English Premiership

Gracia revels in 'unforgettable' win over Chelsea

2018-02-06 10:29
Javi Gracia.(Getty Images)

Cape Town - Watford manager Javi Gracia had a night to remember on Monday with a 4-1 thumping of Chelsea in their Premier League clash at Vicarage Road.

Troy Deeney’s penalty put the Hornets in front until Eden Hazard curled in an equaliser in the 82nd minute. But the Blues were undone in the closing stages when Daryl Janmaat scored two minutes later before Gerard Deulofeu and Roberto Pereyra wrapped it up in the dying minutes.

"You always work for nights like this but this is unforgettable," Gracia told Sky Sports. "I am very proud of my team and my players and very happy for our fans to enjoy a great victory.

"The team worked very hard in 90 minutes. We defended well and I am very happy today.

"We made a very good high press and we had many chances in the first half when we played better. The second half we had more difficulties but then to score the second goal was incredible, it was an unforgettable night."

This is Gracia’s first win since taking over from Marco Silva, and has the Hornets six points above the relegation zone.

"It's only three points and we try to get the next three points in the next game," Gracia concluded.

Speaking to reporters after the match, Conte appeared to blame himself for the loss and then seemingly challenged the club’s hierarchy to sack him.

"I tried to warn everyone about the difficulty of our path in the league and Champions League. We performed very bad but maybe I made the mistakes with the starting XI today,” he said.

"My choice was very poor I think. It was very difficult to change something tonight.

"My position? It is the same. I stay here, try to work and put all myself in the work.

"The pressure? Which pressure? What is the pressure?

"I work - if this is enough it is, OK. Otherwise the club has to take another decision."

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