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Nov 4, 2019, 1:56:00 PM

Watford denied a point by late save

Watford came close to snatching a dramatic point in their game against Chelsea on Saturday as goalkeeper Ben Foster was thwarted by a superb save by Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga.

The visitors went into the game as big favourites with sports betting companies, and they opened the scoring on five minutes when a well-placed pass from Jorginho gave Tammy Abraham the chance to find the net, and he duly obliged to register his 10th goal of the campaign.

Foster was called on to make saves from Christian Pulisic and Mason Mount before half-time, keeping Watford in the game, but he was unable to stop Pulisic from taking his chance on 55 minutes, when the American star tapped home a cross from Abraham to make it 2-0.

Watford were struggling to get back into the game, but they were given an opportunity on 80 minutes when Jorginho tripped Gerard Deulofeu, and although the initial contact appeared to be minimal and referee Anthony Taylor didn’t give a penalty, a VAR review overturned that decision and gave Deulofeu the chance to get the home team back into the game, which he duly took.

Deep into injury time, Watford sent goalkeeper Foster into the Chelsea penalty area for a corner, which almost proved to be a master stroke, but for Arrizabalaga’s acrobatics.

Ultimately, though, Chelsea were the better team, and claimed their fifth away win in a row in the Premier League, and a seventh consecutive away win in all competitions, which equals a club record, though they ended the weekend back in fourth place in the table, following Leicester’s win over Crystal Palace on Sunday. 

Watford are still bottom of the table and searching for their first win of the season, but after three consecutive draws, they have found a degree of defensive solidity, and they did a relatively good job of containing Chelsea after conceding that early goal.

Inspired by a fine display from Foster, they improved towards the end of the first half, and both Deulofeu and Andre Gray had good efforts.

Speaking after the game, Watford boss Quique Sánchez Flores said that he had faith in his team and that they simply needed to find a degree of consistency:

“I trust the players we have; some are coming back from injuries and others are tired, but right now it is about experience and managing our next challenges. We have positives, we are able to do good things, but this does not happen for a full match.”


Words: Josh Dixon

Images: PA