Quique Flores excited to take Watford to Wembley

Watford manager Quique Sanchez Flores FA Cup

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Watford boss Quique Flores admits it will be a real treat to lead his side out at Wembley in an FA Cup semi-final.

The Hornets stunned Arsenal at the Emirates on Sunday with a 2-1 win, ending the Gunners’ hopes of winning the trophy for a third year running.

Second-half goals from Odion Ighalo and Adlene Guedioura put Watford two goals to the good after they had soaked up pressure from the home side.

Danny Welbeck scored two minutes from the end to halve the deficit although Arsenal were not able to restore parity.
Flores paid tribute to his men for coming through a tough assignment in the face of intense pressure from Arsene Wenger’s side.

“It was difficult in the first half, we tried to contain Arsenal and then try to create attempts and play well,” Flores said.

“In the last two months we were being competitive, but not winning. I feel fantastic, I’m really happy for the players and the fans. They follow us and it is an amazing prize for them.”

In his first season in English football, the Spaniard admits it is a huge bonus to be Wembley-bound in the FA Cup.

“I have memories on television of the old Wembley and watching in Spain and seeing the finals of this competition,” he added.

“I’ve just arrived in England and to get there is exciting.”

Watford joined Crystal Palace and Everton in the semi-finals after their respective wins over Reading and Chelsea, while Manchester United and West face a replay following Sunday’s 1-1 draw at Old Trafford.

The Hornets are 5.50 to win the FA Cup this season.

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