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  • Date:18 Feb 2012
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:Selhurst Park
  • Attendance:13,324
  • Zaha (21) Martin (37)
    Martin (49) Dikgacoi (63)
Goal!

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91:33 +1.33

Free kick awarded for a foul by Owen Garvan on Gavin Massie. Direct free kick taken by Lee Hodson.

91:11 +1.11

The ball is swung over by Darren Ambrose, Adrian Mariappa manages to make a clearance.

87:56

Owen Garvan produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the left of the goal.

86:37

Kagisho Dikgacoi gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Chris Iwelumo. Free kick taken by John Eustace.

85:28

The ball is crossed by Mark Yeates, clearance by Patrick McCarthy.

85:22

The ball is sent over by Mark Yeates, Patrick McCarthy manages to make a clearance.

84:03

Shot by Darren Ambrose. Scott Loach makes a save.

83:19

Owen Garvan is brought on as a substitute for Mile Jedinak.

82:20

Darren Ambrose takes a shot. Blocked by Nyron Nosworthy.

81:21

Gavin Massie takes a shot. Save by Julian Speroni.

79:11

Outswinging corner taken by Alex Kacaniklic.

78:59

Corner taken short by Alex Kacaniklic.

78:37

The ball is delivered by Mark Yeates, clearance made by Jonathan Parr.

77:34

Jermaine Easter fouled by John Eustace, the ref awards a free kick. Darren Ambrose has a direct shot on goal from the free kick.

76:21

Free kick awarded for a foul by Mark Yeates on Sean Scannell. Darren Ambrose takes the direct free kick.

75:19

Gavin Massie concedes a free kick for a foul on Anthony Gardner. Anthony Gardner takes the free kick.

73:00

Mark Yeates is brought on as a substitute for Craig Forsyth.

72:18

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Alex Kacaniklic, clearance by Anthony Gardner. Corner taken right-footed by Alex Kacaniklic, Patrick McCarthy makes a clearance.

70:33

Glenn Murray is brought on as a substitute for Chris Martin. Sean Scannell joins the action as a substitute, replacing Wilfried Zaha.

68:07

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jonathan Hogg by Jermaine Easter. Alex Kacaniklic takes the free kick.

62:39

Corner taken right-footed by Darren Ambrose, Kagisho Dikgacoi finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Crystal Palace 4-0 Watford.Assist by Darren Ambrose.

61:34

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Alex Kacaniklic, Jonathan Parr manages to make a clearance.

60:50

Mile Jedinak challenges Gavin Massie unfairly and gives away a free kick. Alex Kacaniklic takes the direct free kick.

57:19

Anthony Gardner challenges Gavin Massie unfairly and gives away a free kick. Alex Kacaniklic takes the free kick. Shot from 20 yards by Adrian Mariappa. Unfair challenge on Wilfried Zaha by Adrian Mariappa results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Mile Jedinak. Adrian Mariappa is given a yellow card.

57:01

Lee Hodson sends in a cross, Nathaniel Clyne manages to make a clearance.

55:24

Corner from the left by-line taken by Alex Kacaniklic, Kagisho Dikgacoi makes a clearance.

54:23

John Eustace produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the target.

50:30

Unfair challenge on John Eustace by Mile Jedinak results in a free kick. John Eustace restarts play with the free kick.

48:48

Jonathan Hogg gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Chris Martin. The ball is swung over by Darren Ambrose, Chris Martin finds the net with a goal from close in to the bottom right corner of the goal. Crystal Palace 3-0 Watford.Assist by Jermaine Easter.

46:49

Gavin Massie is caught offside. Julian Speroni restarts play with the free kick.

46:32

Jermaine Easter handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Scott Loach takes the free kick.

45:43

Centre by Lee Hodson, Effort from inside the area by John Eustace misses to the left of the target.

45:01

Gavin Massie on for Joe Garner.

43:43

Jermaine Easter gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nyron Nosworthy. Free kick taken by Nyron Nosworthy.

42:19

Chris Martin challenges Scott Loach unfairly and gives away a free kick. Scott Loach takes the free kick.

41:48

Alex Kacaniklic crosses the ball, Anthony Gardner manages to make a clearance.

39:27

Chris Martin sends in a cross.

38:51

Alex Kacaniklic is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Julian Speroni.

36:51

Unfair challenge on Darren Ambrose by Craig Forsyth results in a free kick. Craig Forsyth is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Darren Ambrose delivers the ball, Chris Martin finds the back of the net with a headed goal from close in. Crystal Palace 2-0 Watford.Assist by Darren Ambrose.

36:10

Craig Forsyth takes a shot. Save by Julian Speroni.

