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Reaching decider would be special: Gracia

By Ed Elliott

Javi Gracia insists guiding Watford to the FA Cup final would rank as the greatest achievement of his managerial career to date.

The Hornets face Wolves tomorrow looking to reach just the second FA Cup showpiece in their history and first since 1984.

Gracia, who took charge in January 2018, rarely talks about his own success but feels another trip to Wembley on May 18 would be special.

"I have never coached in a final," the 48-year-old said. "I have reached semi-finals in Russia (as Rubin Kazan boss) but not a final and it would be the best achievement of my career.

"It is something special this season because we worked hard in pre-season and in all competitions and now we have the opportunity to enjoy with the fans at Wembley one special game.

"It is good for the squad. We have 26 players who have done well in different moments. It is a good reward for all of them."

Gracia has already secured the highest Premier League points total for a Watford side with 46.

The Spaniard believes an additional benefit of reaching the FA Cup final would provide a boost in performance between now and the end of the campaign - with Europa League qualification still a possibility through both cup and league position.

Asked if a win over Wolves would help in their pursuit of finishing seventh, Gracia added: "I am sure. If we are able to make the final I'm sure for the next six games, we will be able to achieve more points."

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