Watford 1-2 Chelsea: How The Blues Escaped A Determined Side With A Fortunate Win

Watford dominated the first 10 minutes – Chelsea had just two touches in the opposition half in the early stages – and came close twice; first, Trevoh Chalobah blocked superbly from Joao Pedro’s low drive, before Edouard Mendy did well to stop a second Pedro effort, parrying away to his right.

But on 13 minutes, referee David Coote brought both sets of players off the pitch after being alerted to a medical emergency in the Graham Taylor Stand. The game was halted for a total of 30 minutes, and Watford later confirmed a fan had been stabilised having suffered a cardiac arrest

As play resumed after a five-minute warm-up, Chelsea finally settled and struck the post through Mount at an acute angle, before Watford were left to rue not making more of their early dominance as the visitors carved them open.

Marcos Alonso expertly took down Rudiger’s ball over the top, cutting it back for Havertz, and the German laid it on a plate for Mount to fire into the bottom corner from close range, his first Premier League away goal since March.

But Watford recovered quickly and continued to trouble Chelsea, levelling through the bright Dennis for his sixth goal in the Nigerian’s debut Premier League season. As Ruben Loftus-Cheek cheaply lost out in midfield to Moussa Sissoko, Dennis was found and struck low towards the bottom corner, the ball helped into the net via a slight deflection off Rudiger. It was no less than Watford deserved.

The first-half action did not end there as Dennis returned the favour and slipped Sissoko in behind the line of defence, but he should have done better as Mendy got down to save well.

Chelsea felt aggrieved just before the break as William Troost-Ekong piled in on Mount, but was only booked by Coote, before Thiago Silva replaced Saul in an attempt to shore things up for Chelsea at half-time.

Saul Niguez has been brought off at half-time in both of his Premier League starts for Chelsea
It barely worked as Watford created a fine chance to take the lead – Pedro played in Tom Cleverley, Mendy boldly raced outside his box, but was able to block without using his hands – prompting Tuchel to attempt to swing things again with an attacking sub, bringing on Romelu Lukaku for Cesar Azpilicueta with 20 minutes left.

But it was fellow sub Ziyech who put them ahead against the run of play, finishing high into the net from 12 yards from Mount’s cut back from the left flank. Watford goalkeeper Daniel Bachmann, who got a touch to the shot, could have done better.

With the win Chelsea maintains lead in the EPL table with 33 points ahead of Manchester City with 32 points.

 

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