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Watford 2-0 Crystal Palace

New Watford signing Don Cowie scored one and set up the other as the Hornets clinched a third successive league win.

The midfielder had an effort blocked by Matt Lawrence before beating the offside trap to race clear from the halfway line and coolly slot home.

After the break, Cowie's low cross was met by Jobi McAnuff and although Palace keeper Julian Speroni saved, Jose Fonte bundled the ball into his own net.

Neil Danns twice went close with half-chances for an otherwise poor Palace.

Watford boss Brendan Rodgers:
"In the FA Cup game we were 4-1 up with 15 minutes to go and they went more direct and got some joy by scoring two goals.

"So I expected them to start that way this time and that's how it went but we coped magnificently well with it.

"We stood strong and showed good organisation and when we had the chance to play football we created some good chances."

Crystal Palace manager Neil Warnock:
"I didn't see Watford have many chances and Tommy Smith and Jobi McAnuff flattered them a bit. That's the type of player we are looking for.

"It is still possible but we don't have the quality at the moment. I am trying to get a few loan players in but the climate is difficult to get anyone in at the minute.

"Watford had a few more leaders out there this afternoon."

Watford: Loach, Mariappa, DeMerit (Harley 57), Mike Williamson, Doyley, Cork, Cowie, McAnuff, Jenkins, Rasiak (Hoskins 88), Smith.
Subs Not Used: Lee, Hoyte, Lee Williamson.

Goals: Cowie 22, Jose Fonte 72 og.

Crystal Palace: Speroni, Clyne, Lawrence, Jose Fonte, Hill, Danns, Butterfield, Ifill (Rui Fonte 84), Oster (Hills 84), Scowcroft (Scannell 73), Lee.
Subs Not Used: Ertl, Comley.

Booked: Butterfield, Lee.

Att: 15,529

Ref: Grant Hegley (Hertfordshire).

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