After Manchester City vs Brighton fizzled out on Saturday without much to report, it was down to Sunday’s FA Cup semi to produce the action. Thankfully, Watford and Wolves didn’t disappoint. After going into what appeared to be an unassailable two-goal lead, Wolves seemed destined to reach their first FA Cup final since 1960. That was until Gerard Deulofeu was introduced by Javi Gracia in the 66th minute.
The Spaniard scored a majestic goal to halve the deficit before Leander Dendoncker unforgivably stuck a leg out in the box in stoppage time. Naturally, Troy Deeney was only too happy to fall over the Belgian’s outstretched leg and convert the penalty to take the game to extra time. From there, there was only going to be one winner and Deulofeu coolly slotted past John Ruddy towards the end of the first half of extra time.
In this tactical analysis, we shall examine how Nuno Espírito Santo’s side went from being 12 minutes from a FA Cup final to licking their wounds. Yes, Deulofeu was an integral part of Watford’s success, but so much of it can be put down to Wolves’ big-game immaturity, which isn’t something that has been said very often this season. Onto the analysis.
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