First Team 27/08/2018

Highlights: Watford 2-1 Crystal Palace

Watch extended highlights of the Hornets 2-1 win over Crystal Palace at The Vic.


 

First Team 27/08/2018

Kabasele: “You Need That Little Bit Of Luck”

Watch Christian Kabasele's post-match interview above, or read on below.


 

By Jonathan Nagioff

Hornets defender Christian Kabasele has praised the performance of goalkeeper Ben Foster in the 2-1 victory over Crystal Palace.

Foster made two crucial first half saves, denying Christian Benteke and James McArthur to keep the scores level heading into the interval.

The Golden Boys stepped up a gear in the second half and were clinical in front of goal, with Roberto Pereyra and José Holebas sealing the three points, despite a late Wilfried Zaha consolation.

Kabasele - named Man of the Match after the final whistle - was excellent in the heart of the Hornets defence alongside Craig Cathcart and believes the result might have been different without Foster between the sticks.

Kabasele told watfordfc.com after the game: “It’s incredible as it was our most difficult game from the start, but we had a little bit of luck as well with the goal from José. 

“It’s okay when you win and when it was difficult - that means we did a really good job.

“I think first of all Palace did well. They created a lot of chances and if we didn’t have Ben in the goal today maybe we are 2-0 down in the first half, so as I said you need that little bit of luck today.”

Kabasele has already focused his attention onto next week’s clash with Tottenham and wants to see a repeat display against Mauricio Pochettino’s side.

 “I try like every game to help the team not to concede but everyone was fantastic today,” said the defender. “We didn’t play so good in the first half but when you see the spirit in the second half, as last week in Burnley, it was incredible - and we need to build on this to try to cause some trouble to Tottenham next week.”

Holebas scored the all-important second goal, but despite a sublime curling finish Kabasele is convinced that his team mate did not mean to shoot.

“Everybody knows it was a cross!” said the Belgian. “Sometimes when you have a very good left foot, but you don’t have a right foot, and today it was a very good goal and he helped us a lot this season. 

“Against Brighton he was amazing, last week as well, and today he scored so he did a good job. He’s 33 and when you see how fit he is, it’s good for the team.”


The Hornets are next in action against Reading in the Second Round of the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night.