance of over-turning the odds came early on when City keeper Ederson saved at the feel of Roberto Pereyra and they were furious when referee Kevin Friend waved away penalty claims after Vincent Kompany blocked Abdoulaye Doucoure’s shot.

Watford then had a strong call for a penalty turned down by Kevin Friend as Abdoulaye Doucoure’s shot hit the arm of Vincent Kompany. Though the hand was by his side, we have recently seen penalties given by VAR for similar incidents, particularly in Europe, though the VAR controversially opted against a spot kick this time.

In the process it was also a demonstration of the gulf that now exists between a team that has just won back-to-back Premier League titles and one that finished 10 places further back, 48 points worse off, playing in only their second final.

Manchester City 6-0 Watford: FA Cup final player ratings

As it happened

Manchester City’s sky blue smashing of Watford proves football is broken

Might it have been different if Pereyra had taken Watford’s best chance on 14 minutes? Gracia said something about it in passing later although it felt a little wishful. The Watford coach’s point was that you really have to take your chances in those moments to have any hope at all. Abdoulaye Doucoure sprung the trap on 14 minutes and Pereyra had just Ederson to beat. But the man who is arguably the Premier League’s best goalkeeper came out at speed and seized the initiative from the Watford attacker whose shot hit Ederson’s legs.

Except that at 5-0, something remarkable happens.  We’ve been loud, in general, and in defiance of the scoreline.  Louder than a month ago, louder than City, the grim memory of the Palace play off now surely dismissed.  Because at 5-0 the songs start to thunder and the flags start to wave  and suddenly the away end is a torrent of yellow and red as flags get frantically waved.  I destroy two, the second of which floats down to the posh seats below as it detaches from its pole. It’s breathtaking and emotional.

City’s fifth came as a low cross from Silva was converted by Sterling.  At this point something remarkable happened, the flags started waving in the Watford end.  First a few and then the stand was a sea of red and yellow, all around us getting to their feet to wave the flags and sing our hearts out for the lads. 

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Build up to the 2019 FA Cup Final, Manchester City v Watford

FA Cup Final: Fans Present Banner To Hornets

Watson: “A Fantastic Chance To Win The Cup”

Deeney: “I’ll Get To Introduce The Team To Royalty”

Smith: “Anything Can Happen”

Goalkeepers’ Union: “It’s Like A Bromance”

Watch: Geri’s Wembley Walkthrough

Gracia: “I Am So Proud To Be In This Final”

Capoue: “We Need The 12th Man”

James: “My Heart Has To Be With Watford”

Terry: “Get At Them And Unsettle Them”

Gracia: “Deulofeu Has A High Quality”

Doucouré: “We Have To Take Our Moment”

Femenía: “It’s Finally Arrived”

Cathcart: “To Give Them A Win Would Be Unbelievable”

Deeney: “Let’s Try And Make History”

The Biggest Day In Our History

Hornets fans can win tickets to FA Cup final with Vicarage Road mural selfies

Paul Robinson: Watford will ‘always have a massive place in my heart’

Watford’s road to the FA Cup final: Woking negotiated in round three

Watford’s road to the FA Cup final: A fourth round triumph on Tyneside

Watford’s road to the FA Cup final: Into the quarter-finals in west London

Watford’s road to the FA Cup final: Andre Gray strike beats Crystal Palace in quarter-final

Watford’s road to the FA Cup final: Gerard Deulofeu comes off the bench to sink Wolverhampton Wanderers

The Duke of Cambridge will present the FA Cup to either Watford or Manchester City

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany says he is focused on beating Watford in the FA Cup final

Ben Watson thinks Watford have a ‘fantastic chance’ of beating Manchester City in the FA Cup final

Luther Blissett wants Watford focused on bringing home the FA Cup

A recollection of the 1984 FA Cup final between Watford and Everton

Javi Gracia hopes previous giant killings can help Watford beat Manchester City in the FA Cup final

Watford fan travels from Australia to watch FA Cup Final at Wembley

Etienne Capoue wants the 12th man to push Watford to beat Manchester City in the FA Cup final

Recalling the significance of Watford reaching the 1984 FA Cup final

FAN’S VIEW: Togetherness can help Watford beat Manchester City in the FA Cup final

Watford boss Javi Gracia will see his mother for the first time in a year at the FA Cup final

