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Gracia looking for a morale-boosting win against Fulham

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Watford boss Javi Gracia feels the best way to prepare for the FA Cup semi-final with Wolves is to beat relegation-haunted Fulham.

Another defeat for the Cottagers will seal their fate in the top flight meaning they’d follow Huddersfield down into the Championship.

However, with the tantalising prospect of featuring in the F.A Cup finals on the cards, Gracia’s squad will be dealing with a massive distraction.

The Spaniard, though, is not entertaining any room for complacency as they go all out for victory against relegation-bound Fulham.

“I think the best way to prepare for that important game we play on Sunday is to try and win the next game,” Gracia said.

“That is the best way to respect the FA Cup and to respect the Premier League as well.

“I will choose the players I want, but I am always thinking about the best formation and the best line-up to win the next game.

“In this moment, I am only focused on the next game. After Fulham, we have five days to prepare (for the semi-final).

“It was more difficult to prepare for this game after only a couple of days since Manchester (United). We try to always keep the same mentality.”

Gracia added at a press conference reported by the club via FourFourTwo: “If they (Fulham) are in this situation at this moment, it’s because they have had problems for a long period, not just now or tomorrow.

“I know the next game is very important for them, and I am very sorry for them. I know what it’s like to be sacked, to be relegated with my home-town team.

“But we are professionals and must always try to do our best to win the next game.”

As well as securing a return to Wembley in May, Watford are still in realistic contention to finish the Premier League campaign as high as seventh.