Crystal Palace 2-3 Watford

Crystal Palace's emblem

Crystal Palace’s emblem (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Watford scored two very late goals to earn themselves their first win and three points of the new Npower Championship season.

Watford got off to a good start by creating two chances in the first few minutes of the game with Joe Garner heading wide and new signing, Almen Abdi having his shot well saved by Julian Speroni. But Watford went a goal down after a clumsy tackle by John Eustace on Wilfried Zaha earned Crystal Palace a penalty and Garvan placed home the penalty to give the Eagles a 1-0 lead. But to our credit, we kept on working hard and created good chances to equalise with Mark Yeates and Joe Garner both going close to scoring.

Our well-deserved equaliser did come after an effort on goal by Sean Murray was fumbled by Julian Speroni and Martin Taylor was quickest to the rebound and tapped in the equaliser.  Yet somehow, Watford’s defending undid their good work as Palace re-took the lead with Owen Garvan slotting past Manuel Almunia without a single defender trying to make a tackle. We pretty much allowed Garvan to run in to our penalty area and score. I know it’s a new centre-back partnership of Taylor and Nosworthy but does that really excuse neither or any player to at least try to tackle Owen Garvan.

Just when you thought, that we were going to lose Palace, again. Watford showed great character to snatch a win right at the death. First, Almen Abdi equalised with a 25-yard effort. Then to top it off, Matej Vydra scored in the third minute of stoppage time with a shot from outside the box to give Watford all three points.

Watford are currently 4th in the league after just one game and if we’re there come what May then I will be certainly pleasantly surprised. Next up, is a home game against Ipswich Town on Tuesday and it’s the return of Scott Loach. I will of course will be there.


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