Smith: “Anything Can Happen”
By Kevin Affleck
Tommy Smith knows all about facing an expectant Manchester City side and just what the pressure of being huge favourites can do.
Smith was in the Queens Park Rangers squad on that barmy day in May 2012 when City produced one of the great escapology acts to score two goals in stoppage time, including that memorable winner from Sergio Agüero, to clinch the Premier League title.
But it was about as far from plain sailing as you get as unfancied QPR came from one down to lead 2-1 with ten men and looked for so long to have ruined City's party.
“The script had already been written,” said Smith. “City were supposed to win comfortably and it was a party atmosphere at the start but the atmosphere quickly turned. Pressure does funny things and the fans really turned. It ended up being an incredible finish and to be part of that that was amazing. It was nerve-wracking as we needed Stoke to get a result at home to Bolton and I think Bolton were winning at one stage. We ended up being safe and it worked out well for us in the end, but it was one of those days when everything happened.”
Smith will be in the stands with his son, who is in the club’s Academy, with the rest of the Watford fans on Saturday and he is daring to dream.
“You just never know,” he said. “City have played a lot of games and they have been pushed all the way in the league by Liverpool. Wigan beat them in the  final and Watford are a better team than Wigan. They can dig in and work hard but they’ve also got some good players who can change the game. City won't be taking Watford lightly.
“Javi Gracia is a very good coach and he’s shown what a bright guy he is this season. He got a lot of good results in Spain and this is another one-off game. Anything can happen.”