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U23s Report: Crystal Palace 0-0 Watford

14 November 2016

Palace's development side managed to end their five-game losing streak but couldn’t find a way past a resolute Watford defence as the sides played out a goalless draw.

The Eagles came the closest to finding a goal when Andre Coker hit the upright just before half-time, but despite being the better side throughout Richard Shaw’s boys were unable to convert one of their opportunities.

The game would see very little in the way of chances, and it took 11 minutes for the first one to arrive when Giovanni McGregor capitalised on some sloppiness in the Watford defence to have a go at goal, but he saw his effort from the edge of the box flash fractions wide of Andrew Thomas’ far post.

The visitors also produced few moments of attacking threat but Kleton Perntreou denied Dion Pereira with his feet after the Hornets striker turned and shot towards goal, and then in the final few minutes of the half Ogo Obi weaved his way down the left flank before cutting inside, but when the winger found the side-netting.

But just before the interval Palace came so close to grabbing the elusive goal when Coker found time and space to take aim, and he saw his deflected effort clip the outside of the post. The rebound fell kindly to Randell Williams who looked set to blast it home, but a Watford defender managed to get in the way of the shot and keep the scoreline goalless at half-time.

When the encounter resumed, there was still very few moments of excitement for those in attendance, with Harry Kewell’s Hornets enjoying a couple of good opportunities. Michael Folivi showed some good skill to trick his way into the area but shot straight at Perntreou, and after Noor Husin brought a comfortable save out of Thomas from distance, Ola Adeyemi made things much more difficult for Perntreou when his low blast needed the Palace stopper to pull off a good save.

With eight minutes remaining the Eagles had a couple of chances to take a late lead when a long ball over the top allowed Levi Lumeka to burst into the box but he drilled the ball straight at Thomas, and then when the ball was recovered it found its way out to Williams who set his sights on the bottom corner but the visiting keeper once again was equal to it and would keep his sheet clean as both teams left with a point.

Palace: Perntreou, Wynter, Phillips, Akiotu, Sturgess, McGregor, Husin, Bissaka, Lumeka, Williams, Coker (Andrews 79). Subs not used: Granger, Woods, Lokilo, Jno-Baptiste.

Watford: Thomas, Eleftheriou, Stevens, Rowan (Huja 89), Sesay, Obi, Stewart, Charles (Roe 77), Adeyemi (Johnson 68), Pereira, Folivi. Sub not used: Lacy.

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