FA Cup

Gerard Deulofeu on track for “best season” of career

Watford forward Gerard Deulofeu feels this season is shaping up to be the best of his career. The in-form Spaniard scored his 10th and 11th goals of the season in Saturday’s 2-1 win at Huddersfield to keep the FA Cup finalists on course for their highest-ever Premier League finish. “Yes, with goals, yes,” Deulofeu said when asked if the current campaign could prove to be a career high point. “But it will be the best season if we win the title (FA Cup) and we finish seventh in the Premier League.” The Hornets climbed up to seventh on Saturday, but were leapfrogged by Everton following their 4-0 win against Manchester United on Sunday. Deulofeu’s brace at the John Smith’s Stadium followed hot on the heels of his brilliant Wembley double, which sparke...

Three key fixtures as Manchester City shift focus to treble

Defeat to Tottenham saw Pep Guardiola’s side exit at the quarter-final stage. Manchester City‘s quest for the quadruple came to an end as they lost their Champions League quarter-final on away goals to Tottenham. With the possibility of a first Champions League trophy no longer on the table, Pep Guardiola’s side have shifted their focus onto the domestic competitions. Having won the League Cup already this season, City are also through to the final of the FA Cup and can still secure a third Premier League title if they win all their remaining matches. Here, Press Association Sport takes a look at three key fixtures as the bid for the treble. Tottenham: April 20 Tottenham’s Fernando Llorente and Victor Wanyama celebrate after the final whistle of the Champions League...

Troy Deeney ‘subjected to racist abuse on social media’

The Hornets skipper scored a last-gasp equaliser at Wembley. Troy Deeney claims to have suffered racial abuse on social media in the aftermath of Watford‘s stunning FA Cup semi-final victory over Wolves. The Hornets skipper scored a last-gasp equaliser at Wembley to send the game into extra-time, with Javi Gracia’s side going on to snatch a 3-2 win after being 2-0 down. Deeney posted a series of pictures on his Instagram account – t_deeney – of his celebrations on the pitch and afterwards with his family and friends. The post read: “What a day one that will live long in the memory for sure, proud moment for me personally but couldn’t wish to share it with people that have helped me out in tough times I love you all and thank you. “From paying £10 subs to an fa...

Gerard Deulofeu “angry” at FA Cup semi-final snub

Deulofeu scored a superb brace on Sunday to send Watford to the FA Cup final. Watford hero Gerard Deulofeu vowed to fight Manchester City for the FA Cup after his stunning match-winning cameo downed Wolves. The 25-year-old’s brilliant brace capped the Hornets’ fightback as they recovered from 2-0 down with 11 minutes remaining to win a thrilling semi-final 3-2 after extra time. Troy Deeney’s injury-time penalty made it 2-2 at the death before Deulofeu’s 104th-minute winner at Wembley on Sunday. The former Barcelona forward came on in the 66th minute to turn the game before going off with an ankle injury with eight minutes left. City, who are chasing the quadruple, will be overwhelming favourites next month but Deulofeu – who scored an audacious chip to start Watford...

Anger helped Gerard Deulofeu fire Watford into FA Cup final – Javi Gracia

Gerard Deulofeu’s anger at being named as a substitute fuelled the match-winning display which took Watford into the FA Cup final, according to his manager Javi Gracia. Deulofeu’s 104th-minute winner completed the Hornets’ comeback after they recovered from going 2-0 down with 11 minutes left to claim a remarkable 3-2 extra-time victory over Wolves at Wembley on Sunday. The Spaniard’s wonderful chip had kick-started the fightback before Troy Deeney’s injury-time penalty – after the striker was tripped by Leander Dendoncker – brought Watford level in the most dramatic of fashions. 🙌 | Never write @WatfordFC off! #EmiratesFACup pic.twitter.com/2HMdBLN3DK — The Emirates FA Cup (@EmiratesFACup) April 7, 2019 “I think Gerard was angry when we started to play,” Gracia said. “I like to see the pl...

New Spurs stadium will make no difference to Champions League clash – De Bruyne

Kevin De Bruyne claims Tottenham’s new stadium will not be a significant factor in Manchester City’s Champions League clash against Spurs. The London club have been energised by completing their long-awaited move into their new home in the past week. Spurs are hoping the feelgood factor continues as they host quadruple-chasing City in the quarter-finals of the European competition on Tuesday but De Bruyne says it makes no difference. Tottenham host Manchester City in their new stadium on Tuesday (Nick Potts/PA) “I don’t care about the stadium,” said the Belgian playmaker. “I care about the team we play. “Everybody talks about the stadium like it’s something special. Everybody has a stadium, everybody has supporters. “They’ll be up for it, they’ll probably be a little bit more excited, but ...

