Chris Martin scored twice as Crystal Palace secured their first league win of 2012, demolishing in-form Watford at Selhurst Park.

Wilfried Zaha opened the scoring, poking in a Jermaine Easter cross from close range.

Palace doubled their lead through a Martin header soon before half-time, before the on-loan Norwich striker tapped in early in the second half.

Kagisho Dikgacoi made it four with a scrappy finish to cap a fine display.

The Eagles had failed to win their previous six Championship matches but were full value for the three points against a Watford side unbeaten in four.

Teenager Zaha opened the scoring after Easter did well to get down the right, a goal which truly spurred Palace into life.

And, after Craig Forsyth forced Palace keeper Julian Speroni to parry a long-range drive at the other end, the hosts doubled their advantage.

Darren Ambrose delivered a long free-kick into the penalty area and Martin lost his marker to head home with ease.

Poor defending allowed the home side to extend their lead in the 50th minute when another Ambrose free-kick found Easter, who squared across the six-yard box for Martin to tap home unchallenged.

Dikgacoi then connected with an Ambrose corner, the ball squirming under keeper Scott Loach as the Hornets fell to a miserable defeat.

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (5)

Crystal Palace

  • 01 Speroni
  • 02 Clyne
  • 05 McCarthy
  • 06 Gardner
  • 04 Parr
  • 07 Ambrose
  • 08 Dikgacoi
  • 15 Jedinak (Garvan - 84' )
  • 16 Zaha (Scannell - 72' )
  • 19 Easter
  • 35 C Martin (Murray - 71' )

Substitutes

  • 34 Price
  • 30 McShane
  • 10 Garvan
  • 11 Scannell
  • 17 Murray

Watford

  • 01 Loach
  • 02 Hodson
  • 06 Mariappa Booked
  • 12 Doyley
  • 33 Nosworthy
  • 04 Eustace
  • 11 Forsyth Booked (Yeates - 73' )
  • 18 Kacaniklic
  • 32 Hogg
  • 10 Iwelumo
  • 25 Garner (Massey - 46' )

Substitutes

  • 30 Bond
  • 03 Dickinson
  • 07 Yeates
  • 19 Buaben
  • 27 Massey
Ref: Pawson
Att: 13,324

Match Stats

Shots

9 9

On target

7 5

Corners

5 8

Fouls

10 14

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:13 Full time

Full Time The referee brings the game to a close.

90:00 +1:33

Foul by Owen Garvan (Crystal Palace) on Gavin Massey (Watford). Free kick taken right-footed by Lee Hodson (Watford) from own half, resulting in open play.

90:00 +1:11

Cross by Darren Ambrose (Crystal Palace), clearance by Adrian Mariappa (Watford).

90:00

Attacking throw-in by Lee Hodson (Watford).

87:56

Shot by Owen Garvan (Crystal Palace) right-footed from left side of penalty area (18 yards), missed left. Goal kick taken long by Scott Loach (Watford).

87:02

Attacking throw-in by Lee Hodson (Watford).

86:37

Foul by Kagisho Dikgacoi (Crystal Palace) on Chris Iwelumo (Watford). Free kick taken right-footed by John Eustace (Watford) from own half, passed.

86:11

Attacking throw-in by Nathaniel Clyne (Crystal Palace).

85:58

Defending throw-in by Jonathan Parr (Crystal Palace).

85:34

Defending throw-in by Lloyd Doyley (Watford).

85:28

Cross by Mark Yeates (Watford), clearance by Patrick McCarthy (Crystal Palace).

85:22

Cross by Mark Yeates (Watford), clearance by Patrick McCarthy (Crystal Palace).

84:03

Shot by Darren Ambrose (Crystal Palace) overhead kick right-footed from centre of penalty area (6 yards), save (caught) by Scott Loach (Watford).

83:19 Substitution

Substitution Crystal Palace substitution: Mile Jedinak replaced by Owen Garvan (tactical).

82:50

Attacking throw-in by Lloyd Doyley (Watford).

82:20

Shot by Darren Ambrose (Crystal Palace) right-footed from right channel (18 yards), blocked by Nyron Nosworthy (Watford).

81:21

Shot by Gavin Massey (Watford) right-footed from right channel (20 yards), save (caught) by Julian Speroni (Crystal Palace).

80:19

Attacking throw-in by Jonathan Parr (Crystal Palace).

79:11

Outswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by Alex Kacaniklic (Watford) to out of play, resulting in ball out of play.

