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22nd May 2022- Premier League, Chelsea 2 Watford 1

WFC.Net goal commentary: 1

Attendance: 32,089

BBC Sport: Kai Havertz converted a low cross from Kenedy – who was making his first Premier League start for the club since May 2017 – to give the hosts the lead early in the first half. Gosling’s header from Adam Masina’s delivery appeared to have earned Watford a share of the spoils, but Barkley scored with virtually the last moment of action to deny Roy Hodgson’s team.

Sky Sports: It looked like being a familiar tale for Chelsea, who came into the game on the back of just one home win in their last five league visits to Stamford Bridge, but Barkley was on hand to ensure the Blues ended the season on a winning note when his header from James’ cross squirmed past Daniel Bachmann in the Watford goal (90).

Fran’s Watford Blog: The players came over to applaud the travelling fans and were greeted with cheers, which was gratifying.  It had been a decent showing, the players had put a shift in, and, after the late equaliser, we felt as if we deserved a point from the game, so went home relatively happy.

1st December 2021- Premier League, Watford 1 Chelsea 2

WFC.Net goal commentary: 1

Attendance: 20,388

BBC Sport: The under-par Blues needed a goal from substitute Hakim Ziyech to edge out their hosts after Hornets forward Emmanuel Dennis had cancelled out Mason Mount’s opener.

Sky Sports: Play was halted for half an hour early in the first half for a medical emergency in the stands, with officials being alerted to the situation by players.

Watford said: “Our thoughts are with the fan – who had a cardiac arrest but has now been stabilised – and all those affected. Thank you to the medical staff, players and fans for their quick response.”

BHappy: For twelve minutes until the interruption, we blew the European Champions away.  Adrenaline fuelled, hyper-aggressive, this was a high press and then some.  Every suggestion of composed Chelsea position was stamped on with glee and to joyous, noisy enthusiasm from the stands.  Tom Cleverley, who was to calm down later on, was absolutely in his element… somehow the first man into every challenge all over the pitch.  His bullishness on the right flank saw him able to pull back from the touchline for João Pedro to slip a shot at Mendy, who was going to have a busy evening.  Quite where the young Brazilian ends up is still up for debate, but in his more withdrawn role we’ve lost his poachers instincts.  Minutes later Kiko swung a cross in from deeper on the right and again João Pedro’s there, forcing Azpilicueta, who like Alonso on the opposite side was also going to be a busy boy, to deflect towards his own goal where Mendy was alert to push the ball wide.

Fran’s Watford Blog: Towards the end of the half, Troy Deeney was spotted at the corner between the Rookery and the GT stand.  He had been in the Hornet Shop before the game signing copies of his book.  His appearance was greeted with cheers and his chants rang out.  He was interviewed pitch-side by Tim Coombs and it was absolutely lovely.  He repeatedly thanked the fans and told us he loved us.  Talked very happily of his memories, referring back to the fact that we had a three-sided ground when he arrived.  He paid tribute to the 1881 for the displays that they have put on.  He described himself as old, fat and happy.  But the kicker was when he was asked whether he was happy being back at his boyhood club.  “Yes, but that is not home, this is home.”  There wasn’t a dry eye in the place.  He then had a kick about with his mates who were warming up for the second half and we all cheered him off.

4th July 2020- Premier League, Chelsea 3 Watford 0

OS Watford FC Match Preview

Watford Observer Watford and Chelsea will honour NHS workers with a moment’s applause

Troy Deeney claims Watford had ‘difficult conversations’ as part of Chelsea preparations

Andre Gray, Domingos Quina and Nathaniel Chalobah will be available for Watford’s game at Chelsea

Craig Shakespeare is not concerned by Watford’s Premier League goals tally

Adam Masina believes Watford will avoid relegation

Chelsea issued just one programme for their four home Premier League games during ‘Project Restart’.

Referee: Kevin Friend
Paying Attendance:0
1st Half
2nd Half

Post Match

Events at Stamford Bridge were never going to determine the team’s Premier League fate and it was always going to be a big ask to come away with something from a venue where the Hornets have won once in 34 long years. It’s just that a point, one similar to the one the team chiselled out here in 2015, would have been lovely, such a boost not only to the scoreboard but also to morale and not left so much riding on back-to-back home games against Norwich and Newcastle.

Watford well beaten away at Chelsea

An Olivier Giroud goal and a Willian penalty had the hosts firmly in control in the first-half, before Ross Barkley’s finish in stoppage time sealed a miserable evening out for the Hornets, who remain teetering precariously above the relegation zone, after once again struggling to cause significant problems for their opponent’s goalkeeper.

Nigel Pearson calls on Watford to ’embrace the challenge’ after Chelsea defeat

Watford players rated after defeat to Chelsea

Watford heading into ‘big week’, claims Nigel Pearson

BBC Sport Danny Welbeck’s introduction after the interval did provide them with some pace and quality in the final third but it was too little too late.

sky “Capoue decided to make a really bad, really rash decision, and he’s cost his team,” Jamie Redknapp told Sky Sports at the interval.

guardian Minute by minute

The silence inside the stadium produced its usual revelations. Deeney really does spend a lot of time talking to, bonding with, and generally getting to know the linesman. Foster does a lot of shouting about metres and distances when the opposition has a free-kick near his goal. And Giroud’s agonised howl of pain on being fouled outside the box, a howl so loud you half expected to look up and see him holding his foot in one hand, was enough to draw an actual laugh from Frank Lampard.

