Watford slumped to a defeat this afternoon (March 7) against Crystal Palace after Jordan Ayew’s first half goal was enough for the Eagles to take all three points.
Nigel Pearson made one change to the side that beat Liverpool last weekend, after Gerard Deulofeu’s injury meant Roberto Pereyra had to come in to replace the Spaniard.
Adboulaye Doucoure’s had Watford’s first chance of the game which came on the 13th minute after he did well to get a shot away from a tight angle, but Vincente Guaita was equal to it.
Palace’s goal came on the 28th minute, and it was some strike from Ayew after good hold-up play from Christian Benteke allowed the Ghanaian forward to unleash a venomous hit from 20-yards out. 1-0
Ten minutes into the second half, the home side almost doubled their lead after good link-up play between Benteke and Wilfried Zaha allowed the latter to go one-on-one with Ben Foster, but the goalkeeper came out on top.
The Hornets came agonisingly close to an equaliser on the 66th minute through captain Troy Deeney, but his well hit effort from outside the box was brilliantly saved by Guaita.
The Palace goalkeeper was sprung into action three minutes later when Doucoure’s looping header had to be tipped over the crossbar.
Pearson brought Ignancio Pussetto, Danny Welbeck and Andre Gray in a desperate attempt to find a goal from somewhere, but the Crystal Palace defence held on in the end to claim all three points to lift them into the top half of the Premier League table.
Watford meanwhile are still outside of the relegation area for the time being, but will be kicking themselves for not being able to build on last weekend’s miraculous victory over Liverpool.
The Hornets are back in action next Saturday (March 14) as they welcome third placed Leicester City to Vicarage Road, where manager Pearson will come face-to-face with his old club.