Watford owner, Gino Pozzo and chairman Scott Duxbury have issued their "heartfelt thanks" to the club's supporters following a season that saw them reach the FA Cup final.

The Hornets were well beaten in the final by Manchester City, but the statement reaffirms the message that the plan is to make special occasions like the final more commonplace for Watford fans in the future as they strive to make history with the club.

It reads: "To all Watford supporters around the world – and especially those 32,500 of our fans inside Wembley Stadium yesterday for the FA Cup Final – we offer our sincere thanks for your unwavering unity with the team, our coach, the players and the club.

"It was humbling not just to witness a sea of flags accompanied by proud voices everywhere across our half of the stadium, but then to also look around the Royal Box and notice the applause being offered towards the actions of our supporters.

"This moment truly served to put into context just how far we have come together as a football club. We said right back in 2012 that if we are together then we can achieve great things. We have – and we will continue to do so.

"The achievement of reaching an FA Cup Final and having a chance to compete for one of just three titles available to clubs inside the confines of this country should never be diminished by yesterday’s game itself or indeed the final scoreline.

"Of course we will all reflect on what could have been had circumstances been different at various points during the 90 minutes, but those thoughts will be lost over time.

"What will never be forgotten is how our supporters reminded us what a truly special club we all serve.

"This is just the start of the club’s journey competing against the best. We may not always be able to be successful, like yesterday, but we will not go away and will return unbowed, with renewed vigour and determination, to improve on the feats of this season.

"It is in our power that we will be stronger for all of yesterday’s experiences, and with our continued ambitions to see Watford Football Club loved by an ever-increasing family of supporters around the world then nothing can stop us from being successful together.

"Here’s to a bright and vibrant 2019/20 as we continue to respect our past and seek to create history in the future.

"Once again, our heartfelt thanks to all Watford supporters."