Crystal Palace v Watford: At least a point for Hornets in slow-burner
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Crystal Palace v Watford
Saturday March 7, 15:00
All credit to Hodgson
After a poor run between late January and early February, Palace secured two priceless wins in a row. First up it was 1-0 at home to Newcastle and last week it was another 1-0, this time Brighton being on the wrong end of a low-scoring match.
Those are just the sort of results and performances that have kept Roy Hodgson in jobs long since before many of us were born. The quiet, understated Hodgson is also a nice contrast lớn the managers who keep reminding us of their achievements and forgetting about the times things didn't go so well. They look relatively safe at present in 12th place, with a couple of wins from now till the end of the season more than enough- According lớn the soccer tip to win page!
The strange thing is that those two results were without much input from Wilfried Zaha, so often the talisman. If he does leave in the summer as has been speculated, at least they know they can win without him.
Pearson steering Hornets safe
Talking of high-class managers, Nigel Pearson has done a wonderful job as well and is a reminder of the theory that 'managers need time' isn't always the right one. Being appointed when he was rather than giving Quique Flores more of a chance is almost certainly the difference between Watford going down and most likely staying up now. There's still work lớn be done but they've got every chance of avoiding the drop.
It hasn't all been straightforward under Pearson with a run of no wins in six (including an FA Cup match) before Saturday's shock win over Liverpool but it's the improvement in performances and organisation that's caught the eye as much as results.
He's cut from a very different cloth lớn Hodgson, but both have seen it all before and are proper football men, as they say.