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Matchday live

6:00 PM

That's a wrap

That's all from us here on a disappointing day for the Hornets.


Check back on later this evening for our Match Review page, with a full match report, social reaction and an exclusive post-match interview with half-time substitute Abdoulaye Doucouré, extended highlights will be available tomorrow.

5:45 PM

Mazzarri on “disappointing” result

Walter Mazzarri spoke to the BBC and Sky Sports after today's defeat:


"We are not happy and disappointed because it was a foul [in the build-up to the goal]. The goal was an own goal & we didn't deserve to lose, absolutely.


"The game was very balanced and it should have been 0-0. It's  disappointing to end like that. We defended very well and the only chance they had was the own goal and at that moment we only had 10 men so had to defend the free kick with one player less. 


We should have played better on the wings, we didn't risk enough in 1v1s and to lose like this is disappointing.


"In the end we played 4-2-4 & in the end I'm not sure we could have done more. Let's not forget the team today was the same that beat Arsenal.


"In this moment we have to think game by game and we cannot afford to make any calculations.


"The supporters have been incredible and I am mainly disappointed for them. We look forward to the next game and dedicating a win to them."

5:25 PM

Prödl post-match

Watford's Austrian International centre-back Sebastian Prödl spoke to Premier League Productions after the final whistle:


"Own-goals can happen, it is an unlucky situation but it's not the reason we lost. We didn't create chances, and it was not our best performance. 


"Both teams defended well so there were not many chances. It was always going to be close result.


"We didn't get the results we wanted in the last few weeks. Now we have two home games, and we need to get back to 100 per cent and get points."


5:10 PM

Deeney speaks

Hornets captain Troy Deeney spoke to the broadcast media post-match:


"There was a little lapse of concentration by me, it just dipped in front of me. It was a mistake.


"There was no real quality in the game apart from Zaha. It was a boring 0-0 other than my mistake.


"One mistake cost us. We didn't do enough, I don't remember their keeper having to make a save other than the Doucoure shot.


"I didn't see the incident in the lead up to the goal on Niang. I thought the referee was decent today. 


"We have some quality coming off the bench, especially with Nordin Amrabat coming back, and we have two weeks to work hard and go again.


"It's not a case of looking up or down, it's a case of doing our job which I don't think we did today. We looked good in possession but didn't do enough with it."

4:49 PM

FULL-TIME: Crystal Palace 1-0 Watford

All over at Selhurst Park and the Hornets are beaten. 

Troy Deeney's second-half own goal the difference in the end, in a game the Hornets have lost without suffering a shot on target over 90 minutes. 

But in truth, Palace looked the only side likely to ever win the game. Apart from shots from distance, Wayne Hennessey was rarely troubled in the Palace goal. 

A long two-week break now for the Golden Boys before Sunderland at home on April 1. 

4:47 PM - 90 MIN

Additional time

FOUR minutes added on at the end of the second-half.

4:42 PM - 85 MIN

Substitution Crystal Palace




4:42 PM - 85 MIN

Substitution Crystal Palace




4:41 PM - 85 MIN

Cabaye just wide

Zaha's shot is blocked, Cabaye's follow up has Gomes sprawling but bounces wide. No shots on target from the hosts today. 

4:38 PM - 82 MIN

Substitution Crystal Palace




4:36 PM - 79 MIN


Watford FC




4:32 PM - 76 MIN

Doucoure close!

Substitute Doucoure winds one up from distance, and sends the ball swerving and dipping towards the bottom corner, Hennessey at full stretch to tip the ball wide. 

4:28 PM


The Eagles' Wilfried Zaha cynically pushes Sebastian Prödl to the ground.

4:25 PM - 69 MIN

Palace ahead

Cabaye's free-kick from deep is a dangerous one, and captain Troy Deeney, stooping to block the cross, can only head in off the post. Unfortunate.

4:25 PM - 69 MIN


Deeney (OG)

Crystal Palace Crystal Palace
1 - 0
Watford FC Watford FC
4:22 PM - 66 MIN

Yellow card
Prödl (foul)

4:22 PM - 65 MIN

Zaha goes close

Townsend gets the better of better of Britos and whips in a cross to Zaha at the back-post, who fires over from a tight angle having beaten Cathcart. 

4:19 PM - 63 MIN

Handbags, handbags everywhere...

Zaha throws Prödl to the floor after the Austrian intercepts his attempted through-ball, and then Milivojevic, Cabaye and Co. jump in with arms raised but no-one is booked.

4:19 PM - 63 MIN


Watford FC




4:04 PM - 47 MIN

That's better

Capoue drives towards the box and hits one just over. It opened up for the Frenchman there. 

4:01 PM - 46 MIN

Back underway!

4:01 PM - 46 MIN


Watford FC




3:55 PM

My ball!

The Palace players can only watch as Heurelho Gomes claims the ball yet again.

3:47 PM

HALF-TIME: Crystal Palace 0-0 Watford

Goalless at the break. No real chances for either side, but Palace have probably shaded it with a handful of promising attacks, Zaha and Benteke well involved for the hosts. 

