Roy Hodgson must be sick of the sight of Watford. A third 2-1 defeat of the season by Javi Gracia’s side, after a late winner from the substitute Andre Gray dashed Crystal Palace’s chances of reaching Wembley, will certainly not live long in the memory for their manager and his erstwhile assistant Ray Lewington, who had been hailed by the home supporters on his return to Vicarage Road. Yet, without the injured Wilfried Zaha, at least Palace finally showed some fighting spirit through Michy Batshuayi’s equaliser after Étienne Capoue had opened the scoring in the first half.
But, having seen his players given the runaround by the impressive Gerard Deulofeu and Roberto Pereyra for most of a blustery afternoon, Hodgson could have no real complaints about this result – even if he dismissed suggestions that defeat could prove beneficial to a side still not safe from relegation. “It’s never a good thing to lose,” he said. “It was always going to be a tight game and, when we equalised, I thought we were in with every chance we could have gone on to win it. But unfortunately it was Watford who did.”
Source: Football News
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