Watford continued their perfect start to the new Premier League (PL) season after they survived a late scare from Crystal Palace to secure a 2-1 win in their London Derby clash at Vicarage Road on Sunday afternoon.
The home side were fortunate not to have had a man sent off as early as the third minute following Etienne Capoue’s horror tackle on Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha.
The French midfielder only got away with a yellow card from centre referee Anthony Taylor.
Crystal Palace created the best chances in the first half but were largely unimpressive with their finishing as both sides went into the halftime interval without any goal.
Watford took the lead on 53 minutes courtesy a fine strike from Argentina midfielder Roberto Pereyra.
Greek defender Jose Holebas added a second strike for the Hornets in the 71st minute before the aforementioned Zaha halved the deficit for the Eagles to setup a grandstand finish.
Watford thereafter held on to their advantage to maintain their perfect start to the season.
The win takes them above Chelsea, Bournemouth and champions Manchester City into second spot.