Watford's best openings? Shots from distance - Niang straight at Hennessey, Behrami wide on the volley. The Hornets have struggled to earn any control of this one. 

3:45 PM - 45 MIN

Additional time

ONE added minute here at the end of the first-half.

3:43 PM - 43 MIN

Valon on the volley

Behrami lets fly with a volleyed effort from just outside the area, after Janmaat had teed him up with a header, but the Swiss can't get the technique right and the ball curls up and away from goal.

3:37 PM - 37 MIN

Yellow card
Cleverley (foul)

3:36 PM - 36 MIN

Chance for Palace

Zaha does well down the left. His cross is headed clear by Kaboul but only to Cabaye, whose shot pings off Behrami and wide. Tom Cleverley now booked for late foul on Zaha. Palace on top.

3:27 PM


Valon Behrami has been at his battling best so far this afternoon.

3:24 PM - 24 MIN

Palace fans unhappy

Christian Benteke is flagged offside but referee Martin Atkinson allows the Hornets to take the free-kick a good ten yards inside the Palace half. Odd one that.

3:20 PM - 20 MIN

Not much to report

Both teams are pressing and feeling each other out in the opening 20 minutes, but there are few chances of note and a lot of fouls have been conceded by both sides.

3:17 PM - 17 MIN

Janmaat knocked down...

...but now he's up again.

3:14 PM


Who will win out of these two in the middle of the park today?

3:13 PM - 13 MIN

First Watford Shot

The Hornets play themselves out of trouble well and Niang races forward - his shot is straight down the throat of Hennessey from 30 yards. 

3:11 PM


Hornets in good voice here at Selhurst Park

3:04 PM - 4 MIN

Zaha goes down

Four minutes in and Zaha goes down in the penalty box, but Referee Martin Atkinson waves away the Palace protests.

3:00 PM - 1 MIN

And we're off!

The Hornets' 28th Premier League game off the season kicks-off, come on you 'Orns! 

2:50 PM

Team Reminder


2:40 PM

Not like the view at the Vic...

2:35 PM

Mazzarri on Palace

“The squad they have is very strong. Nobody expected them to be in trouble. 

“We face a team that is starting to play as it should in its own stadium, having won its last two matches.”  

2:25 PM

Cleverley speaks

Golden Boys midfielder Tom Cleverley spoke to BBC prior to kick-off:


"After a disappointing result it's sometimes not ideal to have a break because you want to put it right straight away.


"We want to put our best performance on the pitch, but we realise a win here today puts a big gap between us and Palace.


"They've strengthened well and have some very good individuals, but we are confident we can get a result."

2:11 PM

A warm welcome...

Both teams delayed in arriving, but the Hornets are here! 

2:10 PM

Line-up Reaction

2:00 PM


Two changes for the Golden Boys, as Craig Cathcart and Daryl Janmaat come in for Jose Holebas and Stefano Okaka, who take up places on the bench.


Etienne Capoue has managed to recover from sickness to start, meaning Walter Mazzarri has named the same line-up from the Hornets' last away win in London against Arsenal.


Jeffrey Schlupp replaces the injured Patrick van Aanholt for the hosts, while Martin Kelly and Lee Chung-Yong are named on the bench in place of James McArthur and Schlupp.


HORNETS: Gomes (GK); Cathcart, Kaboul, Prödl, Britos; Behrami; Janmaat, Cleverley, Capoue, Niang; Deeney (c).


Subs: Pantilimon (GK), Holebas, Zúñiga, Doucouré, Amrabat, Success, Okaka.


EAGLES: Hennessey (GK); Ward, Tomkins, Sakho, Schlupp; Milivojevic; Townsend, Puncheon (c), Cabaye, Zaha; Benteke.


Subs: Speroni (GK), Dann, Delaney, Kelly, Chung-Yong, Sako, Campbell.

1:55 PM

U18s go through

1:50 PM

10 minute warning!

Team news at 2pm Watford fans!

1:45 PM

In the press: Walter Mazzarri

Hornets Head Coach Walter Mazzarri took time out from his busy training schedule to chat to The Metro's Matthew Nash about the unpredictability of the Premier League, and the "beautiful" atmosphere in English stadiums.

1:35 PM

Safe travels, Hornets!

1:30 PM

Might need to move the goalposts back a bit...


Welcome to Selhurst Park! #watfordfc ??

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1:20 PM

Remember this?

1:10 PM

ICYMI: Mazzarri on Troy Deeney, Crystal Palace & more

1:00 PM

Then and Now

Adrian Mariappa returned to Watford on a free transfer from Crystal Palace at the start of the season. Injuries have limited Mapps, as he is affectionately known, to just one appearance against Millwall in the FA Cup, where he played the full 90 minutes.


He has been an unused substitute on eight occasions, including the Hornets' last Premier League fixture against Southampton.

12:50 PM

The Fan View

12:40 PM

Welcome to Selhurst Park

Welcome to Selhurst Park for today's Premier League match-up against Crystal Palace. 

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