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Summary

  1. Listen to Chelsea v Watford on BBC Radio 5 live and online
  2. Pedro's superb strike gives Chelsea lead
  3. Doucoure and Pereyra put Watford in front
  4. Batshuayi double & Azpilicueta header complete Chelsea fightback

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By Jonathan Jurejko

All times stated are UK

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We showed spirit and commitment - Conte

Chelsea 4-2 Watford

Chelsea

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte: "The performance was a good performance because to concede the equaliser at the end of the first and then go down in first part of the second half, our confidence in that moment was low.

"But my players showed me that we have the attitude to fight and change the situation and get a different result. It was very important.

"It is not simple because we are facing difficult situations but the spirit and commitment is right. I'm satisfied for the performance."

The score doesn't reflect the match - Silva

Chelsea 4-2 Watford

Watford

Watford manager Marco Silva, speaking to Sky Sports: "It is a really unfair result. It didn't reflect the match and what we saw on the pitch.

"Our team came here and controlled most of the match. We didn't create many chances in the first half, it is true, but we controlled the game and Chelsea started to play on the counter attack.

"We played our game and in the second half for 40 minutes there was one team playing on the pitch. After 2-1 we had clear chances to finish the match.

"I'm proud of how we played, but of course I'm really frustrated. It showed our way and we need to continue in this way."

I did my job - Batshuayi

Chelsea 4-2 Watford

Chelsea's two-goal hero Michy Batshuayi on coming off the bench to rescue Chelsea: "Starting on the bench is a difficult moment for me but I stay focused every day to work hard and train hard. Today I did my job and scored two goals.

"I'm very happy to take the three points in a difficult moment for the team."

King Cesar

Chelsea 4-2 Watford

Cesar Azpilicueta has been directly involved in more Premier League goals than any other defender this season. That's five - one goal and four assists.

Chelsea 4-2 Watford

Chelsea scorer Cesar Azpilicueta, speaking to Sky Sports: "We left it very late and we all had to dig in until the last minute - we showed our spirit. It wasn't our best win but it was important to get back to winning ways.

"We started really well and had chances to score a second but then conceded with the last kick of the first half. The confidence is a bit low and that didn't help us. But we didn't give up and it was a big win for us.

"We went three games without winning and we have had difficult games so it was important to get back in the Premier League to winning ways.

"We know it is a long season and we will have ups and downs, we have had a difficult period and this is the first step."

Chelsea 4-2 Watford

There was so much drama in those final few minutes that I didn't even get chance to mention this:

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Antonio Conte was so made up with Chelsea's equaliser that he ended up in the front row!

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Alastair McCollum: I wonder how Troy Deeney's cojones are feeling right now...

Hishaam Habib: Watford should feel aggrieved. Chelsea don’t deserve this, they have been second best all day.

Chelsea 4-2 Watford

Pat Nevin

Ex-Chelsea winger on Radio 5 live

Let's not lose sight of the fact that's a mad score line. Chelsea could have been two or three down. They've won, but there's still problems there.

Chelsea 4-2 Watford

Antonio Conte greets the final whistle with the sort of manic grin that we saw so often last season. He's relieved, his players are relieved, almost all of Stamford Bridge is relieved.

Chelsea avoid a third straight Premier League defeat, but that only tells half the story and masks some of the issues still facing the reigning champions. Namely, their defensive frailty.

FULL-TIME

Chelsea 4-2 Watford

Chelsea could not afford to lose. Somehow they didn't.

The Blues come back from behind to win for the first time this season, moving them up above their opponents and into fourth place.

GOAL - Chelsea 4-2 Watford

Michy Batshuayi

Game over. One can't help feel sympathy for Watford, but you must also admire Chelsea's tenacity and fight.

A misplaced defensive header is pounced on by Michy Batshuayi, who uses his considerable bulk to hold off Miguel Britos and slot in his second.

Michy Batshuayi celebrates
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Chelsea 3-2 Watford

Chelsea are trying to run down the clock. Not only the players, but also the fans. Some clown nicks the ball as Heurelho Gomes tries to retrieve it.

Chelsea 3-2 Watford

I don't think Watford have got one last push left in them. The glum faces in the stand are being matched by those in red shirts on the pitch.

Chelsea 3-2 Watford

Chelsea know what they have to do now: keep the ball and don't do anything daft.

INJURY TIME

Chelsea 3-2 Watford

Watford still have time to get something that, let's be honest, they deserve. We are going to see FIVE minutes of added time...

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lfcway: Chelsea have been battered by Watford today! But they lead 3-2. If you don't take your chances in PL, you will get punished.

Paul Hilferty: Chelsea don't even deserve a draw here. Watford gutted.

Daniel Woodley: Watford do not deserve to lose this. But defending in this game from both sides has been.

SUBSTITUTION

Chelsea 3-2 Watford

Defender off, striker on. Marco Silva is not in the mood to leave the Bridge with nothing. Andre Gray comes on for Adrian Mariappa...

Chelsea 3-2 Watford

Watford will be ruing those missed chances earlier in the half when they led 2-1. What have they got left in the tank?

