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Summary

  1. Cabaye pen after Nyom fouls Zaha
  2. Jurado & Gayle both hit the woodwork
  3. Palace climb to sixth in table
  4. Palace won 9 of 12 away games under Pardew

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By Tom Rostance

All times stated are UK

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That's all from us for the evening then - ta-ra and I'll see you tomorrow night with all the action from the Hawthorns.

Nice reaction from Zaha

Watford 0-1 Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew tells BBC Sport:

“Our concentration levels were really good. We lost tight games to Man City and Spurs, which were kind of self inflicted, but not today. We concentrated really well, and the centre-backs were the pick of the bunch. 

"The wide guys made the breakthough, it was actually Wilfried Zaha a substitute that did that. I have three great options but only two can play. It was nice that Wilf got that reaction, we trust him.

"The penalty was a very good decision, the ball was just outside the box but the challenge was inside. It was dispatched by Yohan Cabaye, though Dwight Gayle was meant to be taking it so it surprised me.

"Cabaye’s got experience and confidence to do it at any level. He’s level and confident, Dwight has had his share of penalties, he had two this week, so it would have been a bit greedy."

Yohan Cabaye
Reuters

Not entertaining but a win

Watford 0-1 Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace

More from the Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew:

"We have good players to play away from home. In the first half we didn’t give any concessions to Watford, it made the game even and tight and not particularly entertaining, but gave us good confidence to win the game, and we did.

"That’s the options when you’ve got quality players – more and more of these Premier League games are 14-man games and you need that strength and quality off the bench. I didn’t think we deserved to lose at Man City, Tottenham was tough on us too, so this makes up for those."

What next?

Crystal Palace are at home to West Brom next weekend, while Watford travel to Bournemouth.

Watford 0-1 Crystal Palace

Alan Pardew says that his side are set-up to play away from home - and the stats bear that out.

Three away wins from four games this season. 

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Another great result for Palace and Pardew, grinding out wins with penalties is good, but we need some free flowing goals, without a penalty, today would have been 0-0

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Performance lifted Pardew

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Crystal Palace

Palace manager Alan Pardew felt his side were always the more likely to win the game, and told Sky Sports he's pleased with the attitude of Wilfried Zaha who came off the bench to win the penalty:

“Sometimes as a manager you want a performance that lifts you – the back four were terrific and didn’t give Watford too much daylight. Down the sides our wide players caused trouble and we got ourselves a great win in a tight game. We’ve lost two tight games, so a win makes up for the games where the margins cost us.”

“I thought Wilfried Zaha did very well against Charlton in midweek, and then today fresh coming off the bench he caused a problem because he’s got that determination to prove me wrong – and I like that.

“I just think we carried a little more threat – we had a key moment and I’m not sure they did today. Second half Dwight Gayle should have scored. It wasn’t a classic but it was a good game for me and my staff.”

Wilfired Zaha
AP

'A very big decision'

Watford

Watford manager Quique Flores tells BBC Sport: "There was not much difference between the two sides today.

"It was difficult to stop their attack, it was uncomfortable for us. We need to open up the pitch more.

"We did not stop the counter-attack, we were disorganised. It was a very big decision from the referee to decide the match. I am not sure."

Quiquw Flores
Reuters

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Kyle Utterson: Not the best of games but massive win for Palace taking them 6th and I think they are genuinely top 6 contenders.

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Palace boss Alan Pardew says that he always felt that his team had a moment in them - but admits that it was 'not a classic.'

Full reaction to come. 

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Ben in Brighton on text: May be stuck on a Geology field trip in Dorset but great to see Palace win again!! Yohan Cabaye is rewarded for a great start to his Palace career!!

Shane Daly on Twitter: I think its safe to say that Alan Pardew is a top manager, I don't mean good, I mean he's a great manager, well done Alan.

How good a manager is Alan Pardew? Where can Palace finish this season?

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Watford 0-1 Crystal Palace

Watford end the weekend in 13th spot but it's hard to draw many conclusions from that performance.

They failed to test Wayne Hennessey in the Palace goal on many occasions but didn't look unduly troubled either.

Are there three worse teams in the Premier League? That may be all they need...

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Maziko Soberman: Alan Pardew for Englaaaaand!!!!! from Malawi

Kyle Utterson: Pardew is probably the best English born manager. Maybe Eddie Howe though he's a lot younger.

Phil Bird: Remind me again why Newcastle wanted Pardew out?

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ALan Pardew
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'We ground it out'

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Crystal Palace defender Scott Dann: "We knew it would be tough today so we are delighted. We deserved more from our last two games. We had to grind it out and it was our first clean sheet of the season."

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#bbcfootball watching the cloud creeping up the valley at the base of the Matterhorn. Come on you eagles #cpfc

#bbcfootball watching the cloud creeping up the valley at the base of the Matterhorn. Come on you eagles #cpfc

Palace a club 'on the up'

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Aidy Boothroyd

Former Watford boss on Radio 5 live sports extra

“Palace have got to keep their players fit and if they add in January who knows where they could finish. 

"Away from home they are real difficult opponents, but at home they will have to come out a bit more; you might see more boring games because counter attack is their strength but they look like a club on the up because they can score goals.”

Top-six side?

Crystal Palace slide up to sixth place in the Premier League - is Europe a realistic aim for the Eagles this season?

