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Palace out of drop zone after late rally against Watford

Crystal Palace celebrate

Crystal Palace scored two late goals to earn a dramatic win over Watford and move out of the Premier League relegation zone for the first time this season.

Bakary Sako bundled in an 89th-minute equaliser before James McArthur snatched the winner in the second minute of stoppage time, side-footing home from Wilfried Zaha's cross.

Sako's goal came two minutes after Watford's Tom Cleverley was sent off for a second yellow card.

The Hornets had looked comfortable until that point after Daryl Janmaat had given visitors the lead after just three minutes.

The victory for Palace extends their unbeaten run to six games and sees them climb above West Brom into 17th place in the table.

They could return to the bottom three on Wednesday, however, with the teams below them - West Brom, West Ham and Swansea - all in action.

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Line-ups

Crystal Palace

  • 1Speroni
  • 24Fosu-MensahSubstituted forSakoat 70'minutes
  • 5Tomkins
  • 6Dann
  • 15Schlupp
  • 10TownsendSubstituted forvan Aanholtat 67'minutesBooked at 85mins
  • 7CabayeSubstituted forMcArthurat 77'minutes
  • 4MilivojevicBooked at 63mins
  • 8Loftus-Cheek
  • 11Zaha
  • 17Benteke

Substitutes

  • 3van Aanholt
  • 13Hennessey
  • 14Lee Chung-yong
  • 18McArthur
  • 26Sako
  • 34Kelly
  • 44Riedewald

Watford

  • 1Gomes
  • 6Mariappa
  • 5Prödl
  • 27Kabasele
  • 2Janmaat
  • 8CleverleyBooked at 87mins
  • 16Doucouré
  • 25Holebas
  • 28CarrilloSubstituted forPereyraat 71'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 11RicharlisonSubstituted forFemeníaat 84'minutesSubstituted forat 90+6'minutes
  • 9DeeneySubstituted forGrayat 80'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Success
  • 18Gray
  • 21Femenía
  • 23Watson
  • 29Capoue
  • 30Karnezis
  • 37Pereyra
Referee:
Lee Mason

Match Stats

Home TeamCrystal PalaceAway TeamWatford
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home14
Away7
Shots on Target
Home4
Away2
Corners
Home4
Away6
Fouls
Home14
Away18

Live Text

Match ends, Crystal Palace 2, Watford 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Crystal Palace 2, Watford 1.

Kiko Femenía went off injured after Watford had used all subs.

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Roberto Pereyra.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by José Holebas (Watford).

Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by José Holebas (Watford).

Jeffrey Schlupp (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Abdoulaye Doucouré (Watford).

Goal!

Goal! Crystal Palace 2, Watford 1. James McArthur (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

Booking

Roberto Pereyra (Watford) is shown the yellow card.

Patrick van Aanholt (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Roberto Pereyra (Watford).

Goal!

Goal! Crystal Palace 1, Watford 1. Bakary Sako (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Bakary Sako (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Scott Dann.

Dismissal

Second yellow card to Tom Cleverley (Watford) for a bad foul.

Jeffrey Schlupp (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Tom Cleverley (Watford).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Roberto Pereyra (Watford) because of an injury.

Booking

Patrick van Aanholt (Crystal Palace) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Patrick van Aanholt (Crystal Palace).

Roberto Pereyra (Watford) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Patrick van Aanholt (Crystal Palace).

Roberto Pereyra (Watford) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Watford. Kiko Femenía replaces Richarlison because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from the left side of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by James McArthur.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Richarlison (Watford) because of an injury.

Bakary Sako (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Richarlison (Watford).

Substitution

Substitution, Watford. Andre Gray replaces Troy Deeney.

Offside, Crystal Palace. James McArthur tries a through ball, but Wilfried Zaha is caught offside.

Booking

Tom Cleverley (Watford) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

James McArthur (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Tom Cleverley (Watford).

Substitution

Substitution, Crystal Palace. James McArthur replaces Yohan Cabaye.

Attempt blocked. Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

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