GOAL - Chelsea 3-2 Watford

Cesar Azpilicueta

What is Cesar Azpilicueta doing up there? Chelsea don't care! Watford are wounded...

Chelsea right-back Azpilicueta pops up at the left-hand post to meet a peach of a cross from Willian, guiding a downward header past Heurelho Gomes.

The champions have fought back from behind to lead!

Cesar Azpilicueta celebrates
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Chelsea 2-2 Watford

And still Watford attack! Femenia dinks in a cross and Christian Kabasele flicks a header wide.

Chelsea 2-2 Watford

John Murray

BBC football commentator for 5 live Sport

In Watford's last six matches they've scored in the 86th minute or beyond...

Chelsea 2-2 Watford

Watford are making a mockery of my previous assumption that they were happy with a draw. They break at pace down the left as Richarlison (who else?) tries to dribble his way through the Chelsea defence. He almost succeeds as the home side hack clear.

Chelsea 2-2 Watford

Michy Batshuayi has offered more threat in 20 minutes than Alvaro Morata then did in the previous 61. The substitute rolls his marker, Drogba style, blasting a rising effort just wide.

SUBSTITUTION

Chelsea 2-2 Watford

Watford show their first sign of being content with a point. Off goes striker Troy Deeney, on comes midfielder Ben Watson. The shop shutters coming down?

Ben Watson
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Chelsea 2-2 Watford

Michy Batshuayi fancies his chances of bagging another. I'm not surprised - he likes playing against Watford. The Belgian has scored half of his six Premier League goals against the Hornets and has another pop from 20 yards, curling inches past Heurelho Gomes' left-hand post.

Chelsea 2-2 Watford

Pat Nevin

Ex-Chelsea winger on Radio 5 live

It's hard to see where this is going. It's quite open. Chelsea look a bit better now in this 4-4-2 but there's a lot of Chelsea players limping, including Gary Cahill and David Luiz - Watford might think they should put more pace out there.

David Luiz
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Chelsea 2-2 Watford

Ooooh! What's Heurelho Gomes up to here? He lets the ball run past him towards his open goal with Michy Batshuayi in pursuit, then dives on the ball to avert the danger. I think he thought there was an offside flag raised. Oh, there was. But it arrived quite late.

Chelsea 2-2 Watford

Into the final 15... and Watford still look more likely to bag the next goal. Tom Cleverley's deflected shot flashes wide after Cesc Fabregas sticks his frame in the way.

Tom Cleverley
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Chelsea 2-2 Watford

Watford aren't fazed about conceding here - we've already seen that. The visitors are still doing what they were doing before the equaliser and create another chance to re-take the lead.

Christian Kabasele escapes his marker at the far post to meet a free-kick into the Chelsea box, but his free header lacks power and is easily scooped up by Thibaut Courtois.

Chelsea 2-2 Watford

What a final 20 minutes we have in store. Anyone dare guess which way this is going to swing? Me neither.

GOAL - Chelsea 2-2 Watford

Michy Batshuayi

Relief for Chelsea! Chelsea get away their second effort of the half... and it ends up in the equaliser.

Substitute Michy Batshuayi does the job asked of him, finding space to meet Pedro's precise right-wing cross to thunder a header past Heurelho Gomes from six yards. Unstoppable.

Michy Batshuayi celebrates
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Chelsea 1-2 Watford

Here's a stark statistic: Chelsea have had one shot since the break, Watford have had SEVEN.

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Chelsea 1-2 Watford

Antonio Conte rolls the dice for a second time. Up comes Willian, off goes left wing-back Marcos Alonso.

A change of shape for the Blues. Can it spark a change of fortune?

Antonio Conte
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Chelsea 1-2 Watford

The home fans are virtually silent, apart from mutterings of discontent under their breath. It is still all Watford.

Andre Carrillo gets stuck straight into the action, crossing towards Richarlison who is just beaten to the ball by Antonio Rudiger.

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Chelsea 1-2 Watford

The Hornets are temporarily down to 10 men as Pereya goes off - I reckon his shift is over. The corner comes in and is booted clear at the near post, allowing André Carrillo to replace Pereya for the visitors.

Chelsea 1-2 Watford

Watford have a corner, but it is delayed while scorer Roberto Pereya goes down with a knock. Doesn't look good for the lad...

Roberto Pereyra
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Chelsea 1-2 Watford

Is Michy Batshuayi going to be Chelsea's saviour? Hmmm. He did score against them at the Bridge last season if you want some hope to cling on to Blues fans.

Off goes Alvaro Morata, who didn't really have a sniff.

Chelsea 1-2 Watford

Cesc Fabregas tries to wriggle his way through a host of red shirts in the right channel of the away box. No dice. He's crowded out and the ball dribbles out for a goal kick. A change is imminent for the home side...

Chelsea 1-2 Watford

Eden Hazard tries to drag Chelsea up the pitch, the home fans finding their voice to boost their team's fading confidence.

His cross towards Alvaro Morata is hacked clear by the visitors. Groans.