Quique Sanchez Flores says Watford can start dreaming about FA Cup glory after overcoming Leeds United to book their place in the quarter-finals.
The Barclays Premier League side were gifted a 1-0 win as United defender Scott Wootton put through his own net after 53 minutes. And Flores believes the Hornets, who have been so impressive on their return to the top flight, can now turn their attentions to a first FA Cup final at Wembley since 1984.
“It is important to permit the fans dream every time,” said Flores, whose six changes included giving star man Odion Ighalo a rest. “We are living an amazing experience in the Premier League, an amazing season in the FA Cup and have a very professional attitude from the players. The fans are supporting our football and style, so they need to dream, and we support their dream because football is for love and to create dreams.”
He added: “I think we had the possibility to score before the own goal as we created very good attempts. The cross from Watson was amazing – football is football. I am really pleased with the performance of the team. We play really serious, in a professional way and respecting Leeds. The most important thing is to be competitive because Leeds were a very difficult opponent, strong in defence and very organised.
“So, we are now thinking our next target is Bournemouth in the league – we need to enjoy with the fans this victory – but tomorrow we will think about the next competition.”