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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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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

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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

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Luther Blissett wants Watford focused on bringing home the FA Cup

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

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

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BBC preview

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

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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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9th March 2019- Premier League, Manchester City 3 Watford 1

Referee:
Paul Tierney
Attendance:
54,104
Goal 1

Match Report: Manchester City 3-1 Watford

Capoue: “We Worked So Hard”

Highlights: Manchester City 3-1 Watford

Gracia: “We Have Competed Really Well”

Gallery: Manchester City v Watford

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A selection of images as Watford lose to Manchester City

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Raheem Sterling’s quick-fire second-half hat-trick sent Manchester City four points clear at the top of the Premier League, but there was controversy over the opener that broke down a stubborn Watford side.

Sterling’s first goal, 40 seconds after half-time, was initially ruled out for offside but after a long discussion, referee Paul Tierney overturned his own decision, with Daryl Janmaat’s attempted block just before Sterling struck ruled as having played the winger onside.

Janmaat’s involvement did not change some basic facts, namely that Sterling had been offside from Agüero’s flick-on and was going for the ball, prominently involved in play. Yet Tierney came away from a lengthy discussion with his assistant, Adrian Holmes, by deciding to overrule the original decision and declare Sterling was, in fact, onside. Confused? Well, join the club. Javi Gracia, the Watford manager, tries not to be a critic of referees and showed commendable restraint afterwards, noting only his belief it was very much the wrong decision. As for Guardiola, he pointed out that English football should have had VAR in place long before now.

Minute by minute report

After the floodgates opened in the second half, Watford did strike back with one goal, coming from the first two touches of their two substitutes, introduced moments earlier on 65 minutes. Troy Deeney’s flick-on was finished well by Gerard Deulofeu.

Like the majority of Watford fans, I don’t travel to places like City expecting anything out of the game, so the fact that the home side had the vast majority of the possession and Watford had only the single shot on target came as no surprise.  Unlike the trip to Liverpool, Watford were more effective in defence and, had the referee not interfered, the result may have been more favourable. 

4th December 2018- Premier League, Watford 1 Manchester City 2

Jon Marks BBC 3CR commentary   Goals: 1

Match Report: Watford 1-2 Manchester City

Gracia: “I’m Proud Of My Players”

Kabasele: “We Showed Some Character”

Quina: “Once You Have A Taste, You Want More”

Highlights: Watford 1-2 Manchester City

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Gallery: Watford v Manchester City

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Leaders Manchester City survived a late scare to see off Watford 2-1 at Vicarage Road on Tuesday night.

The reigning champions had controlled Tuesday’s game and led through goals from Leroy Sane and Riyad Mahrez but Abdoulaye Doucoure scrambled in for Watford in the 85th minute to give the hosts hope of an unlikely comeback.  Watford sent goalkeeper Ben Foster forward for set-pieces in a frantic finish, with Guardiola introducing defensive reinforcements to deal with the pressure, but the visitors held on for their seventh successive league win.

Abdoulaye Doucouré bundled in an 85th-minute goal and City ended the match sucked into a pressure situation. Defending set pieces, all hands to the pump, nerves on edge, it was a reminder of how quickly, and how dangerously, control can evaporate.

It would be unfair to overlook the level of City’s dominance for most of this game against a club that for the last two seasons has beaten the reigning champions at Vicarage Road.

As this was Watford’s “rainbow laces” game in support of LGBT+ inclusion in sport, the 1881 and the Proud Hornets had worked together to put on a rainbow banner display in the Rookery, which was absolutely magnificent.

Given that Manchester City had won at Vicarage Road 5-0 and 6-0 over the last two seasons respectively, it was a almost a pleasant surprise to see us only concede two this time round.

2nd January 2018- Premier League, Manchester City 3 Watford 1

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Watford Observer

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BBC Sport Runaway leaders Manchester City showed no ill-effects from the end of their 18-game Premier League winning run by comfortably beating Watford.

sky Raheem Sterling scored the fastest goal of the Premier League season as Manchester City got back to winning ways with a 3-1 win over Watford on Tuesday.

guardian Manchester City are back to winning ways and the breezy, emphatic nature of the defeat of Watford suggests the ending of their record 18-game winning sequenceon New Year’s Eve has merely refreshed Pep Guardiola’s side and made them doubly determined to resume their love of steamrollering opposition.

TelegraphCity put six past Watford in September and if we are nit-picking Pep Guardiola’s men should have scored easily that many here. In the end, they had to settle for three, one apiece for Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero either side of an own goal from Christian Kabasele and a flurry of missed chances before Andre Gray pulled one back for Watford late on.

FranBy half time I was feeling rather better than I had been at kick-off.  Then the players came out for the second half and I felt distinctly unwell again.  It was clearly the thought of the football that was making me ill.

The Hornets Nest To say thank you to all the travelling supporters, the club gave every Watford fan in attendance a £10 food and drink voucher. A nice touch on what was a wet and miserable evening in Manchester.

