Premier League

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Premier League
Vicarage Road Stadium
Attendance 20,168


    • KICK OFF
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      The resulting corner finds a yellow shirt at the near post but it then flies to Puncheon, who quickly thumps the ball away from danger to bring the first half to an end.
    • 90'
      Again, a deep cross is sent into the Palace penalty area, this time from Berghuis, but it's slightly overhit and flies out of play. That will surely be Watford's final attack of the game.
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      Hennessey takes far too long with his free kick and is promptly shown a yellow card for time-wasting.
    • 90'
      Watford are throwing everything they have at Palace! A curling cross flies into the heart of the penalty area from the right flank and almost finds Prodl, but the centre-back crashes to the ground. He screams for a penalty but the referee gives it the other way, much to the frustration of the home f
    • 90'
      Ighalo does well to win his side a corner, but the set-piece is poor and is easily dealt with by Palace. They then break away extremely quickly through Zaha, who flies down the right wing before trying to find Puncheon with a cross-field pass, but it's slightly underhit and is cut out by the last ma
    • 45'
      A thumping goal kick from Gomes flies right onto the thigh of Ighalo, who brings the ball down wonderfully well before being fouled by Hangeland in an incredibly dangerous position just outside of the Palace penalty area. Abdi steps up and unleashes a curling strike that hits the head of Bolasie bef
    • 90'
      Great strike by Bolasie! The winger twists and turns on the edge of the penalty area and beats Anya before unleashing a curling shot that beats Gomes before flying just over the top of the crossbar.
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      My name is Ben Cullimore and it's been an absolute pleasure describing all of the action to you today. Until next time, goodbye!
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      The referee blows his whistle and Palace have just about managed to hold on to their slender lead to pick up all three points! They battled hard in both defence and attack and, thanks to a clumsy challenge from Nyom, come away with a hard-earned victory that sends them up to sixth place. Watford wil
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      The two teams are making their way back out onto the pitch ahead of the start of the second half. Neither side have made any substitutions during the half-time break.
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      It's been a nervy and evenly-contested first half, with neither side able to find much joy in front of goal. The two teams have taken it in turns to boss possession, but, thanks to strong defending at both ends of the pitch, their respective forward lines have struggled to make an impact. Palace hav
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      The two sides are making their way out onto the pitch, with just a few minutes to go until kick-off.
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      Quique Sanchez Flores has decided to name an unchanged Watford side to the one that started the 2-1 win against Newcastle United last weekend, whilst Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew has made six alterations to the team that thumped Charlton Athletic 4-1 in the Capital One Cup during the week, wit
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      Crystal Palace substitutes: McCarthy, Croll, Mariappa, Gray, McArthur, Zaha, Campbell.
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      Crystal Palace XI (4-2-3-1): Hennessey; Kelly, Dann, Hangeland, Souare; Cabaye, Ledley; Sako, Puncheon, Bolasie; Gayle.
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      Watford substitutes: Arlauskis, Paredes, Ake, Guedioura, Diamanti, Berghuis, Ibarbo.
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      Watford XI (4-4-2): Gomes; Nyom, Prodl, Cathcart, Anya; Abdi, Capoue, Watson, Jurado; Deeney, Ighalo.
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      There’s just over 15 minutes left to go until until kick-off, so let’s have a look at how the two teams will be lining up this afternoon…
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      Games between Watford and Palace have a tendency to be exciting and goal-filled encounters, and this afternoon’s is likely to be no different. Hornets’ fans will have painful memories of the last time that these two sides met, as a narrow Eagles victory, made possible by an extra-time Kevin Phillips
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      However, seeing off an impressive Palace side won’t be an easy task, as the South Londoners have looked full of attacking flair and capability in their opening six games of the season. Thanks to impressive wins against Norwich City, Aston Villa and Chelsea, the Eagles currently sit in 10th place in
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      After a patient yet solid start to life back in the Premier League, Watford have been absolutely flying over the past two weeks, and they head into this afternoon’s encounter looking to secure their third successive top-flight victory for the first time since 1987. They certainly have recent history
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      Good afternoon and welcome to our live text commentary of today’s Premier League clash between Watford and Crystal Palace. My name is Ben Cullimore and I will be keeping you up to date with all of the action from Vicarage Road.
