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Written by Martin Graham | May 9, 2022
Watford were relegated from the Premier League one season after their return.
The Hornets join Norwich City as two of the three clubs that will be relegated to the second tier of English football next season. Both teams qualified for first and second place on the record last season and will now return the same way they came.
Crystal Palace hit the decisive blow in their match on Saturday. Wilfried Zaha’s penalty kick in the 30th minute after the first half of activity from both sides was enough to win the match.
Goalkeeper Ben Foster criticized the position of his teammates after confirming their relegation. he said to BBC match today After the match: “You don’t really know what you’re going to get from us, to be completely honest,” the 39-year-old said.
“We have far too many players who are happy to put it down for an hour and 70 minutes, but are likely to fall and be happy in the last 20 minutes.
“You can’t have it. When you’re a team like us, the bottom line is to give it your all. An ability that you can compromise a little bit and accept that you might not have the quality of some players, but you have to put the effort into it.”
“You can see the confidence was low, we were really lacking today,” added the former England goalkeeper, who was also part of the Watford side that suffered relegation at the end of the 2019-20 season.
“Last week’s defeat against Burnley really took us out. We knew before the match that it was close to impossible. We wanted to come in and compete, and I think we did.”
Foster also claimed that Zaha’s goal was not a penalty kick. “We felt it might not have been a penalty so we feel a little difficult to do,” Foster said.
“But thanks to the youth in front of me today. They gave what they could but the confidence was missing.”
The Hornets are set to lose a number of their players after being relegated. Nigerian striker Emmanuel Denis is sure to be well on his way out with Leeds United – another team fighting for survival in the Premier League – on his track.
Moussa Sissoko, Kocho Hernandez and a few others could also leave the club. Roy Hodgson will also leave his position as manager to return to retirement, having been sent back to try to save the Hornets’ season.
According to reports, Queens Park Rangers manager John Eustace is taking charge of the seventy-year-old manager.