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WATFORD v PALACE RECAP: Eagles land vital win over Hornets

Crystal Palace got the better of Watford at Vicarage Road on Sunday.


The Eagles bounced back from two straight defeats to edge the Hornets 1-0 thanks to a second-half penalty from Yohan Cabaye.

Palace sub Wilfried Zaha made an impact with just under 20 minutes remaining when he was cut down by Allan Nyom just inside the area, allowing French midfielder Cabaye to step up and fire beyond Heurelho Gomes.

The win lifts Alan Pardew's South Londoners up to seventh place on the Premier League table as Watford ended the weekend 13th with their first home defeat of the season.



MATCH OVERVIEW

Watford: 0
Crystal Palace: 1 (Yohan Cabaye (PEN) 71')
Vicarage Road, Watford - 20,168


TALKING POINTS

- Palace still on track for a top-half finish. Are they good enough they achieve that goal under Pardew?

- Watford have been solid defensively but if Ighalo doesn't score, they are struggling to find goals. Who can step up and help the Nigerian?



WHAT'S NEXT?

The Hornets next meet Bournemouth away on Saturday as Palace get set to host West Bromwich Albion.



TWITTER INSIGHT


QUOTES CORNER

Palace's Pardew on the positive result:

"I don't smile often but I do smile today because I was really pleased, it wasn't our greatest performance but it was a good, professional performance and as manager of the team that makes me happy."


Watfordboss Flores on his side's subpar display:

"We didn't lose today because we conceded a penalty.

"We lost today because we didn't play well and Crystal Palace played better than us. We didn't have a good performance."


STATS SPECIALS
*Thanks to Opta


TEAM LEADERS


WATFORD
Goals - Odion Ighalo 4
Assists - Troy Deeney 3
Clean sheets - Heurelho Gomes 3
Yellow cards - Four players on 1
Red cards - Valon Behrami 1



CRYSTAL PALACE
Goals - Yohan Cabaye, Joel Ward, Bakary Sako 2
Assists - Jason Puncheon, James McArthur 2
Clean sheets - Wayne Hennessey 1
Yellow cards - Yohan Cabaye 3

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