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      And we're off! Crystal Palace get us underway, attacking from left to right.
    • 2'
      Palace immediately break away on an blisteringly quick counter-attack through Bolasie, but the forward ends up completely scuffing his 20-yard strike up until the air and away from danger.
    • 3'
      Great play by Watford! The hosts put the Palace under an incredible amount of pressure, with Anya playing an important role down the left flank. Jurado then sends a deft through-ball into the path of Deeney, but the captain is out-muscled by Dann before Hennessey thumps the ball towards the halfway
    • 4'
      What a strike by Capoue! The midfielder picks up the ball in acres of space deep inside the Palace half of the pitch and decides to unleash a thumping 25-yard shot that flies just a few yards wide of the far post and out for a goal kick.
    • 5'
      Watford work the ball around well before Deeney flicks a lovely volleyed pass towards Ighalo, who breaks towards the edge of the penalty area, but Souare does well to get across and thump the ball out for a corner.
    • 6'
      The resulting set-piece is flung towards the near post, where it finds Prodl, but the big centre-back's thumping header ends up flying wide of its intended target.
    • 8'
      A determined Watford attack comes to an end, allowing Palace to push forward on one of their own. Dann thumps a lofted pass over the top of the hosts' defence and into the path of Gayle, but it's completely overhit and ends up bouncing out of play for a goal kick.
    • 9'
      Palace work the ball around quickly midway inside the Watford half of the pitch before Cabaye tries to chip a pass over to Kelly on the right-hand side of the penalty area. The Frenchman's ball is poorly hit, however, and misses the right-back before flying out of play.
    • 11'
      Capoue is caught by a poor sliding challenge by Ledley, resulting in a free kick for Watford in a dangerous position 30 yards away from goal. The set-piece is fired towards the edge of the box but it's slightly underhit and is easily dealt with by Bolasie.
    • 13'
      What a save by Gomes! Nyom catches Sako from behind and the winger goes crashing to the ground in a very theatrical manner, which convinces the referee to award Palace a free kick. It's whipped into the heart of the penalty area, where it finds Hangeland, but the Norwegian defender's bullet header i
    • 15'
      Play momentarily stops as Watson receives medical treatment for what looks like a nasty knock to his right wrist. He should be able to continue after a few moments on the touchline.
    • 16'
      Watson makes his way back onto the pitch as Watford push forward down the right flank. They're unable to find much joy before working the ball towards the opposite wing, but again the sea of Palace shirts camped in front of them are able to keep the hosts at bay.
    • 18'
      Gayle flies forward on an excellent run before being hauled to the ground just outside of the penalty area, and Palace are awarded yet another free kick, this time in an extremely dangerous position. Cabaye's shot bounces off the Watford wall and into the feet of Puncheon, who immediately unleashes
    • 20'
      Again, Gayle is fouled, this time by Prodl, and another free kick is awarded to Palace, who are now firmly on the front foot. Cabaye sends the set-piece to Gayle, who then tees up Bolasie, but the winger's curling cross is stopped the head of Nyom.
    • 21'
      Anya embarks on a great run down the left wing and beats Kelly with ease before firing a cross off Dann and out for a corner. The resulting set-piece is sent towards the near post but is easily dealt with by the Palace defence.
    • 22'
      Bolasie and Souare link up well on the left flank before the latter curls an excellent cross into the middle of the penalty area, but Gomes is just about able to punch the ball out of the box before it can meet the head of Gayle.
    • 24'
      Watford patiently pass the ball around in the middle of the pitch but are once again unable to find a way through the mass of blue and red shirts camped in front of them. Capoue then tries to find Anya with a lofted pass over to the left wing, but it's completely overhit and flies out of play for a
    • 25'
      A series of intricate passes from Watford ends with Nyom on the right-hand side of the Palace penalty area, and the defender cuts inside quickly before unleashing a low strike that flies off the thigh of Ledley and away from danger.
    • 26'
      Watford come back once again, this time down the left wing through Anya. The defender sends a dangerous cross into the penalty area that Dann can only half clear with a volley, but Jurado's follow-up header is unable to find Ighalo and is dealt with by Souare at the back post.
    • 28'
      Ighalo twists and turns on the right flank before forcing Ledley into conceding a corner. It's whipped towards the near post but once again it's underhit and is comfortably cleared away by Bolasie.
    • 29'
      Capoue and Watson play a quick one-two in the middle of the pitch before the Frenchman is brought down by Cabaye, resulting in a free kick for Watford 40 yards away from the Palace goal. It's flung into the heart of the penalty area but Dann is there to thump the ball back out of the box, where Nyom
    • 30'