78:59

Corner from right by-line taken short left-footed by Alex Kacaniklic (Watford).

78:37

Cross by Mark Yeates (Watford), clearance by Jonathan Parr (Crystal Palace).

77:34

Foul by John Eustace (Watford) on Jermaine Easter (Crystal Palace). Free kick taken right-footed by Darren Ambrose (Crystal Palace) from left channel (25 yards), hit wall.

76:21

Foul by Mark Yeates (Watford) on Sean Scannell (Crystal Palace). Free kick taken right-footed by Darren Ambrose (Crystal Palace) from left channel, passed.

75:19

Foul by Gavin Massey (Watford) on Anthony Gardner (Crystal Palace). Free kick taken right-footed by Anthony Gardner (Crystal Palace) from own half, passed.

75:11

Attacking throw-in by Nathaniel Clyne (Crystal Palace).

74:49

Attacking throw-in by Nathaniel Clyne (Crystal Palace).

74:15

Attacking throw-in by Nathaniel Clyne (Crystal Palace).

73:43

Defending throw-in by Nathaniel Clyne (Crystal Palace).

73:36

Goal kick taken long by Scott Loach (Watford).

73:00 Substitution

Substitution Watford substitution: Craig Forsyth replaced by Mark Yeates (tactical).

72:48

Goal kick taken long by Scott Loach (Watford).

72:18

Outswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by Alex Kacaniklic (Watford) to centre, clearance by Anthony Gardner (Crystal Palace). Outswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by Alex Kacaniklic (Watford) to centre, clearance by Patrick McCarthy (Crystal Palace).

71:25 Substitution

Substitution Crystal Palace substitution: Wilfried Zaha replaced by Sean Scannell (tactical).

70:33 Substitution

Substitution Crystal Palace substitution: Chris Martin replaced by Glenn Murray (tactical).

68:07

Foul by Jermaine Easter (Crystal Palace) on Jonathan Hogg (Watford). Free kick taken right-footed by Alex Kacaniklic (Watford) from own half, passed.

66:41

Attacking throw-in by Jonathan Parr (Crystal Palace).

63:08

Assist (cross) by Darren Ambrose (Crystal Palace) from left by-line.

63:08 Goal scored

Goal! - Kagisho Dikgacoi - C Palace 4 - 0 Watford goal by Kagisho Dikgacoi (Crystal Palace) left-footed (bottom-left of goal) from left side of six-yard box (6 yards).Crystal Palace 4-0 Watford.

62:39

Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Darren Ambrose (Crystal Palace) to centre,

62:20

Attacking throw-in by Nathaniel Clyne (Crystal Palace).

61:34

Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Alex Kacaniklic (Watford) to centre, clearance by Jonathan Parr (Crystal Palace).

60:50

Foul by Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace) on Gavin Massey (Watford). Free kick taken right-footed by Alex Kacaniklic (Watford) from left wing, resulting in open play.

60:43

Attacking throw-in by Lloyd Doyley (Watford).

60:02

Defending throw-in by Nathaniel Clyne (Crystal Palace).

58:59

Defending throw-in by Lloyd Doyley (Watford).

58:59 Booking

Booking Adrian Mariappa (Watford) booked for unsporting behaviour.

57:19

Anthony Gardner gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gavin Massie. Alex Kacaniklic takes the free kick. Adrian Mariappa takes a shot from 20 yards. Wilfried Zaha fouled by Adrian Mariappa, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Mile Jedinak.

57:01

Cross by Lee Hodson (Watford), clearance by Nathaniel Clyne (Crystal Palace).

55:24

Outswinging corner from left by-line taken left-footed by Alex Kacaniklic (Watford) to centre, clearance by Kagisho Dikgacoi (Crystal Palace).

54:54

Goal kick taken long by Julian Speroni (Crystal Palace).

54:23

Weak shot by John Eustace (Watford) mishit left-footed from right channel (20 yards), missed right.

53:59

Attacking throw-in by Lee Hodson (Watford).

53:33

Goal kick taken long by Julian Speroni (Crystal Palace).

51:18

Attacking throw-in by Lee Hodson (Watford).

50:30

Foul by Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace) on John Eustace (Watford). Free kick taken right-footed by John Eustace (Watford) from right channel, resulting in open play.

49:21

Assist (pass) by Jermaine Easter (Crystal Palace) from left side of six-yard box.

