Eagles buoyed by off-field news

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Crystal Palace boss Paul Hart admitted the news that the cash-strapped club had found a potential buyer provided a huge boost to his side ahead of the 3-1 win at Watford.

Palace learnt before the game that the CPFC 2010 consortium had been given preferred bidder status as they attempt to take over at Selhurst Park. And the players responded with a battling display at Vicarage Road with goals from Stern John, Sean Scannell and Neil Danns sinking the Hornets.

"That was equally important and hopefully it will reach a completion, it's great news for the club," said Hart.

"I'm sure it helped - it's been very unsettled but the performances have still been good. We've created chances in every game."

Watford boss Malky Mackay counted himself hard done by after the defeat increased their relegation fears.

The Hornets hit the woodwork three times, twice through Tom Cleverley and once from Henri Lansbury.

Mackay spent five minutes with referee Paul Taylor afterwards to clear up two penalty decisions that went against his side. He also questioned why the official did not send off Palace left-back Lee Hills until the dying moments for a second booking.

"I just wanted to clear a few things up, a penalty in the first half when the ball hit Paddy McCarthy's hand and in the second half when Claude Davis cleaned out Will Buckley. It's blatant, stonewall," he said.

"We had enough chances to win two games, but you have to be clinical, take your chances at one end and defend at the other."

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