Watford 1-1 Leicester City: Stunning late strikes in Vicarage Road stalemate
Craig Dawson celebrates his spectacular equaliser against Leicester | Photo: Getty/ Pool

Two stunning late goals from Ben Chilwell and Craig Dawson saw it end all square between Watford and Leicester City at Vicarage Road on Saturday afternoon.

In what was a pretty cagey affair upon return to action for both sides, the game fired into life in the 90th minute with Chilwell firing the Foxes ahead late on. The game was not done there though as the hosts got an equaliser through Dawson's spectacular overhead kick with just two minutes remaining.

Story of the Match

Schmeichel save denies Doucoure

With Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur drawing the day before, the Foxes had a great opportunity to consolidate their position in the top four. They started positively too as Dawson had to stay aware to block behind Jamie Vardy's effort at the near post from Chilwell's cross.

Despite Brendan Rodgers' men looking the sharper initially, the hosts enjoyed a few chances before the break. Abdoulaye Doucoure had the best of them as Troy Deeney picked off a poor touch by Wilfred Ndidi and fed the ball to his French teammate. However, he was denied by Kasper Schmeichel's legs. 

There was then a late opportunity for the Hornets to go into the break ahead as Roberto Pereyra and Christian Kabasele queued up at the back post but somehow neither turned home.

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Counter-attacks the route forward for Watford

As he did in the first-half, Schmeichel had to pull out another great save after the break to keep the game level. Ismaïla Sarr had an opportunity to run through one-on-one but the Dane was again out well to save.

Deeney also had a wonderful chance as he found space at the back post but his header dropped just wide. Caglar Soyuncu then did exactly the same as he connected with James Maddison's perfect free-kick.

As the game ebbed and flowed, Leicester again seized control of the game towards the latter stagers. Marc Albrighton went so close to opening the scoring as he latched onto a low cross before thundering his effort off of the post. Maddison then picked the ball up and aimed for the bottom corner, only for Ben Foster to pull out a great stop.

Cracking late strikes

Rodgers' troops did eventually get their go-ahead goal though through Chilwell. Substitute Demarai Gray picked out the England man with a great cross-field ball. His touch was perfect, which then allowed him to absolutely hammer the ball into the top corner via the post.

The visitors weren't able to deny Watford and former manager Nigel Pearson a point though. From a corner, the ball fell to Kabasele, who prodded it forwards to Dawson. It bounced high but the former West Bromwich Albion man reacted excellently with a stunning overhead kick that Schmeichel got a touch to but could only palm into the side-netting.

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Takeaways

Stunning strikes from unlikely sources

In the 88th minute of a game, you really do not expect one, let alone two defenders to pull out absolutely brilliant strikes. That's exactly what happened though with Chilwell and Dawson, who justifiably claim the headlines

Cobwebs for both sides

Whilst it took a while for the goals to arrive, it was somewhat to be expected. With the league having been out of action for three months, it was evident that the players had been out of practice. Misplaced passes were commonplace throughout the clash but the quality improved throughout the game.

Not written for Vardy?

The Leicester City man is still stuck on 99 Premier League goals. He barely had a sniff throughout the match this afternoon and was well-marshalled by Dawson and Kabasele. It was bound to happen again with the players not on full fitness but Vardy will surely have to up his levels if he is to claim his first Golden Boot this season.

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