You can read 19 more articles this month
CRYSTAL PALACE secured only their third victory of the season on Tuesday night with a dramatic comeback win against Watford at Selhurst Park.
By their own manager’s admission, Palace hadn’t performed as well as they had in previous games but Roy Hodgson couldn’t fault his players’ effort.
“I’d rather have three points, irrespective of the performance, rather than good performances that don’t get the three points, so there’s no complaints from my side tonight.
“I commend the players’ determination, their resilience, their ability to keep going and their ability to weather some unfortunate moments during the course of the game,” said the former England boss.
The visitors started the brighter of the two sides, going ahead within minutes as Richarlison’s cross was met by Daryl Janmaat.
The goal made that the Brazilian’s fourth assist of the season. The youngster should have had another had Troy Deeney not wasted what may go down as miss of the season so far.
Julian Speroni was making his 400th appearance for the club and made a crucial save in the second period to deny Richarlison from close range.
The Hornets’ lack of decisiveness in front of goal ultimately cost them the game. Palace came alive as disaster struck for manager Marco Silva when Tom Cleverley saw red for his second bookable offence.
The midfielder completely hashed his volleyed effort on goal, allowing Palace to counter, and eager to make amends he made a rash challenge, having no complaints with Lee Mason giving him his marching orders.
“We should win this match. We were leading 1-0, but we must score more. We had three clear chances to score, one without the goalkeeper, one [chance] one-against-one. At this level we need to kill,” said a frustrated Silva.
With just 10 minutes remaining, the Eagles grabbed a goal back courtesy of Bakary Sako’s fortuitous effort from close range and belief grew as they went in search of a winner.
It came in stoppage time as James McArthur slotted Wilfried Zaha’s cross into the far corner from 12 yards, following brilliant work from the Ivorian.
You can’t buy a revolution, but you can help the only daily paper in Britain that’s fighting for one by joining the 501 club.
Just £5 a month gives you the opportunity to win one of 17 prizes, from £25 to the £501 jackpot.
By becoming a 501 Club member you are helping the Morning Star cover its printing, distribution and staff costs — help keep our paper thriving by joining!
You can’t buy a revolution, but you can help the only daily paper in Britain that’s fighting for one by become a member of the People’s Printing Press Society.
The Morning Star is a readers’ co-operative, which means you can become an owner of the paper too by buying shares in the society.
Shares are £1 each — though unlike capitalist firms, each shareholder has an equal say. Money from shares contributes directly to keep our paper thriving.
Some union branches have taken out shares of over £500 and individuals over £100.
You can’t buy a revolution, but you can help the only daily paper in Britain that’s fighting for one by donating to the Fighting Fund.
The Morning Star is unique, as a lone socialist voice in a sea of corporate media. We offer a platform for those who would otherwise never be listened to, coverage of stories that would otherwise be buried.
The rich don’t like us, and they don’t advertise with us, so we rely on you, our readers and friends. With a regular donation to our monthly Fighting Fund, we can continue to thumb our noses at the fat cats and tell truth to power.
Donate today and make a regular contribution.