Watford 0-0 Chelsea: Hornets hold Blues to another draw

first_img Watford 0-0 Chelsea: Hornets hold Blues to another entertaining draw Watford and Chelsea shared the points in a 0-0 Premier League draw at Vicarage Road. These sides settled for a point each in a four-goal thriller at Stamford Bridge on Boxing Day and this game was exciting and tense, but without the goals as Heurelho Gomes performed incredibly well in between the sticks for Watford. It was tenth-placed Watford against 14th-placed Chelsea, who have not lost since Guus Hiddink replaced Jose Mourinho in December.After a bright Chelsea start, the Hornets grew into the contest and the Blues soon looked rattled.Odion Ighalo had a good chance when he was found in the box by Jose Holebas, before Thibaut Courtois made a series of good saves, first denying Craig Cathcart’s header before tipping away Etienne Capoue’s powerful drive.Diego Costa nearly gave the visitors the lead before the interval as he pulled a shot towards goal on the turn, palming the ball just past the post.Ahead of the break, Costa’s aggressive play was evident again as he and Juan Carlos Paredes had a coming together. The Spain international was infuriated, but credit to Odion Ighalo of Watford, who played a key part in calming down the Chelsea striker.Both sides had dangerous opportunities early in the second half, Watford captain Troy Deeney first striking a 20-yard volley inches wide before Costa laid a chance on a plate for Oscar from six yards. Under pressure, the Brazilian playmaker side-footed wide.An aggressive and entertaining contest, a 0-0 draw looked increasingly likely as Gomes made more stunning saves, denying Hazard late on after Allan Nyom’s error. The Brazilian goalkeeper rushed out to scramble to Hazard’s feet before the Belgian – on as a substitute – could get a shot off.Watford looked tired in the closing stages of the match and if there was going to be a winner, it looked like it would be Chelsea’s. Hazard dinked a ball to the far post and, on the stretch, Costa poked the ball into the side netting.Costa leapt high in the closing stages to head towards the far corner but the ever-present Gomes secured the point as he dived across goal to save yet again. 1last_img

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