Heurelho Gomes celebrated his 38th birthday with the clean sheet that took Watford into the FA Cup quarter-finals - and now he is targeting a trip to Wembley.

Their hard-earned 1-0 victory at Queens Park Rangers means that they are one more win from reaching the competition's final four and a match under the Wembley arch.

Gomes missed out last time they played there when, as the club's then first-choice, he was rested for Costel Pantilimon in a semi-final defeat by Crystal Palace, but he has become their cup goalkeeper and intends to take advantage.

He played there for Tottenham Hotspur when they lost to Manchester United in the 2009 League Cup final - Watford's first-choice Ben Foster then started for United - but a decade on Gomes' career is reaching its end.

He told the club website: "It's going to be great for us (if we reach Wembley). We need to believe; we need to still believe. Talking in the dressing room and after the game we were speaking about it. It's about belief.

"It's an amazing feeling; an amazing opportunity for me to continue to try to give my best.

"It was an amazing present for me - I couldn't ask for more.

"It's just about trying to keep Ben's level (when I play). He's amazing at the moment, he's playing very well, so in a game like this I have to be prepared to keep it up.

"He's amazing. We're able to help each other; we're a group where whether you're playing or not you're going to be helping."

Troy Deeney admitted Watford had been poor at times, but praised the character of his teammates for getting the job done.

He told BT Sport after the game: "We were poor in the first half, but had that bit of quality to score.

"We were in control, but weren't dominating or doing what we wanted to. We were sloppy at times. The character showed at the end with the way everyone dug in.

"We don't want to lose. We need to keep giving these performances. We are not playing that well, but are grinding it out. In older days we might have lost."