On his first game back in management, Sam Allardyce saw his Crystal Palace side pick up a point away to Watford. However, the short-lived England boss would leave Vicarage Road rather irked by none other than local mascot Harry The Hornet.
Palace started well and went ahead on 26 minutes, courtesy of a strike from Yohan Cabaye.
The Eagles had a great chance to go two goals ahead when Heurelho Gomes fouled Christian Benteke in the box. However, the Brazilian ‘keeper saved the resulting penalty from Benteke.
Midway through the second-half, Watford had their chance to score from the penalty spot, with Troy Deeney firing home with what was his 100th goal for the club.
Late on, Palace wanted another penalty, when Wilfried Zaha went down in the box under a challenge from Miguel Britos. However, rather than point to the spot, Mark Clattenburg booked the winger for diving.
That incident would spark a bit of a palavar at the final whistle, when Zaha went to applaud the visiting fans.
Watford mascot Harry the Hornet saw his chance to have a cheeky pop at the Palace attacker and duly performed a mock dive which (rather bizarrely) incensed both Zaha and his manager Allardyce
When interviewed after the incident, Allardyce said:
The Premier League and FA can look at that and do what they want to do.
That’s up to Watford to sort that out really. It could have made the wrong reaction as we know. The mascot is out of order, isn’t he? If someone is diving, they don’t get that angry.
Welcome back Big Sam, we’ve (kind of) missed you!