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Watford’s Deeney: “There’s not a ceiling on us yet”

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Watford’s climb up the Premier League table may have caught teams off guard, but Manchester City would be foolish not to appreciate what their opponents in the FA Cup Final can do over 90 (and then 120) minutes.

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Down 2-0 with under 10 minutes to play in Sunday’s FA Cup semifinal against Wolves at Wembley Stadium, Gerard Deulofeu sandwiched a brace around Troy Deeney‘s stoppage time penalty to clinch their second spot in an FA Cup Final.

The Hornets are in the middle of a surprising fight for seventh in the Premier League, but could earn a Europa League spot regardless of where they finish by upsetting Manchester City back at Wembley on May 18.

Here’s Deeney, who’s been with the club for 123 goals and nine seasons, from the Championship to the top flight and an upcoming final.

From the BBC:

“I’ve said on many occasions that this team has something special. We’re not the most talented, we’re not all that, but the hard work and desire at 2-0 down… many teams would’ve called it a day but we kept fighting and kept going and brought the little man on, who produced a bit of magic.

“We’ve got room to grow, there’s not a ceiling on us yet a a team. For a club of this size, let’s enjoy this moment.”

Deeney is just one feel-good story in the bunch, as 38-year-old backup goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes made a number of fine saves in what could be the final run of his long career.

“The boys kept so cool,” Gomes said. “Troy Deeney can deal with any pressure, once more he did that for us. It was amazing and he deserves it as well. … It’s about the group, the team. I will not knock on the manager’s door to play in the final. If he needs me I will be there, if not we are well served by Ben Foster.”

A big task awaits the Hornets, but they’ll be ready and know that a comeback is always possible.

Deulofeu leads stunning comeback, Watford reaches FA Cup Final (video)

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  • Doherty puts Wolves ahead
  • Jimenez makes it 2-0 with terrific goal, celebration (video)
  • Deulofeu pulls one back with stunning chip
  • Wolves to meet Man City in final

Gerard Deulofeu scored two goals including the extra time winner as Watford came back from two down to beat Wolves 3-2 in a thrilling FA Cup semifinal at Wembley Stadium on Sunday.

Watford will tangle with Manchester City in the FA Cup Final on May 18 at Wembley Stadium.

Matt Doherty and Raul Jimenez scored Wolves, who led 2-0 with 10 minutes to play.

Troy Deeney scored Watford’s other goal, while Deulofeu’s markers were his eighth and ninth of the season to go with five assists.

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Andre Gray leapt in a bid to chop a terrific Troy Deeney cross over the bar, but a header would’ve been wiser and Gray’s kick popped over the frame.

Heurelho Gomes reacted quickly to parry a deflected Leander Dendoncker shot over the goal.

Wolves went ahead through a training ground corner kick, Doherty getting in front of Abdoulaye Doucoure to nod a left-footed cross past Gomes.

Deeney cued up Gray for another chance in first half stoppage, but the latter’s smash sliced off Wolves defender Conor Coady for a corner kick.

Jimenez doubled Wolves lead in sensational fashion, chesting a cross into position for an airborne volley past Gomes.

But it wasn’t over thanks to genius from substitute Deulofeu, who chipped the keeper from a wild angle to make it 2-0.

Dendoncker caught Deeney’s foot in the box during stoppage time, and Watford hit the penalty spot with a bid to make it 2-2.

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It was off to extra time!

Live, FA Cup quarterfinal: Watford v. Crystal Palace

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Watford host Crystal Palace on Saturday (match begins at 8:15 a.m. ET) to kick off the FA Cup quarterfinal action.

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The rivalry between these two teams has bubbled up over the past few years and even though the main protagonist, Wilfried Zaha, isn’t fit and playing there will still be a spicy atmosphere at Vicarage Road.

Watford have beat Palace 2-1 in both of their Premier League encounters this season, but Palace’s strong away form will make this a tense quarterfinal.

In team news Watford have named their strongest possible lineup, with veteran goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes coming in to start in goal.

Palace are without Zaha, who is nursing a hamstring injury, and both Scott Dann and Patrick Van Aanholt are also out.


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Manchester City 3-1 Watford: Leaders back in the win column

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  • Sterling, Aguero score
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Manchester City struck early en route to an easy 3-1 win over Watford at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday.

The match was the first for City since its 18-match win streak was snapped by a draw with Crystal Palace this weekend.

Watford remains 10th, but is now just five points clear of the drop zone.

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Who needs a minute? Man City went ahead after just 39 seconds.

Two of City’s breakout stars of the season, Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling, connected on a cross from the former on the left to the unmarked latter on the right.

David Silva sent Kevin De Bruyne deep into the box, and his cross from the left was deflected into the goal by Christian Kabasele before it could get to Sergio Aguero. Own goal, 2-0.

De Bruyne then whipped a free kick off the cross bar, and City put the rebound in Heurelho Gomes‘ hands.

The Hornets came close to pulling one back in the 29th minute, but Ederson palmed Andre Gray‘s effort wide of the far post.

Aguero would get on the board of his own accord off a 63rd minute corner, as Man City put this one out of reach with just under a half hour to spare.

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Watford 2-1 Leicester: Hornets sting Foxes

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Watford beat Leicester 2-1 at Vicarage Road on Boxing Day as Marco Silva’s side ended a run of six games without a win.

Riyad Mahrez put Leicester ahead but Molla Wague, on his full debut, equalized. Abdoulaye Doucoure’s second half shot was pushed into his own net by Kasper Schmeichel and that’s how it finished.

With the win Watford have 25 points and sit in 10th, while Leicester have 27 points.

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Leicester took the lead in the first half through Mahrez who scored with a header after 37 minutes.

Marc Albrighton‘s cross found Mahrez and the Algerian continued his fine recent form to make it 1-0.

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Watford leveled things up right on half time as Wague scored on his first start for the Hornets to give the Hornets the momentum as Richarlison also hit the post as they responded well to going behind.

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The hosts went ahead in the second half in bizarre circumstances.

Tom Cleverley’s free kick found Doucoure at the back post and he squeezed in a shot on goal which saw Schmeichel get the last touch and divert the ball in as he tried to save them.

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Late on Leicester sent on plenty of attackers to try and get back in the game but failed to do so with Heurelho Gomes making two superb stops as Watford snapped their run of four-straight defeats with a dogged display.