Crystal Palace secured another huge three points yesterday afternoon, beating Watford 1-0 at Selhurst Park thanks to a second half own goal from Troy Deeney.
Whilst it wasn’t a classic by any stretch of the imagination, Palace’s current predicament means that points are far more important than any aesthetic grumbles, making Troy Deeney’s winning OG incredibly satisfying for the 25,000 fans crammed inside the stadium yesterday.
As always seems to be the case against Watford, Wilfried Zaha was in inspired form, running at defenders with pace and enthusiasm throughout. In truth, it was his ongoing battle with Daniel Prodl that provided the spark which led to Palace’s winning goal, after a coming together saw Zaha rile the Hornets defender after the two came together when tussling for a loose ball. Minutes after the initial incident occurred, Prodl stopped Zaha breaking into the final third by body checking him with all the grace of a flying toilet seat; the resulting free-kick saw Deeney expertly stooping at the near post to put a header into his own net. It couldn’t have worked out any better.
The remainder of the game was played out in a fiery and fully comminuted manner by both sets of players, with the Eagles showing the sort of spirit that many had worried was gone forever earlier in the season. The likes of Cabaye and Milivojevic grafted tirelessly in the middle of the park, whilst the back four, added to late on by the addition of a fifth body in the shape of Damien Delaney, looked better drilled than they have done in yonks.
It may not have been pretty but it emotional significance of the win cannot be overstated. Our fans are starting to believe again.
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