Ben Wilmot watches Watford’s FA Cup semi-final win from Udinese dressing room

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‘I was like a fan watching the game’: Ben Wilmot watches Watford’s FA Cup semi-final win from Udinese dressing room after helping Italians to victory

  • Defender Ben Wilmot is on loan at Serie A side Udinese from Watford 
  • He watched the FA Cup semi-final win over Wolves from Udinese changing room 
  • The match started just after Udinese beat Empoli 3-2 in their Serie A match 
  • Wilmot played for Hornets in fourth round so will earn at least runners-up medal

Watford’s Ben Wilmot revealed how he watched his club guarantee him at least an FA Cup runners-up medal from the changing rooms of Serie A side Udinese’s stadium.

Wilmot appeared for the Hornets earlier in the competition before he became the latest English starlet to gain experience abroad by joining Udinese on loan until the end of this season.

The Serie A side beat Empoli on Sunday before 19-year-old Wilmot raced inside to watch Watford defeat Wolves at Wembley and seal their spot in the FA Cup final.

Ben Wilmot played for Watford in FA Cup fourth round but is currently on loan at Udinese

Ben Wilmot played for Watford in FA Cup fourth round but is currently on loan at Udinese

Speaking to Sportsmail from Italy, Wilmot said: ‘We had a game. We won 3-2 with 10 men. Then I just literally ran inside and got it up on my phone.

‘It was two minutes into the game so I sat and watched the first half in the changing room. Then I raced home at half time and watched the second half from home.

‘I was buzzing. I was like a fan watching the game. It’s disappointing I’m not there to celebrate with the team but it’s good to know I played my part.’

Wilmot hailed Troy Deeney who scored a penalty to level the sem-final against Wolves

Wilmot hailed Troy Deeney who scored a penalty to level the sem-final against Wolves

On Troy Deeney’s penalty, which sent the tie into extra time where Watford sealed their win, Wilmot added: ‘There was no doubt. I knew he would smash it in.

‘He practises penalties at least once a week and I’m sure he’s been doing it every day this week.’

Javi Gracia has stayed in contact with Wilmot during his time in Italy. 

‘All the lads really like him,’ the youngster continued. ‘From a personal point of view, he’s been really good with me.

‘He’s talking to me, helping me day in, day out. That’s what you need.. This is my first year in this sort of environment. It’s good to have someone like him to help guide you through it.’

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