Palace took the lead through Craig Cathcart’s
own-goal in the 38th minute, but the Watford defender made amends when
he scored from Jose Holebas’ corner in the 67th minute.
Cleverley had not long been on the pitch when he netted his first goal in more than a year in the 74th minute at Selhurst Park.
manager Roy Hodgson brought on Christian Benteke for his first
appearance in four months following an injury lay-off, but the striker
could not produce an equaliser.
Watford are seventh in the
standings, six points behind Manchester United, who face Tottenham in London on
Sunday. Palace are 14th, four points above the relegation zone.