Tom Cleverley’s superb second-half volley helped Watford come from behind to beat at Selhurst Park.

The former midfielder – who had only been on the field for six minutes – thumped James Tomkins’ clearance into the top corner for his first goal since December 2017.

Palace had taken the lead seven minutes before half-time, Abdoulaye Doucoure’s attempted clearance rebounding off the unfortunate Craig Cathcart and past the despairing dive of Vicente Guaita.

The Watford centre-back atoned for his own goal midway through the second half when he headed Jose Holebas’ corner into the roof of the net.

And Cleverley struck just seven minutes later to earn Javi Gracia’s side a hard-earned three points.

The victory lifts the Hornets into seventh place in the table, while Palace remain in 14th – just four points above the relegation zone.

More to follow.

Line-ups

  • 31GuaitaSubstituted forHennesseyat 45′minutes
  • 29Wan-Bissaka
  • 5Tomkins
  • 12Sakho
  • 3van Aanholt
  • 8Kouyaté
  • 4MilivojevicBooked at 84mins
  • 18McArthurSubstituted forBentekeat 78′minutes
  • 10Townsend
  • 14J AyewSubstituted forSchluppat 83′minutes
  • 11Zaha

Substitutes

  • 2Ward
  • 7Meyer
  • 13Hennessey
  • 15Schlupp
  • 17Benteke
  • 21Wickham
  • 34Kelly

Watford

  • 26Foster
  • 21FemeníaBooked at 61mins
  • 6Mariappa
  • 15Cathcart
  • 25Holebas
  • 16Doucouré
  • 29Capoue
  • 19HughesSubstituted forSemaat 19′minutesBooked at 65minsSubstituted forCleverleyat 68′minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 37PereyraBooked at 90minsSubstituted forMasinaat 90+3′minutes
  • 7Deulofeu
  • 9Deeney

Substitutes

  • 1Gomes
  • 3Britos
  • 8Cleverley
  • 10Success
  • 11Masina
  • 12Sema
  • 20Quina
Referee:
Paul Tierney
Attendance:
25,010

Match Stats

Home TeamAway TeamWatford
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home15
Away16
Shots on Target
Home6
Away2
Corners
Home7
Away7
Fouls
Home11
Away11

Live Text

Full Time

Second Half ends, 1, Watford 2.

Attempt missed. Abdoulaye Doucouré (Watford) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Gerard Deulofeu following a fast break.

Corner, . Conceded by Kiko Femenía.

Booking

Tom Cleverley (Watford) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka () wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Tom Cleverley (Watford).

Substitution

Substitution, Watford. Adam Masina replaces Roberto Pereyra.

Booking

Roberto Pereyra (Watford) is shown the yellow card.

Roberto Pereyra (Watford) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt saved. Wilfried Zaha () left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Cheikhou Kouyaté.

Attempt missed. Christian Benteke () header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Luka Milivojevic following a set piece situation.

Luka Milivojevic () wins a free kick on the right wing.

Corner, Watford. Conceded by Aaron Wan-Bissaka.

Attempt blocked. Gerard Deulofeu (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Booking

Luka Milivojevic () is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Gerard Deulofeu (Watford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, . Jeffrey Schlupp replaces Jordan Ayew.

Attempt missed. Abdoulaye Doucouré (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by José Holebas.

Substitution

Substitution, . Christian Benteke replaces James McArthur.

Attempt missed. Wilfried Zaha () left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Patrick van Aanholt following a corner.

Goal!

Goal! 1, Watford 2. Tom Cleverley (Watford) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner.

Attempt blocked. Craig Cathcart (Watford) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by .

Corner, Watford. Conceded by Aaron Wan-Bissaka.

Attempt missed. (Watford) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Gerard Deulofeu following a set piece situation.

(Watford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Wilfried Zaha () left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jordan Ayew.

Etienne Capoue (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Cheikhou Kouyaté () wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Tom Cleverley (Watford).

Offside, Watford. Gerard Deulofeu tries a through ball, but is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Watford. Tom Cleverley replaces Ken Sema.

Goal!

Goal! 1, Watford 1. Craig Cathcart (Watford) header from the left side of the six yard box to the top right corner. Assisted by José Holebas with a cross following a corner.