• Date: Tue 30 March 2010
  • Venue: Vicarage Road
  • Ref: Taylor, P
  • Attendance: 15,134
Watford

Watford

Graham (83)

1 - 3
Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace

John (31)

Scannell (51)

Danns (66)

Watford vs Crystal Palace

Team Lineups

Watford

Scott Loach
Adrian Mariappa
Jay DeMerit
Lloyd Doyley
Martin Taylor (Will Hoskins, 84)
Henri Lansbury
Don Cowie (Danny Graham, 68)
Tom Cleverley
Will Buckley
John Eustace
Heidar Helguson

Crystal Palace

Julian Speroni
Patrick McCarthy
Lee Hills
Johannes Ertl
Claude Davis
Shaun Derry (Matt Lawrence, 20)
Darren Ambrose
Neil Danns
Stern John (Alassane N'Diaye, 90)
Sean Scannell (Nick Carle, 80)
Calvin Andrew

Match Report
Crystal Palace boosted their chances of escaping relegation and left Watford in deep trouble following a priceless 3-1 victory at Vicarage Road. Defeat would have left the third-from-bottom Eagles seven points adrift off their opponents and five points behind Sheffield Wednesday, but instead they now only trail the Hornets by a single point, albeit having played one game more. Luck was certainly on the visitors side during a first half in which their hosts were denied by the woodwork twice and had at least two other excellent chances, only to find themselves trailing to Stern John's 31st minute header. But a second goal from Sean Scannell swung the tide firmly in Palace's favour and Neil Danns added the third, before Danny Graham scored a deserved consolation. Eagles defender Lee Hills, who was sent off in the closing stages for a second yellow card, was fortunate not to see red in the 16th minute when he fouled Henri Lansbury and appeared to be the last man. But that set the tone for what was to follow in the first half as a superb save from Julian Speroni kept out Martin Taylor's header before Tom Cleverley thundered a 25-yard shot against the Palace bar. But Watford were stung in the 31st minute when Calvin Andrew wriggled away from Adrian Mariappa, his attempted pull back broke for Hills whose cross to the far post was headed in by the unmarked John. More chances came and went for the home side before the interval, with Lansbury's header from a corner hitting the underside of the bar before Speroni thwarted Will Buckley from close range. The Hornets were made to pay for not taking their chances six minutes after the restart when Scannell met a cross with a header that rebounded off the far post, but the rebound fell favourably and the Palace midfielder side-footed home. And the home side's misery was completed in the 65th minute when keeper Scott Loach could only parry another Scannell effort and Danns tucked away the rebound. After Cleverley hit the woodwork for a third time, the Hornets' efforts were finally rewarded in the 83rd minute when Buckley found substitute Graham on the rebound and he slammed a shot inside the near post.
Live Text Commentary
90
Substitution
 

Stern John is being taken off, Alassane N'Diaye has come on in his place.

87
Red Card
 

It's red. He's off. Lee Hills has been sent off.

84
Substitution
 

Martin Taylor is replaced by Will Hoskins.

83
Goal
 

Goal!! Watford have scored with Danny Graham putting it in the back of the net.

80
Substitution
 

Sean Scannell is replaced by Nick Carle.

68
Substitution
 

Watford are replacing Don Cowie with Danny Graham.

66
Goal
 

Goal!! Neil Danns scores for Crystal Palace.

62
Yellow Card
 

The referee has booked Matt Lawrence.

51
Goal
 

Goal!! Sean Scannell scores for Crystal Palace.

Second half
 

The second half is under way with the score currently at 0 v 1.

Half time
 

Half time whistle is blown by P Taylor

40
Yellow Card
 

Johannes Ertl goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.

31
Goal
 

Goal!! Stern John scores for Crystal Palace.

24
Yellow Card
 

The referee has booked John Eustace.

20
Substitution
 

Shaun Derry is replaced by Matt Lawrence.

16
Yellow Card
 

Lee Hills goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.

Kickoff
 

It's 7:45pm on Tuesday, March 30th, the match has kicked off.

Awaiting Kickoff
 

Watford face Crystal Palace at 7:45pm on Tuesday, March 30th.