Watford 2 – 1 Crystal Palace: Watford Report

After ending Watford’s terrible away record last time out at Burnley, Javi Gracia’s side made it  wins from 3 with a 2-1 win over Crystal Palace thanks to goals from Roberto Pereyra, and a Holebas cross which found the top right hand corner. Although Watford did certainly ride their luck throughout the first 45 minutes, Javi Gracia will delighted to make it 9 points from a possible 9.

Watford did start very slow in the first half and were lucky to go into half time with eleven men and having not conceded. Capoue stamped on the back of Wilfred Zaha’s calf, which the midfielder was lucky not to see red for. But the Hornets did manage to make it into the dressing room on level terms, thanks to two terrific saves from Ben Foster.

The hornets were much sharper in the second half and were quickly rewarded for their efforts. The first goal was a result of a driving run from Capoue who shrugged off three Crystal Palace players before playing it out wide to Pereyra, who cut in and whipped it into the bottom right hand corner, as the Argentine continues to shine under Javi Gracia. The second was a result of an overhit cross from Holebas who cut in onto his right foot, whipped it into the box, missing Deeney but finding the top right hand corner.

Palace did hit back however in the 78th minute thanks to a tidy finish from Wilfred Zaha, through the legs of Ben Foster into the bottom of the net. And in added time Palace really should have taken something from the game, when a corner found the head of Joel Ward in the six yard box unmarked, but he couldn’t make it count as it glanced wide.

Next up for Watford is Tottenham at home on Sunday. After a very impressive away win at Old Trafford last time out, Watford will be facing their biggest test of the season so far. Last season Watford did manage a point at home to Spurs, and will be hoping for something similar this time out.

By Rufus Brooks.

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