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26th August 2018- Premier League, Watford 2 Crystal Palace 1

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Referee:Anthony Taylor   Attendance:20,014

Watford FC Official Site
Match Report: Watford 2-1 Crystal Palace

Foster: “A Huge Win”

Gracia: “Something Special, Something Amazing”

Kabasele: “You Need That Little Bit Of Luck”

Highlights: Watford 2-1 Crystal Palace

screen-shot-2016-09-12-at-23-36-22 clips of Jon Marks BBC 3CR commentary   Goals: 1   2

Watford Observer

RELIVE – Watford vs Crystal Palace: Perfect Premier League start continues for Hornets

Watford make it nine points from nine with battling Crystal Palace win

Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson reflects on Watford defeat

Watford: Javi Gracia says it’s ‘special’ to get three consecutive Premier League wins

PICTURES: A selection of images from Watford’s historic win over Crystal Palace

Ben Foster: Javi Gracia’s style key to Watford’s flying Premier League start

Player ratings: Watford’s Christian Kabasele on song as Hornets down Crystal Palace

Watford: Javi Gracia pleased with Roberto Pereyra’s all-round contribution

Watford’s Christian Kabasele highlights importance of team spirit as winning run goes on

BBC SportThe Hornets maintained their perfect start in the Premier League to move behind Liverpool and level with Chelsea at the top of the table on goal difference.

skyWilfried Zaha struck 12 minutes from time at Vicarage Road to raise hopes of a visiting fightback but the hosts held on as Roberto Pereyra’s 53rd-minute strike and Jose Holebas’s freak second (71) proved enough.

TelegraphGraham Taylor never managed three straight wins at the start of a first division season, a run that carried Gracia’s team to second place ahead of Chelsea’s game against Newcastle United and pegs Watford above champions Manchester City for the week. They might not have played any of the title contenders yet, but amongst those for whom survival is the first thought – Brighton, Burnley and now Crystal Palace – Watford have been ruthless.

guardianThis snarl of a game was deep into stoppage time when Luka Milivojevic swung over one last hopeful corner kick and, with the majority in the arena anxiously holding their breath, Joel Ward leapt unchallenged into the six-yard box only to head wide of the post. The locals’ outpouring of relief at the miss was almost as deafening as the raucous delight which greeted the final whistle moments later.

FranThe build-up to this game was all about Harry Hornet who, in answer to a question from a journalist, had been branded a ‘disgrace’ by Roy Hodgson for an incident two years ago that I doubt Hodgson had actually ever seen, when Harry collapsed behind Zaha while the post-match handshakes were happening.  Sticking up for your player is all well and good but Roy lost all credibility when he claimed, with a straight face, that Zaha didn’t dive.  Sorry, Roy he gets booked for it, which was what provoked Harry’s action.  You couldn’t help but feel that Roy’s words would come back to haunt him.

BHappy imageIt feels more like March than August bank holiday weekend.  Palace have brought the traditional Croydon microclimate with them and it dampens our quick start before it gets going.  Only the hissing, spitting hot fat of this fixture burns on unperturbed, and it hadn’t needed Roy Hodgson ambling into a Harry-shaped animal trap in the visitors’ pre-match press conference to ignite it.  Our encounters have a bad-tempered, even spiteful undercurrent all of their own.

The Hornets NestIt only took four minutes for the game’s first talking point to occur. As Capoue tripped Zaha in the middle of the pitch, the referee awarded the midfielder a yellow card. At the time and due to where I was sitting I thought this decision was harsh. Replays show however that Capoue may have been lucky to stay on the pitch, after a potentially dangerous challenge.

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26th August 2017- Premier League, Watford 0 Brighton & Hove Albion 0

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Watford Observer

WATFORD v BRIGHTON LIVE BLOG: Miguel Britos sent off for Watford as Hornets hang on to goalless draw at Vicarage Road

Marco Silva laments Miguel Britos’ game-changing red card during Premier League draw with Brighton & Hove Albion

Watford: Anthony Knockaert fortunate to avoid injury after Miguel Britos foul, says Brighton & Hove Albion boss Chris Hughton

Watford earn draw against Brighton & Hove Albion after Miguel Britos sees red for shocking challenge on Anthony Knockaert

RATINGS: How did Watford’s players get on in their goalless Premier League draw with Brighton & Hove Albion?

