Watford 0-0 Crystal Palace: Eagles edge closer to safety with well earned point Watford 0-0 Crystal Palace: Eagles edge closer to safety with well earned point
Zaha was shown a yellow card when he thought he had won a penalty By Billy Hawkins – @bhawkinsss Saturday, April 21, 2018 Watford... Watford 0-0 Crystal Palace: Eagles edge closer to safety with well earned point

Watford 0-0 Crystal Palace: Eagles edge closer to safety with well earned point

Zaha was shown a yellow card when he thought he had won a penalty

By Billy Hawkins – @bhawkinsss

Saturday, April 21, 2018

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.

STAR MAN

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 0-0 Crystal Palace: Eagles edge closer to safety with well earned point
Watford 0-0 Crystal Palace: Eagles edge closer to safety with well earned point
Watford 0-0 Crystal Palace: Eagles edge closer to safety with well earned point

LINE-UPS

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

MATCH STATS

Watford 0-0 Crystal Palace: Eagles edge closer to safety with well earned point

LEAGUE TABLE

Watford 0-0 Crystal Palace: Eagles edge closer to safety with well earned point

NEXT FIXTURE

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR v Watford (Premier League) – Monday, April 30

Crystal Palace v LEICESTER CITY (Premier League) – Saturday, April 28

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