Deeney brands Wolves star Jimenez a ‘loser’ over wrestling mask celebration

Jimenez pulled on the mask as he celebrated putting his side 2-0 ahead in their FA Cup semi-final against Watford, but their joy was short-lived. Watford captain Troy Deeney branded Wolves’ Raul Jimenez a “loser” and mocked his mask celebration after their dramatic FA Cup semi-final at Wembley. Deeney said he would have ‘lost his head’ if he had noticed the Wolves star pulling on a wrestling-style mask to celebrate his 62nd-minute goal which put his side 2-0 up. “I’m glad he put that mask on. He can wear it out as well now he’s a loser!” Troy Deeney mocks Raúl Jiménez’s goal celebration!#FACup #WATWOL 📺 HD11 pic.twitter.com/hXKSigMXX8 — beIN SPORTS (@beINSPORTS) April 7, 2019 After watching a replay of the celebration on beIN Sports, Deeney said: “I’m glad he ...

Foster will have no complaints at being on bench at Wembley

Foster joked that he would refuse to play if picked in FA Cup final line-up next month. Watford goalkeeper Ben Foster has backed team-mate Heurelho Gomes to keep his place for the FA Cup final. Foster is the club’s number one but the veteran Brazilian has started in the cup competitions this season. Gomes played on Sunday as Watford reached their first FA Cup final since 1984 in dramatic fashion, coming from 2-0 down to beat Wolves 3-2 after extra time at Wembley. Captain Troy Deeney scored an added-time penalty to level things up. Love this! @BenFoster when asked what he would do if he was picked for the @EmiratesFACup final: “I’ll absolutely refuse! @hdgomes deserves it and should play without a doubt. He has never let this club down and never will. He was fantastic today.” p...

Deulofeu was fuelled by anger – Watford boss Gracia hails match-winner

Watford boss Javi Gracia believes Gerard Deulofeu used his anger at being left on the bench to inspire Watford to a sensational FA Cup semi-final comeback against Wolves. The super sub struck a brilliant brace, including a 104th-minute winner, as the Hornets hit back from 2-0 down with 11 minutes left to win 3-2 at Wembley. The 25-year-old turned the game with an audacious chip before Troy Deeney’s 90th-minute penalty sent it into extra-time. Watford’s Gerard Deulofeu celebrates his extra-time winner against Wolves (Nick Potts/PA). Wolves were on the brink of reaching their first FA Cup final for 59 years after goals from Matt Doherty and Raul Jimenez put them 2-0 up with 62 minutes gone, but Deulofeu’s 66th-minute introduction sent the Hornets into their second FA Cup final and first sinc...

Result: Watford stun Wolverhampton Wanderers with dramatic Wembley comeback

Watford beat Wolverhampton Wanderers 3-2 in a dramatic FA Cup semi-final thanks to a couple of goals – including one in extra time – from substitute Gerard Deulofeu. Watford have booked their place in the FA Cup final for the first time in 35 years thanks to a 3-2 comeback win against Wolverhampton Wanderers after extra time. Matt Doherty and Raul Jimenez scored in either half of normal time to put Wolves in command of the all-Premier League affair, but Gerard Deulofeu came off the bench to turn the tie on its head, scoring a world-class goal with 11 minutes to go to set up a dramatic finale. Watford’s pressure was relentless and it told as Deeney was tripped by Leander Dendoncker in the final seconds of the match at Wembley, allowing the Hornets’ skipper to brush h...

Mendy promises to follow rules as Manchester City chase glory

Benjamin Mendy insists he is no troublemaker and vowed to stick to the rulebook as the Manchester City left-back looks to make up for lost time. The 24-year-old has endured a topsy-turvy time since arriving at the Etihad Stadium in 2017. Mendy’s first season with City was brought to an abrupt halt by a cruciate ligament injury and, having helped France win the World Cup, on Saturday he made his first start since undergoing meniscus surgery in November. The full-back helped seal a hard-fought 1-0 FA Cup semi-final win against Brighton, but the questions after did not only revolve around fitness. Disciplined last September for reporting late to have treatment on a foot injury after attending a boxing event, Mendy was this week subject of reports that he was in a nightclub in the early hours ...

De Bruyne believes quadruple is nearly impossible for Manchester City

Kevin De Bruyne believes the mental and physical toll of chasing the quadruple could make the feat nearly impossible for Manchester City. City moved a step closer to an unprecedented clean sweep of four trophies by reaching the FA Cup final with a narrow 1-0 victory over Brighton at Wembley on Saturday. Yet manager Pep Guardiola described the quad challenge as almost impossible after the game and De Bruyne agrees that the congested fixture list presents a tough obstacle. Kevin De Bruyne thinks the quadruple is nearly impossible for Manchester City (Martin Rickett/PA) The Belgium playmaker said: “It is nearly impossible. I don’t think it is impossible to win every game, (looking) game by game, but if you see the fixtures coming up – I think every game we play now we are going to be at a dis...

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