      Chance for Deeney! Jurado breaks forward before teeing up Abdi, who then chips a lovely cross right onto the head of the aforementioned striker. He meets the pass well but can only send his effort bouncing a few yards wide of the far post.
    • 31'
      Palace, who are now strongly to get onto the ball, are able to regain possession and push forward through Ledley, but the midfielder ends up sending a poor lofted pass over the head of Bolasie and out for a goal kick.
    • 33'
      Kelly sends a great pass into the feet of Sako, who spins past Anya with ease before darting towards the right-hand side of the penalty area. He then unleashes a low cross but it's completely mishit and rolls until the hands of Gomes on the edge of the six-yard box.
    • 34'
      Sako gets down the right wing once again, and this time he sends his cross off the feet of Anya and out for a corner. Cabaye tries to find Hangeland with a deep ball from the set-piece but it's overhit and flies out for a throw-in on the opposite flank.
    • 36'
      The game has become slightly sloppy, with neither side able to hold onto the ball for more than a few moments. As a result, tempers are flaring and the players are becoming increasingly frustrated.
    • 38'
      Bolasie flies down the left flank before sending his curling cross right onto the head of Prodl, who easily clears the danger. Watford then break away on a quick counter-attack through Jurado, who sprints forward before teeing up Deeney, but the striker is unable to find Ighalo with his low pass tow
    • 39'
      Once again, Cabaye is brought down by Capoue, resulting in a free kick for Palace midway inside the Watford half of the pitch. It's taken quickly and sent to Bolasie, who is immediately clattered by Abdi, resulting in a yellow card for the Swiss winger.
    • 40'
      Another chance for Palace! Cabaye fires a thumping cross towards the back post from the resulting free kick, but there's slightly too much power on the ball and it misses the head of Hangeland by a yard or two.
    • 42'
      Ighalo dispossess Cabaye and immediately flies forward on a quick counter-attack. He then works the ball over to Anya, who sprints into the box before trying to find the Nigerian striker with a low cross, but Hangeland is there to cut out the pass with a great interception.
    • 44'
      Sako drifts out to the left flank and picks up the ball before embarking on a wonderful run forward that ends with his side earning themselves a corner on the left flank. Cabaye sends the set-piece towards the near post but Gomes does well to punch it away from danger before Jurado is fouled on the
    • 45'
      The fourth official has indicated that there will be just one minute of added time.
    • 46'
      And we're underway once again!
    • 47'
      Watford immediately break down the left wing before Jurado tees up Abdi, who is fouled from behind by Ledley after a poor first touch from the Swiss midfielder on the edge of the penalty area.
    • 48'
      Jurado hits the crossbar! The Spaniard unleashes an excellent curling shot that flies over the top of the Palace wall and beats Hennessey before smashing the woodwork. What a goal that would have been!
    • 49'
      Palace break away on a quick counter attack through Souare, who flies down the left wing before trying to find Gayle. The defender's cross is sent slightly too near to Gomes, however, and the goalkeeper is easily able to cut out the danger as a result.
    • 50'
      Sako and Nyom battle for the ball down the left flank before the latter gives away a free kick with a clumsy foul. The set-piece is flung into the middle of the box but fails to find a Palace player before being thumped away by Watson.
    • 52'
      Souare sends a lofted pass forward that Puncheon immediately heads into the path of Gayle. The striker sprints into the penalty area to try to reach the ball but Prodl is there to intercept the danger at the vital moment.
    • 54'
      Wonderful play by Watford! An excellent lofted pass forward from Cathcart finds Deeney, who sends a great header into the path of Ighalo. The Nigerian striker then quickly tees up Abdi, who unleashes a thumping low strike that Hennessey does well to save with a strong diving save.
    • 56'
      A beautiful pass from Watson finds Jurado, who then earns his side a corner on the left flank. The Spaniard sends it into the middle of the penalty area, where it pinballs around before the Palace defence, who were completely asleep, are finally able to clear the danger.
    • 57'
      Palace immediately break away on a blisteringly quick counter attack through Puncheon, who bursts forward before teeing up Gayle, who is immediately fouled by Abdi just outside of the Watford penalty area.
    • 58'
      Sako unleashes a low shot from the resulting set-piece that deflects off Abdi before bouncing towards the bottom left-hand corner of the goal, but Gomes does well to tip the effort round the post.
    • 60'
      Gayle hits the crossbar! Sako spins round Nyom before sending an excellent low cross into the heart of the penalty area. It flies past the outstretched foot of Cathcart before finding the aforementioned striker, but his thumping first-time strike ends up ricocheting off the woodwork and out of the b
    • 61'
      Anya charges down the left flank before having his run stopped by a poor challenge by Kelly. Jurado's cross is half dealt with by the Palace defence before the aforementioned Watford left-back sends a spinning volleyed shot just wide of the near post.
    • 62'
      SI W. Zaha SO B. Sako
    • 62'
