Femenía: “Deeney Is A Legend”
Kiko Femenía says Troy Deeney is a Watford legend after his Wembley heroics helped the Hornets reach the FA Cup final.
The Golden Boys’ captain kept his cool when he won a penalty in second-half stoppage time with his side a goal behind, waited for VAR to confirm the decision, and then emphatically smashed home the spot-kick to send the tie into extra time.
Deeney has now contributed to 10 goals – scoring six - in his past 14 FA Cup outings, and Femenía is grateful that he’s able to play in the same team as the Birmingham-born striker, who will now lead Watford out in the final on May 18.
“He’s someone that we need,” said the Spaniard. “For all of us he is a legend here [at Watford].
“He has done a lot for the club so he deserves it for how the fans treat him.”
To be 2-0 down and come back to win 3-2 in the greatest theatre of football this country has to offer, booking your place in the final of the most famous cup competition in the world takes some doing.
The resilience of this Watford side – who hit back through Gerard Deulofeu’s stunning lob before winning it in extra time via the Spaniard’s second - is embodied in Deeney’s approach to the game.
“He is a leader,” added Fermenía. “He keeps the ball at the front, he fights a lot, and you can tell he gives everything to and for the club. We notice when he’s not there!
“He can offer you different solutions, especially when the opponents press the defence. You can just throw the ball to him and he will keep it.
“I think he’s a leader both on and off the pitch, and he is friends with everyone.
“He always has the goal in his mind. He works a lot, and he never gives up. The good season [he is having] is a result of all that hard work.”