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Gracia welcomes Fulham distraction

2nd April 2019, 03:39 by Michael Holland

Javi Gracia feels concentrating on beating Fulham would be the best way to prepare for Watford's FA Cup semi-final with Wolves.

The Cottagers head to Vicarage Road on the brink of dropping out of the Premier League, with another defeat set to see them follow Huddersfield down into the Championship.

Gracia's squad could be forgiven for having their minds elsewhere, already safe in mid-table and with Sunday's trip to Wembley to look forward to.

The Spaniard, though, has called for full focus tonight against a team still mathematically at least with a chance of beating the odds to stay up.

"I think the best way to prepare for that important game we play on Sunday is to try and win the next game," Gracia said. "That is the best way to respect the FA Cup and to respect the Premier League as well.

"I will choose the players I want, but I am always thinking about the best formation and the best line-up to win the next game. In this moment, I am only focused on the next game. After Fulham, we have five days to prepare (for the semi-final).

"It was more difficult to prepare for this game after only a couple of days since Manchester (United). We try to always keep the same mentality."

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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