Football: Chelsea held to goalless stalemate by Watford

Chelsea's Diego Costa attempts to score against Watford's goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes on Feb 3, 2016.
Chelsea's Diego Costa attempts to score against Watford's goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes on Feb 3, 2016. PHOTO: EPA

LONDON (REUTERS) - 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.