FA Cup: Watford beat Crystal Palace to reach semi-finals with Andre Gray winner


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FA Cup: Watford 2-1 Crystal Palace highlights

Second-half of replace Andre Grey scored two minutes after coming on to ship Watford into the FA Cup semi-finals with victory over Crystal Palace at Vicarage Avenue.

The Hornets had earlier led thru Etienne Capoue’s instinctive manufacture earlier than Michy Batshuayi levelled for the Eagles, finishing coolly after dispossessing Adrian Mariappa.

But soon after after changing Will Hughes, Grey fired past Vincente Guaita to ship his club into most efficient their sixth FA Cup semi-last.

After retaking the lead the hosts looked the extra seemingly facet to ranking as Troy Deeney noticed an effort neatly saved and Aaron Wan-Bissaka made a foremost intervention to help out Gerard Deulofeu within the closing phases.

Javi Gracia’s Watford have now beaten Palace three instances this season, having executed the double over them within the Premier League.

Deulofeu stars as Gracia’s modifications instruct fruitful

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‘What an affect!’ – replace Grey places Watford forward in opposition to Crystal Palace

Javi Gracia ready for Saturday’s quarter-last by resting seven gamers for their league game at Manchester City final weekend.

Whereas it could well merely have value them their most efficient probability of upsetting City at the Etihad, Gracia’s resolution proved fruitful with the Spaniard and his team now having an FA Cup semi-last at Wembley to put together for.

Deulofeu, who netted in opposition to City, used to be their foremost threat at some stage in, his livewire working and trickery a fixed thorn within the Eagles’ facet.

It used to be the Spanish forward who tested Vincente Guaita within the Palace plot first, wriggling his way into plot earlier than firing off a extremely effective shot because the hosts dominated the gap exchanges.

The Eagles keeper, making his FA Cup debut, used to be build below stress at some stage within the foremost half of and he had already flapped at several crosses earlier than the Hornets took the lead thru Capoue.

On the other hand, he soon made amends by tipping but every other vicious strike from Deulofeu over the bar, earlier than denying the ex-Everton and Barcelona player again, saving his plot-mosey free-kick.

Watford’s depth dropped within the 2d half of and they had been made to pay when Batshuayi levelled on the hour mark.

But after that they regained help an eye on and Grey netted their winner rapidly after coming on – finishing with aplomb after Pereyra had found him in plot within the midst of the sphere.

An emotional Heurelho Gomes led the fat-time celebrations at Vicarage Avenue, with the 38-365 days-extinct goalkeeper, who is plot to retire at the tip of the season, most definitely eyeing one final hurrah.

“Or no longer it is sensational. I couldn’t request for additional,” Gomes recommended BBC Match of the Day. “It used to be fantastic this day – it used to be emotional to be correct.

“It has been a mountainous five years here. I am Ninety nine% definite I will retire at the tip of the season nonetheless easy 1% I haven’t determined, nonetheless that is what I notion for from two or three years within the past. I am 38 so I judge it is the tip of my profession here.”

Hodgson left upset again

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Batshuayi finishes neatly to plot Palace level

Saturday’s game marked most efficient Palace’s 2d FA Cup quarter-last within the past 24 years.

And while they did have latest correct develop for beating Watford within the FA Cup – claiming victory within the 2016 semi-last between the perimeters – they did no longer attain ample to growth at Vicarage Avenue.

After a lacklustre first forty five minutes, in which Watford keeper Gomes used to be frequently ever tested, the Eagles emerged within the 2d half of with a recent verve and vigour to their play.

Gomes used to be forced accurate into a correct diving put by Max Meyer early within the 2d half of, earlier than the Brazilian with out tell dealt with Andros Townsend’s swerving free-kick.

However the light Tottenham keeper used to be unable to prevent Palace’s leveller, as Batshuayi performed coolly after catching Mariappa in possession.

On the other hand, Palace had been unable to manufacture on their equaliser to recreate their heroics of 2016, or avenge their two defeats by Watford this season, as Grey’s 79th-minute winner sent them dwelling with nothing.

Supervisor Roy Hodgson will seemingly be critically upset – he has now lost three FA Cup quarter-finals – and at 71 years of age this could merely had been his final probability of success in this competition.

The Eagles had been weakened by losing Wilfried Zaha to an hamstring harm he picked up in final weekend’s defeat by Brighton, nonetheless Hodgson is optimistic the forward will return to fat health in time for their Premier League match in opposition to Huddersfield after the international destroy.

“We had been sad to lose a player of Zaha’s quality earlier than the game,” Hodgson stated.

“We don’t truly must spin accurate into a really foremost quarter-last with out gamers of his ability and his importance. So that used to be barely sad as, useless to affirm, has been the Mamadou Sakho harm.

“It might most likely most likely perhaps had been an countless threat to play him – a threat of noteworthy extra foremost harm. With the 2 weeks now increasing, we are in a position to most efficient hope he’s going to increase in time when we play our subsequent game.”

Man of the match – Gerard Deulofeu (Watford)

Gerard Deulofeu used to be Watford’s star man and a threat at some stage in. He took a game-high four shots no longer off target and finished 88.9% of his passes

‘Unparalleled day for us’ – what they stated

Watford supervisor Javi Gracia, talking to BBC Match of the Day:“It is a ways fantastic for all of us, for the gamers, group and supporters.

“It is a ways a really foremost day to have the probability to revel in a semi-last, we’re maintaining the same level, competing neatly and that it is our target in this moment.

“We build Andre Grey on the pitch, he consistently has a correct probability to ranking and rankings foremost targets for the team, he deserves it and I am tickled for him.”

Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson on BBC Match of the Day:“It used to be a terminate game, once more a game at this stage of the season plagued by cases – the wind used to be nice looking, and you can no longer earn the ball down on the bottom as noteworthy. At half of-time there wasn’t noteworthy to affirm – that they had numerous corners and inclined the wind to their income.

“In the 2d half of we performed critically higher, purchased a deserved equaliser and we had been taking a thought love it could well be us to earn the 2d plot. But, it used to be the reverse, a correct plot from Grey wins it for Watford.”

Hornets growth from the quarter-finals again – the stats

  • Watford have stepped forward from their final four FA Cup quarter-last ties, furthermore winning in 2002-03, 2006-07 and 2015-16.
  • Watford have reached the FA Cup semi-finals for the seventh time, even supposing they’ve within the rupture stepped forward to the last stunning once (1984 below Graham Taylor).
  • Watford have obtained three games in opposition to Crystal Palace in single season for the foremost time.
  • Crystal Palace supervisor Roy Hodgson has lost all three of his FA Cup quarter-finals as a supervisor, furthermore losing with Fulham in 2008-09 and 2009-10.
  • Three of Etienne Capoue’s four targets for Watford this season had been in cup competitions, including two within the FA Cup.
  • Crystal Palace striker Michy Batshuayi has scored in all four of his appearances in opposition to Watford in all competitions, scoring five targets within the technique.

What’s subsequent?

The Eagles are again in Premier League action on Saturday, 30 March, when they host bottom-of-the-desk Huddersfield (15:00 GMT). Watford return at the same time when they face Manchester United at Fashioned Trafford.

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