Watford and Crystal Palace played out a hard-fought draw at Vicarage Road which has moved the Eagles six points clear of relegation.
Both sides hit the woodwork – Stefano Okaka for the hosts, and Luka Milivojevic and James Tomkins for the visitors – but the game was lacking real quality.
Wilfried Zaha was one bright spot for Palace, though he was shown a yellow card for diving when he thought he had won a penalty.
Roberto Pereyra was a constant menace to Crystal Palace until his withdrawal just before the hour mark, seemingly because of an injury. Playing on the left wing, he consistenly terrorised Joel Ward, and it’s no surprise the Hornets started to become lacklustre in the final third after he was taken off.
MOMENT OF THE MATCH
The referee’s decision to award a free-kick to Watford , rather than a penalty to Crystal Palace, on the hour mark was vital to the game’s complexion. On replays it did look as if Adrian Mariappa made contact with Zaha, though the forward exaggerated the contact and dived over Mariappa’s outstretched leg, making simulation the much more obvious call. A penalty would have changed the game, but, instead, Zaha was booked.
WHAT THE FANS ARE SAYING
Watford: Karnezis, Mariappa, Cathcart, Kabasele, Holebas, Hughes (Gray 79′), Doucoure, Capoue, Deeney, Okaka (Femenia 71′), Pereyra (Richarlison 55′)
Subs not used: Gomes, Janmaat, Britos, Sinclair
Crystal Palace: Hennessey, Ward, Tomkins, Sakho, Van Aanholt, McArthur (Benteke 81′), Milivojevic, Cabaye, Loftus-Cheek, Townsend, Zaha
Subs not used: Speroni, Sorloth, Lee, Wan Bissaka, Kelly, Riedewald
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