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Gracia salutes angry Deulofeu after Cup heroics

8th April 2019, 00:44 by Michael Holland

Gerard Deulofeu used his anger at being left on the bench to inspire Watford to a sensational FA Cup comeback, Javi Gracia believes.

The super sub struck a brilliant brace, including a 104th-minute winner, as the Hornets hit back from 2-0 down with 11 minutes left to beat Wolves 3-2 at Wembley.

The 25-year-old turned the game with an audacious chip before Troy Deeney's 90th-minute penalty sent it into extra-time.

Wolves were on the brink of reaching their first FA Cup final for 59 years after goals from Matt Doherty and Raul Jimenez put them 2-0 up with 62 minutes gone, but Deulofeu's 66th-minute introduction sent the Hornets into their second FA Cup final and first since 1984, where they will face Manchester City.

"I think Gerard was angry when we started to play, I like to see the players this way, when they've felt angry, to show what they are able to do," Gracia said.

"He helped the team scoring two important goals. The first one was high quality, but it's not a surprise, I see him in all the training sessions.

"We knew when we started with other players Gerard would be important, I knew it. What I didn't know was when we started to play we were losing 2-0. All the players show they deserve to play and it's not easy to choose the moments for them."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Michael Holland is a reporter with over two decades of journalism experience. A Bolton fan, Michael often writes football articles, as well as having a strong knowledge of golf, cricket and Australian sports.

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