35:37

Chris Iwelumo takes a shot. Julian Speroni makes a comfortable save.

34:48

The assistant referee signals for offside against Chris Martin. Scott Loach takes the indirect free kick.

34:36

Foul by Chris Iwelumo on Mile Jedinak, free kick awarded. Mile Jedinak takes the free kick.

33:32

Corner taken right-footed by Darren Ambrose, Header from deep inside the area by Patrick McCarthy goes over the bar.

33:23

Jonathan Parr crosses the ball, Nyron Nosworthy manages to make a clearance.

31:28

Jonathan Hogg challenges Darren Ambrose unfairly and gives away a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Anthony Gardner.

30:11

Jonathan Hogg delivers the ball, clearance by Patrick McCarthy.

28:20

Corner taken by Darren Ambrose.

27:56

Wilfried Zaha decides to take a short corner.

27:24

Nyron Nosworthy gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Chris Martin. Free kick taken by Mile Jedinak.

25:13

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mile Jedinak by John Eustace. Patrick McCarthy takes the direct free kick.

21:06

Jermaine Easter delivers the ball, Wilfried Zaha finds the back of the net with a goal from close range to the bottom left corner of the goal. Crystal Palace 1-0 Watford.Assist on the goal came from Jermaine Easter.

19:18

Wilfried Zaha fouled by Alex Kacaniklic, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Anthony Gardner.

17:13

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jonathan Hogg on Wilfried Zaha. Direct free kick taken by Darren Ambrose.

15:30

Corner taken by Darren Ambrose.

15:20

The ball is crossed by Darren Ambrose, Craig Forsyth makes a clearance.

13:57

Jonathan Hogg gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kagisho Dikgacoi. Kagisho Dikgacoi takes the free kick.

12:56

A cross is delivered by Alex Kacaniklic.

12:33

Corner taken left-footed by Alex Kacaniklic to the near post, Darren Ambrose makes a clearance.

8:48

Patrick McCarthy challenges Joe Garner unfairly and gives away a free kick. Shot on goal comes in from Alex Kacaniklic from the free kick, Julian Speroni makes a save.

7:24

Joe Garner concedes a free kick for a foul on Anthony Gardner. Direct free kick taken by Mile Jedinak.

5:14

Corner taken left-footed by Alex Kacaniklic from the left by-line, save by Julian Speroni.

4:04

Jonathan Hogg has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand post.

3:26

Free kick awarded for a foul by Mile Jedinak on Joe Garner. Direct free kick taken by John Eustace.

2:17

Alex Kacaniklic has shot on goal from just outside the penalty box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

Match Preview

Moxey back for Palace Dean Moxey could return for Crystal Palace's clash with Watford. The defender has been occupying the sidelines for some time due to a knee injury and may boost manager Dougie Freedman's backline against the Hornets. Winger Sean Scannell could force his way back into the first-team picture, while Glenn Murray, who replaced fellow striker Jermaine Easter during the second half of the 2-2 draw with Bristol City on Tuesday, is pushing for a start. Midfielder Owen Garvan made a late substitute appearance at Ashton Gate and may be given a promotion to the starting line-up against Sean Dyche's side. However, Palace are without Jonathan Williams and David Wright. Welsh midfielder Williams is continuing his rehabilitation from a broken leg suffered in November and is close to a return to training and defender Wright has a calf problem. Watford will be able to call upon Lloyd Doyley after his midweek red card was rescinded. The Hornets lodged an appeal with the Football Association against Doyley's dismissal for denying an obvious goalscoring opportunity late on in Tuesday's 3-2 victory over Leicester. Besides Doyley being the victim of mistaken identity after it was defensive partner Adrian Mariappa who committed the foul, Watford's appeal against the merits of the red card in the first place were upheld. Neither Doyley or Mariappa will be suspended at Selhurst Park. Manager Sean Dyche does, however, have injury concerns to contend with as striker Troy Deeney remains touch-and-go having missed the clash against the Foxes altogether due to a hamstring problem. Young midfielder Sean Murray is also a doubt with a thigh injury, while long-term absentees Stephen McGinn (knee) and Martin Taylor (toe) are still unavailable. Forward Gavin Massey has been recalled from his loan spell at Colchester to bolster Dyche's attacking options should Deeney again not make it.