Tales from the VicarageThe game couldn’t have started any worse for the Hornets. After just 40 seconds City were behind the defence and Sterling had a tap in from two yards out.

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16th September 2017- Premier League, Watford 0 Manchester City 6

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Watford Observer

Relive – Watford miss chance to top Premier League as Sergio Aguero hat-trick leads Manchester City to thumping win

Sergio Aguero scores hat-trick as Manchester City demolish Watford at Vicarage Road

Watford head coach Marco Silva believes Manchester City’s first and third goals were offside in 6-0 defeat

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Watford: Marco Silva rubbishes suggestions his sides struggle against bigger sides after heavy Manchester City loss

Watford players lost focus during 6-0 Premier League trouncing against Manchester City, says Heurelho Gomes

BBC SportSergio Aguero scored a hat-trick as Manchester City moved top of the table and handed Watford their heaviest ever top-flight defeat.

skySergio Aguero scored his 10th hat-trick for Manchester City as they thrashed Watford 6-0 at Vicarage Road to go top of the Premier League.

guardianManchester City have blasted their way to the top of the Premier League and only an exceptional team will be able to challenge them. Watford, watched by Elton John and unbeaten before Pep Guardiola’s men rocked up here, fancied their chances but were blown away by a three-goal salvo before half-time.

IndependentSergio Aguero’s superb hat-trick was the centre-point of a blistering Manchester City performance at Vicarage Road as they swept to the top of the Premier League.

TelegraphGoing one better than the 5-0 scoreline they rattled up here last season, Manchester City netted three goals in each half to cruise to the top of the Premier League.

BHappy imageSo.  Fourth in the League.  Early days, yes, but still.  Fourth in the league.  Cool, huh?

FranFor the second week running there was a Watford related event on Friday night.  This time it was Tony Coton’s book launch at the Vic.

The Hornets NestI fixed it.

Hornet effectWatford’s unbeaten start to the season was spectacularly ripped up as they were on the receiving end of a footballing lesson and an exhibition at times as an exceptional Manchester City team cantered to a 6-0 victory.

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21st May 2017- Premier League, Watford 0 Manchester City 5

Previously v Manchester City

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Watford Observer

Relive – Hornets hammered on final day by ruthless City

Man City mauling ends Mazzarri malaise

Mazzarri ‘would like to see a team that could do better’ with injury woes

RATINGS: Sorry Hornets end season in disappointment

BBC Sport Manchester City sealed their place in next season’s Champions League by crushing Watford to finish third in Pep Guardiola’s debut season.

sky Pep Guardiola’s first season at Manchester City ended with a flourish as a 5-0 thrashing of Watford secured third place and Champions League football on Sunday.

guardian To their credit, Watford’s supporters stuck around to applaud their team during the lap of honour after the final whistle. “You give us a bit of shit from time to time,” Deeney said. “But we deserve it.”

Independent Mazzarri has often cited injuries as the reason for his team’s indifferent performances and the situation was so bad here that he was forced to select two goalkeepers among the substitutes. But there was no excuse for continuing his perverse insistence on beginning with club captain and leader Troy Deeney on the bench. That left his team short of heart and spirit and it showed.

TelegraphAs for Watford, this was their sixth straight defeat since they secured 40 points and it was too much for some parts of the home support, who baited their departing manager. When referee Jon Moss called Mazzarri over for a chat about his conduct, the home fans chanted for their manager to be dismissed. When the fifth goal went in it got even nastier, with Mazzarri invited to “f— off”, and “get out of our club”.

BHappy image Our leader, in a final peevish move by his manager, was on the bench (and it’s arguable that in the admittedly ring-rusty Ben Watson, another to have been discarded cheaply by Mazzarri, we had another wise head underemployed). And, of course, we named two goalkeepers… much as we all love Rene Gilmartin this was no tribute to a departing hero (notably, no fawning 26th minute intro/outro for Rene who isn’t nearly a vain enough peacock to have suggested one) but a pathetically self-indulgent sulky statement by the outgoing coach. “Look what I’m left with”. A Charlie Rowan, a Carl Stewart or an Ogo Obi could have filled that space and garnered Mazzarri more sympathy and options.

FranGomes denied Agüero again dropping to block and getting injured in the process.  What a relief that there were two goalkeepers on the bench.

The Hornets Nest Mazzarri surprised everyone by naming two goalkeepers on the bench, something which I have never ever seen done before. It was as baffling as it was disrespectful to those young players trying to break into the first team. 

 

14th December 2016- Premier League, Manchester City 2 Watford 0

Previously v Manchester City

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Watford boss Mazzarri claims Hornets played a great game in City defeat

Guardiola admits Man City not at best in Watford win

Amrabat admits Man City sussed out Watford tactics in Etihad defeat

How did the Hornets rate in an uninspiring loss at Man City?

Early Pereyra injury assessment suggests it is ‘not minor’

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