Watford boss Dyche: Giant killings a thing of the past

Sean Dyche believes FA Cup giant-killings more difficult than 15 years ago when, as a player, he helped captain Chesterfield to the semi-finals.

The Hornets are preparing to cause an upset of their own against Tottenham at Vicarage Road on Friday night.

"The Chesterfield thing was a different era," Dyche said.

"Take nothing away from that run, but I think that was when clubs were only just beginning to bring in European and world talent - Fabrizio Ravanelli and Juninho and people like that.

"Now I think it's commonplace, the world's become a smaller place when it comes to football, and Tottenham are a good example of that.

"They're now taking players from all over the world and looking for the absolute top level of player they can get, and they put massive resources into the infrastructure and into diet, support systems these players now need.

"And that's where the gap has got bigger from my time having a run with Chesterfield and playing Middlesbrough, to what it is now with Watford playing Tottenham.

"The gap is a financial gap and the way they go about their business with recruitment is a completely different thing now, so it's become a lot tougher - even for clubs like ourselves and we consider ourselves a reasonably sized club.

"That gap has got bigger and it's harder to close. But we all know the magic and the beauty of the FA Cup and if that magic dust is willing to sprinkle on us then you never know."

He added: "David v Goliath, no-one shouts for Goliath, do they? Everyone shouts for David, so on this occasion we (Watford) are David."

 
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