49:21 Goal scored

Goal! - Chris Martin - C Palace 3 - 0 Watford goal by Chris Martin (Crystal Palace) right-footed (bottom-right of goal) from right side of six-yard box (6 yards).Crystal Palace 3-0 Watford.

48:48

Foul by Jonathan Hogg (Watford) on Chris Martin (Crystal Palace). Free kick taken right-footed by Darren Ambrose (Crystal Palace) from left channel,

48:02

Attacking throw-in by Nathaniel Clyne (Crystal Palace).

47:54

Attacking throw-in by Jonathan Parr (Crystal Palace).

47:32

Attacking throw-in by Lloyd Doyley (Watford).

46:49

Gavin Massey (Watford) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Julian Speroni (Crystal Palace) from own half, resulting in open play.

46:32

Handball by Jermaine Easter (Crystal Palace). Free kick taken right-footed by Scott Loach (Watford) from own half, resulting in open play.

45:43

Cross by Lee Hodson (Watford), shot by John Eustace (Watford) overhead kick right-footed from centre of penalty area (12 yards), missed left. Goal kick taken long by Julian Speroni (Crystal Palace).

45:01

The second half has started.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Watford substitution: Joe Garner replaced by Gavin Massey (tactical).

45:00 +1:11 Half time

Half Time The referee blows for half time.

45:00 +0:54

Attacking throw-in by Lee Hodson (Watford).

45:00 +0:21

Attacking throw-in by Lee Hodson (Watford).

44:47

Goal kick taken long by Julian Speroni (Crystal Palace).

44:21

Attacking throw-in by Lloyd Doyley (Watford).

43:43

Foul by Jermaine Easter (Crystal Palace) on Nyron Nosworthy (Watford). Free kick taken right-footed by Nyron Nosworthy (Watford) from own half, resulting in open play.

42:59

Attacking throw-in by Jonathan Parr (Crystal Palace).

42:19

Foul by Chris Martin (Crystal Palace) on Scott Loach (Watford). Free kick taken left-footed by Scott Loach (Watford) from own half, resulting in open play.

41:48

Cross by Alex Kacaniklic (Watford), clearance by Anthony Gardner (Crystal Palace).

41:29

Attacking throw-in by Lloyd Doyley (Watford).

40:27

Defending throw-in by Nathaniel Clyne (Crystal Palace).

39:27

Cross by Chris Martin (Crystal Palace), resulting in ball out of play. Goal kick taken long by Scott Loach (Watford).

38:51

Alex Kacaniklic (Watford) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Julian Speroni (Crystal Palace) from own half, resulting in open play.

37:56

Assist (cross) by Darren Ambrose (Crystal Palace) from right wing.

37:56 Goal scored

Goal! - Chris Martin - C Palace 2 - 0 Watford headed goal by Chris Martin (Crystal Palace) (bottom-right of goal) from centre of penalty area (6 yards).Crystal Palace 2-0 Watford.

37:06

Free kick taken right-footed by Darren Ambrose (Crystal Palace) from right wing,

37:06 Booking

Booking Craig Forsyth (Watford) booked for unsporting behaviour.

36:51

Foul by Craig Forsyth (Watford) on Darren Ambrose (Crystal Palace).

36:40

Attacking throw-in by Lloyd Doyley (Watford).

36:10

Shot by Craig Forsyth (Watford) left-footed from right channel (30 yards), save (parried) by Julian Speroni (Crystal Palace).

35:37

Shot by Chris Iwelumo (Watford) right-footed from left side of penalty area (18 yards), comfortable save (caught) by Julian Speroni (Crystal Palace).

35:27

Attacking throw-in by Lloyd Doyley (Watford).

34:48

Chris Martin (Crystal Palace) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Scott Loach (Watford) from own half, resulting in open play.

34:36

Foul by Chris Iwelumo (Watford) on Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace). Free kick taken right-footed by Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace) from own half, passed.

33:32

Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Darren Ambrose (Crystal Palace) to far post, header by Patrick McCarthy (Crystal Palace) from left side of penalty area (12 yards), over the bar. Goal kick taken long by Scott Loach (Watford).

33:23

Cross by Jonathan Parr (Crystal Palace), clearance by Nyron Nosworthy (Watford).

31:28

Foul by Jonathan Hogg (Watford) on Darren Ambrose (Crystal Palace). Free kick taken right-footed by Anthony Gardner (Crystal Palace) from own half, resulting in open play.

30:11

Cross by Jonathan Hogg (Watford), clearance by Patrick McCarthy (Crystal Palace).