Speedy wingers the key for Palace

Watford 0-1 Crystal Palace

Aidy Boothroyd

Former Watford boss on Radio 5 live sports extra

“We've seen two teams who are evenly matched, Crystal Palace looked to counter from the very start, while Watford looked to build but didn’t get Ighalo and Deeney involved enough. 

"They huffed and puffed – the best chance was when they hit the cross bar. The key for Palace was getting Nyom isolated with speedy wingers like Zaha, and that’s what led to the penalty."

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Watford's biggest home crowd in 15 years leave in disappointed mood as their side trudge off the field.

Match-winner Yohan Cabaye waits for a man in the Watford end and gives him his Palace shirt. Solid shift. 

FULL-TIME

Watford 0-1 Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace are sixth in the Premier League after yet another away win!

Watford 0-1 Crystal Palace

Jose Jurado has a shot well blocked by Joe Ledley...

Jurado
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CLOSE!

Watford 0-1 Crystal Palace

Yannick Bolasie floats a shot from range onto the roof of the net.

FIVE MINUTES added on. Hope springs for Watford...

Watford 0-1 Crystal Palace

Watford just look frustrated as nothing they try comes off. Looks like a home defeat. 

Bolasie
Reuters

Lots of cards since half-time

Watford 0-1 Crystal Palace

Aidy Boothroyd

Former Watford boss on Radio 5 live sports extra

“If we see the game out with all 22 players on the pitch I’ll be surprised the way it’s going. All these yellow cards seem to have come in the second half.”

Watford 0-1 Crystal Palace

Will we see #pardewforengland trending? It would make life more interesting on the international front I reckon. Into the final stages. Can Palace hang on? 

Sako
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Is it going to be another away win for Palace?

Scott Wilcox: In tournament football, every game is away from home. Just saying. #pardewforengland

Might be getting carried away slightly.....

CLOSE!

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That's initially rubbish from Dwight Gayle as he runs into a cul-de-sac after beating the offside trap, it's then genius as he somehow extricates himself into space and powers in a left-footed drive that flashes a yard wide of the post.

His reward is to be hooked. On comes Frazier Campbell. 

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Yes, yeh, yeh. You should see the weather in Salford.

#bbcfootball following the mighty Eagles from Lake Bled, Slovenia #CPFC

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#bbcfootball following the game in Menorca.... its lovely

#bbcfootball following the game in Menorca.... its lovely

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Eight minutes left. The neutrals don't need any added time.

Watford
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YELLOW CARD

Watford 0-1 Crystal Palace

Jason Puncheon curls a free-kick over the wall but straight at Heurelho Gomes in the Watford goal. Puncheon is then booked for a hack at Ben Watson as the away end proclaim him as 'one of their own.'

Cabaye substitution makes sense

Watford 0-1 Crystal Palace

Aidy Boothroyd

Former Watford boss on Radio 5 live sports extra

“A little bit more defensive thinking from Alan Pardew, still looking to defend a little deeper. McArthur’s also bigger for set pieces, so it makes sense. Cabaye has done his bit.”

Cabaye
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CLOSE!

Watford 0-1 Crystal Palace

Almost the game-sealer. A cross from the left is headed down by Wilfried Zaha and Dwight Gayle gets across his man to nudge a volley on goal - but he can only find the side-netting.

SUBSTITUTION

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Incredibly bad free-kick from Watford sub Steve Berghuis lets Palace off the hook. Palace withdraw the now booked Yohan Cabaye and on comes James McArthur. Will there be a siege from the home side?

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Matthew Bennett: Annoying goal to concede. It's the only way Palace can ever score against Watford though.

Kumailj: Zaha winning the penalty against Watford? Déjà vu

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YELLOW CARD

Watford 0-1 Crystal Palace

BBC Sport's resident Watford guru tells me that Wilfried Zaha was the Palace player fouled by Marco Cassetti for the decisive penalty in the 2013 play-off final. Basically the same place too.

Watford didn't learn their lesson. Yohan Cabaye is booked this time. Definitely. 

Zaha
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Watford 0-1 Crystal Palace

'It's just like Wembley again' sing the away fans as Palace enjoy their lead. Just over 15 minutes left as Watford chuck on Nathan Ake. 

Allan Nyom is the man off. 

Goal could get game going

Watford 0-1 Crystal Palace

Aidy Boothroyd

Former Watford boss on Radio 5 live sports extra

“To be fair it’s been coming. Nyom is reckless and he’s keen, but in the box that’s going to cause a problem.

"Very, very cool penalty right in the top corner from Cabaye, Gomes is getting nowhere near that one - and I'm hoping that will get this game going."

Cabaye
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Watford 0-1 Crystal Palace

Watford instantly have a sight of goal but Idion Ighalo is blocked out. The Hornets have to push on now which may allow Palace more joy on the break. 

Ighalo
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Following the game whilst eating cockles on Brighton beach! #bbcfootball #WATCRY

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Following the game sitting in the bar in Eurostar departures in Brussels, oh the glamour... #bbcfootball

Following the game sitting in the bar in Eurostar departures in Brussels, oh the glamour... #bbcfootball

GOAL - Watford 0-1 Crystal Palace

Yohan Cabaye (Pen 71 mins)

I thought Dwight Gayle would be on this butYohan Cabayepulls rank and then pulls out a fine finish, high into the net.

Allan Nyom, that's on you.

Cabaye
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