Troy Deeney wants his mum to see him lift the FA Cup with Watford

Troy Deeney wants Watford to give Manchester City a tough FA Cup final

FA Cup final: How to follow the action on BBC Sport

Watford FA Cup final: Seven days of uncertainty and the rise to success since

Watford fans bid to recreate 1984 ‘buzz’ for FA Cup Final

FA Cup: Watford’s Capoue on family, football, Baby Shark & Manchester City

FA Cup final: Hornets fly in for Watford and Manchester City game

Raheem Sterling has set standard on combating racism, says Andre Gray

BBC preview

FA Cup final: Man City look to make history, Watford aim for an upset

Man City v Watford: FA Cup final in numbers

John Barnes: ‘Winning the FA Cup would be so special for Watford… you remember honours, not whether you’ve stayed in the league for eight or nine years’

Manchester City v Watford: A complete guide

Javi Gracia says Watford’s success doesn’t ride on FA Cup glory

Watford’s Etienne Capoue says ‘nobody expects us to win’ FA Cup

FA Cup final: Manchester City face Watford with historic domestic treble in sight

Nigel Callaghan: ‘If I was meant to die I’d have died on that table’

Watford’s Étienne Capoue turns blind eye to Manchester City’s matches

‘A demanding perfectionist’: how Gino Pozzo did the unthinkable at Watford

Troy Deeney ready for FA Cup final battle with ‘beast’ Vincent Kompany

For the players, memories of Watford’s first FA Cup final still sting like it was yesterday

Troy Deeney: ‘Vincent Kompany is the league’s best centre-back since Rio Ferdinand, but if I’m on form he’ll have a tough day’

Watford FC’s hidden history revealed in five facts…

What if we win?  Yes, we’re underdogs.  But at least we’re that.  Any club in the country would love to be that right now, certainly Wolves who, whatever your attitude after three eventful games will be watching on nervously, telling themselves that this is something they can’t affect, because they can’t affect it, but worrying anyway.

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7th April 2019- FA Cup Semi Final, Watford 3 Wolverhampton Wanderers 2 (After Extra Time, at Wembley Stadium)

Pre-Match Build Up

Doucouré: “Perfect Captain Deeney Gives Us Energy”

Holebas: “Football Is About Emotion”

FA Cup Team News: Wolverhampton Wanderers

Gracia: “We Know We Can Beat Them Again”

Gracia: “Capoue & Doucouré Are The Best Midfielders”

Gracia: “My Sons Are Singing The Songs”

Watford captain Troy Deeney has said the FA Cup semi-final is less exciting than the chance to build a legacy

Will Hughes says Watford won’t take Wolverhampton Wanderers game for granted after victory earlier in the season

Watford vs Wolverhampton Wanderers: Richard Lee would toss a coin to decide whether Ben Foster or Heurelho Gomes starts FA Cup semi-final

Watford vs Wolverhampton Wanderers: Javi Gracia says reaching FA Cup final would be the best achievement of his career

Watford vs Wolverhampton: Nuno Espirito Santo predicts ‘very close’ FA Cup semi-final

Watford vs Wolverhampton Wanderers: Joao Moutinho issues warning ahead of FA Cup semi-final

Watford vs Wolverhampton Wanderers: Ben Foster thinks it would be harsh to leave Heurelho Gomes out of the semi-final

An insight into the Hornets’ FA Cup semi-final opponents

Andre Gray has forgiven Wolverhampton Wanderers for releasing him as a young academy player

Jose Holebas is proud of Watford’s team mentality and wants fans to make noise at Wembley

Watford vs Wolverhampton Wanderers: Jave Gracia praises Nuno Espirito Santo ahead of FA Cup semi-final

FA Cup: Man City, Brighton, Watford and Wolves compete in semi-finals

Before the season began, Watford were joint-third favourites for relegation, considered by bookmakers to be better only than Cardiff and Huddersfield. Javi Gracia was fifth in the betting to be the first top-flight manager to be sacked. General opinion was clear, and scathing. Fast forward eight months and Watford are jostling with Wolves for both seventh place in the top flight and, on Sunday, a spot in the FA Cup final.

Referee:
Michael Oliver
Attendance:
80,092
1-2
2-2
3-2
Full Time

FA Cup Match Report: Watford 3-2 Wolverhampton Wanderers (AET)

Gomes: “You Must Always Believe”

Gracia On Deulofeu: “He Was Angry & I Like To See That”

Deulofeu: “I’m Just Happy To Help The Team”

Gracia: “Players Want To Keep Going And Improve”

Murphy: “A Better Story To See Deeney Lift The FA Cup”

Cathcart: “The Best Season I’ve Had With Any Team”

Gray: “Anything Can Happen”

Gallery: Watford v Wolverhampton Wanderers

FA Cup Highlights: Watford 3-2 Wolves (AET)

Affleck’s Angle: Tears And Joy

Femenía: “Deeney Is A Legend”

