Monday, 5 February 2018

Watford 4 - 1 Chelsea: Pressure On Conte As The Hornets Beat 10-man Blues

Javi Gracia's first home English Premier League game in charge of Watford ended in a 4-1 victory over 10-man Chelsea on Monday night, as pressure mounts on his opposite number.
Antonio Conte suffered back-to-back three-goal defeats after a humbling defeat to Bournemouth last time out, and it remains to be seen whether he will remain in charge for the remainder of what has been a disappointing title defence.

The visitors indeed started slowly at Vicarage Road and were in trouble from the moment Tiemoue Bakayoko received his marching orders for a second yellow on 30 minutes.
Shortly before half-time, Watford were awarded a penalty when Gerard Deulofeu was brought down by Thibaut Courtois and Troy Deeney made no mistake to send them in with both a goal and a man advantage.

Chelsea seldom looked threatening in the second half, but a moment of brilliance from Eden Hazard had them level as the Belgian curled a 20-yard strike into the corner on 82 minutes.
Watford's response was to swarm forward and they were immediately rewarded when Daryl Janmaat exchanged passes with substitute Roberto Pereyra before coolly finishing past Courtois.

Four minutes later, Deulofeu danced into the Blues box to add a deflected third and in the first of six added minutes, Pereyra lashed home a fourth, making it a 4-1 home win for the Hornets.
The loss, Chelsea’s second in a row, leaves them vulnerable in fourth just a point ahead of fifth-placed Tottenham.

The Blues have won just once in the last five matches.

Watford, meanwhile, remains in 11th but pulled within just one of 10th placed Everton.

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