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Crystal Palace’s Bakary Sako and James McArthur strike late to stun Watford

There were times here when Roy Hodgson, staring out helplessly as his side sank back to the confidence-shot levels of the campaign’s early weeks, must have wondered what he has let himself into by returning to club management. If he had doubted the logic of his decision to return to the daily grind, then the manic last few minutes of this match offered a justification.

Crystal Palace should have been sunk, the game surely lost as they chased an apparently hopeless deficit, only for Tom Cleverley to be dismissed six minutes from time and Watford’s world promptly to implode. As soon as Wilfried Zaha found his range, Watford quailed. First the winger forced Heurelho Gomes to push out his low drive, with the goalkeeper recovering to block the follow-up from Bakary Sako but unable to keep out the substitute’s second attempt.

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