Watford are like a bag of Revels as they stage fightback to beat Crystal

Watford are like a bag of Revels as they stage fightback to beat Crystal Palace (you never know what you will get)

  • Watford were 1-0 down at half-time after Craig Cathcart own goal in poor display
  • They came back in impressive fashion to clinch win through sub Tom Cleverley
  • Midfielder is only just making his comeback from a serious Achilles injury 
  • Watford are proving unpredictable under Javi Gracia and are now seventh 

Watford’s resemblance to a bag of Revels was evident at Selhurst Park. It was not that they were easy to rip open, but rather that you never know what you are going to get with Javi Gracia’s side. 

In the first half, they trailed 1-0, having not tested Crystal Palace with a single shot on target. They emerged for the second half an entirely different team — one more determined to get a result. 

As time ticked on, Gracia reached into his bag and pulled out Tom Cleverley. The substitute came on in the 68th minute and scored a superb volleyed winner.

Tom Cleverley continued his injury comeback by firing home the winning goal for Watford

Tom Cleverley continued his injury comeback by firing home the winning goal for Watford

The hosts had forced the ball home via Craig Cathcart to take a 1-0 lead into half-time

The hosts had forced the ball home via Craig Cathcart to take a 1-0 lead into half-time

Bookmakers tipped Watford for a relegation battle but they are now seventh. What they need now is consistency, and it was nice to see Cleverley get their winner after his year-long lay-off with an Achilles tendon injury. 

‘I know people have far worse problems out there,’ said Cleverley, 29. ‘But when you are a footballer coming back from injury it takes over your life. 

‘There were some real low points when I felt as though I had no purpose. It’s tough mentally.’ 

Palace manager Roy Hodgson was in no mood to be quizzed after seeing his side lose. The FA are investigating Wayne Hennessey for performing an alleged Nazi salute while posing for a photo. 

Hodgson said of the incident: ‘I’ve never given it more than a few seconds’ thought and I don’t intend to give it more than that now.’ 

Cathcart atoned for his error by heading in the second-half equaliser from a corner

Cathcart atoned for his error by heading in the second-half equaliser from a corner