      Sako, who has had a rather quiet afternoon, makes his way off the pitch to be replaced by Zaha.
    • 63'
      Zaha immediately gets involved in the action and flies down the left flank, but Nyom does well to stop the substitutes' run with a strong interception before the youngster can get a cross away.
    • 64'
      SI S. Berghuis SO B. Sako
    • 64'
      Abdi receives a rousing round of applause from the Watford fans as he's replaced by Berghuis.
    • 65'
      After a frantic few moments, the pace of the game has slowed down somewhat. Both sides are finding it difficult to get forward and are now having to battle for the ball in the middle of the pitch.
    • 67'
      Again, Palace do well initially to get forward but they're quickly shut out by the impressive Watford defence, who force them into a cul-de-sac before clearing the danger once more.
    • 69'
      PENALTY! Zaha flies past Nyom on the left wing before breaking into the box, where Nyom sticks out a foot and brings the substitute crashing to the ground with a clumsy challenge, leaving the referee with no choice but to point to the spot.
    • 70'
      Jurado is involved in a heated exchange with the referee in the wake of the penalty decision and is shown a yellow card as a result.
    • 71'
      GOAL! Palace take the lead and become the first visiting team to score at Vicarage Road this season! Cabaye steps up and unleashes a thumping strike that flies past the outstretched arm of Gomes and into the top left-hand corner of the net to make it 1-0 to the visitors.
    • 73'
      Watford fly forward on a great attack down the left wing through Berghuis, who then curls an excellent curling cross into the middle of the penalty area. It almost finds the head of Deeney but Hangeland is there to deal with the danger with a strong clearance.
    • 75'
      SI N. Aké SO B. Sako
    • 75'
      Chelsea loanee Ake comes on to take the place of Nyom, who looks absolutely shattered after having to deal with Palace's pacy wingers.
    • 76'
      A bouncing lofted pass flies over Kelly before Jurado picks up the ball on the left wing, but he's immediately fouled by Cabaye, resulting in a yellow card for the Frenchman and a free kick for Watford in a very dangerous position.
    • 77'
      SI J. McArthur SO B. Sako
    • 77'
      McArthur comes on to take the place of Cabaye for the final 13 minutes of the game.
    • 77'
      The initial cross from Berghuis is poor and fails to beat the first man before his follow-up is also unable to find a yellow shirt inside the Palace penalty area.
    • 78'
      Great chance for Gayle! A wonderful curling cross from Bolasie finds Bolasie, who then flicks the ball into the feet of the aforementioned striker, but the youngster's close-range effort flies just wide of the near post.
    • 79'
      A thumping clearance by Hennessey finds Gayle, who brings the ball down well before being fouled by Prodl in an extremely dangerous position just outside of the Watford penalty area.
    • 80'
      Puncheon unleashes a curling strike from the resulting free kick but the shot is sent too near to Gomes, who is easily able to deal with it.
    • 81'
      And now Puncheon enters the referee's book after bringing down Watson with a clumsy late challenge near the halfway line.
    • 82'
      SI V. Ibarbo SO B. Sako
    • 82'
      Watford have made a late change, and it's an attacking one, with Ibarbo coming on to replace Watson.
    • 82'
      The yellow card is out once again. This time it's Cathcart who receives one after clattering into Gayle on the left wing.
    • 84'
      Bolasie battles with Ibarbo on the right wing before trying to get a cross away, but the substitute does well to out-muscle the winger before shepherding the ball out of play for a goal kick.
    • 85'
      SI F. Campbell SO B. Sako
    • 85'
      That proves to be Gayle's final involvement in the game, as he's replaced by Campbell for the final five minutes of the game.
    • 85'
      What a chance for Gayle! Puncheon sends an excellent pass through the middle of the Watford defence and into the path of the striker, who flies forward before sending a curling strike just wide of the far post.
    • 87'
      It's end to end stuff at the moment as both sides desperately push forward in search of a goal. Watford are throwing as many bodies forward as possible but just can't seem to carve out any decent chances on goal as we near the end of normal time.
    • 88'
      A Palace attack breaks down and Capoue flies forward on a marauding run, but Zaha brings it to an end with a cynical challenge that results in a yellow card for the winger.
    • 89'
      Puncheon breaks into the left-hand side of the penalty area before running along the byline and towards the near post, but he holds onto the ball for far too long and is eventually dispossessed by Gomes before he's able to get a cross away.
    • 90'
      The fourth official has indicated that there will be five minutes of added time.

    Line Up




    Hayden Mullins
    Roy Hodgson



    Possession 0% 0%
    Effective Chances 0 0
    Shots on Target 0 0
    Turnovers 0 0


    Passes 0 0
    Passing Accuracy 0% 0%
    Passing Accuracy in opponent’s half 0% 0%
    Crosses 0 0
    Crossing accuracy 0% 0%


    Shots 0 0
    Shots outside the box 0 0
    Shots inside the box 0 0
    Shooting accuracy 0% 0%


    Tackles 0 0
    Effective Tackles 0% 0%
    Blocked Shots 0 0
    Clearances 0 0
    Saves 0 0


    Fouls Conceded 16 22
    Yellow Cards 4 4
    Red Cards 0 0
    Offsides 0 0

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