Watford relegated from Premier League as Wilfried Zaha avenges Harry the Hornet with winning penalty


Watford were relegated from the Premier League with a 1-0 loss to Crystal Palace sealing their fate.

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

Watford players protest Kamara’s red card before their relegation is upheld
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Watford relegated from Premier League as Wilfried Zaha avenges Harry the Hornet with winning penalty
Zaha scored the winning goal at Selhurst Park
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It was former manager Wilfried Zaha who scored the winning goal and for the Ivorian it may have been a sweet moment.

The winger is enjoying life under current boss Patrick Vieira and his first-half penalty took his league tally to 13 for the season.

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

In December 2016, Zaha was exasperated after being booked for a simulation in a 1-1 draw and as he left the pitch he was mocked by his opponents’ mascot.

Harry the Hornet jumped to the ground as Zaha left the field, further annoying the player.

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


Allardyce, then Palace manager, called the mascot “out of commission”, as in 2018 the story once again made headlines.

Former England boss Hodgson, then Palace manager, fumed about the incident.

He told reporters: “If you ask me if Harry the hornet, which I assume is the mascot, should dive that way, I think it’s shameful because that’s not the point of the matches. football. If it makes the crowd look for something that isn’t there, it should be stopped.

Watford relegated from Premier League as Wilfried Zaha avenges Harry the Hornet with winning penalty
Harry the Hornet Might Regret Teasing Zaha
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Harry the Hornet would retire soon after, only to return later to accuse Crystal Palace of compromising his security as they released video of him being ‘unmasked’ at the stadium in 2020.

Now, five years after that famous plunge, Zaha may well have had the last laugh.

His goal saw Watford relegated for the second time in three years, with Hassane Kamara, who kicked, later sent off to make matters worse for the visitors.

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