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FA Cup reaction: ‘Football is about creating dreams,’ says Quique

Quique Sanchez Flores has said it is “important for fans to dream” after his side moved to within one win of a trip to Wembley with victory over Leeds United this afternoon.

The draw for the quarter-final is at 6.15pm tomorrow and there will be several sides who will not fancy landing Watford in the last eight as they bid to reach the semi-final for the first time since 2007 and the showpiece final for only the second time ever.

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“It is important to permit the fans to dream,” the head coach said. “We are living an amazing experience, in the league and in this competiton. It’s an amazing season. It’s [a result of the] professional attitude of the players. The fans need to dream and we try to support this dream. Football is about creating dreams.”

Watford have drawn two Championship opponents since seeing off Premier League Newcastle in the third round. The head coach is not fussed who they draw in the quarter-final.

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“You never know if it’s better, against a Premier League team, or a Championship team,” he said. “The most most important thing is to be ready, like a team.”

Watford were not at their fluent best against Steve Evans’ side today and made hard work of the fifth-round win.

“I’m really pleased,” Sanchez Flores said. “We played really serious, in a professional way, respecting Leeds. We took control and responsibility of the match. To win a competition like this we have to keep the goal zero and score.

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“We try to create attempts to score to solve the match a bit before. It was not easy. We played well in the first half, we had the control. In the second half we corrected mistakes and we were more aggressive in the last third. Leeds were a difficult opponent. They were strong in defence and they were waiting for a replay.

“We need to enjoy this victory with the fans and then tomorrow we need to think about Bournemouth.”