Watford will be ruing their luck on Sunday afternoon after leaving West London empty handed following a positive display against Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea.
After a positive first half display, the FA Cup finalists had a goal ruled out and hit the crossbar in the second period but made their journey back to Hertfordshire with nothing to show for the efforts.
The Hornets could have been ahead after just six minutes when Spaniard Gerard Deulofeu turned his man, striking a shot wide from the edge of the area.
They could have taken the lead just moments later but home keeper Kepa tipped skipper Troy Deeney’s header onto the bar.
Midfield dynamo Abdoulaye Doucoure also stamped his authority on the game as The Hornets enjoyed a positive first half.
The game was turned on its head straight after the break after Ruben Loftus-Cheek and David Luiz put the home side 2-0 up after 51 minutes though Deulofeu dragged a ball just wide of the back post just before the hour mark.
Ben Foster kept Watford in the game denying Pedro, Loftus-Cheek and Higuain but the Argentine made sure of the points with 15 minutes left when he ran onto Pedro’s through ball and chipped it over Foster.
But showing the dogged determination we have seen all season; Watford didn’t give up. Left back Jose Holebas hit the bar before Isaac Success had a goal ruled out for offside when his header from Roberto Pereyra’s free kick bounced in off Andre Gray.
Watford now take on West Ham in the last game of the season next weekend before they take on Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City a week later.
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