Date: 25th April 2016 at 8:44am
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Striker and skipper Troy Deeney has called on Watford to finish the season strongly following FA Cup disappointment against Crystal Palace yesterday.

Making the trip to Wembley for the FA Cup semi final, Palace took the lead before Deeney equalised, but they went on to get the winner to send us out of the cup with the final tantalisingly close.

Speaking to the Official Site in his own post game press conference, a disappointed Deeney explained.

‘We’re disappointed and frustrated. It was an opportunity, and the frustrating part is that we didn’t lose from a piece of quality going into the top corner, we lost on two sloppy goals from our part and ones that were definitely avoidable. It’s been a great experience, hopefully like the last time we lost here, we’ll bounce back and have a lot more good times. We need to step up now and make sure we finish this season properly.’

With games left in the Premier League season, Deeney knew the points were there to push the club up again and that could now be our only focus.

‘We’ve got four games left and we need to finish as strong as we can. Not just for ourselves, but I think the fans deserve a strong finish. You saw what can happen with Leicester and the way they finished last year and it rolled on, so we need to do that. If you let this season dwindle away, next season it’ll be very difficult. It’s just a case of making sure we keep grafting and finish the season strongly. We’ve had a great season. If you take a step back we’ve reached the semi-finals of the FA Cup, we’re staying up in the Premier League, and you don’t want to just let it dwindle away, you want to keep going. We’ve had a lot of plaudits this year, for the right reasons, so we’ve got to make sure we finish on a high and be positive with what we have achieved.’

As for his goal on the day bringing us level in the game, Deeney went on to say that he was reasonably pleased with his own performance because he admitted last time he was at Wembley he let the occasion get to him.

‘When I played here before I let the occasion get to me. I wasn’t going to do that the second time, and I think another difference is that now I live in the town I know how much it means to everyone,’ said Deeney, referring to the outburst of emotion after his goal. I thought that was a moment when we could have capitalised on the game, I thought we played really well in the second-half, but it was another poor goal to concede and it’s difficult to come back again. When you let a team like Crystal Palace get in front, they set up with four at the back, two holding in front and let the pace of the wide-men attack you on the counter-attack. When you get it back to 1-1 and they’re nervous you need to have a bit more about you. It was a bit frustrating but there’s loads to take from it and we’ve got Aston Villa at the weekend, so we need to pull our finger out.’

With 30,000 at Wembley for the game, Deeney ended by speaking about the fans and their support of the side in the game, and all season long.

‘It’s very simple: thank you very much, we appreciated it. It wasn’t the result that we all wanted, but we’ll come again, they’ll come again, and the good times are still coming. We’ve got loads to be happy about. It won’t feel like it today, tomorrow, or even watching the final, but in the summer when we can reflect and there’s no football on, we’ll realise it wasn’t that bad a year.’

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