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Hodgson rues Palace's missed chances

Crystal Palace 1 Watford 2

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Watford manager Javi Gracia celebrates the win. Photo: Getty Images

Watford manager Javi Gracia celebrates the win. Photo: Getty Images

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Watford manager Javi Gracia celebrates the win. Photo: Getty Images

Roy Hodgson rued Crystal Palace's missed opportunities after Watford fought from behind to secure victory at Selhurst Park. Hornets defender Craig Cathcart scored at either end, before Tom Cleverley sealed all three points for the visitors with a fine volley just six minutes after coming on as a substitute.

The win moved Watford to seventh in the table. Palace will be looking over their shoulder once more despite heading into the fixture hoping for a third consecutive win.

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Crystal Palace's Aaron Wan-Bissaka is challenged by Watford's Roberto Pereyra. Photo: Getty Images

Crystal Palace's Aaron Wan-Bissaka is challenged by Watford's Roberto Pereyra. Photo: Getty Images

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"Of course it hurts," said Hodgson. "It is tough to lose any game, tough to lose at home, and it is even tougher because we have done well lately. I hoped this would provide the chance to get that elusive third consecutive victory to lift us to a more comfortable place in the table, and I am feeling very sad that we couldn't do it. But, if you want to win games, you need to take the chances that come your way."

Cathcart's own goal, following a goalmouth scramble, afforded Palace the lead heading into the interval, and the hosts had chances to put the game to bed.

Wilfried Zaha, who now has not scored or laid on an assist in 13 matches, was the most culpable, after hitting Ben Foster's out-stretched leg, and then blazing high and wide early on in the second period.

Watford were back on level terms after 67 minutes when Cathcart made amends for finding his own net after leaping above James Tomkins and heading home Jose Holebas's corner. Seconds later, Cleverley was introduced, and within six minutes the game turned on its head for Watford following his fine volley.

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Watford's Gerard Deulofeu of Watford tries to get between Crystal Palace's Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Wilfried Zaha. Photo: Getty Images

Watford's Gerard Deulofeu of Watford tries to get between Crystal Palace's Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Wilfried Zaha. Photo: Getty Images

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"I am proud of all my players, not only for today but other games where we have competed well," said boss Javi Gracia.

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