Fidelity bank banner Bayelsa State banner
Fumbling Chelsea humiliated 4-1 by Watford

By News Express on 06/02/2018

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon Share on Google+

Views: 747

•Watford celebrating the humiliation of Chelsea . . . on Monday night
•Watford celebrating the humiliation of Chelsea . . . on Monday night

The pressure on Chelsea manager Antonio Conte intensified as his 10 men suffered a second consecutive humiliating defeat on Monday, going down 4-1 at Watford.

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.

Chelsea, beaten 3-0 at home by Bournemouth on their last outing, had already been reduced to 10 men by Tiemoue Bakayoko’s first-half red card before Troy Deeney’s penalty put Watford in front just before the break.

Eden Hazard’s brilliant strike eight minutes from time briefly handed the visitors hope, but they 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.

Conte insisted ahead of the match he intended to see out his contract to 2019 despite a series of complaints this season over his lack of influence over the club’s recruitment strategy.

The Italian once again named a side without a recognised striker with new signing Olivier Giroud only deemed fit enough for a place on the bench in the absence of Alvaro Morata due to a back injury.

A makeshift front three of Hazard, Pedro Rodriguez and Willian struggled to get involved as Watford dominated on new boss Javi Gracia’s home bow.

Abdoulaye Doucoure dragged a shot wide when well-placed from the edge of the area before on-loan Barcelona winger Deulofeu came close to marking his home debut in style when he smashed into the side-netting.

The chances kept coming for Watford as captain Deeney then fluffed his lines when found completely unmarked at the back post from a corner.

BAKAYOKO MISERY

Having been let off by Watford’s wayward finishing, Chelsea weren’t handed such a reprieve from referee Mike Dean as Bakayoko’s miserable first season in England continued.

The French midfielder was dismissed for two bookable offences within five minutes to leave the visitors a man light for the final hour.

Conte immediately responded by replacing Willian with Cesc Fabregas.

However, that did little to stem Watford’s tide and they went in front when Thibaut Courtois brought down Deulofeu as he rounded the goalkeeper.

Deeney made amends for his previous miss by burying the resulting penalty into the bottom corner.

Watford continued to pose the greater threat after the break as Deulofeu and Richarlison sent shots inches wide of Courtois’ left-hand post.

The Belgian keeper then had to be at his best to turn Doucoure’s drive behind.

Giroud was finally handed his debut for the final 25 minutes in place of Pedro, who hobbled off with a nasty looking injury that could make him a doubt to face old side Barcelona in Chelsea’s Champions League last 16 tie in two weeks’ time.

An individual moment of magic from Hazard gave Chelsea hope when he curled into the far corner from 25 yards for his 13th goal of the season.

Parity only lasted two minutes, though, as Janmaat played a brilliant one-two with Pereyra before slotting past a helpless Courtois to spark wild scenes of celebration at Vicarage Road.

Deulofeu sealed the points two minutes later when he fired across Courtois with Chelsea’s tired defence pulled apart.

And Pereyra rubbed salt in the champions’ wounds with a brilliant finish from a narrow angle in stoppage time. (AFP)

Source News Express

Posted 06/02/2018 05:57:01 AM

 

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon Share on Google+


 

CLASSIFIED ADS

 

You may also like...
Delta PDM vows to deliver Jonathan, Okowa, other...

Police go after Delta cultists, nab 12

Weah sworn in as Liberia president, vows to...

Saraki alleges plot to unleash sponsored protests with...

Osun College: EFCC arrests Bisi Akande’s brother over...

Trader charged for naming dog Buhari remanded in...

Abubakar Audu’s son charged with robbery

It’s clouds, clouds, clouds and thunderstorms today, NiMET...

FG, 24 states to collaborate on mass housing...

FG to implement changes in foreign service delivery...

Ghana launches satellite

HURIWA decries police violation of human rights, tasks...

 

Latest News Pastor killed inside Kaduna church, wife abducted Court remands 114 pro-Biafra women in prison Three killed as PDP and APC supporters clash in Bayelsa Wike offered me N200m bribe to compromise bye-election — Rivers APC Chairman Security report from North-East worrisome: Defence Minister Delay in passage of INEC Budget may jeopardise preparations for 2019 — Election Monitors Ohanaeze youths warn security agents over unwarranted attack on Igbos Nigerian community in U.S. to float community bank Emmanuel, Akpabio in war of words Woman dies after fight with husband MOSOP to Buhari: Probe abuse of Ogoni women, halt pipe laying in Ogoniland Soldier under investigation over alleged brutality of kid

 

Most Read NUDE PHOTO OF OMOTOLA JALADE-EKEINDE surfaces online (379,565 views) Nigerian female sex addict opens up, says ‘I like it with both men and women’ (367,682 views) Shameless Genevieve Nnaji exposes breasts in public (297,509 views) Finally named: The full list of friends of Nigerian female sex addict who prowled Facebook (242,700 views) OLUMBA OLUMBA OBU (the one who called himself God) IS DEAD (223,810 views) Igbo scholar disgraces Femi Fani-Kayode •Demolishes claims on Igbo/Yoruba history with facts and figures (217,688 views) Breaking News: POPULAR REVEREND CONVERTS TO ISLAM in Kaduna (Nigeria) (193,392 views) OBJ’s son reported dead in Lagos plane crash •Names of more victims emerge (175,541 views) THE FINAL DISGRACE: Igbo scholar unleashes more facts about Igbo/Yoruba history, finishes off Femi Fani-Kayode with second article (160,098 views) My wasted years in Olumba Olumba Obu’s Evil Brotherhood (159,047 views) Lagos plane crash: Journalist releases victims’ names (153,335 views) Gunmen kill ASP, 2 other police officers in vain bid to kidnap Rivers PDP chieftain (143,543 views)

 

Categories Advertorials (3) African Press Organisation (81) Art & Literature (56) Business & Economy (3,468) Business Verdict (48) Columnists (912) Complaints & Requests (95) Enterprise & Opportunities (207) Entertainment (529) Features (642) Global Business Monitor (296) International (2,284) Interview (162) Live Commentary (28) Love Matters (137) News (38,195) Opinion (1,064) Pidgin (11) Politics (6,118) Religion (835) Sports (1,655) Stock Watch (33) AMA & Al Jazeera Global Update

 

CBN banner

Firstmobile banner

 

 

NEWS EXPRESS TV

Yinka Ayefele's Music House Demolished

 

APO Group Partner

 

 

CLASSIFIED ADS

GOCOP Accredited Member

GOCOP Accredited member

 

 

Africa Media Agency and Al Jazeera

Advertisement