First Team 18/05/2019

Gomes: “I Expect Us To Carry On Growing”

A proud Heurelho Gomes insists Watford will only continue to “grow” as a club despite suffering defeat in the FA Cup Final at Wembley.

The Brazilian, who has played in every round of the competition this season, points to the record points tally in the Premier League and the unforgettable run to Saturday’s final as clear proof the Hornets are a club on the up.

Javi Gracia’s side recorded their best ever tally with 50 points in the league and edged Woking, Newcastle, QPR, Crystal Palace and Wolves to reach the last two in the FA Cup.

And that, insists the popular glove-man, is solid foundations on which the club can continue to build.

“We will go again,” said Gomes. “Maybe it will be even harder to get to the final next time but it is possible. We just need to keep going as a club, to keep growing as a club.

“It shows where this club is going. A few years ago, we were in the Championship and nobody expected us to come here. We are still growing. Of course, the result is hard to take but we faced one of the best sides in the world.

“It has been an amazing journey. No one will forget the comeback against Wolves.

“What you can expect from this club is that we will keep going. We are fighters. We will get better. This season has been better than all the others so what I expect is us to carry on growing.

“It was a proud day. Everyone wanted to be in our position but we did it. Of course, at the end the result wasn’t the one that we wanted.

“But I am so proud. I am so proud of what we have done this season.

“And I am so proud of our support. They were amazing until the end, until the final minutes, singing all the way through. That shows we are together.”

First Team 18/05/2019

Mariappa: “It’s An Honour To Play In Front Of Those Fans”

While the result was instantly forgettable, Watford defender Adrian Mariappa hailed the incredible support from the Hornets end at Wembley in Saturday’s FA Cup final.

Manchester City completed a domestic treble with a ruthless 6-0 victory over the Golden Boys, adding the FA Cup to their Premier League title and League Cup.

It was a difficult afternoon for Watford but even at 4-0 down, the sea of yellow and red never wavered in their boisterous support of Javi Gracia’s men.

And Mariappa – who came through the ranks at the club – insisted the players were grateful for that unflinching backing and believes this is just the start for the Hornets.

“The fans were incredible even at 6-0 down,” he said. “That’s what this club is all about. It is an honour to put the shirt on and play in front of those fans every week.

“No-one likes losing 6-0, even against a top side. We started well and had a good shape but in this type of game if you don’t take your chances you know they can hurt you. We needed to take ours.

“We wanted to be solid and catch them on the break. But they were very clinical on the day.

“It’s very tough to get to a final so it is a massive achievement for our club. It is a step forward and there are lots of positives to take.

“We are disappointed but it is a great achievement to get here.

“We have to take massive pride for this season. I have got to give big credit to all the boys.”