Watford Get Easy Win Over 10-Man Chelsea
Watford scored three late goals to make manager Javi Gracia‘s first home game an “unforgettable night” and increase the pressure on his Chelsea counterpart Antonio Conte.
Goals from Daryl Janmaat, Gerard Deulofeu and Roberto Pereyra in the final six minutes handed Watford a welcome first win in six games to move the Hornets six points clear of the relegation zone.
The Blues played an hour with 10 men after Tiemoue Bakayoko‘s red card capped a dreadful individual 30-minute performance – in which he gifted Watford four chances.
The Hornets first goal came on a controversial penalty call when Gerard Deulofeu went down easily under keeper Thibaut Courtois‘ challenge and Troy Deeney scored from the spot kick.
Chelsea brought on Olivier Giroud for his debut in the second half and Eden Hazard eight minutes from time scored from a brilliant strike which briefly handed the visitors hope.
But two minutes later, Daryl Janmaat scored a fantastic goal of his own when he cut in from the right wing, played a one-two with Roberto Pereyra and beat another couple of defenders before scoring with his weaker left foot.
Deulofeu added another when he ran from halfway before his shot was deflected home by Gary Cahill – and Pereyra scored a fourth from Abdoulaye Doucoure’s through ball.
Chelsea remain fourth, just a point ahead of Tottenham Hotspur, with Conte’s chances of remaining in charge for the rest of the season under the spotlight.