The Watford fans roared their team on from the outset and the players delivered the result they wanted, beating Crystal Palace 2-1 to book an FA Cup semi-final date at Wembley Stadium next month.

A frenetic opening saw the Hornets take a while to settle down, but when they did they penned the Eagles back in their own half for a prolonged period midway through the opening 45 minutes, making the pressure count when Etienne Capoue scored after Craig Cathcart had laid the ball off to the midfielder following a corner.

The Eagles improved after the break as their hosts found it increasingly difficult to put together periods of pressure, but it was an Adrian Mariappa defensive lapse that gave Michy Batshuayi the opportunity to equalise which he gratefully took.

Palace would have backed themselves to go on and win at that stage, but they didn't count on the tenacity of Roberto Pereyra creating the space for himself to clip a superb pass into the area for Andre Gray to continue his hot scoring streak off the bench and net a Hornets winner for the third consecutive home match.

The final whistle brought elation, perhaps some relief as well, but also tears from Heurelho Gomes after what may have been his final appearance at Vicarage Road. If that does prove to be the case, it was a special way to go out.

Here are a selection of images to enjoy again from the latest memorable day in the history of Watford Football Club.