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Penalty practice called for by Gracia

14th March 2019, 17:46 by Chris Rivers

Watford coach Javi Gracia says his team have been practising penalties this week ahead of the FA Cup quarter-final with Crystal Palace.

The Hornets play host to the Eagles in the early kick-off on Saturday, with a Wembley semi-final the prize on offer, and Gracia's men are likely to be the favourites, having already beaten Palace twice this season in the Premier League.

However, Gracia believes Roy Hodgson's men have improved as the season has progressed and says it would be foolish to read too much into the previous games.

The Spanish tactician is expecting a tight encounter at Vicarage Road and, as such, he has had his players practicing penalties in the build-up, admitting they need to be prepared for extra-time and what may follow.

He told the Watford Observer: "This week we have practised penalties, tomorrow we will again.

"It's something that maybe happens and we have to be ready. The squad is focused and knows how important is the next game.

"I prefer to win in normal time to suffer less, but we have to be ready to win at the end. If that's with extra-time or penalties, the most important is at the end of the game if we achieve to be in the semi-finals."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Chris Rivers is an experienced reporter who closely follows both Arsenal and Wales Rugby Union team. As well as in-depth football and rugby knowledge, Chris is an avid American Football, Formula One and boxing fan.

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