Watford 2-2 Southampton: Handball goal earns point

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  • Ward-Prowse scores two
  • Doucoure equalizer controversial
  • Watford remains top half

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James Ward-Prowse‘s first brace in nearly two years only helped Southampton to a draw, as a handled late goal from Watford sprung a 2-2 result at Vicarage Road on Saturday.

Andre Gray and Abdoulaye Doucouré scored for the Hornets, the second a very late and extremely controversial goal as Watford moved 10th with 25 points.

Saints are just a point above the drop zone with the draw. Ward-Prowse’s only other Premier League brace came Jan. 16, 2016 against West Brom.

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Mauricio Pellegrino‘s men gave hm a positive start with a goal before the half hour mark, as Shane Long‘s cutback pass deflected to Ward-Prowse for a neat driving finish.

It was Long’s work again that cued up the second goal, his run feeding Dusan Tadic. The Serbian playmaker opted to find Ward-Prowse rather than shoot and it was 2-0 just before the break.

Gray pulled one back for Swans when he was first to a rebound off Daryl Janmaat‘s cross bar rip. And Doucoure’s controversial moment earned the point.

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Crystal Palace 2-1 Watford: Eagles storm back late, move up to 17th

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All things were pointing towards Watford’s direction on Tuesday, but a late change in fortune gave the Eagles a share of the points.

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A pair of late goals gave Crystal Palace a 2-1 win over Watford at Selhurst Park, and pulled Roy Hodgson’s side out of the relegation zone.

Bakary Sako and James McArthur each found the back of the net after the 87th minute to complete an important comeback for the Eagles. Now, Palace sits 17th in the PL standings on 14 points.

The big moment of the match came in the 87th minute, when Tom Cleverley was sent off after picking up his second yellow card.

Three minutes into the match, Daryl Janmaat struck for the visitors after the Dutchman headed home Richarlison‘s cross from close-range.

Chelsea 4-3 Watford: Changed champions entertain

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  • Terry scores early (video)
  • Gifts equalizer to Capoue
  • Blues make nine changes to XI
  • Batshuayi, Azpilicueta score
  • Fabregas gets classy winner

Stefano Okaka’s 74th minute goal looked to give Watford a surprising draw at much-changed Chelsea on Monday at Stamford Bridge.

But Cesc Fabregas found an 88th minute moment of class to give the Premier League champions a record-tying 29th win of the season in a 4-3 win. A win over Sunderland this weekend would set a new PL standard.

John Terry, Cesar Azpilicueta, and Michy Batshuayi posted Chelsea’s goals, as the Premier League champions moved their point total to 90.

Etienne Capoue and Daryl Janmaat also scored for Watford, which trailed 1-0 and 3-1 in the game. Watford remains 16th with 40 points.

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Azpilicueta, N'Golo Kante, and Eden Hazard were the lone regular starters in the XI, with Nathaniel Chalobah, Nathan Ake, and Kenedy handed rare starts in front of second-string keeper Asmir Begovic.

The class of Chelsea’s depth was on display early, with Willian — how is he not a starter? — burning down the right wing.

Willian curled an 11th minute free kick toward Nathan Ake, but Watford backstop Heurelho Gomes collected it.

Michy Batshuayi beat Sebastian Prodl into the box in the 21st minute, but the defender recovered to force a corner that turned into Chelsea’s opener. Terry rose

Watford leveled it within moments, this time victimizing Terry. Capoue nabbed his seventh of the season when Terry’s poor header went into the path of the Watford man, who headed past Asmir Begovic.

Gomes flew to punch a ball away from Hazard on a 29th minute break, calls for a penalty rightfully ignored by referee Lee Mason.

Hazard then came close to cooking the Watford defense when Willian sent a half-field arrow to the Belgian, who cut to the middle and saw his shot deflected just… though a corner was not given.

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Defenders were on show, and Azpilicueta made it 2-1 in the 36th minute drilling a low shot through traffic to beat a diving Gomes.

Batshuayi nabbed a goal after the break from a similar spot on the field as his league-clinching winner from Friday. Kenedy’s shot deflected to Ake, who played square for Batshuayi to tap home. 3-1.

Yet another quickfire reply came from Watford, as Daryl Janmaat dribbled into the 18 and turned Ake the wrong way to pull the Hornets back to within one.

Azpilicueta had a chance to score a second off a Janmaat turnover, but Gomes pushed a low shot wide of the far post.

Okaka took advantage of confusion between Kurt Zouma and Terry to belt a Tom Cleverley pass beyond Begovic to make it 3-3 in the 75th minute. Conte responded by taking off Kenedy for Ola Aina.

The only goal remaining went to Fabregas. Kante won the ball, which wound up on the boot of Willian for a square pass that Fabregas snuck inside the post.

Prodl then saw a second yellow card in stoppage time to send Watford down a man.

Watford adds marauding Dutch back Janmaat from Newcastle

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Watford has added value with the transfer of Daryl Janmaat from Newcastle United.

Janmaat, 27, is a marauding right back with size who made 77 appearances for the Magpies. The fee is reportedly in the $10 million range.

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In Janmaat, Watford has scooped a former Newcastle Player of the Year who is terrific down the wing and an excellent crosser of the ball. He has 27 caps for the Netherlands.

From WatfordFC.com:

“I’m really happy to be here, it’s a new adventure for me. I was really pleased that Watford showed interest in me because I wanted to play in the Premier League.

“We [Newcastle] lost three times to Watford last season. They had a good season and I hope we can do the same again this year.

“The club is showing great ambition and wants to improve, and I want to be part of that.”

The Hornets have drawn Southampton and lost to Chelsea this season, and were knocked out of the EFL Cup by Gillingham on Tuesday.

Angry Magpies “didn’t deserve anything” in loss at Goodison Park

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One is well-liked by Newcastle United fans while the other is on the hot seat, but both Daryl Janmaat and Steve McClaren sounded the same note when it comes to the Magpies’ 3-0 loss to Everton on Wednesday at Goodison Park.

It was obviously a sour one.

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The Magpies were again flustered in their attempts to finish despite the introduction of new signing Andros Townsend. Two points behind 17th place and with an absolutely massive home match against West Brom on the weekend, both Janmaat and McClaren know time is running out to embrace realistic opportunities to rise up the table.

Here’s Janmaat, from the Chronicle Live:

“It’s really disappointing. We didn’t play very well and we didn’t deserve anything out of the game.

We have to give a reaction on Saturday for the fans and for the club and for ourselves. We let ourselves down and that cannot happen. We have to get used to the new players and hopefully everyone will settle very soon and we can do better than we’re doing at the moment.

And his manager, from the BBC:

 “In the first half we were never really in it. The crowd and the players here were nervous but we did not capitalise on that. Unfortunately we then had injuries in defence which meant we had to reshuffle.

“The new signings will take time to gel. At West Brom we will have 52,000 cheering us on and we will have to show a reaction. We have shown we can react before. Fans want to see fight and we need to show it on Saturday.”

Newcastle will likely enter Saturday’s home match without a pair of center backs. Jamal Lascelles picked up a red card in stoppage time, while Chancel Mbemba left Wednesday’s match early with injury.