29:32

Defending throw-in by Nathaniel Clyne (Crystal Palace).

28:20

Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Darren Ambrose (Crystal Palace) to far post, resulting in ball out of play. Goal kick taken long by Scott Loach (Watford).

27:56

Corner from left by-line taken short right-footed by Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace).

27:24

Foul by Nyron Nosworthy (Watford) on Chris Martin (Crystal Palace). Free kick taken right-footed by Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace) from own half, passed.

26:42

Defending throw-in by Nathaniel Clyne (Crystal Palace).

26:08

Goal kick taken long by Scott Loach (Watford).

26:01

Defending throw-in by Lee Hodson (Watford).

25:13

Foul by John Eustace (Watford) on Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace). Free kick taken right-footed by Patrick McCarthy (Crystal Palace) from own half, resulting in open play.

24:57

Defending throw-in by Nathaniel Clyne (Crystal Palace).

21:09

Assist (cross) by Jermaine Easter (Crystal Palace) from right side of penalty area.

21:09 Goal scored

Goal! - Wilfried Zaha - C Palace 1 - 0 Watford goal by Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) left-footed (bottom-left of goal) from left side of six-yard box (6 yards).Crystal Palace 1-0 Watford.

21:06

Cross by Jermaine Easter (Crystal Palace),

20:38

Attacking throw-in by Lloyd Doyley (Watford).

20:08

Attacking throw-in by Lloyd Doyley (Watford).

19:18

Foul by Alex Kacaniklic (Watford) on Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace). Free kick taken right-footed by Anthony Gardner (Crystal Palace) from own half, passed.

19:14

Attacking throw-in by Lee Hodson (Watford).

18:10

Defending throw-in by Lee Hodson (Watford).

17:13

Foul by Jonathan Hogg (Watford) on Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace). Free kick taken right-footed by Darren Ambrose (Crystal Palace) from own half, resulting in open play.

16:56

Defending throw-in by Lee Hodson (Watford).

16:40

Defending throw-in by Nathaniel Clyne (Crystal Palace).

16:27

Attacking throw-in by Lloyd Doyley (Watford).

15:30

Outswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by Darren Ambrose (Crystal Palace) to far post, resulting in ball out of play. Goal kick taken long by Scott Loach (Watford).

15:20

Cross by Darren Ambrose (Crystal Palace), clearance by Craig Forsyth (Watford).

14:54

Goal kick taken long by Julian Speroni (Crystal Palace).

13:57

Foul by Jonathan Hogg (Watford) on Kagisho Dikgacoi (Crystal Palace). Free kick taken right-footed by Kagisho Dikgacoi (Crystal Palace) from own half, passed.

13:03

Defending throw-in by Nathaniel Clyne (Crystal Palace).

12:56

Cross by Alex Kacaniklic (Watford), resulting in ball out of play.

12:33

Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Alex Kacaniklic (Watford) to near post, clearance by Darren Ambrose (Crystal Palace).

11:00

Attacking throw-in by Jonathan Parr (Crystal Palace).

8:48

Foul by Patrick McCarthy (Crystal Palace) on Joe Garner (Watford). Free kick drilled left-footed by Alex Kacaniklic (Watford) from right channel (25 yards), save (caught) by Julian Speroni (Crystal Palace).

8:31

Attacking throw-in by Lee Hodson (Watford).

8:08

Attacking throw-in by Lee Hodson (Watford).

7:24

Foul by Joe Garner (Watford) on Anthony Gardner (Crystal Palace). Free kick taken left-footed by Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace) from own half, passed.

6:12

Defending throw-in by Jonathan Parr (Crystal Palace).

5:14

Outswinging corner from left by-line taken left-footed by Alex Kacaniklic (Watford) to centre, save (caught) by Julian Speroni (Crystal Palace).

4:04

Shot by Jonathan Hogg (Watford) right-footed from right channel (20 yards), missed left. Goal kick taken long by Julian Speroni (Crystal Palace).

3:26

Foul by Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace) on Joe Garner (Watford). Free kick taken left-footed by John Eustace (Watford) from left channel, resulting in open play.

2:17

Shot by Alex Kacaniklic (Watford) left-footed from right channel (20 yards), missed right. Goal kick taken long by Julian Speroni (Crystal Palace).

1:43

Attacking throw-in by Lloyd Doyley (Watford).

1:12

Goal kick taken long by Scott Loach (Watford).

0:34

Defending throw-in by Jonathan Parr (Crystal Palace).

0:00

The match has kicked off.

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