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Watford have been relegated from the Premier League with a 1-0 defeat to Crystal Palace sealing their fate.

Hornets boss Roy Hodgson knew their chances of survival were slim going into the Selhurst Park clash but he was unable to claim a win against his former club.

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Watford players protest Kamara’s red card before their relegation was confirmed

Zaha scored the game-winning goal at Selhurst Park

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Zaha scored the game-winning goal at Selhurst Park

It was former charge Wilfried Zaha who got the game-winning goal and for the Ivorian it may well have been a sweet moment.

The winger is loving life under current boss Patrick Vieira and his penalty, scored in the first half, took his league tally to 13 for the season.

And a goal against Watford will have meant even more given a previous run in with the club.

In December 2016, Zaha was left infuriated after being booked for simulation in a 1-1 draw and while walking off the pitch was mocked by his opponents’ mascot.

Harry the Hornet jumped to the floor as Zaha left the pitch, further annoying the player.

He later saw the funny side, posting a photo of diving judges on Twitter but the story rumbled on.


Allardyce, then manager of Palace, called the mascot ‘out of order’, while in 2018 the story hit the headlines again.

Former England boss Hodgson, by this time the manager at Palace, fumed over the incident.

He told reporters: “If you’re asking me whether Harry the Hornet, who I presume is the mascot, should dive in that way, I think it’s disgraceful because that’s not what football matches are about. If it’s provoking the crowd into looking for something that’s not there, it should be stopped.”

Harry the Hornet may regret teasing Zaha

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Harry the Hornet may regret teasing Zaha

Harry the Hornet would retired not long after but later returned only to accuse Crystal Palace of compromising his safety as they played a video of him ‘unmasked’ at the stadium in 2020.

Now, five years on from that infamous dive, Zaha may well have had the last laugh.

His goal ensured Watford were relegated for the second time in three years, with Hassane Kamara, who gave away the spot-kick, later sent off to make matters worse for the visitors.

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