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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!

Watford 0-0 Brighton and Hove Albion: Gulls can’t break down 10-man Hornets

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  • Brighton has hour up a man
  • Amrabat, Knockaert play well
  • Gomes gets the job done

Watford stayed unbeaten thanks to fine defending down a man in a scoreless draw against visiting Brighton and Hove Albion at Vicarage Road on Saturday.

Miguel Britos went from hero to goat in a hurry, earning a red card weeks after snaring a late point for Watford versus Liverpool.

Brighton could not find the back of the net despite a lively day from Anthony Knockaert.

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Nordin Amrabat won a dangerous free kick with a little embellishment following a manhandling from Markus Suttner, and a powerful ensuing header was blocked before it could get to Mathew Ryan.

Amrabat set up another chance with physical play against Suttner, but a pair of Hornets couldn’t get on the end of a square pass through the 18.

Brighton elbowed its way into the proceedings, and Knockaert forced Heurelho Gomes into a horizontal parry in the 23rd minute.

Miguel Britos then further put the ball in Brighton’s court with an ugly sliding challenge that earned him a red card with better than an hour to play.

Brighton hit a pair of posts, but received a scare when on-yellow Bruno tempted a red to even things up. No call.

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Kiko Femenia saved Gomes from a tricky stop in the 50th minute, and Brighton earned a corner.

Shane Duffy barely missed with a far post header moments later, and the Gulls were knocking at the door.

Brighton was awarded an indirect kick inside the area when Abdolaye Doucoure was whistled for a high kick inside the 18. The charging wall got a piece of Lewis Dunk‘s effort and it was out for a corner.

Oddly enough it was a counter of a Watford corner that saw Brighton really threaten a diving Gomes.

Record signing Jose Izquierdo came off the bench for Brighton and nearly curled a long distance effort into the upper 90.

Premier League Preview: Watford vs. Liverpool

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  • Liverpool won 6-1 on Nov. 6
  • Watford won fixture last season
  • Reds lead all-time 19W-3D-5L

Liverpool hopes to keep its Top Four advantage alive and Watford seeks revenge for an earlier beatdown when the two sides meet at Vicarage Road on Monday (Watch live at 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com).

It’s onto the next one for Jurgen Klopp, who says the Reds need at least three wins to best Man City and Manchester United to a Top Four spot in the Premier League. Liverpool is level with City and a point ahead of United before kickoff, and can set the bar for both Manchesters with a win.

Walter Mazzarri‘s Watford was stunned by 10-man Hull City last weekend and has to pick itself off the mat following two losses in three, the outlier being a less-than-impressive win over Swansea City. The Hornets beat Liverpool at Vicarage Road last season, but can look to the clubs’ first meeting this year as a threat of what the Reds can do when rampant.

What they’re saying

Watford backstop Heurelho Gomes on the team’s form: “It wasn’t a normal loss against Hull because we lost to ten men. We needed to  pick oursleves up, and go again because that’s the way to recover when you lose a game like we did. We were training hard this week, because we know this game will be very tough for us.”

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp on its UCL hopes“If we win no games in the last four, it will be difficult to be in the Champions League. If we win one, it will be unlikely. If we win two, it’s not really likely. But if we start winning three, it can work. If we win four, I would say it’s more likely it will happen. So that’s how it is. We know all this. But the only way to do this is to win the next one, and that’s what we should try.”

Prediction

Liverpool is finally on level terms with Man City and Manchester United in terms of matches played, and won’t waste its chance to set the table for another week. Reds win, 3-1.

Manchester City 2-0 Watford: Sterling scores, hosts make history in comfortable win

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  • Sterling has first City goal
  • Citizens remain unbeaten
  • Watford suffers first PL loss
  • Fernandinho adds insurance tally

Raheem Sterling’s first goal for Manchester City broke a halftime deadlock, helping the unbeaten Citizens to a 2-0 win over visiting Watford at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.

City has now won 10-straight Premier League matches across seasons, and has yet to concede a goal this season.

Fernandinho also scored for City, burying a hard shot across and past Gomes in the 56th.

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City dominated the first half, with the speed to settle any Watford counter, but showed little flair or knack for breaking through the Hornets’ defenders.

Heurelho Gomes was forced into one low save off the boot of Bacary Sagna, but Watford maintained the 0-0 score line into halftime.

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Sterling broke his duck shortly after the break, as David Silva laid off for Bacary Sagna on the right flank, and the ex-Liverpool man darted in to score past Gomes.

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