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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

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Watford Observer

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

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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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21st April 2018- Premier League, Watford 0 Crystal Palace 0

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Watford Observer

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Wilfried Zaha: Watford’s Christian Kabasele defends Crystal Palace man after diving accusations

skyWilfried Zaha saw two penalty claims turned down as Watford and Crystal Palace edged towards Premier League safety after playing out an eventful 0-0 on Saturday.

BBC SportZaha was cautioned by referee Chris Kavanagh after going down inside the Watford penalty area following a challenge by Adrian Mariappa.

TelegraphLast season, Watford mascot Harry the Hornet mocked Zaha by diving in  front of him at the end of a league match at Vicarage Road.

guardianWatford’s traditional poor springtime form meant they had gone five matches without a victory, conceding 15 goals in the process, so the decision to pair the Italy international Stefano Okaka in attack with Troy Deeney was a brave one with the former chairman Elton John, watching on from the stands. Yet it almost paid off as early as the fourth minute when Deeney found space on the right and his cross was headed against the crossbar by Okaka.

BHappy imageKey in the first half exchanges and throughout was the redoubtable partnership of the newly returned Christian Kabasele and the slightly less newly returned but much missed Craig Cathcart.

FranIt had been a thoroughly entertaining half of football.  Watford were a completely different team from last week, playing positively and battling for everything.  We had managed 11 shots on goal, but without really testing Hennessey.  The Watford fans were also putting in a good performance, loud and proud in support of their team, which was essential as Palace usually bring a very noisy crowd with them.

The Hornets NestWhilst we go another game without a win, we did at least see a bit of fight and spirit and a much better performance than recent weeks. With safety all but confirmed that’s all we ask for during the run-in and we got that during this game.

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12th December 2017- Premier League, Crystal Palace 2 Watford 1

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Watford Observer

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BBC SportManager Roy Hodgson said Crystal Palace’s problems are far from over despite two late goals in a dramatic win over Watford moving them out of the Premier League relegation zone for the first time this season.

skyCrystal Palace moved off the bottom and out of the Premier League relegation zone with a sensational late rally to see off 10-man Watford 2-1 at Selhurst Park.

guardianNow Crystal Palace have hope. How could they not when after spluttering in arrears for almost the entire match, blunted and diminished by an imposing Watford team, they still plucked an improbable win from the jaws of defeat?

TelegraphIf Saturday’s agonising draw with Bournemouth had left Crystal ­Palace feeling like two points had slipped through their fingers, then here were three that had been ­conjured out of nothing. 

FranThe game started brilliantly for the Hornets as Richarlison crossed for Janmaat to head home to give the visitors the lead in the third minute.  The Dutchman threatened the Palace goal again soon after, but his cross was too close to Speroni.  Watford looked sure to score their second on 10 minutes after Carrillo found Richarlison, but the shot was headed off the line by Tomkins.

Tales from the VicarageThe phrase ‘a game of two halves’ could not be more appropriate for what followed. Palace began to pin Watford back straight from the restart.

The Hornets Nest1-0 up at half time, should have been three. A great chance to make it 2-0 in the second half. A red card in the 87th minute and then two goals in the final five minutes to give the hosts the win.  It just screams Watford.

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18th March 2017-Premier League, Crystal Palace 1 Watford 0

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RELIVE Palace v Watford: Hornets fire blanks and never get going

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imgres Crystal Palace earned their third successive victory thanks to an own goal by Watford’s Troy Deeney at Selhurst Park.

sky.png A Troy Deeney own goal earned Crystal Palace a crucial 1-0 win over Watford to pull them four points clear of the bottom three.

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BHappy image It’s an extraordinarily bad game.  Creatively awful.  Sorry if you were hoping for more dramatic build up, more suspense than that. Too bad.  I sat through it, if you were hoping for drama then you clearly didn’t bloody do so and you’ll get what you’re given and like it.

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26th December 2016- Premier League, Watford 1 Crystal Palace 1

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Zaha awards his marks on Harry’s dive

The fifth member of Watford’s scoring century club

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