“It’s not easy for me to explain the game.”

Few who witnessed it would disagree with Javi Gracia’s sentiment after a great FA Cup semi-final saw Watford stage a remarkable comeback to beat Wolverhampton Wanderers 3-2 and reach the final for just the second time in their history.

Trailing 2-0 just after the hour to goals from Matt Doherty and Raul Jimenez, the Hornets’ hopes were fading with every minute until Gerard Deulofeu conjured up a quite brilliant goal to give his side a chance.

The odds were still in Wolves’ favour but with time almost up Leander Dendoncker brought down Troy Deeney in the penalty area and the Hornets skipper held his nerve brilliantly to equalise and send the tie to extra-time.

Wolves didn’t collapse, far from it, but the momentum had shifted in favour of Javi Gracia’s men and they completed the turnaround when Andre Gray set up Deulofeu to score what proved to be the winner.

Gracia reflected: “Beforehand we knew it would be a tough game, very demanding and when everything was lost I think the team was able to show our character, our personality and believing until the end we were able to win today.

“During the game there were different moments. First half they scored and we had some chances as well, but I think they played better. In the second we had more possession, more control of the game and when we scored at the end it was something amazing for us and we had the chance in extra-time to win the game.

“We are very happy. I am very proud of all my players, of all the supporters because today we have lived together and it’s special.”