The Ivorian went down in the box under pressure in the second half, but Kavanagh awarded the home side a free kick and booked Zaha.
Hodgson on Zaha - "He is anything other than a cheat and a diver. He is somebody who sometimes is far too desperate to stay on his feet."— Chris Deeley (@ThatChris1209) April 21, 2018
"It was a very, very difficult game for the referee. There were a lot of difficult situations. I prefer not to say anything, because I try to help the difficult job of the referees."
Either Watford are very good in the air (true) or Palace absolutely cannot defend anything about waist high in the box (also true?)— Chris Deeley (@ThatChris1209) April 21, 2018
He also praised his side for their efforts in the first half in particular, saying: "I think we knew how the game would be, I think we played a very good first half - maybe one of the best first halves we have played so far. We created chances to score and didn't take them, and then Palace had more control in the second half and created two good chances to score.
"We didn't keep the same level as the first half,
He added: "I am pleased with the attitude of the players because in the first half we made a big effort in pressing a lot, recovering the ball and trying to score. In the second half it was difficult, but we competed until the end of the match. We didn't concede the chances we had conceded then in other games, I think we improved many situations