Skip to main contentAccess keys helpA-Z index

watch listen BBC Sport BBC Sport
Low graphics|Help
---------------
---------------
CHOOSE A SPORT
RELATED BBC SITES
Last Updated: Saturday, 5 January 2008, 18:02 GMT
Watford 2-0 Crystal Palace
Dan Shittu
Shittu scored in each half to book Watford's place in round four
Dan Shittu scored two virtually identical goals as Watford ended Crystal Palace's 13-game unbeaten run to reach the FA Cup fourth round.

The powerful defender headed in Lee Williamson's inswinging corner to break the deadlock in the 28th minute.

His second header came midway through the second half from another corner, this time from Jordan Stewart.

Carl Fletcher volleyed over the bar for Palace but the Hornets held on to end a seven-game sequence without a home win.

Eagles manager Neil Warnock had made five changes from the side which drew with Norwich on New Year's Day.

606: DEBATE
Mightyhornets4ever
Precocious midfielder John Bostock, who does not turn 16 until later this month, was among the newcomers, making his second senior start for the Eagles - and he, Sean Scannell and Ben Watson all went close from long range with the game still goalless.

But after Shittu's opener, Watford took control of the game as Stewart volleyed inches wide from 20 yards, while Darius Henderson and Jobi McAnuff also nearly increased the home side's lead.

And as Fletcher's chance went begging, Watford - who reached the semi-finals last year, where they lost to Manchester United - were able to dream of another lucrative Cup run.

However, boss Adrian Boothroyd must also do without the services of Shittu while he represents Nigeria in the African Cup of Nations.


Watford: Lee, Doyley, DeMerit, Shittu (Mariappa 87), Stewart, Smith, Williamson, Francis, McAnuff, King (Ellington 80), Darius Henderson (Priskin 80).
Subs Not Used: Poom, O'Toole.

Goals: Shittu 28, 65.

Crystal Palace: Flinders, Hills, Fonte (Hill 81), Hudson, Lawrence, Scannell, Watson, Fletcher, Bostock (Moses 61), Scowcroft, Morrison (Hall 73).
Subs Not Used: Martin, Freedman.

Booked: Watson, Scannell.

Att: 10,480

Ref: Lee Mason (Lancashire).


BBC Sport Player Rater man of the match: Watford's Dan Shittu 9.00 (on 90 minutes).

  • Please note that you can still give the players marks out of 10 on BBC Sport's Player Rater after the match has finished.

  • SEE ALSO
    FA Cup photos
    05 Jan 08 |  Football
    Live online FA Cup commentaries
    30 Nov 07 |  FA Cup


    RELATED BBC LINKS:

    RELATED INTERNET LINKS:
    The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites

    BBC PRODUCTS AND SERVICES
    Daily and weekly e-mails | Mobiles | Desktop Tools | News Feeds | Interactive Television | Downloads
    Sport Homepage | Football | Cricket | Rugby Union | Rugby League | Tennis | Golf | Motorsport | Boxing | Athletics | Snooker | Horse Racing | Cycling | Disability sport | Olympics 2012 | Sport Relief | Other sport...

    Help | Privacy & Cookies Policy | News sources | About the BBC | Contact us | Advertise with us