May 18, 2019 / 8:42 PM / a year ago

Watford manager rues early miss in FA Cup rout

Soccer Football - FA Cup Final - Manchester City v Watford - Wembley Stadium, London, Britain - May 18, 2019 Watford manager Javi Gracia looks dejected after the match Action Images via Reuters/John Sibley

LONDON (Reuters) - Watford manager Javi Gracia was pleased with his team in the early stages of their 6-0 drubbing by Manchester City in the FA Cup final on Saturday and was left to rue a missed chance by Roberto Pereyra when the game was scoreless.

Manchester City capitalised in typically ruthless fashion, equalling the biggest ever victory in the FA Cup final to complete an unprecedented treble of domestic trophies.

“I am happy with the first part of the game. After than we leave them spaces and let them show their quality,” Gracia told reporters.

Pereyra broke clear in the 11th minute but Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson blocked his shot with his legs.

“I know at the moment it is difficult to accept this defeat but we are a team and today we suffer together,” Gracia said.

The Spaniard was proud of his players and supporters while admitting the second half, when his team conceded four goals, had been tough.

“Sometimes you have to lose these games to do it better in the future. I think it is good for us,” he said.

Gracia said he had no regrets over playing goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes at Wembley ahead of Ben Foster, the team’s regular starter in Premier League games.

“I think Heurelho played very good in the FA Cup and he deserved to play today,” said Gracia who led Watford to a respectable 11th place in the league this season.

Reporting by Nigel Hunt, editing by Ed Osmond

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