Roy Hodgson lamented his side’s defensive errors after a 4-1 defeat in which he said Watford were “punished” by Crystal Palace’s attack.
Goals from Jean-Phillipe Mateta, Conor Gallagher and a Wilfried Zaha brace sunk the Hornets at Vicarage Road, with Moussa Sissoko levelling the score at 1-1 in the first half.
Although Hodgson felt the margin of defeat was harsh, the Watford manager admitted his side didn’t deserve a positive result from the game.
“I thought we were punished harshly for our inability to block crosses and shots,” said Hodgson. “They scored their goals far too easily for my liking.
“The scoreline was harsh, it wasn't that type of performance but now we've got to dust ourselves down.