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Chelsea held to goalless stalemate by Watford

Image: Chelsea’s Diego Costa shoots at goal as Watford’s Heurelho Gomes looks on Reuters / Stefan Wermuth

LONDON, Feb 3 (Reuters) – Watford 0 Chelsea 0

Watford put the brakes on Chelsea’s resurgence by holding the champions to a 0-0 draw at Vicarage Road on Wednesday.

Chelsea, who remain unbeaten since Guus Hiddink took over from Jose Mourinho in December, were unable to find a way through a rock-solid Watford rearguard, with the hosts creating the better opportunities on a night of few chances.

Watford’s Odion Ighalo passed up the best opening in the first half when he misjudged the flight of a cross and completely fluffed a header when three metres from goal.

Diego Costa flashed a first-half shot wide and had a late header superbly saved by Watford keeper Heurelho Gomes, who also reacted quickly to parry an effort from Branislav Ivanovic as Chelsea applied late pressure.

(Reporting by Toby Davis; editing by Ed Osmond)

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