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Hodgson’s Watford relegated after losing at Crystal Palace

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

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.

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

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Watford’s Hassane Kamara reacts to being shown a red card, during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Watford at Selhurst Park, London, Saturday May 7, 2022.

  • Crystal Palace's Wilfried Zaha celebrates after scoring their side's first goal of the game from the penalty spot during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Watford at Selhurst Park, London, Saturday May 7, 2022.

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