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

The former Manchester United 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

Crystal Palace

  • 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 TeamCrystal PalaceAway TeamWatford
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home15
Away16
Shots on Target
Home6
Away2
Corners
Home7
Away7
Fouls
Home11
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Crystal Palace 1, Watford 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Crystal Palace 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, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Kiko Femenía.

Booking

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

Aaron Wan-Bissaka (Crystal Palace) 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.

Foul by Aaron Wan-Bissaka (Crystal Palace).

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

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Ben Foster.

Attempt saved. Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) 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 (Crystal Palace) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Luka Milivojevic following a set piece situation.

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

Foul by Troy Deeney (Watford).

Corner, Watford. Conceded by Aaron Wan-Bissaka.

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

Booking

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

Foul by Luka Milivojevic (Crystal Palace).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Crystal Palace. 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, Crystal Palace. Christian Benteke replaces James McArthur.

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

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by José Holebas.

Goal!

Goal! Crystal Palace 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 Troy Deeney.

Corner, Watford. Conceded by Aaron Wan-Bissaka.

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

Foul by Luka Milivojevic (Crystal Palace).

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

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

Foul by James Tomkins (Crystal Palace).

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

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

Foul by Tom Cleverley (Watford).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Watford. Tom Cleverley replaces Ken Sema.

Goal!

Goal! Crystal Palace 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.