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Premier League Statistics: Watford 2-1 Crystal Palace


  • Date – 26th August 2018
  • Venue – Vicarage Road
  • Attendance – 20,014
  • Referee – Anthony Taylor
  • Cards – Capoue, Holebas, Janmaat, Pereryra, Zaha
  • Goals – Pereryra (53), Holebas (71), Zaha (78)
  • STAR EAGLE – Andros Townsend (6.8)


It is fair to say that Palace versus Watford has been a tense fixture in recent seasons due to fans from the Herfortshire club being obsessed with Wilfired Zaha, the Harry the Hornet incident along with the multiple times the Eagles have had control over the Hornets. Unfortunately, this fixture was no different.

It was criminal that Etienne Capoue was not shown a straight red card after running his studs down Zaha’s achilies four minutes into the game and shows the level of the standard of officiating in this country once again. To make matters worse, Anthony Taylor booked Zaha for a soft push on Daryl Janmaat much to the applause of the home crowd. Depite the controvesy early on, Palace had plenty of chances to go ahead and would have done so had it not been for Ben Foster. The visitors second half was poor and let down a solid showing in the first however, it was satisfying to see Zaha, Watford’s clear pantomine villian, pull one back for Palace late on but it was not enough to claim what should have been a deserved point.

PLAYER RATINGS (courtesy of Who Scored)

13 WAYNE HENNESSEY (6.1) – Did not have a lot to do in the first half as Watford’s attempts repeatedly went wide but he does need to do better with his usually good distribution which has not been up to his usual standard in recent matches.

2 JOEL WARD (6.8) – Thrown into the side after Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s dismissal last weekend against Liverpool and did a fairly decent job statistically apart from a few misplaced passes but struggled up against Roberto Pereryra. Not the worst back-up to have on standby.

34 MARTIN KELLY (6.2) – Called upon at short notice after James Tomkins suffered an calf injury in the warm up. Did a solid enough job at the back and could not do much about either goal.

12 MAMADOU SAKHO (6.6) – A much better game from the Frenchman and did not seem to mess around with the ball as much as he likes to. Distributed well from the back line and made a handful of well-timed tackles.

3 PATRICK VAN AANHOLT (6.1) – He would agree that this was not one of his better showings but continued to work hard up and down the left to support the attack.

15 JEFFREY SCHLUPP (6.2) – Started the game well but faded, one good chance running into the area but failed to get his shot away in good time. Replaced by 7 MAX MEYER (6.6) on 75 minutes who made an immediate impact, looked lively and had a hand in the goal.

4 LUKA MILIVOJEVIC (6.7) – A poor game for the captain who has not had many like it since joining the club. The midfield seemed weaker due to him underperforming, his legs still seem to be full of the World Cup.

18 JAMES MCARTHUR (6.1) – A good showing from the Scotsman who had a couple of excellent chances in the first half. Faded as the game wore on but our man in the engine room kept on going.

10 ANDROS TOWNSEND (6.8) – Like Wilf, was on the end of some strong challenges but worked well out wide for the most part and created a number of chances. Looks to be more comfortable playing in front of Wan-Bissaka rather than Ward which proved to be more hard work than it should have been.

11 WILFRIED ZAHA (6.7) – Early shocking challenge and booking soon after pretty much put him out of the game for long periods but he bounced back to pull a superb goal back. Never put Wilf in the corner!

17 CHRISTIAN BENTEKE (6.5) – The big Belgian proved why he should still be Palace’s first choice striker after holding up play well. There were times where he needed support after bringing the ball down but all in all, it was a good performance from Benteke. The goals will come, keep the faith. Replaced by 9 ALEXANDER SORLOTH (6.3) on 85 minutes who had an effort late on but could net make full contact with the ball.

Unused substitutes – 31 Vincente Guaita, 34 Martin Kelly, 8 Cheikou Kouyate, 25 Sullay KaiKai 14 Jordan Ayew


ROY HODGSON – “There is no particular anger as such. We did not start the second half well and went a goal down. We were unlucky in that their second goal drifted over the keeper’s head helped by the wind and we faced a mountain to climb. If the game had gone on another five or ten minutes we could have got another goal and a draw would not have been an unfair result.

It is very frustrating when you are 2-1 down and you are in the ascendancy but you cannot get hold of the ball. We are not happy about the foul on Wilf. I have only just seen it again on television. I would have to say we were unlucky he was not sent off. We have to get used to that. Players of his match-winning ability are targeted and he was targeted by that foul but he got over that and his ending to the game was quite good.”

JAVI GRACIA – “I’m very happy because it is always difficult to get a result in the Premier League. We have three wins and it is amazing. The players have been rewarded because they have worked very hard. It is only three steps but I’m very proud to be Watford coach. To be honest I didn’t see the Capoue challenge. It was a rainy day with many contacts. If you speak to me about Capoue, I didn’t see it.”


The Who Scored man of the match was Christian Kabasele (8.1) while Roberto Pereryra (4) had the most shots. The most tackles were made by Joel Ward (6) as Etienne Capoue (3) had the most dribbles.

  • Team rating: 6.95 – 6.43
  • Total shots: 13 – 9
  • Shots on target: 5 – 3
  • Possession: 43.8% – 56.2%
  • Pass success: 68% – 75%
  • Dribbles: 7 – 2
  • Aerials won: 24 – 25
  • Tackles: 26 – 18
  • Corners: 6 – 3
  • Dispossessed: 12 – 17


Palace are 11th in the table with three points from three games, behind Arsenal in 10th and ahead of Fulham in 12th.


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  • 01/09/2018 Southampton (h)
  • 15/08/2018 Huddersfield Town (a)



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