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Crystal Palace vs Watford
 3 - 0 
Sat Nov 28 15:00:00 GMT 2009
Selhurst Park
Oliver Langford

Crystal Palace made it six games unbeaten with a superb 3-0 win at home to Watford. First half strikes by Victor Moses and Alan Lee were added to by a second half effort by Darren Ambrose - his sixth in six games - to see off a sorry Watford side.


Neil named a starting XI with only one change from the team that earned a 1-1 draw at the Ricoh Arena the week before with Moses brought in to replace Freddie Sears.

And the young forward managed to make an immediate impression on his return by scoring the game's opener with only two minutes on the clock. After inititally threatening early on with a speculative shot from 20 yards he went one better a minute later by converting an Alan Lee flick on.

With still plenty to do Moses latched on to the knock down, used his head to take it past one defender then a clever flick took him past the second before firing past Scott Loach with his left.


The super start was made even better three minutes later when Lee got a goal for himself. The towering striker was brilliant in the first 45, winning every header and chasing down every ball and thoroughly deserved his standing ovation when substituted in the second period.

On five minutes Danny Butterfield received the ball wide on the right and played a diagonal ball into the box where Lee had managed to steal a yard on his marker and head across Loach into the bottom corner.

Watford responded on nine minutes with a Tom Cleverley free kick that curled inches wide from 25 yards, while Shaun Derry came close to opening his season's account with a fizzing drive from the same distance at the other end.

As the half wore on Watford came back into it and created a series of decent chances. Cleverley came close with an effort from outside the box, while Lee Hodson also saw a long range effort miss the target.

The visitors came even closer on 34 minutes when a quick break found the Palace defence stretched for the first time and Henri Lansbury was played through on the left flank. The Arsenal loanee looked up and found Danny Graham who headed straight at Speroni from five yards.

Speroni then came to Palace's rescue when Watford were awarded a penalty late on when Lansbury was brought down by Lee after getting the better of the Eagles forward on the right. There was a tangle of legs and Lansbury went down. Referee Mr Langford didn't hesitate and pointed to the spot.

However, after reviewing the slow motion footage it appears the challenge occurred outside the area.

Nevertheless Graham stepped up to take it, and Speroni guessed the right way and made the save.



Watford continued to push in the early stages of the second half in search of a way back into the game, but as they pushed forward Palace caught them on the counter attack.

On 54 minutes Neil Danns managed to win the ball just outside the box and Moses picked it up and carried it into Watford's half.

After skipping past three Watford players he played in Ambrose, who had sprinted 40 yards to offer support, and he twisted and turned to find some space before smashing it past Loach for his sixth in six games.


Watford, in response, were reduced to a series of half chances. On 60 minutes Craig Cathcart forced Speroni into tipping his looping header over the bar, while Helguson wastefully smashed over from a tight angle after springing the offside trap.

Their afternoon was epitomised somewhat when they failed to capitalise on some defensive confusion in Palace's back four. A ball over the top was chased down by Jose Fonte and Helguson, while Speroni came out to the edge of the box to collect it before either got there.

But the ball got stuck in the turf, and as Speroni went to grab it he crashed in to Fonte and the ball squirmed free. Helguson attempted to latch onto it but a combination of Speroni's hands and Fonte's feet prevented him from getting his shot away and the Palace keeper finally grabbed it.

In stark contrast Palace were full confidence and they almost made it four when a clever exchange of passes between Moses and Danns led to Ambrose shooting just wide from ten yards.

Watford almost got their consolation goal late on when Cleverly struck the upright with a low drive from 25 yards, but it was to be Palace's afternoon as they held out for an excellent win.

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Crystal Palace: 1. Julian Speroni, 3. Clint Hill, 4. Shaun Derry, 6. Jose Fonte, 7. Darren Ambrose (33. Alassane N'Diaye, 90), 8. Neil Danns, 11. Victor Moses (29. Ryan Smith, 84), 19. Alan Lee (18. Calvin Andrew, 76), 20. Danny Butterfield, 22. Johnny Ertl, 24. Claude Davis

Unused Subs: 2. Nathaniel Clyne, 10. Nick Carle, 16. Freddie Sears, 28. James Comley

Watford:  1. Scott Loach, 2. Adrian Mariappa (C), 5. Henri Lansbury, 10. Danny Graham, 11. Heidar Helguson (19. Liam Henderson, 84), 12. Lloyd Doyley, 15. Jon Harley (25. Nathan Ellington, 61), 20. Tom Cleverley, 22. Craig Cathcart, 28. John Eustace, 33. Lee Hodson

Unused Subs: 4. Scott Severin, 16. Richard Lee, 17. Dale Bennett, 27. Matt Sadler, 29. Michael Bryan

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Moses, Lee and Ambrose make it a cracking afternoon at Selhurst Park...
 Match Information
  Crystal Palace Watford
Goals : 3 0
Possession : 54% 46%
Shots On Target : 6 2
Shots Off Target : 5 4
Corners : 6 8
Fouls : 14 11
Most Fouls : Lee (4) Helguson (3)
Yellow Cards : 1 1
Red Cards : 0 0
Scorers :
Moses 2
Lee 6
Ambrose 54
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