Sam Allardyce was left disappointed with the result after his first game as Crystal Palace manager, as the Eagles failed to take the three points from Vicarage Road.
Watford rarely threatened the visitors, but a Troy Deeney penalty ensured they took a point from Palace - who enjoyed an impressive first half display to see out 2016. The draw threw out several talking points, which Allardyce was asked about after the game. Below are a selection of quotes from his post-match press conference:
Thoughts on the result: I was disappointed on the basis of the overall game that was played today and I think that when you play away from home… Watford’s first shot on target is the goal scored from the penalty. That shows you that we were doing the right things today, even if we weren’t playing as well in the second half as we were in the first. It didn’t look like Watford were ever going to break us down today until we gave away a silly penalty. And of course in the first half we didn’t score our penalty to make it 2-0 and that’s why I’m disappointed. It’s difficult, but there’s a lot to be encouraged about, there’s a lot of quality players and hopefully – first and foremost – we keep them fit and get the players who are injured fit and move on from here and start picking up more and more points. At least we’ve been away from home, at least we’ve picked a point up – but it should have been three. That’s pretty encouraging for me, the fact that I’m actually saying to the players that I’m disappointed you’ve thrown two points away today.
Did he feel Palace should have had a late penalty?: I do, I do. There could be an argument that the first contact is outside the box, but at the end of the day, from where the assistant referee was – and the referee – it would have been very difficult for them to have judged whether it was right on the line or just out. But having not got anything at all, and Wilfried getting booked, is very disappointing for me. I can’t argue about their penalty because grabbing we all know shouldn’t be done and Delaney should not have grabbed him in that position. Because we had to rely on the referee for the second penalty [call], we haven’t won the game where we really shouldn’t have had to rely on him today, we should have seen it off ourselves.
On Wilf's booking: He was very angry. If somebody gets fouled and if they’re diving then they don’t usually get that angry, do they? Body language is 60-70% of [the story]. If you try to pinch one you don’t get that angry, do you? You stay pretty timid and quiet and say ‘I got away with that.’ So, Wilf was very angry. I’ve seen it on the replay and there’s contact. It didn’t get given.
On the squad he's inherited: It’s a very experienced squad of players who have played exceptionally well in 2015 for Palace and at other clubs – particularly Cabaye at Newcastle and PSG. Wilf, crossed to Man United and came back, he’s looking very mature now and very skilful. Andros Townsend – England player. Christian Benteke [will get] goals, goals galore if you give him the right service. There’s a lot of experience in this team and a lot of Premier League experience, so I don’t believe they should be in the position that they’re in. For me, using that experience is what they have to draw on. Encouragingly it looks like it might get us out of trouble.
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