Watford 4-1 Chelsea
A performance which was by far Watford’s best of the season saw the Hornets beat the reigning Premier League Champions on home soil. From the kick off, Javi Gracia’s team, performing for the first time under him at Vicarage Road, were the dominant side and showed this with four good chances including a Deeney sitter that was missed by the Englishmen.
On the half an hour mark the limelight shone on Chelsea for the first time but probably not in the way that Antonio Conte would have liked it to. Timmy Bakayoko received a controversial second yellow card, helping the Hornets to sting and find a goal.
This is exactly what the home team did when the quick-of-foot Barcelona loanee Gerard Deulofeu received the ball and won a penalty by controversially ‘tripping’ over the legs of Courtois in an incident which many Chelsea fans thought was a dive. It was Captain Troy Deeney who did the rest, slotting in from the spot and putting the Hornets deservedly in front.
A goal down and down to ten men, Chelsea were heading for a second loss in a row. However, in the 82nd minute, Eden Hazard temporarily provided away fans with some hope, scoring a beauty of a goal from 25 yards out. Game on!
Where as in the past one may have seen Watford give up, they did no such thing this evening and two minutes later found the net when Daryl Janmaat scored a fantastic goal, completing a one two with Roberto Pereyra and beating two more Blues defenders before smartly scoring with his weaker foot.
From now on it was very much the Watford show and with no plans to end their dominant display of football, Deulofeu scored his first Premier League goal. As Conte was left pondering what had gone wrong, Pereyra was setting himself for Watford’s final goal of the night. A Doucoure through ball meant that the Argentinian had a perfect sight of goal and with an excellent touch taking Cesar Azpilicueta out of the equation, he scored with aplomb.
In a game which may be Conte’s last were moments of brilliance from the home team in what now could be the start of a very successful reign at Watford under manager Javi Gracia. Watford end the day in eleventh whilst Chelsea drop to fourth.
Picture Courtesy of Alan Cozzi