Premier League club Watford entered the finals of the FA Cup in dramatic fashion on Sunday, as Gerard Deulofeu scored a brace and captain Troy Deeney netted once to overcome an initial two-goal deficit against the Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Matt Doherty (36′) and Raul Jimenez (62′) struck for the Wolves before the Hornets completed a stunning turnaround. Deulofeu (79′) started the comeback with a dextrerous chip shot over the goalkeeper and into the far corner of the net, before Deeney (94′) equalised in the very last moment of injury time.
The game was then extended to extra-time, when the Spaniard added his second (105′) to complete Watford’s win.
The match was understandably a real firecracker of a contest, but what followed it has apparently won more hearts, as Watford’s no.1 goalkeeper Ben Foster refused to start ahead of teammate Heurelho Gomes in the FA Cup finals provided he is picked ahead of the Brazilian.
In case you didn’t know, Foster remains the top goalkeeping choice for the Hornets but it is veteran Gomes who starts in cup competitions like the FA Cup. The latter also played an important role in the whole of yesterday’s Wolves game, and Foster was not shy to acknowledge that.
When asked what he would do if picked for the final over Gomes, Foster said: “I’ll absolutely refuse!”
“Heurelho deserves it and should play without a doubt. He has never let this club down and never will. He was fantastic today.”
— Watford Football Club (@WatfordFC) April 7, 2019
Meanwhile, Gomes is all set to retire at the end of the season, even as Watford manager Javi Gracia remains hopeful that he will reconsider his retirement plans.
The FA Cup final could hence become the Brazilian’s last competitive game ever, and he will expect to go out on a high by winning against Manchester City, who reached the finals on Saturday after a win against Brighton and Hove Albion.