First Team 08/04/2019

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

Craig Cathcart says this Watford team is the best side he’s ever been a part of.

The now-FA Cup finalists played with heart and courage against Wolves at Wembley to book their place for May 18, fighting back from 2-0 down to win 3-2 in extra time.

Gerard Deulofeu struck either side of Troy Deeney’s ice-cool penalty in added time.

An overjoyed Cathcart, 30, insisted he has never known a better time in his career, despite beginning his career at Manchester United.

“It’s an incredible achievement,” said Cathcart. “We knew it would be tough, but to do it that way makes it extra special.

“All the lads are buzzing. It’s going to be a great day for everyone involved with the club - players, staff and the fans.

“We showed how competitive we are and how good our team spirit is.

“This is the best season I have had with any team. It’s been great, we just want to go finish it off strongly now.”

Cathcart made five clearances, and won 100 per cent of his tackles at Wembley, as Watford secured their place in the FA Cup final.

The centre-half has been the Hornets’ ‘Mr. Reliable’ this season, quietly going about his business - it’s the mark of a good defender that you’re not often talked about - and he was pleased with the manner of the Golden Boys’ comeback.

“We were doing alright, but then they gave us a bit of a sucker punch with that goal,“ said the former Blackpool man. “It was the same in the second half.

“We were trying and it just wasn’t falling our way, but once we got the goal back their heads dropped and we were on the front foot. 

“We showed great character to get through the 90 minutes, and then the extra 30.

“It’s still all to play for, and we have some games left in the Premier League and we want to do as well as we can. But for now we’re just going to enjoy this.”

First Team 08/04/2019

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

BBC pundit and FA Cup winner Danny Murphy says it “would be a better story” to see Troy Deeney lift the world’s most famous trophy.

Watford booked their place in the showpiece final against Manchester City with a remarkable comeback against Wolves on Sunday, overturning a 2-0 deficit to win 3-2 after extra time.

After Gerard Deulofeu’s scintillating chip pulled one back, Hornets skipper Deeney was upended in the box before demonstrating incredible composure to rifle the resulting penalty beyond John Ruddy to restore parity.

Deulofeu’s second completed an unforgettable turnaround and ensure it would be Watford who face City on 18 May.

But Murphy, who lifted the trophy himself in 2001 with Liverpool, believes it is the example of skipper Deeney that must be commended, especially when you look at his journey to the upper echelons of English football.

“We talk about role models in football,” he said. “There is a responsibility that comes with being a footballer and you do have to sacrifice things.

“A role model isn't always someone who's always acted well but has come back from adversity, someone who has shown that even if things haven’t gone so well, you can still reach the top.

“Troy has played in non-league, looked after himself, worked hard to get up into the Football League and now the Premier League. When you ask yourself what is a role model, looking at someone like him if you’re a young player, he is someone you can relate to. He has been through it and came out on top.

“His attitude too, the way he conducts himself, the way he plays has to rub off on the rest of the team.

“That moment when he scored the penalty and the energy and passion he showed, you could see it. It was years and years of waiting for that moment.

“Although it would be an amazing thing to see Manchester City win the quadruple because they are a wonderful team, it would be a better story to see Troy lifting the FA Cup.”