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.”