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Hornets continue perfect start with hat-trick of wins

 Published on: 26th August 2018   |   By: Tim Green   |   Category: Watford FC

Watford recorded an impressive three wins on the bounce to keep up their 100 per cent record this season by beating Crystal Palace 2-1 at Vicarage Road.

Second-half goals from Roberto Pereyra and Jose Holebas ensured Javi Gracia’s men got the three points and storm up to second in the Premier League table.

Palace edged the first half, which came with some controversy surrounding star player Wilfreid Zaha. The forward was sent sprawling to the ground after a matter of minutes after a shocking challenge from Etienne Capoue.

The midfielder only picked up a yellow before Zaha was booked himself for a foul on Jose Holebas.

But the Hornets made their dominance count in the second half, going in front on 53 minutes when Pereyra curled the ball beyond Palace keeper Wayne Hennessey from the edge of the box to record his third goal of the season.

Just under 20 minutes later, Holebas doubled the host’s lead, expertly whipping over a cross from distance to beat the keeper, the ball working its way inside the far post.

Minutes later, Wilfried Zaha pulled one back for the away side to set up an interesting final 15 minutes. Palace continued with a late surge and right at the death, Joel Ward had a great chance to complete a Palace comeback with a header which narrowly went past the post.

Next up for the Hornets is an away trip to struggling Championship side Reading in the Carabao Cup Second Round followed by Tottenham at home on Sunday 2nd September.

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