Watford 2-1 Crystal Palace: FA Cup quarter-final – as it happened

Andre Gray came off the bench to score the winner in a tight tussle at Vicarage Road

And that, my MBM pals, is your lot. Congratulations to Watford, who are the first name into the hat for the semi-finals; commiserations to Palace, whose cup dream is over for another year. Ed Aarons was our man at Vicarage Road; here’s his report. Enjoy!

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A very subdued Roy Hodgson talks to BT. “It was a good second goal, obviously against the run of play. I thought we were doing quite well. We were looking quite good. But these games are won and lost on small margins, and Watford had a good period in the first half with a succession of corner kicks and scored off one of them. But these games when the wind is swirling is hard, because both teams can’t get the ball down to play. I thought we were unfortunate not to bring the game into extra time at least, but they scored a good goal and that’s the end of it. Every defeat is hard to take. The target from the start of the season is to make certain that we are in the Premier League next year, and that is by no means certain. So we have to concentrate on the eight games left to play. We need some more points. We believe we are capable of getting those points. The cup has been a nice bonus, and it’s a pity that has gone away today.”

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Source: Football News
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