Ben Watson set for big day at Wembley in Emirates FA Cup

Thursday 21 Apr 2016
Watford's Ben Watson celebrates his winner against West Brom

Sunday could be another special day in the career of Ben Watson, as Watford prepare for their Emirates FA Cup semi-final with Crystal Palace.

The tie sees the Hornets midfielder return to Wembley Stadium, scene of the best moment in his career to date, where his header won The Cup for Wigan Athletic against Manchester City in 2013’s Final.

Watford v Crystal Palace

The Emirates FA Cup
4pm, Sunday 24 April 2016
Wembley Stadium connected by EE
Live on BT Sport
Winners receive £900,000
Losers receive £450,000

And the south Londoner began his career with opponents Palace as a teenager, making over 150 appearances for the Eagles after coming through their academy ranks.

He’s now one game away from reaching The Final again with Watford and with Quique Sanchez Flores’ side sitting in the top half of the Premier League table, Watson admits it has the makings of a good season for the Hertfordshire outfit.

"It's been an incredible season, but it could be a special season," said the 30-year-old, after scoring their winner against another former club West Bromwich Albion at the weekend.

"But we've achieved nothing. 

"For ourselves it was a fantastic result [on Saturday], a massive three points.

"Going 1-0 up, them getting two penalties and Heurelho [Gomes] saving both was incredible, but it was fully deserved and a massive three points for us. 

Watford's Ben Watson sat down with FATV to re-live his FA Cup Final winner for Wigan Athletic 

"Before the game we were sitting on 38 points and I think in the back of people's minds you can still go down with 38 points, but to break that and get 41 on the board with a semi-final to come, it's been an incredible season so far."

Before Watson and his team-mates can fully focus on Sunday’s trip to Wembley, they have another game to overcome in the league with a trip to West Ham United on Wednesday evening.

And with enough points in the bank to have almost ensured survival in their first campaign back in the top flight, Watson believes Watford can play with a little bit more freedom and less pressure as they approach the weekend.

"We'll enjoy it, we've got another game Wednesday and then the semi-final on Sunday, but our next game is an important one," he told the Watford Weekend Post-Match Review.

"If we can win that or get something there then great, and then we'll enjoy the semi-final."

By Nicholas Veevers Content Manager - FA Owned Channels