• Troy Deeney nets 100th Watford goal from second half penalty.
  • Yohan Cabaye drills Palace ahead after 25 minutes.
  • Heurelho Gomes saves Christian Benteke penalty.
  • Daryl Janmaat and Valon Behrami injured in first half for Watford.
  • Sam Allardyce takes charge of Crystal Palace for the first time.
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Full time: Watford 1-1 Crystal Palace

Sam Allardyce's first game in charge of Crystal Palace ends with a well-earned point as Watford are kept at bay. Yohan Cabaye gave the visitors the lead but Christian Benteke's missed penalty inspired a Watford revival. Troy Deeney came off the bench to thrash home a second half spot kick-off as Walter Mazzarri's side improved in the second half.

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Into stoppage time at Vicarage Road where Watford and Crystal Palace remain deadlocked. The host are much the better side but they look like being frustrated. Sam Allardyce will be grateful of a point after a woeful second half display.


Wilfried Zaha booked for diving as he looked for a penalty after contact with Britos. Mark Clattenburg gets it spot on, as replays show the winger went to ground far too easily.


Palace are offering nothing as an attacking threat right now and Watford are having things all their own way. Ighalo tests Hennessey with a tame header but the pressure is continuing to come from the home side.


Only one winner at this stage, with all the momentum with Watford. Palace have conceded more late goals in the top flight than any other team - including in that rollercoaster game against Swansea.


Goal: Watford 1-1 Crystal Palace (Troy Deeney)

Mark Clattenburg awards a second spot kick as Delaney tugs back Britos from a corner. Deeney goes for power from the spot and hammers home his 100th Watford goal with 19 minutes remaining.


Penalty to Watford


Adlene Guedioura leads Watford's fightback in the second half.

Adlene Guedioura
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Watford go direct and when Hennessey and Delaney hesitates, Ighalo runs onto the ball but shoots wide, towards the near post. Better from the hosts.


Jason Puncheon gets free of Kaboul, who has been a rabbit in headlights at times today, but his cross is overhit and Benteke can't make contact. Watford have improved to a degree in the final third, but Palace still the more threatening.


Underway in the second half at Vicarage Road. Can Watford improve sufficiently and make Palace rue that penalty miss?


Half time: Watford 0-1 Crystal Palace

Not a bad half all-in-all on this Boxing Day in the Premier League. Palace lead through Yohan Cabaye but they should be further ahead, but Heurelho Gomes kept out Christian Benteke's penalty. Watford have been pretty shoddy in all but they have gradually improved after losing Janmaat and Behrami in the opening 15 minutes.


Heurelho Gomes saves Benteke's spot-kick in the first half.

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Benteke's afternoon takes another turn as he picks up a yellow card for a foul on Britos. Not an ideal Boxing Day for the former Liverpool man.


Christian Benteke fails again from the spot.


Crystal Palace celebrate taking the lead but they will be ruing not going two ahead.

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Drama at Vicarage Road. Gomes hacks down Benteke and Palace have a penalty. But the spot-kick specialist excels again as Gomes springs to his left and keeps out the effort from the Belgian. Can that reinvigorate the Hornets?


Penalty to Crystal Palace


Goal: Watford 0-1 Crystal Palace (Yohan Cabaye)

It has been a torrid start for Watford and they fall behind, to the surprise of no-one. Andros Townsend does brilliantly to wriggle away from three Watford defenders and he slides in Yohan Cabaye who is played onside by Younes Kaboul and fires beyond Gomes. Sam Allardyce's tenure off to the perfect start.


Not a record Watford would have liked to have matched today.


Janmaat being stretchered off in the first of two early injuries for Watford.

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Watford has made a dreadful start to this game and they look set to lose a second player to injury in the opening 12 minutes. Valon Behrami pulls up after contesting with Christian Benteke for the ball, and limps away with a hamstring problem. Mazzarri is now being forced into a second change, with Troy Deeney coming on. One substitute remaining for the final 78 minutes.


Zaha is posing a real threat already for Palace and he wins a free-kick right outside the penalty area, as new man Zuniga gets the timing of tackle all wrong. Yohan Cabaye's free-kick is headed behind for a corner. All the pressure coming from the away side early on.


Wilfried Zaha's run down the right is cut short as Janmaat stretches and makes the tackle. But that will be the Dutchman's last involvement, as he hurts what looks his groin and Zuniga is being prepped on the sidelines. Mazzarri has gone with a 3-5-2 this afternoon, but he must make an immediate reshuffle.