A Troy Deeney double ensured a fantastic return to winning ways as Nigeria’s Odion Ighalo and Cameroon Allan Nyom’s Watford saw off Emmanuel Adebayor’s Crystal Palace 2-1 at Vicarage on Saturday.
Recalled to the starting line-up following last weekend’s trip to Spurs, Deeney responded in just the right way, dispatching an early penalty kick after being brought down in the box by Palace captain Mile Jedinak.
Emmanuel Adebayor brought the home side back on level terms with an excellent header in the closing moments of the first half, but Deeney had the final say, slotting past Wayne Hennessey from close-range to make it 2-1 to the Hornets with seven minutes to go.
Watford boss Sanchez Flores made four changes to his starting line-up, including a first Premier League start for Nordin Amrabat, who replaced the injured Jose Manuel Jurado (calf).
Sebastian Prödl returned at the back in place of Miguel Britos, who picked up a leg injury at White Hart Lane last weekend, while Behrami was preferred in midfield to Mario Suarez. Captain Deeney came back in up-front, with Almen Abdi the man to make way. Pape Souare was shown a straight red card for a dangerous tackle on Valon Behrami deep into stoppage time, only adding further to the Eagles’ woes.
Palace boss Alan Pardew made one change following Palace’s 1-1 draw against Swansea last weekend, with Connor Wickham starting instead of Chung-Yong Lee.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, given each side’s recent form, it was a cagey opening period but at the end of 90 minutes, it was a first victory in three attempts for Ighalo and his team mates who now have 36 points from 26 games played to place eighth place in the table, while Palace remain 12th.