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  • Graham (83)
  • John (31), Scannell (51), Danns (66)
  • Date:2010-03-30
  • Kick-off:19:45
  • Venue:Vicarage Road
  • Attendance:15134
  • Referee:Taylor, P

Live Commentary

90mins

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

87mins

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

84mins

Martin Taylor is replaced by Will Hoskins.

83mins

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

80mins

Sean Scannell is replaced by Nick Carle.

68mins

Watford are replacing Don Cowie with Danny Graham.

66mins

Goal!! Neil Danns scores for Crystal Palace.

62mins

The referee has booked Matt Lawrence.

51mins

Goal!! Sean Scannell scores for Crystal Palace.

46mins

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

45mins

Half time whistle is blown by P Taylor

40mins

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

31mins

Goal!! Stern John scores for Crystal Palace.

24mins

The referee has booked John Eustace.

20mins

Shaun Derry is replaced by Matt Lawrence.

16mins

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

0mins

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

0mins

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


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.

Watford

Crystal Palace

Corners

124

Fouls

1015

Goal attempts

Shots off target

84

Offsides

41

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