Formation:433Manager: Dougie Freedman

Crystal Palace

Formation: 442Manager: Sean Dyche

Watford

  • Julian Speroni
  • Nathaniel Clyne
  • Patrick McCarthy
  • Anthony Gardner
  • Jonathan Parr
  • Mile Jedinak
  • Kagisho Dikgacoi
  • Darren Ambrose
  • Wilfried Zaha
  • Jermaine Easter
  • Chris Martin
  • SUBS
  • Lewis Price
  • Owen Garvan
  • Sean Scannell
  • Glenn Murray
  • Paul McShane

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Match Report

Palace blast past Hornets Crystal Palace secured their first league victory of 2012 thanks to an assured performance and a fine 4-0 win against in-form Watford. The Eagles had failed to win their previous six npower Championship matches but deservedly took three points after hitting their stride at Selhurst Park. Much-vaunted teenager Wilfried Zaha opened the scoring in south London, turning home a Jermaine Easter cross from close range in the 22nd minute. Palace doubled their advantage as half-time approached through Chris Martin, who had time and space to head home a Darren Ambrose free-kick. The on-loan Norwich striker netted his second five minutes into the second period, before Kagisho Dikgacoi's bundled effort squirmed under Scott Loach. The final three goals came courtesy of defensive mishaps at set pieces and brought Watford's four-game unbeaten run to an abrupt end. Palace manager Dougie Freedman chose the same side that threw away a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 at Bristol City on Tuesday. The Hornets came into the encounter off the back of an impressive 3-2 win over Leicester, with Craig Forsyth handed a start after netting the midweek winner in place of the injured Sean Murray. Sean Dyche's Watford side bossed the opening exchanges, with on-loan Alex Kacaniklic and Jonathan Hogg firing early chances wide as the rain hammered down in south London. The former curled a free-kick straight at Julian Speroni as Watford continued to press forward, leaving gaps that the hosts were patiently trying to capitalise on. Ambrose twice saw attempted crosses blocked as Palace began to press, before Easter fashioned a 22nd-minute opener. The striker did well to get down the right flank and send over a cross that Zaha converted inside the six-yard box with Loach unable to stop the ball going off him and in. The goal spurred Palace into life and, after Forsyth forced Speroni to parry a long-range drive at the other end, the hosts doubled their advantage. Ambrose fired a deep free-kick into the penalty area and Martin lost his marker to head home with ease in the 38th minute. Dyche brought on Gavin Massey in a bid to change things at half-time, but more poor defending allowed the home side to extend their lead in the 50th minute. Another Ambrose free-kick found Easter, who squared the ball across the six-yard box for Martin to tap home unchallenged. Watford were playing good passing football despite the scoreline, which got worse for the visitors in the 64th minute. Dikgacoi connected with an Ambrose corner, with the ball squirming under Loach as Easter attempted to get the final touch. The game became scrappy as the weather conditions worsened, with substitute Sean Scannell almost deflecting home a Loach kick before McCarthy almost put into his own net. However, that was the closest Watford came as the 1,116 visiting support witnessed their side fail to beat Palace for a sixth successive Championship game.

Form Guide

    LDLDDD
  • Crystal Palace
  • VS
  • Watford
  • LLWWDW

Last Meetings

  • Watford
  • 0 - 2
  • Crystal Palace
  • 15/10/2011
  • Watford
  • 1 - 1
  • Crystal Palace
  • 01/02/2011
  • Crystal Palace
  • 3 - 2
  • Watford
  • 09/11/2010
  • Watford
  • 1 - 3
  • Crystal Palace
  • 30/03/2010
  • Crystal Palace
  • 3 - 0
  • Watford
  • 28/11/2009
  • Watford
  • 2 - 0
  • Crystal Palace
  • 28/02/2009

Top Scorers

Crystal Palace

  • J Easter 4
  • G Murray 4
  • S Scannell 3
  • W Zaha 3
  • D Ambrose 2
  • P McCarthy 2
  • C Martin 2
  • J Parr 2
  • KE Dikgacoi 1

Watford

  • J Eustace 4
  • T Deeney 4
  • M Yeates 3
  • C Forsyth 3
  • C Dickinson 2
  • M Taylor 1
  • C Iwelumo 1
  • A Mariappa 1
  • J Garner 1
  • P Buaben 1
  • S Murray 1

Goals

Crystal Palace

    • Total goals 59
    • Goals per game 29
  • 3 (For) 3 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 4 (For) 2 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 3 (For) Period 21-30 mins
  • 2 (For) 2 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 1 (For) 2 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 3 (For) 2 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 4 (For) 4 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 2 (For) 11 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 7 (For) 4 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

Watford

    • Total goals 66
    • Goals per game 36
  • 3 (For) 1 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 1 (For) 5 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 3 (For) 1 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 7 (For) 4 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 5 (For) 7 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 3 (For) 6 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 5 (For) 5 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 5 (For) 3 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 4 (For) 11 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

possession


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