Silva | “We Need To Kill The Game”
Marco Silva felt Watford should have been out of sight and over the hill long before Crystal Palace staged the most unlikely of comebacks to floor the Golden Boys at Selhurst Park.
Watford were 1-0 up thanks to Daryl Janmaat's third-minute header and had chances, through Troy Deeney and Richarlison, to kill the game off.
But the Hornets left the door tantalisingly ajar and Palace came steaming through, first in the 89th minute and then in the second minute of stoppage time to snatch a result that left Silva even more dumbfounded than he had been at Everton.
“We should have won this match,” said the Head Coach.
“When you play like we did for 85 minutes; we were leading 1-0 but we must score more. We had two clear chances, three clear chances. At this level, we need to kill the game. We created chances, and Gomes didn't have a save to make before 80 minutes. But Palace always create chances late on, with Benteke, Zaha, Loftus-Cheek and Townsend. We were solid and compact, and didn't give them a chance until that moment.”
Indeed Palace needed snookers until Tom Cleverley was sent off for picking up a second yellow card.
“The red card changed it,” said Silva.
“It gave them belief. We should not have let Zaha cut inside. We'd been two against one on him all night. We should have managed the match in a different way in that moment. Zaha created two moments but, even then, we were in a good moment, one against two. We should have done things different. We were in a position to do that.”
Silva did not apportion any blame to Cleverley who will now be suspended for the visit of Huddersfield Town on Saturday.
“I didn't see it, of course, but angry? No,” said the Head Coach.
“Cleverley deserves all the credit. What he's done up to now has been amazing. He's a big example for everyone in our dressing room. A big example. He's one of the focused players. The game is hot and sometimes it's not easy. It's not because of Tom we lost this game. We should have scored more than one goal up to then.”