Chelsea were left frustrated after they were held to a goalless draw by Watford at Vicarage Road in the Premier League on Wednesday.
- Watford 0 Chelsea 0
- Entertaining first half
- Chelsea much improved in second
- Gomes in terrific form
It was an entertaining opening half of football with both sides looking dangerous going forward, though the two sides headed into the break on level terms.
Chelsea looked much more threatening after the break, but some excellent saves from Haurelho Gomes would ensure the game ended goalless.
It was a fast and furious start to the game from both sides, though Watford seemed to have the better of the attacking moves early on.
Odion Ighalo looked threatening right from the off and gave the Chelsea back line plenty to deal with in the opening half.
The Nigeria striker looked certain to score on 25 minutes when a cross nicked off the head of John Terry, but Ighalo was just unable to make the right contact and Chelsea cleared.
And Watford were nearly ahead again just two minutes later when Etienne Capoue absolutely smashed an effort towards goal from a tight angle, but Thibaut Courtois somehow palmed the ball away from danger.
Chelsea, though, were dangerous on the break and had several near misses after carving Watford open on the counter attack.
Diego Costa came close to an opener on 33 minutes when he fired narrowly wide of the far post after charging into the box.
Chelsea were much improved after the break and threatened almost right from the off when John Obi Mikel had an effort tipped over the bar.
Watford were always threatening, though, and Troy Deeney fired just wide with a volley before Jose Holebas found sidenetting with his stinging effort.
Oscar then blasted a first-time effort wide of the mark after Costa had somehow beaten the offside trap in the 55th minute.
Gomes was in terrific form on the night and made a succession of stunning saves with time running out.
First he brilliantly stopped a fierce Branislav Ivanovic effort before somehow getting across goal to steer Costa’s goalbound header wide of the post.