Watford booked their place in the FA Cup final in dramatic fashion this weekend.
They looked on the brink of another semi-final exit when they found themselves 2-0 down to Wolverhampton Wanderers, conceding goals from Matt Doherty and Raul Jimenez.
However, a moment of brilliance from Gerard Deulofeu completely changed the game, lobbing the ball over the John Ruddy to score one of new Wembley’s finest goals.
Troy Deeney then sent the game to extra-time with a late penalty, before Deulofeu bagged his second under the Wembley arch and sent Watford through to the final.
It will endure as one of the greatest FA Cup semi-finals of recent years and presents Watford with a massive opportunity to make history against Manchester City.
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Watford 3-2 Wolves
Stopping Pep Guardiola’s quest to secure the quadruple certainly won’t be an easy task, but you can guarantee that the Watford players will do everything in their power to win the cup.
That will, at the very least, be the case for Heurelho Gomes.
The Brazilian has been the goalkeeper of choice for Watford in the FA Cup and is set to hang up his gloves at the end of the season, meaning the final would be his last game for the Hornets.
Foster backs his fellow goalkeeper
Well, that’s assuming Javi Gracia continued with his current rotation tactic, something that managers like Roberto Mancini have abandoned before when it came to the final.
Ben Foster has been the number one choice in the Premier League, but in a remarkably classy comment this week, has insisted that he wouldn’t allow himself to be picked at Wembley.
The Englishman has insisted he would ‘absolutely refuse’ to start in the FA Cup final and that Gomes is the man for the job in his final Watford match.
“I’ll absolutely refuse!” Foster defiantly told the club’s Twitter account.
“Heurelho deserves it and should play without a doubt. He has never let this club down and never will. He was fantastic today.”
What a class act. Foster and Gomes were seen embracing after the victory against Wolves and it’s clear that their close relationship isn’t simply for the cameras.
Despite the competition for a place in the first team, there always seems to be a strong bond between goalkeepers at a club and it seems as though Watford is no different.
Gomes is something of a cult figure at Vicarage Road, having spent five years at the club, and Foster doesn’t want to deny him the chance of a perfect send off.
Watford fans will just have to hope that Gomes finishes the game with FA Cup glory and not with the ignominy of a Manchester City thrashing.
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