Feb 8, 2013 at 7.45pm UK at ​Vicarage Road
Watford
2-2
Crystal Palace
Chalobah (14'), Abdi (6')
Hall (4'), Deeney (32'), Cassetti (65'), Chalobah (85'), Pudil (90')
FT(HT: 2-0)
Ramage (66'), Phillips (70')
Marrow (32'), Murray (81')

Gianfranco Zola stunned by Crystal Palace comeback

Watford manager Gianfranco Zola during the match against Brighton on December 29, 2012
© PA Photos
Watford boss Gianfranco Zola admits that he was shocked by Crystal Palace's spirited second-half comeback in this evening's 2-2 draw.

Watford manager Gianfranco Zola has admitted that his side were shocked by Crystal Palace's comeback in tonight's 2-2 draw.

The Hornets were two goals up after just 15 minutes, but second-half goals from Peter Ramage and Kevin Phillips earned Palace a point.

Zola has praised Palace for their spirited effort, but insisted that his side are still firmly in the race for automatic promotion this season.

"After the first half we were not expecting anything like that," said the Italian.

"They played really well and caused us a lot of problems and we did not have the same freshness in our legs. And Phillips certainly made a difference.

"But there are 15 games to go and I don't want to be second now, I want to be second at the end of the season. It's going to be a race to the end."

Watford currently sit in third place in the Championship.

Crystal Palace player Wilfried Zaha is surrounded by Watford players in the two side's clash on February 8, 2013
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