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Late sting in the tale as McArthur strike lifts Palace off foot of table

Crystal Palace 2 Watford 1

By Declan Warrington

Crystal Palace climbed out of the Premier League's bottom three after completing their recovery from a goal down in stoppage time to earn a vital 2-1 victory over 10-man Watford.

In a disastrous start, Palace's lack of concentration was punished by the visitors when Daryl Janmaat headed them into the lead in the third minute.

Their improved intensity went without reward to the extent that when Tom Cleverley was sent off in the 87th minute they would have settled for a point.

Bakary Sako instead scored the equaliser in the 89th minute and fellow substitute James McArthur secured an unlikely victory with his stoppage-time finish.

After just three minutes, Richarlison was gifted as much time and space to cross from the left wing as Janmaat was to convert it, and after the Brazilian's classy, curling delivery, the defender headed into the top right corner.

Scott Dann, who had returned in the absence of the injured Mamadou Sakho, came close when heading just wide of the left post from Yohan Cabaye's corner.

The turning point came when Cleverley was sent off for his second yellow card after diving in on Jeffrey Schlupp. From space on the left, Zaha cut into the area to force a save from Heurelho Gomes and, after Sako's first rebound was also saved, he then poked in into the near open goal.

Zaha was again gifted similar space in stoppage time and, after his footwork created space to cross, McArthur swept into the bottom corner to lift Palace up to 17th and out of the bottom three for the first time this season.

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