BBC SportBrighton claimed their first ever Premier League point despite failing to break down 10-man Watford at Vicarage Road.

skyBrighton picked up their first Premier League point with a 0-0 draw at Watford on Saturday – but will feel they should have taken all three against their 10-man hosts.

guardianWhile a first ever Premier League point is not to be sniffed at Brighton will wonder how they did not tick off all the mini missions they need to convince themselves they mean business at the highest echelon of the English game. Three matches in and a goal still eludes them. A confidence-boosting win is still needed as soon as possible. It was not for want of trying, here, particularly when Watford’s numbers were depleted in the 24th minute after Miguel Britos was sent off when his dangerous, hotheaded challenge left Anthony Knockaert floored.

IndependentMiguel Britos was shown an early red card after his dangerous tackle on Anthony Knockaert but the visitors were unable to capitalise on their advantage

TelegraphIt was supposed to be Brighton’s day. Their opponents played with ten men for more than an hour and Chris Hughton’s men twice struck the post but still the Seagulls failed to soar.

BHappy imageSo.  August Bank Holiday, then.  End of the first bit of the season prior to the first international break, first chance to take stock.  End of the transfer window approaches too, a transfer window during which we’ve been linked to well over 100 players and have revised the squad significantly.

The Hornets NestThe game was flipped on its head on 24 minutes however. As Knockaert and Britos were involved in a foot-race on the right-hand-side, the Watford defender put on his best Jackie Chan impression and lept through the air, studs showing and clattered into the Frenchman.  It was, without doubt, one of the worst tackles I can remember at Vicarage Road, rivaled only by Heidar Helguson on Blackburn’s John Curtis in 2001. 

Hornet effect Watford claimed a well deserved point against Brighton after Miguel Britos’ horror challenge had reduced them to 10-men at Vicarage Road.

26 Aug 2017 AFC Bournemouth 1:2 Manchester City
26 Aug 2017 Crystal Palace 0:2 Swansea City
26 Aug 2017 Huddersfield Town 0:0 Southampton
26 Aug 2017 Manchester United 2:0 Leicester City
26 Aug 2017 Newcastle United 3:0 West Ham United
26 Aug 2017 Watford 0:0 Brighton and Hove Albion
27 Aug 2017 Chelsea 2:0 Everton
27 Aug 2017 Liverpool 4:0 Arsenal
27 Aug 2017 Tottenham Hotspur 1:1 Burnley
27 Aug 2017 West Bromwich Albion 1:1 Stoke City

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26th August 2008-League Cup Second Round, Watford 2 Darlington 1 (After Extra Time)

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BBC SportWatford had a late John-Joe O’Toole strike to thank for a narrow win over Darlington in the Carling Cup.

skyJohn-Joe O’Toole came off the bench to rescue Watford with the winner deep into extra time to sink Darlington.

BHappy imageFourth division side at home, should be straightforward, yadda yadda whatever. But a fourth division side dropping deep and attacking neatly is still an awkward opponent….

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26th August 2002- New Division One, Watford 5 Coventry City 2

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BBC SportWatford’s Danny Webber – on loan from Manchester United – inspired a five-goal demolition of hapless Coventry City at Vicarage Road.

BSAD imageBSAD report: Personally, I would’ve been quietly pleased with a point. A return to stability, to steady progress towards wherever-we’re-hoping-to-end-up. A draw, especially if we’d managed to score in the process, would’ve been all right, really. Not too bad. We would’ve been slightly reassured after the savage defeat at Fratton, and could’ve looked forward with renewed semi-enthusiasm to a season of predictable results, mid-table comfort, steady improvement. For now, I’m content with looking to the long-term, always understating short-term hopes.

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More games from 26th August at https://oldwatford.com/tag/aug26/

26th August 1997- League Cup First Round Second Leg, Watford 1 Swindon Town 1 (Watford won 3-1 on aggregate)

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BSAD imageBSAD report: There have been many changes at Watford over the last couple of months as the Vicarage Road Revolution gathers momentum. But few of those changes can have been as significant as this – tea with milk. Not tea with powdered crap or, as I once had at Ipswich, tea with white bits floating around in it like one of those snow scene shaky wotsits – tea with proper milk. Oh, happy day!

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