Watford 1-1 Crystal Palace

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Watford and Crystal Palace got a share of the spoils on a very foggy night at Vicarage Road.

 Watford took the lead through Andreas Weimann, on loan from Aston Villa, when he volleyed in Andros Townsend’s ball from the left. Weimann  looked impressive, sliding a pass across goal which Danny Graham was inches away from converting.

Crystal Palace had a chance to equalise when a foul by John Eustace on Wilfried Zaha. Darren Ambrose’s freekick was comfortably saved by Scott Loach.

But they did get their equaliser in the 40th minute when Andros Townsend gave the ball away after trying to do too much. He gave the ball away to Neil Danns whose through ball was collected by James Vaughan who brushed off Adrian Mariappa and unleashed a powerful shot past Scott Loach. 

Then the fog finally got down to pitch level and made my viewing of the game more difficult as I sit in the Vicarage Road End. This meant that I could hardly see any action in the opposite half due to the fog. However, this was quite amusing as lots of fans made the most of the situation. Whenever, a referee decision went against Watford, most of the fans started complaining about each decision. 

Watford’s John Eustace had an effort cleared off the line late on. Eustace had also gone close earlier when he found space just outside the penalty area and forced an excellent save from Julian Speroni.

Mariappa also missed an absolute golden opportunity when he failed to make the most of an Andros Townsend delivery into the area. And Mariappa was lucky not to concede a penalty when he appeared to bring down Vaughan. But fortunately for Watford, the referee waved play on.

A draw leaves Watford three points adrift of a play-off place but they have two games in hand over sixth-place Leeds. With their next two games being Forest away and Burnley at home, Watford’s chances of playoffs are looking a bit slim.

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