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  1. Palace can go nine points clear if relegation zone with win
  2. Watford have won two of last 11 games

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By Matthew Howarth

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  1. Matthew Howarth

    BBC Sport

    Tom Cleverley celebrates scoring for Watford against Crystal Palace

    Matthew Howarth

    BBC Sport

    Tom Cleverley's superb second-half volley helps Watford come from behind to beat Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.

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  2. 'It was our moment'

    Crystal Palace 1-2 Watford


    Jose Holebas

    Watford manager Javi Gracia speaking to BBC MOTD:

    "I think we had the confidence during the game, we started by conceding an own goal but after that the level was the same and in the second half we got the reward with two amazing goals. I am very happy with the performance and attitude of my players.

    "All the games against Crystal Palace are always very equal, today was again. After conceding the first goal it was more difficult but we knew this team are conceding more goals in this period and it was our moment. We created enough chances to win the game."

    When asked if it was good management to bring on Tom Cleverley:

    "No, good player! The first half we had very good chances to score, and started the game with one clear chance to score. We continue and believe we are able to win the game and Tom was very important in that moment, like against Bournemouth. He is playing well after a long period injured. He is recovering his best condition.

    "All my players deserve more time to play as they are all working very hard to play. I felt the best option was Tom and he scored an amazing goal.

    "The next game is against Burnley, step by step and this is the best mentality to achieve what we want at the end of the season."

  3. 'I knew it was destined for top corner'

    Crystal Palace 1-2 Watford


    Tom Cleverley

    Watford's match-winner Tom Cleverley: "When you come to Selhurst Park you know you will have to battle, the games are nearly always decided by one goal or draws. Luckily I had enough quality to get the goal that won it. It was a bit unfortunate the own goal, and we are disappointed about not dealing with the first ball. Craig Cathcart has been outstanding all season we really appreciate his performances.

    "I think it was a long throw and we won the second balls and it has come out to me and I took it on the volley. As soon as it left my foot I knew it was destined for the top corner.

    "It is the squad we have got that helps us come back into games, people on the bench are ready to come on and help the team and we don’t let our heads drop. We can play good football or we can battle."


    Crystal Palace 1-2 Watford

    It's all over!


    Crystal Palace 1-2 Watford

    Tom Cleverley is booked.

    Palace running out of time...


    Crystal Palace 1-2 Watford

    Adam Masina replaces Roberto Pereyra for Watford.


    Crystal Palace 1-2 Watford

    There will be FOUR minutes of added time at Selhurst Park.

    Roberto Pereyra is shown a yellow card for time-wasting.

  8. Post update

    Crystal Palace 1-2 Watford

    Wilfried Zaha goes down on the edge of the area.

    No foul given though.

    Wilfried Zaha
  9. Post update

    Crystal Palace 1-2 Watford

    Deulofeu's effort comes off the head of Aaron Wan-Bissaka and flies out for a Watford corner, which is gathered by Wayne Hennessey.


    Crystal Palace 1-2 Watford

    James Tomkins brings down Gerard Deulofeu on the edge of the box.

    The Palace defender is cautioned. Free-kick for Watford in a dangerous position.


    Crystal Palace 1-2 Watford

    Final change for Palace.

    Jeffrey Schlupp comes on for Jordan Ayew.

  12. Post update

    Crystal Palace 1-2 Watford

    Ten minutes of normal time remaining.

    Watford looking comfortable, Palace about to make another change.


    Crystal Palace 1-2 Watford

    McArthur off, Benteke on.

    Can Palace's record signing help the Eagles' haul themselves back into the game?

  14. Post update

    Crystal Palace 1-2 Watford

    Palace have 15 minutes of normal time to salvage something from this game.

    Christian Benteke is being summoned...

  15. GOAL - Crystal Palace 1-2 Watford

    Tom Cleverley

    The substitute has fired Watford in front!

    Tom Cleverley has only been on the field six minutes, but the former Manchester United man volleys James Tomkins' clearance past Wayne Hennessey and into the top corner.

    That's his first goal since December 2017 - and what a strike it was!

    Watford's Tom Cleverley
  16. CLOSE!

    Crystal Palace 1-1 Watford

    Oh dear, James McArthur...

    Wilfried Zaha's cross trickles towards the midfielder at the far post but he fails to make proper contact with the ball and the visitors clear the danger.

    What a let-off for Watford. How did that stay out?

  17. Post update

    Crystal Palace 1-1 Watford

    That was Watford's first shot on target, too.

    Harsh on Palace, who have been the better side in the second half.


    Crystal Palace 1-1 Watford

    Tom Cleverley enters the fray for Ken Sema, who replaced Will Hughes early in the first half.

  19. GOAL - Crystal Palace 1-1 Watford

    Craig Cathcart

    Cathcart atones for his first-half OG!

    Jose Holebas' corner evades Wayne Hennessey and Cathcart rises highest to restore parity for Watford.

    Game on!

    Watford"s Craig Cathcart celebrates

    Crystal Palace 1-0 Watford

    Ken Sema trips Andros Townsend on the left flank and is shown a yellow card for his troubles.

    Watford look a little short of ideas at the moment.