Watford come back to beat Wolverhampton Wanderers in FA Cup semi-final

Hornets astonishingly come from two behind to reach FA Cup Final

Javi Gracia’s pride in players and fans after FA Cup semi-final triumph

Gerard Deulofeu says first goal was his most important

 Javi Gracia felt Gerard Deulofeu was ‘angry’ when he scored first FA Cup semi-final goal

Watford players rated after beating Wolverhampton Wanderers in the FA Cup semi-final

Hornets celebrate their FA Cup semi-final success

Javi Gracia told Watford players to beat Wolverhampton Wanderers and avoid cup final regret

Watford’s FA Cup third round opponents Woking have offered their congratulations after incredible semi-final victory

Andre Gray believes ‘anything can happen’ against Manchester City after Watford’s FA Cup semi-final triumph

VIDEO: Watford players and fans celebrate their FA Cup semi-final triumph

Heurelho Gomes does not mind who plays in Watford’s FA Cup final

Watford captain Troy Deeney has drawn praise for emotional and open interviews following FA Cup semi-final win

FAN PICS: How Watford fans celebrated FA Cup victory over Wolves

Watford goalkeeper Ben Foster has said Javi Gracia will not need convincing to select Heurelho Gomes for the FA Cup final

Gerard Deulofeu delivered a sensational display after coming on as substitute to inspire Watford’s dramatic comeback from two goals down to beat Wolverhampton Wanderers after extra time in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley.

All was lost but we showed character, says Javi Gracia

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Deulofeu claims your star man award

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo says ‘we had it and it got away’

The FA Cup has still got it. Try as some might to kill it off and downgrade its significance, Watford and Wolverhampton Wanderers produced a classic Wembley semi-final as a reminder that this great old competition can still touch all the sport’s senses.

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Jake Humphrey’s charity FA Cup tweet a ‘minor miracle’

Wolves had held a 2-0 lead until the 79th minute when Deulofeu chipped in a curling shot to spark hope for the Hornets whose captain Troy Deeney then won and scored a 94th-minute penalty.

The Rocket Men have lift off. It has been a long, long time since Watford were in the FA Cup final but they produced one of the greatest-ever comebacks in the history of this grand old competition to shatter Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Javi Gracia and his players simply refused to lose, to buy into the script that had Wolves continuing their fairytale season with a march into the final against Manchester City. It took a moment of magic to revive them and one of the highest drama to force extra time. And, with the tide of a tumultuous semi-final turned, there was a degree of inevitability about the winning goal, which was scored by Gerard Deulofeu.

Minute by minute

Gerard Deulofeu took out his anger on Wolves after being dropped from the starting Watford line-up, according to his manager, Javi Gracia, to inspire one of the great FA Cup comebacks.

As a manager you know it is definitely and incontrovertibly your day when you are faced with one major selection decision, get it demonstrably wrong and then win the game because of it. Javi Gracia’s first full season at Watford is going so well that even his mistakes work out.

Our first small victory comes with the visual display. Wolves’ tableau is impressive, but static.  A statement.  But it doesn’t compare to the frenzied energy of the waving of 33000 plastic flags, like insects swarming over the away end.  You can hear our lot now.  We’re fighting back.  The game hasn’t even started, obviously.  But we’re in it.

Then a throw-in from Holebas was knocked back to Deulofeu, it didn’t look particularly dangerous for the opposition until Gerry nonchalantly lifted the ball into the top far corner.  It was a gorgeous goal out of nothing and suddenly it was game on with 10 minutes remaining. 

It was all falling apart, visions of that day against Crystal Palace came flooding back into my mind. I had given up, Wolves don’t throw away two goal leads. On came Deulofeu to help try and salvage something from the game, hopefully he was able to give us the little bit of magic we needed.

She wore a yellow ribbon…

Watford’s road to the FA Cup final: Gerard Deulofeu comes off the bench to sink Wolverhampton Wanderers

16th March 2019- FA Cup Sixth Round, Watford 2 Crystal Palace 1

Referee:
Kevin Friend
Attendance:
18,104
1-0
2-1

FA Cup Report: Watford 2-1 Crystal Palace

Gomes: “I Feel So Proud”

Gray: “A Little Bit More Special”

Gracia: “It’s Something Amazing For Us”

Gallery: Watford v Crystal Palace

Affleck’s Angle: Deulofeu’s Determined Defence

Watford and Crystal Palace going head to head in FA Cup quarter final

Gracia On Gray: “I Am Happy For Him”

Watford beat Crystal Palace in FA Cup quarter-finals thanks to Andre Gray winner

Watford vs Crystal Palace: Javi Gracia praises Heurelho Gomes after FA Cup quarter-final triumph

Watford vs Crystal Palace: Javi Gracia stresses the Hornets’ strength as a team

Adrian Mariappa says Watford are not getting carried away over FA Cup semi-final

Andre Gray said his goal for Watford against Crystal Palace was ‘special’

Second-half substitute Andre Gray scored two minutes after coming on to send Watford into the FA Cup semi-finals with victory over Crystal Palace at Vicarage Road.

