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Late McArthur goal lifts Palace off bottom

12 Dec 2017
Crystal Palace v Watford

Eagles out of relegation zone for first time after substitute's stoppage-time strike earns 2-1 win over Watford

Bakary Sako and James McArthur both came off the bench to pluck victory from the jaws of defeat, as Crystal Palace moved out of the relegation zone for the first time this season with a 2-1 win over Watford.

Daryl Janmaat gave Watford a third-minute lead at Selhurst Park, heading in from Richarlison’s cross.

Janmaat and Troy Deeney missed chances to double Watford's lead, due to interventions from Scott Dann, before Julian Speroni saved from Richarlison.

But after Tom Cleverley received a second booking in the 87th minute, Palace scored twice.

Sako bundled the ball in at his second attempt on 89 minutes. Just three minutes later, McArthur, pictured above left, swept in Wilfried Zaha's cross.

Palace rise from bottom to 17th, while Watford remain ninth.

See: Crystal Palace report | Watford report

Next fixtures

Crystal Palace: 16 Dec v Leicester City (A)
Watford: 16 Dec v Huddersfield Town (H) 

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