TelegraphWatford were so deep it was hard to see how they might be any threat to the Chelsea goal, and indeed, Pearson did eventually frontload his team and urge them forward. Deeney, who would only last 64 minutes before he was replaced, flew into a few challenges to set the tone at the start of the second half. It was still 75 minutes before the substitute Adam Masina struck Watford’s first shot on target of the game.

BHappy image For all that the games are on top of each other, there’s something painfully drawn out about this narrative.  Watching all of The Games That Matter means that we’re generally watching a lot of football matches, and a lot of football matches involving at least one terrible football team, what with lockdown and that making limited teams less fit, and less mobilisable by the presence of a crowd.  The number of teams involved and the low success rate of the protagonists so far means a lot of this is reasonably enjoyable nonetheless, what with schadenfreude and so on.  Man United toying with Bournemouth earlier was a popcorn event for all, surely, of a Watford, or Villa, or West Ham persuasion complete with mildly threatening twists and turns that briefly teased before the inevitable happy ending.

FTRE-WFC-PodcastWatford return from Stamford Bridge with nothing but a dented goal difference, leaving Jon, Jas and Mike to try and find some positives.

2nd November 2019- Premier League, Watford 1 Chelsea 2

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Match Report: Watford 1-2 Chelsea

Watford host Chelsea in the Premier League as they look for first victory

Ben Foster almost snatches a dramatic draw for Watford against Chelsea

Watford head coach responds to fans’ booing during Chelsea defeat

Watford players rated after home defeat to Chelsea

Christian Kabasele claims Watford should not have to rely on Ben Foster after Chelsea defeat

Goalkeeper Ben Foster was denied a stunning headed equaliser in stoppage time as Chelsea hung on for victory at Watford to move third in the Premier League.

A spirited goalkeeping performance from Ben Foster – who made no fewer than eight saves – prevented Chelsea from extinguishing Watford’s challenge, which was boosted 10 minutes from time when a controversial VAR-awarded penalty was converted by Gerard Deulofeu.

Given that it was little more than a duel between Ben Foster and Chelsea’s forwards at times, it would have been a strange twist if the goalkeeper had rescued a point for Watford with the game’s final act. They were into the sixth minute of added time when Foster, who had kept his side in it with countless saves, decided to charge forward after Mason Mount conceded a free-kick deep on the left, and it would have been an extraordinary ending if the 36-year-old’s downward header had crept beyond Kepa Arrizabalaga.

Despite their spirited late comeback, Watford remain without a win in 11 league games – 15 going back to last season – and stay at the bottom of the table, so this should have been the ­perfect fixture to get Frank Lampard’s team back on track after their midweek home defeat by Manchester United in the Carabao Cup.

When we give away a stupid goal after five reasonably positive minutes, albeit a goal carved by a remarkable through ball you can feel the stadium deflate. “Well, that’s that then”, which it sort of was and sort of wasn’t. But what a half-witted way to concede, no wonder Ben Foster screamed with frustration. When you can’t score goals keeping it tight, particularly against an opponent like this one, one that revels in playing away from home, is everything.

We arrived in Vicarage Road to be greeted with a number of touts and one merchandise stand that had exclusively Chelsea scarves and tat, which irritated me immensely.

With two games (and two defeats) to discuss, Jon is joined by Jason, Mike and Colin – each in varying states of distress – to try and make sense of Watford’s increasingly thankless search for a win.

5th May 2019- Premier League, Chelsea 3 Watford 0

Referee:
Paul Tierney
Attendance:
40,650

Watford lose at Chelsea in the penultimate weekend of the Premier League

Watford beaten by Chelsea in last Premier League away day of season

Javi Gracia rues ‘very tough result’ after Watford lose at Chelsea

Chelsea vs Watford: Javi Gracia looking beyond the results against Premier League’s top clubs

Watford players rated after losing away at Chelsea

Chelsea vs Watford: Javi Gracia praises Nathaniel Chalobah’s display

Watford midfielder Nathaniel Chalobah speaks about tough battle to regain fitness

FA Cup finalists Watford started brightly, going close through Troy Deeney and Gerard Deulofeu, but were left to rue their slow start to the second half that saw Chelsea quickly take the game away from them.

Watford created Maurizio Sarri’s side numerous problems, especially in a one-sided first-half, with Kepa Arrizabalaga making one of the saves of the season to deny Troy Deeney.

Even at a club where life is never simple these are strange times indeed. Chelsea have secured Champions League football, reached the League Cup final earlier this year and could secure passage to Baku and the Europa League final later this week, yet Sarri remains unloved. Perhaps the rather chaotic first-half showing here partly explained why, given their lack of pattern or focus as Watford, slicker and stronger, threatened to run riot.

Watford struck the frame of the goal twice and spurned a host of chances and given the opportunities they created and the positive way they played it is odd that they finish this season having lost their last 11 games against the ‘Big Six’.

To be fair, and as was reflected by a venerable Chelsea panel in the tube afterwards, we started the game as unlike a side preoccupied with the Cup Final as it’s possible to imagine.  We were lively, assertive and direct, pinning the home side back with some verve and energy.

We left plenty of time for our walk to Stamford Bridge and to negotiate our way past the multiple phalanxes of security guards.  There was a surprise in store as we were greeted by a voice announcing, “FA Cup Finalists to the left.”  I was still smiling when I heard another directing us on “The road to Wembley.”  A rather lovely and unexpected welcome which meant that my opinion of Chelsea went up massively.