Gray’s goal 11 minutes from time booked Watford’s place at Wembley for the second time in four years after a passionate quarter-final at Vicarage Road, which the hosts were good value for edging. They took advantage of increasing first-half momentum to move ahead on the half-hour when Etienne Capoue was teed up by Craig Cathcart after Vincent Guiata missed a punch from a corner. But Michy Batshuayi then levelled after half-time following a horrible mistake from Adrian Mariappa.

As it happened

Nearly 35 years since their solitary appearance in the FA Cup final under Graham Taylor, Watford now have the chance under Gracia to emulate that famous side by reaching the Wembley showpiece match in May for a second time. The Spaniard’s name reverberated around the stadium at the final whistle as the veteran goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes – who is planning to take up a new career as a pastor at the end of the season – wept tears of joy. “When the team was suffering in the second half they were very important for the team,” Gracia said of his club’s fans. “I think they really lifted our players.”

It had been a long time coming, but finally Watford have their revenge. After losing to Crystal Palace in the 2013 Championship play-off final and the 2016 FA Cup semi-final, they have made it past their bogey team. As the crowd sang loud at the final whistle, Javi Gracia’s side are on their way to Wembley. And in the process they have consigned Roy Hodgson to another season without an FA Cup semi-final appearance.

The tide of confidence was rolling by 11.15. That’s when “it’s bloody Palace, isn’t it?” was swept over and crushed. But in effect the build up to that wave, the little ripples, started at least a week earlier as Palace lost to Brighton, Southampton and Newcastle earned unlikely wins and the Eagles started looking over their shoulders again. So when Zaha pulled a calf muscle in training it was never going to be risked.

The 1881 had put incredible efforts into making sure that there would be a tremendous atmosphere.  When we took our seats, the ground was already full of people waving flags.  The big screen was showing footage of earlier quarter-finals.  I enjoyed watching John Barnes lobbing Tony Coton in 1984, but it is the Arsenal game in 1987 that always comes to mind.  I loved that day out at Highbury.

Prior to the game there was a lot of talk about Watford refusing to give Crystal Palace fans the entire Vicarage Road End and instead allocate them the absolute minimum number of tickets they could. This involved a lot of netting having to be put out in the stand…

Watford’s road to the FA Cup final: Andre Gray strike beats Crystal Palace in quarter-final

15th February 2019- FA Cup Fifth Round, Queens Park Rangers 0 Watford 1

Referee:
Michael Oliver
Attendance:
17,212

FA Cup Report: QPR 0-1 Watford

Gomes: “I Couldn’t Ask For More”

Gracia: “It’s Important We’re Getting These Results”

Britos: “It Was A Big Effort”

FA Cup Highlights: QPR 0-1 Watford

Gallery: QPR v Watford

Affleck’s Angle: Stick Or Twist

Relive our coverage of Queens Park Rangers vs Watford in the FA Cup fifth round

Queens Park Rangers vs Watford: Etienne Capoue sends Hornets into FA Cup quarter-finals

Queens Park Rangers vs Watford: Javi Gracia staying focused after Hornets reach FA Cup sixth round

How we scored Watford in their FA Cup win at Queens Park Rangers

Javi Graca praises Watford players’ professionalism and commitment

Heurelho Gomes calls on Watford to believe they can reach Wembley

A selection of images from Watford’s FA Cup win at Queens Park Rangers

Watford reached the FA Cup quarter-finals for the second time in four seasons after a hard-fought win against battling Queens Park Rangers.

As four minutes of added time were shown at the end of the first half, Capoue swept the ball home after a mis-hit from Tom Cleverley and it proved to be the winner.

Queens Park Rangers had to wait for this moment. Their previous appearance in the FA Cup fifth round had come at Wimbledon in 1997 and it is doubtful whether any club has since endured a more dismal record in the competition. The London club had won only four ties – each of them in the third round – before this season.

Watford were quick to applaud their 2,654 travelling supporters, who ended the evening singing of Wembley.

Prior to kick-off there was a minute’s applause for Gordon Banks who passed away this week.  It has to be said that nobody waited for the referee’s whistle to start the tribute.

Watford’s road to the FA Cup final: Into the quarter-finals in west London