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Alan Pardew's delight as Zaha shows winning resolve Crystal Palace

Watford 0-1 Crystal Palace

By Mark Bryans

Published 28/09/2015

Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew
Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew

Alan Pardew hailed the resolve of Wilfried Zaha, who was publicly rebuked by the Eagles boss after being hauled off at half-time in the defeat to Tottenham last week.

However, the former Manchester United winger earned the penalty that decided the game shortly after being introduced from the bench.

Yohan Cabaye netted from the spot to move Palace up to sixth in the Premier League.

Pardew said: "I knew that if he was fresh coming off the bench he would cause a problem or two because he's got that kind of determination to prove that I'm wrong, I like that.

"He did really well and when he starts, it's about having that concentration all the time."

Pardew was also quick to pay tribute to his side's focus at Vicarage Road and was delighted they were able to put narrow defeats to Spurs and Manchester City in recent weeks behind them.

He added: "Sometimes as a manager you want a performance that really lifts you and this lifted me today because our concentration levels were really, really high.

"The back four were terrific, they didn't give Watford too much daylight at all today, but it didn't take away from our threat.

"We got ourselves a really great win in a tight game because we'd lost two tight games and we didn't really deserve to lose in my opinion, particularly the City game, so it's like drawing at City, drawing at Spurs and drawing here that would be fantastic.

"If we keep going for the wins, it makes up for those games where the margins cost us, so it was very important we won today and I'm very pleased."

Watford boss Quique Sanchez Flores admitted Palace caused the Hornets some problems but thought the penalty decision was harsh.

He said: "It was difficult to stop their attack, it was uncomfortable for us. We need to open up the pitch more.

"We did not stop the counter-attack, we were disorganised. It was a very big decision from the referee to decide the match. I am not sure."

WATFORD: Gomes, Nyom (Ake 75), Prodl, Cathcart, Anya, Abdi (Berghuis 64), Capoue, Watson (Ibarbo 82), Jurado, Deeney, Ighalo.

Subs Not Used: Paredes,Guedioura,Diamanti,Arlauskis.

Booked: Abdi,Jurado,Prodl,Cathcart.

CRYSTAL P: Hennessey, Kelly, Dann, Hangeland, Souare, Cabaye (McArthur 77), Ledley, Puncheon, Sako (Zaha 62), Bolasie, Gayle (Campbell 85).

Subs Not Used: Mariappa, Alex McCarthy, Gray, Croll.

Booked: Cabaye, Puncheon, Zaha, Hennessey.

Goals: Cabaye 71 pen.

Referee: Anthony Taylor (Cheshire).

Belfast Telegraph

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