Hodg­son feels the pain af­ter Clev­er­ley cracker

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scored at both ends, be­fore Tom Clev­er­ley sealed all three points for the vis­i­tors with a fi ne vol­ley six min­utes af­ter com­ing on as a sub­sti­tute.

The win moved Wat­ford back above West Ham in the ta­ble , while Palace will be look­ing over their shoulder once more de­spite head­ing into the fi xture hop­ing for a third con­sec­u­tive win.

“Of course it hurts,” said Hodg­son. “It is tough to lose any game, tough to lose at home, and it is even tougher be­cause we have done well lately. I hoped this would pro­vide the chance to get that elu­sive third con­sec­u­tive vic­tory to lift us to a more com­fort­able place in the ta­ble, and I am feel­ing very sad that we couldn’t do it. But if you want to win Tom Clev­erly had only been on the pitch for six min­utes when he scored

games, you need to take the chances that come your way.”

Cath­cart’s own goal, fol­low­ing a goal­mouth scram­ble, gave Palace the lead head­ing into the in­ter­val, and the hosts had chances to put the game to bed.

Wil­fried Zaha, who now has not scored or laid on an as­sist in 13 matches, was prob­a­bly the most cul­pa­ble af­ter he hit Ben Foster’s out- stretched leg with one ef­fort, and then blazed an­other high and wide af­ter neat foot­work in the box early on in the sec­ond half.

Palace’s scor­ing trou­bles are well doc­u­mented, with six goals to their name at home this sea­son and only four from open play.

“We started the sec­ond half brightly and we had the op­por­tu­ni­ties to in­crease our lead, which would have made life very diffi cult for Wat­ford, but we were not as ef­fec­tive as them,” Hodg­son said.

Wat­ford stemmed Palace’s speedy sec­ond- half start and were back on level terms af­ter 67 min­utes, when Cath­cart made amends for putting through his own net by leap­ing above James Tomkins and head­ing home Jose Hole­bas’s cor­ner.

Clev­er­ley was then in­tro­duced and within six min­utes he had turned the game on its head with his stun­ning vol­ley. The for­mer Manch­ester United and Ever­ton midfi elder has re­cently re­turned from a near year- long in­jury lay- off. His ap­pear­ance here was his fourth in the Premier League this sea­son.

Wat­ford have now won 16 points away from Vicarage Road, which is a greater haul than they man­aged on the road last sea­son .

“I am proud of all my play­ers, not only for to­day but other games where we have com­peted well, with good and bad re­sults, but al­ways kept a good level,” said Javi Gra­cia, the Wat­ford man­ager.

“Af­ter the own goal it was more diffi cult for us, but in that mo­ment the team showed char­ac­ter, am­bi­tion. Tom scored an amaz­ing goal, and to be able to turn the re­sult around was im­por­tant.”

Crys­tal Palace 4- 4- 2

Wat­ford 4- 3- 3

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