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Last Updated: Tuesday, 5 August, 2003, 21:57 GMT 22:57 UK
Watford 1-4 Chelsea
Damien Duff in action for Chelsea at Watford
Duff scored Chelsea's fourth goal
Chelsea ripped Watford apart at Vicarage Road in a match knocked out of the spotlight by the news that the Blues look set to sign Joe Cole and Juan Sebastian Veron.

A decent 18,629 crowd saw Glen Johnson, Geremi, Wayne Bridge and Damien Duff all feature.

It was no surprise when the Premiership side went 1-0 up with 11 minutes on the clock as Bridge dinked a ball into Mikael Forssell who fired into the bottom corner from 16 yards.

Claudio Ranieri's team looked irresistible going forward and Frank Lampard's drive smacked against the right-hand post 60 seconds later.

We passed and moved very fast and I like that kind of football
Claudio Ranieri
Chelsea manager

Chelsea doubled their lead on 16 minutes as Jesper Gronkjaer was felled in the penalty area by Paul Robinson and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink stroked home from the spot.

Number three came seven minutes later through unlucky Hornets defender Neil Ardley.

Geremi's effort hit the post and Ardley slid in to challenge Forssell but only succeeded in poking the ball into his own net.

It scared me after 20 minutes - at that point, I thought the game was a slight mistake
Ray Lewington
Watford manager

Watford surprisingly reduced the deficit to 3-1 just after the half-hour when Heidar Helguson nodded home Ardley's cross.

But Duff restored the visitors' three-goal cushion as the hour mark neared, tucking home Chamberlain's parry from Eidur Gudjohnsen's shot.




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