It was a game of two halves for the Eagles. Conceding a cheap penalty 16 minutes into the first half summed up a sloppy first 45 minutes for the home side, but having equalised on the stroke of half-time Palace showed a much improved display in the second.
However it wasn't enough, and when Watford captain Troy Deeney scored the winner 10 minutes before full-time there was a sense of resignation from the home supporters who haven't seen their side win in the league since December.
Speaking after the game, a deflated Jordan Mutch gave an honest insight into the current mood within the dressing room.
“It can’t get any worse at the minute, we’re just looking forward and trying to be positive - the next result will be big for us. Watford are a good team but we feel like we should have come away with the three points today. Things aren’t dropping for us at the minute but we’re trying our best to change that.”
There were some positives to take from the game with Emmanuel Adebayor scoring his first goal for the club, and the striker showed his quality with some fine touches and good link-up play with the Palace midfield.
“It was a brilliant goal from him. For Ade to get off the mark gives us confidence and there’ll be more goals to come for him. He is strong when the ball is played into his feet, he’s coming short and getting on it, his movement especially in the second half, you could see his quality and hopefully we can keep playing to his strengths.”