Conte Hails Chelsea's Spirit, Commitment In Watford Win

David Luiz and Danny Drinkwater in action

Chelsea leapfrogged a point above Watford into fourth place.

Pardew also discussed the impact of the substitutes as well as take a look back at all six goals from the game and a short preview of tomorrow's Nissan Super Sunday action live on Sky Sports.

Roma penned Chelsea in their own half for much of the thrilling 3-3 Champions League draw in midweek, and the same happened against Watford as Chelsea spent nearly 30 per cent of the match in their defensive third.

Watford pushed Chelsea hard and squandered several good chances but Conte praised his players' heart in coming from 2-1 down and said he had been a bit lucky with his substitutions.

"We started really well and had chances to score the second".

The game represented a chance for Chelsea to silence the naysayers who believe their increased workload this season will hamper their league form, but even though they earned a first win in four in all competitions, the fact they were outplayed for long periods at Stamford Bridge will worry Conte.




There had been concerns Cesc Fabregas would be Antonio Conte's only fit central midfielder for the game against Marco Silva's side, with Bakayoko picking up a knock against Roma on Wednesday to add to long-term injuries to N'Golo Kante and Danny Drinkwater.

Pedro had put the Blues ahead in the 12th minute with a sensational 25-yard strike that curled away from Watford goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes and in off the right-hand post.

Watford began the second half much as it had ended the first and took the lead early on when Richarlison picked out an unmarked Pereyra, who drilled the ball past Thibaut Courtois.

The home side leveled in the 71st when Batshuayi headed Pedro's cross from the right into the far corner.

Those misses then came back to haunt Watford when Batshuayi headed Chelsea level, getting in front of his marker to flick Pedro's cross into the far corner. Then the fresh players in the pitch like Willian, Batshuayi - in one moment they can make the difference.

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