Gracia revels in Blues scalp

06 February 2018 03:53:34 EST

Watford boss Javi Gracia believes his side were fully deserving of their 4-1 victory over Chelsea in his first game in charge of the Hornets at Vicarage Road on Monday.

The hosts produced a fine performance to secure a memorable victory over a Blues side struggling for results, having previously been beaten by Bournemouth at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea, who had Tiemoue Bakayoko sent off in the 30th minute for a second yellow card, did look like they would steal a draw at Vicarage Road when Eden Hazard levelled things up in the 82nd minute after Troy Deeney’s first-half penalty.

However Daryl Janmaat, Gerard Deulofeu and Roberto Pereyra all scored late on to cap off a remarkable win that has moved Watford six points clear of the relegation.

Gracia was delighted with the win and feels his players fully deserved the three points against the stars of Chelsea.

He told BBC Sport: "It was a great victory and a great match. I am very proud of my players.

"We played a good match, pressed high. The match changed after the sending-off but I think we played very well. Chelsea are a very big club, a big team."

Watford will be looking to build on the win over the Blues when they make the trip to the London Stadium to face West Ham on Saturday.

The Hornets are 7/5 to win, 23/10 to draw and 9/4 to lose to the Hammers.

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