Crystal Palace won a drab game at Vicarage Road on Sunday afternoon, with Yohan Cabaye’s second half penalty proving to be the difference.
The goal arrived in the 71st minute after Allan Nyom clumsily lunged in on Wilfried Zaha on the edge of the box. Referee Anthony Taylor corrected judged that the foul was just inside the area, and Cabaye emphatically slammed home from 12 yards.
The visitors deserved the win – they created the better chances and could have easily scored prior to the penalty when Marcus Gayle hit the post after an hour.
Palace had gone into the game on the back of two straight loses against Manchester City and Spurs, but this result has once again given credence to those who believe they might yet launch a surprise bid for a Europa League spot.
Alan Pardew told BBC Sport that he thought his side were always more likely to win: “I just think we carried a little more threat – we had a key moment and I’m not sure they did today. Second half Dwight Gayle should have scored. It wasn’t a classic but it was a good game for me and my staff”.
Next up for Palace is a home match against West Bromwich Albion next Saturday. Watford travel to fellow new-boys Bournemouth.