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Deulofeu sends Wolves packing

Super-sub Gerard Deulofeu produced an inspired performance to help Watford secure a comeback victory over Wolves in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley.

Goals from Matt Doherty (36′) and Raul Jimenez (62′) looked to have sealed a comfortable win for Nuno Espirito Santo’s side, but Deulofeu hit a phenomenal curling effort in the 79th minute to keep the game alive, before Troy Deeney’s 94th-minute penalty forced extra-time.

Spaniard Deulofeu, who was left out by boss Javi Gracia in favour of striker Andre Gray, then delivered the finishing blow in the 104th minute to end a run of four successive FA Cup semi-final defeats and set up a mouthwatering final encounter with Manchester City next month.

Deulofeu, having come on as a substitute in the 66th minute, appeared to be visibly angry for not starting the game and Gracia praised the 25-year-old for showing that level of passion.

“In that moment, I think he was angry when he started to play.

“But I like to see my player this way, with that attitude. He felt angry in this moment, to show what he is able to do and he helped the team by scoring two important goals.

“The first one is high quality but it is not a surprise for me because I see him in all the training sessions.

“He always accepts the decisions and he knows in other moments there will be other players in the same situation.

“I suppose he will be angry in that moment because he wanted to play the semi-final. He has played almost all the games before and he wanted to help the team. He has done it.

“We knew before the game when we started with other players that Gerard would be important during the game. I knew it, with more spaces. What I didn’t know is we would be losing 2-0,” said Gracia.

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