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Football: Watford end losing run with scrappy draw against Palace

WATFORD, England (REUTERS) – Struggling Watford snapped a string of three straight defeats with a 0-0 draw against Crystal Palace in a scrappy Premier League clash at Vicarage Road on Saturday (Dec 7).

Watford caretaker manager Hayden Mullins's final game in charge only highlighted the overall improvement required at the bottom club as Nigel Pearson prepares them for a trip to leaders Liverpool next Saturday before Manchester United come calling.

In an ill-tempered first half of few clear chances, Palace had the opportunity to break the deadlock in the ninth minute when midfielder James McArthur fired a volley from close range but his effort failed to test Watford goalkeeper Ben Foster.

The hosts could have made Palace pay for that miss when winger Ismaila Sarr, who looked lively throughout on the right flank, met defender Kiko Femenia's cross to the near post but the 21-year-old was unable to direct his shot on target.

Watford started the second half more aggressively and went close when forward Gerard Deulofeu's shot from distance drifted inches away from goal.

They could have stolen the points late on but for goalkeeper Vicente Guaita's heroics.

Watford defender Christian Kabasele called for the team to be more responsible in the games ahead as they prepare for life under their third manager this season following the sackings of Quique Sanchez Flores and Javi Gracia.

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