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Watford harnessed power of cup to energise club despite final defeat

Five minutes to go with Manchester City's demolition machine in full flow, those in the Watford end had long ceased caring and had chosen instead to raise their flags for a final show of defiance.

They sang the name of Javi Gracia and they barely missed a beat as Raheem Sterling completed the scoring and City basked in their clean sweep of domestic trophies.

Sometimes as a football fan it is best to suspend reality and ignore what the eyes are telling the brain. Watford supporters suffered. This was the biggest pasting in the FA Cup final since 1903 and no-one enjoys humiliation.