3 goals in the final 6 minutes gave Watford's new manager Javi Gracia an unforgettable first home game in charge as they beat 10 men Chelsea 4-1 on a cold Monday night.
Although it was an excellent night for Gracia his Chelsea counterpart Antonio Conte may be starting to feel the pressure as the reigning Premier League Champions fell further behind in the title race with their 2nd straight defeat. Watford had the better chances of the opening exchanges, with Tiemoue Bakayoko having a nightmare of a game, his mistakes allowing Watford at least three opportunities to open the scoring that they really should have converted, before the night got worse for Bakayoko and he was sent from the field for his second yellow card after only 30 minutes.
With Watford on top and Chelsea down to 10 men, the Hornets looked the most likely to score, but had to rely on a controversial penalty descension when Gerard Deulofeu seemed to hit the deck with hardly a touch from Chelsea keeper Thibaut Courtois, but Troy Deeney stepped up and made it 1-0 minutes before the break.
The second half saw Olivier Giroud introduced for his Chelsea debut, but even he couldn’t crack the Watford defence, instead against the run of play it took a sensational 25 yard curling effort from Eden Hazard to equalise with only 8 minutes on the clock.
All thoughts of the champions scrapping a lucky draw went out the window two minutes later when Daryl Janmaat scored a wonder goal of his own, coming of the wing, before playing a one two with Roberto Pereyra before smashing the ball into the net to make it 2-1.
Four minutes later the Hornets ensured themselves of their first win in 12 games, when Deulofeu collected the ball in his own half, before setting off towards the Chelsea goal, his final shot deflecting of Gary Cahill and into the net. However, Watford weren’t finished just yet and a minute into injury time Abdoulaye Doucoure provided a neat pass that found Pereyra who made it 4-1 and send Watford 6 points clear of the relegation zone.