Watford skipper Deeney relishing chance to end long wait for silverware

Watford skipper Deeney relishing chance to end long wait for silverware

Watford captain Troy Deeney is desperate to finish his long trophy when his side goes to Manchester City in the FA Cup final.

Deeney will lead the Hornets into the English soccer showpiece match on Saturday night with the aim of inspiring a massive shock to a bid that goes to an unprecedented home ground.

The 30-year-old whose career started at Walsall has never won a trophy as a professional and would like to put it right.

It will be a certain task for Pep Guardiola's men, and if Watford can do it, Deeney will make a piece of history without winning the FA Cup before.

"If I win, I get a trophy in front of my mother who is massive," he said. "I haven't done it since I was about 12.

"Yes, to be honest, I don't really want to see it much further.

"I just do all the work I need to do now to make sure I am in the best position that I must be a) picked and then b) if I choose, to perform the level that is acceptable.

"My last trophy was probably the player's player for the under 12s or something.

"I won this a couple of years ago, not me? This is different, this is a team one.

"The team is more important than anything, and it's history more than anything else.

"You're looking at (formerly Hornet's president) Elton John up there, he's synonymous with this football club, but I want my picture up there in the coming years."

This is Watford's first FA Cup appearance since 1984 when they lost 2-0 to Everton, and it will be the biggest day in Deeney's career, though he is eager to emphasize.

It is the culmination of an eventful journey to Deeney, which spent time in prison in 2012 for emancipation.

"Of course, it's massive," he said. "It's not going to be career-defining for me.

"If I do not win a trophy, everyone will not go," Oh, he is bad. "They think I am still rubbish, so …

"For me it is all about the process of coming here, and then it becomes the icing on the top of the cake essentially, because my story to come here is part of a roller coaster anyway.

"We will enjoy it. We are not naive, it is a massive, massive test, probably the most difficult, but if you want to win trophies and enter Europe, then you must play against the best."

Watford could attach their hope of throwing City to set-pieces after Guardiola recently said he was going to church every time his side had to defend a dead ball.

It has been a big part of Hornet's success, and Deeney has promised to give the city's captain Vincent Kompany a hard afternoon.

"I think someone I just need to talk about myself here, I think if I play well, they have had a very difficult day," he added.

"If there are many ticks in the box, as much as I really respect Kompany, he would say that it won't be an easy day.

"He goes to church can be his own faithful thing, and I wish him well, but I personally think if I'm on my game, it will be a very difficult game for the player."

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