Zaha sends Watford to the Championship

AP , Saturday 7 May 2022

Watford became the second team to be relegated from the English Premier League after losing at Crystal Palace 1-0 on Saturday.

Wilfried Zaha
Crystal Palace s Ivorian striker Wilfried Zaha (L) celebrates with Crystal Palace s English defender Joel Ward (R) after scoring their first goal from the penalty spot during the English Premier League football match between Crystal Palace and Watford at Selhurst Park in south London on May 7, 2022. AFP


Even if Roy Hodgson's team won at Selhurst Park, it was still highly likely to go down. But survival was no longer mathematically possible after Wilfried Zaha's match-clinching penalty in the 30th minute.

The 74-year-old Hodgson will leave Watford having failed in his short-term mission to prevent the club making an immediate return to the Championship.

The former England manager was hired in January after the club dropped into the bottom three and it is in next-to-last place, 12 points from safety with only three games remaining.

Last-placed Norwich's relegation was sealed last weekend.

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