Zaha magic earns Eagles victory

A moment of magic from Wilfried Zaha put Crystal Palace on the way to a 2-0 win against Watford in their Championship clash at Vicarage Road.

Last Updated: 15/10/11 at 17:10

Zaha: On target for Palace

Zaha: On target for Palace

The Eagles' highly-rated young winger, who is expected to be a target for a host of top-flight clubs in January, enhanced his growing reputation with a superb second-half strike.

Zaha applied the finishing touch to a rare quality move to take his tally for the season to five, and substitute Jermaine Easter grabbed a late second to make it back-to-back away wins for Palace.

The hosts will consider themselves unfortunate, though, especially after Joe Garner rattled the woodwork early in the first half.

They handed a debut to Michael Kightly and the on-loan Wolves winger was immediately in the action, forcing Palace keeper Julian Speroni to touch his shot around the post.

Kightly fired another 25-yard effort wide and then set up Garner, who thumped his shot against the foot of the post with Speroni beaten.

Palace had their chances too in the opening stages, with Sean Scannell firing a free-kick too high, Nathaniel Clyne unable to finish after a mazy run into the area and Glenn Murray heading over.

Their best opportunity of the first half came in the 33rd minute when Zaha drilled a dangerous cross into the box.

But Murray missed his kick in front of goal and, when the ball ran to Scannell, he put his shot too close to Scott Loach who was able to make a comfortable save.

After the break Hornets midfielder John Eustace got his head onto a cross from Carl Dickinson but his effort flew straight into the arms of Speroni.

Watford were forced into a change just before the hour mark when giant centre-half Martin Taylor went off injured with David Mirfin coming into the back four.

And the breakthrough finally came in the 65th minute from a lightning Palace counter-attack.

David Wright played the ball out of his own half to Scannell, whose inch-perfect pass sent Zaha racing inside Dickinson and the starlet's first-time shot flew across Loach and high into the net.

Zaha could have grabbed another when he was played in by Murray as Mirfin slipped, but he put an easier chance than the one he scored wide of Loach's right-hand post.

But Easter wrapped up the win in stoppage time with a fine run and shot to ensure Palace took the points back to south London.

Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

Sky Bet

    • Retrieving latest Sky Bet odds

More Match Results

Tuesday, 15 April 2014
19:45
Charlton 1-2 Barnsley Report
Monday, 14 April 2014
20:07
Reading 1-1 Leicester Report
Saturday, 12 April 2014
15:07
Bolton 1-0 Barnsley Report
Brighton 3-0 Charlton Report
Burnley 0-1 Middlesbro' Report
Derby 3-1 Huddersfld Report
Ipswich 2-1 Doncaster Report
Leeds 2-0 Blackpool Report
Millwall 2-2 Watford Report
Sheff Wed 3-3 Blackburn Report

Sky Bet Championship

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Leicester 42 35 90
2 Burnley 42 31 83
3 Derby 42 27 75
4 QPR 42 15 73
5 Wigan 41 14 67
6 Reading 42 13 64
7 Brighton 42 12 64
8 Ipswich 42 8 64
9 Bournemth 42 1 62
10 Blackburn 42 3 60
11 N Forest 42 4 59
12 Middlesbro' 42 10 58
13 Watford 41 16 57
14 Bolton 42 -2 54
15 Sheff Wed 42 0 50
16 Leeds 42 -9 50
17 Huddersfld 42 -9 46
18 Birmingham 41 -10 43
19 Doncaster 42 -26 43
20 Blackpool 42 -26 42
21 Charlton 41 -24 41
22 Millwall 42 -30 40
23 Barnsley 42 -28 39
24 Yeovil 42 -25 36

Updated Wed, 16 Apr 2014

Footer 365

Cardiff City: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer defends Aron Gunnarsson over leak

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has defended Aron Gunnarsson over allegations he leaked details of the Cardiff starting XI.

Liverpool dominate PFA shortlists

Liverpool's Luis Suarez, Steven Gerrard and Daniel Sturridge have all been nominated for the PFA's Player of the Year award.

World Cup: England boss Roy Hodgson sees Andrea Pirlo as Italy's key threat

Roy Hodgson admits Andrea Pirlo is the main threat when England take on Italy in their World Cup opener in Brazil.

Mail Box

Kieran's Not The Only One Keeping Notes

Another chap in the mailbox has been keeping notes on comments made by optimistic Man United fans. Plus, Garey Vance is offering a double-or-quits on his new tattoo...

Mignolet Is The Reason For Liverpool Flying

Mignolet's bad kicking is the reason for Liverpool's success, whilst one man keep notes on F365 mails. Plus England excitement, Arteta and a bad Walsall experience...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property