Kevin Phillips was full of praise for Alan Pardew after he guided Crystal Palace to their third away win of what is still an extremely young Premier League season.
The former Watford and Palace striker was a guest of Sky Sports for the game, given his obvious connections to the two clubs, and following the final whistle, he was quick to reference the fantastic work Pardew has done since joining Palace at the turn of the year.
Having played a huge role in the run which saw us secure promotion to the top flight under Ian Holloway, Phillips is well aware of the strengths that Palace have running throughout the squad, watching Wilfried Zaha winning an almost identical penalty to the one he converted at Wembley on that fateful day in May of 2013.
Whilst Watford have started the Premier League season extremely well, there was always a sense that their lack of goals at Vicarage Road would present a problem, and yesterday, that proved to be the case, as Yohan Cabaye became the first player to score a goal against them on home soil.
Championing the counter-attacking attributes that Pardew leans upon away from home, Phillips referenced the difficulty Watford’s right-back had in coping with the consistent probing from the visitors, which eventually led to a game-changing moment thanks to the trickery of Wilfried Zaha and the coolness of the aforementioned Frenchman.
It’s always good to hear the club being given praise in the general sporting press, but it’s eaqually pleasurable to hear the kind words of a man who many consider to be one of Palace’s cult heroes.
Have a watch of the interview above, Super Kev may have begun his career with the Hornets, but there is no doubt that he has a soft spot for us too.