Flores: We competed with Blues

Watford head coach Quique Flores expressed his delight after seeing his side hold Chelsea to a goalless draw at Vicarage Road on Wednesday.

The Hornets have surprised many on their return to the Premier League this season, although they are experiencing a blip in the new year.

However, the Hertfordshire outfit halted a three-match losing streak with their 2-1 win over Newcastle and followed it up with a hard-fought point against the Blues.

Heurelho Gomes was the hero for the hosts as the goalkeeper made four crucial saves to keep out the west Londoners, including two at the death to deny Branislav Ivanovic and Diego Costa.

Flores was especially pleased with the way his players stood up to the visitors and hailed the defensive effort they put in after coming under the cosh in the second half.

"We are not disappointed, we don't know this word," the Spaniard said afterwards. "We are very happy, we have the feeling that we are enjoying the experience of being in the Premier League.

"We have a lot of reasons to be happy today because we were very competitive against Chelsea. In the physical way they [Chelsea] are amazing players.

"We enjoy every single match, and against this Chelsea side, to get a point and to be in the top half, we had a lot of reasons to be happy.

"We didn't feel that we had the control of the situation in midfield in the second half, they played better than us, so at that moment we had to choose one part of the pitch and we defended well."