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Chelsea come from behind to win at Watford

Chelsea made it two wins from two under Antonio Conte with victory against Watford at Vicarage Road.

They had to do it the hard way however, coming from behind to take the three points.

Most of the pre-match talk going into this game had surrounded the two managers, the Italian pair of Conte and Walter Mazzarri. The duo were not exactly the best of friends, according to Mazzarri. This stemmed from when they were both going for the Italian Serie A title, when Mazzarri accused Conte of copying his 3-5-2 formation.

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The Hornets were unchanged from their 1-1 draw at Southampton. Ben Watson was suspended after being sent off in that game, while Isaac Success and Brice Dja Djedje were both unavailable through injury.

Willian did not travel with the Chelsea squad, Conte insisting that it was due to a minor calf problem. Pedro came in to his place, while Cesc Fabregas was on the bench.

The hosts had plenty of the ball early on, without really troubling the Chelsea rearguard. Thibault Courtois, however, had to be alert to deny Jose Holebas.

The rest of the opening half hour was mainly played out in the middle of the park, Chelsea starting slow but eventually coming into the game.

On 54 minutes, Watford took the lead. A throw-in was eventually crossed into the box for Etienne Capoue, who chested before volleying home. He netted for the second straight weekend, after his goal against Southampton.

Chelsea looked for an equaliser, Eden Hazard and Pedro combining for the Belgian to shoot, saved by Watford stopper Heurelho Gomes.

Diego Costa, who was booked right after the goal for dissent, was lucky not to receive a second for diving in the box.

Chelsea made a double change as they pressed for an equaliser, Michy Batshuayi and Victor Moses replacing Oscar and Pedro.

And it was Batshuayi who brought the scores level with ten minutes left. Fabregas, who came on for Nemanja Matic, found Hazard. His shot was parried by Gomes, only for Batshuayi to fire home the rebound for his first Premier League goal.

Watford fans were left feeling frustrated, and possibly angry, when Chelsea got the winner on 87 minutes. A Fabregas long ball was collected by Costa, who Hornets fans felt should not have been on the pitch after his ‘dive’ earlier. He shot under Gomes to give Chelsea the points.

 

By Steve Osborne               @BlizzardSteve75