Troy Deeney has used his column in the Watford programme to stand by his ‘loser’ comments about Wolves striker Raul Jimenez.
The Watford captain, who missed the 2-1 defeat to Wolves on Saturday as he completed his three-match ban, called Jimenez a ‘loser’ for celebrating his goal in the FA Cup semi-final against them by briefly wearing a mask, but the Hornets had the last laugh by winning 3-2 in extra-time.
Jimenez gained some revenge by scoring at Vicarage Road and admitted he brought along a mask to celebrate, but revealed the Wolves’ backroom staff didn’t have it to hand to him.
Deeney refused to back down over his comments, which ended up overshadowing Watford’s win and earned them a final against Manchester City on May 18.
“I got a lot of stick after the semi-final for giving some honest comments about things from a professional football player’s perspective,” said Deeney.
“My take is always the same. Everyone is entitled to their opinion. Social media has allowed literally everyone to voice that opinion whenever they like.
“What I said about the mask stuff I stand by, and it was interesting to hear a few others give their take on it. Not all of them agreed with me, and that’s good for football.
“And when I have an opinion, often there’s a camera pointed at me. You don’t need to agree with me, but I always ask everyone to respect everyone’s right to that opinion and give voice to it.”
Deeney however was gracious enough to praise Wolves the excellent season they have had, and the Brummie applauded their recruitment.
“I think Wolves have had a fantastic season to this point,” said the former Walsall striker. “I’ve got a lot of time for how they’ve gone about it. They haven’t stuck to the usual methods – if you can say it that way, that people expect you to do – so they’ve wanted to do things how they see it, and they don’t seem to have changed their approach that much from last season.
“It’s to their credit that the methods they had in place have allowed them to slot in new lads alongside lads there from before and find a winning formula more often than not.
“Like all of you reading this, I’m watching on today because of my ban. It’s been frustrating not to be able to help on the pitch, but I’m there for the lads around the place and I know it’s going to be a cracker today.
“Make sure you’re with us right from the off. Cheers for now.”