It took us far longer than it should have done, but we finally broke the deadlock just past the hour mark. And who else could it have possibly been other than that man Alexis Sanchez?
The Chilean started the move down the left, playing it infield and continuing his run. There was some great linkup play between Mesut Özil and Santi Cazorla, with a neat one-two seeing the German through on goal. He was taken down in the box before he could get a shot away, and it probably should have been a penalty. Before the referee could even think about playing advantage however, Alexis Sanchez had pounced and slammed it into the back of the net.
The former Barcelona star showed great awareness to jump on the loose ball first, knocking it past Heurelho Gomes via the post. 1-0.
Check out the goal below:
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Watford certainly put up a good fight and proved hard to break down, but you’d expect us to go on and dominate the game from here. We have an excellent record against newly promoted teams, and it looks to be continuing here at Vicarage Road.