First Team 17/05/2019

Cathcart: “To Give Them A Win Would Be Unbelievable”

No regrets – that’s the mantra Craig Cathcart will be taking into the FA Cup final, despite treble-chasing Manchester City being the bookies’ favourites at Wembley.

The Northern Ireland international says the Hornets are aware of the size of the task awaiting them, but are approaching the club’s first cup final in 35 years with nothing but confidence in their ability to create history.

“We have to try,” said Cathcart, speaking to the Metro. “It’s going to be a great day. It’s something we have to enjoy, or we’d probably regret it afterwards.

“It’s a massive achievement to get there when you think of the top six teams trying to win every bit of silverware they can.”

Cathcart scored when Watford visited Wembley to play Tottenham in the Premier League this season

If Watford are to spring a surprise they’ll need big-game performances from each and every player, and it’s for that reason Cathcart was particularly pleased to see José Holebas’ final-day red card against West Ham rescinded, meaning the Greek left-back will be available to play his part at Wembley.

“He’s a bit of a character,” joked Cathcart. “He’s the biggest moaner at the club, from the minute he walks through the door. I’m sure everyone would say the same. Mainly because he has high standards of himself.

“He would have been a big miss, for sure, especially from set-pieces. He has been one of our best players this season. I’d have been devastated for him to miss out.”

It’s been quite a season for Javi Gracia’s men, who – despite a below par finish – achieved their best ever Premier League points tally and reached the club’s second FA Cup final. 

Now, with one final fixture remaining, Cathcart is dreaming of a glorious finish to an already record-breaking campaign.

“The last few weeks it has felt like we’ve not been performing to our normal standards, but I think we’d have taken 50 points and an FA Cup final [before the season],” he said.

“It’s not going to happen every year for Watford or for this squad, so it’s something we have to make the most of and I’m sure the fans will enjoy their day. To give them a win would be unbelievable.”

First Team 17/05/2019

Femenía: “It’s Finally Arrived”

Kiko Femenía is delighted that the FA Cup final against Manchester City is now, finally, just one day away.

The former Alaves defender has one runners-up medal to his name in the Copa del Rey, and will now be hoping to go one better with the Hornets in the FA Cup.

“We have been thinking about this final for weeks and finally it’s arrived,” said Femenía.

“More importantly we have to enjoy it and enjoy ourselves. It’s not worth us pressuring ourselves, we should actually do the complete opposite and just get into the mindset that it is a final, anything could happen and we hope to win it. It’s about enjoying it and I think by doing so, we will give our best.

“It’s about staying together and being unified. Everyone has to do their bit. As a team we need to defend together and attack together and keep compact.

“In my experience Manchester City is more of a complete team than Barcelona, they have very fast players that can cause us problems. So it’s just about making sure we keep together.”