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Watford 2 Crystal Palace 1

Crystal Palace's Joel Ward shoots wide. Photo: Reuters/Paul Childs
Crystal Palace's Joel Ward shoots wide. Photo: Reuters/Paul Childs

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Watford maintained their perfect start to the season thanks to second-half goals from Roberto Pereyra and Jose Holebas.

Not for the first time, though, Crystal Palace left Vicarage Road aggrieved at the treatment of Wilfried Zaha and believing they had found themselves on the wrong end of a controversial decision.

Crystal Palace's Joel Ward aims for a goal. Photo: Reuters/David Klein
Crystal Palace's Joel Ward aims for a goal. Photo: Reuters/David Klein

Pereyra and Holebas provided the finishes that secured victory for Javi Gracia's side, with Palace unable to build on Zaha's 77th-minute reply. Watford's victory was deserved, but having been aggrieved at the penalty decision that contributed to his side's defeat to Liverpool last Monday, Roy Hodgson was again entitled to feel things had not gone his side's way.

Had referee Anthony Taylor decided Etienne Capoue's fourth minute two-footed challenge on Zaha was worthy of more than a yellow card - and television replays suggested it was - the outcome might well have been very different.

Zaha himself was booked for a challenge on Jose Holebas three minutes later.

 

Watford's Jose Holebas in action with Crystal Palace's James McArthur. Photo: Reuters/David Klein
Watford's Jose Holebas in action with Crystal Palace's James McArthur. Photo: Reuters/David Klein
Watford's Troy Deeney (right) and Crystal Palace's Martin Kelly battle for the ball. Photo credit: Adam Davy/PA Wire
Watford's Troy Deeney (right) and Crystal Palace's Martin Kelly battle for the ball. Photo credit: Adam Davy/PA Wire
Watford's Troy Deeney in action with Crystal Palace's Joel Ward. Photo: Reuters/David Klein
Watford's Troy Deeney in action with Crystal Palace's Joel Ward. Photo: Reuters/David Klein

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