First Team 07/04/2019

Deulofeu: “I’m Just Happy To Help The Team”

Gerard Deulofeu admitted he was just happy to help the team after his two-goal cameo off the bench helped Watford into the FA Cup final.

Hornets boss Javi Gracia decided to partner Andre Gray – who had shone as a second half substitute in the midweek win over Fulham – alongside Troy Deeney against Wolves at Wembley on Sunday.

But, with Watford chasing the game at 2-0 down, Gracia introduced Deulofeu on 66 minutes.

Within 13 minutes, the Spaniard had clipped a stunning lobbed finish over John Ruddy. Then Deeney completed the comeback with a penalty in added time.

But Watford – and Deulofeu – weren’t finished. When Gray slipped a pass into the former Barcelona man’s path in the fourth minute of added time, he coolly slipped the ball beyond Ruddy to blow the roof off Wembley Stadium.

“When I was younger, I scored some goals like this at Barcelona,” admitted an overjoyed Deulofeu. “I saw the keeper up a bit and I put it over into the corner.

“Then with the penalty, Troy has so much experience. My thought then was that we could go on and win it.

“For me, it was good to help the team, and to then kill Wolves off in extra time.

“It was a good counter-attack, and after a one-two with Andre, my finish was really quick and I don’t think the keeper expected it.

“Here in England, games change so quick, and I’m just happy to help the team.”

Watford, of course, will now return to Wembley in May to face Manchester City with the FA Cup trophy on the line.

Deulofeu is excited at the opportunity to write another chapter in the club’s history.

“I’m so happy to be in the final,” he added.

“It will be tough but we are here at Wembley another time. We will fight in the final. We will suffer but let’s see if we can win the Cup and make history for the club.”

First Team 07/04/2019

Gomes: “You Must Always Believe”

Watch Gomes' post-match interview above or read on below.

Heurelho Gomes was astounded by the resilience shown by the Hornets as they came back to beat Wolves and reach the clubs' second-ever FA Cup final.

The Golden Boys had gone two goals down but came back with a thrilling late show to take this semi-final to extra time. Substitute Gerard Deulofeu pulled one back with a goal of exquisite quality, before Troy Deeney smashed home a 90th-minute penalty. Deulofeu then completed the turnaround in extra time, rolling the ball past John Ruddy, sending Watford fans into rapture.

“It was amazing,” said Gomes. “It was like until 70 minutes Wolves would win, but this is football - you must always believe! If we did not have belief we don’t achieve and we believed until the last minute.

“We showed we didn’t put our heads down and we fought until the end.”

He reserved special praise for the two goal-scorers - complimenting their mental strength and ability to turn the game around.

“Troy can deal with any pressure, and once more he did that for us. He deserves it, and it is not easy to take a penalty like that,” Gomes exclaimed. “We are a team. The gaffer picks the team that is going to work.

“Geri was prepared to help the team from the bench. He changed the game, and that’s why we are in the final.”