Watford were relentless in their 4-1 demolition of Fulham on Tuesday night – a result which sent the visitors back down to the Championship after a dismal season – with standout performances from Will Hughes, who scored a goal of the season contender, and Andre Gray, who came off the bench to help himself to two assists.
The former Burnley man replaced Gerard Deulofeu at half-time as Javi Gracia kept one eye on the upcoming FA Cup semi-final and repaid his boss’ faith with a solid showing. He clearly isn’t happy with how his contributions come about, though.
Speaking after the win, the 27-year-old said:
“I don’t want that super-sub tag. All I can do is come on and change the game.
“It’s been frustrating, but I want to help the team when they’re suffering. We were a bit more direct and much more attacking in the second half. We kept pushing which was key because we can’t just sit back and hold what we have”.
The flourishing partnership of Troy Deeney and Gerard Deulofeu up front has reaped rewards for the Hornets this season, leaving no room for speedster Gray, whose appearances have mainly been as a substitute (14) rather than a starter (9).
Still, the number 18 has managed to chalk up five goals and two assists from 977 minutes of Premier League football – a solid return which will inevitably lead to some labelling him a ‘super-sub’.
Many strikers, such as Olivier Giroud and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, have made their career out of being just that, although Gray clearly doesn’t want to be in that category of hitman.
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Gracia has preferred a thunder-and-lightning style pairing up front this season and Gray has been used mainly to stretch a defence in the latter stages – something he is proving to be great at so, as long as he continues to impress off the bench, it’s unlikely that Gracia will change what’s working, despite the player’s pleas.