The scorer of Watford's FA Cup quarter-final winner Andre Gray has said that his goal against Crystal Palace was "a little bit more special" than other goals he has scored this season.

Saturday's match was the third consecutive home game in which Gray has come off the bench to score a winner for The Hornets, but with this one taking his team to Wembley, he knows it means more to the fans than his previous two.

"Obviously today it’s that little bit more special, getting us to Wembley," he told the club website.

"You could see it before the game and then at the end as well with the fans that have stayed behind to clap us off. It just shows how much it means to them.

"I’ve just got to keep making the runs and I didn’t think Maxi (Roberto Pereyra) was going to play it, I didn’t think he’d seen it, but it’s a fantastic ball. It got caught in the wind a bit so I kind of sliced it, but it probably worked out better because if I hit it clean then it doesn’t go in."

Gray admitted that he believes playing at Wembley should be reserved for the finals, but nonetheless he is looking forward to the occasion and a chance to take Watford all the way to the final.

He said: "I think it is a bit of a shame that it is at Wembley, the semi-final and the final, I think it takes a bit of gloss out of it, but at the end of the day a day out at Wembley’s going to be fantastic.

"Obviously we’ve played there against Tottenham and stuff, but it’s not the same. I played a play-off semi-final as well but that was in non-league, so to do it in the FA Cup is huge and it’s going to be a great day, especially if we can go and get to the final."

With Watford currently in good shape having started their last two matches injury free, Gray thinks the current international break has come at a good time for the Hornets as they look to maintain their fit and healthy squad for the final part of the campaign.

He said: "It’s a good time for us to have this break now.

"We can re-energise and refocus, come back and get cracking for the last part of the season."