RECAP: WEEKEND ENGLISH ACTION
Christian Pulisic put on another strong display for Chelsea in their win over Watford as the race for the two remaining Champions League spots heats up.
Chelsea 3-0 Watford
Chelsea jumped back to fourth place in the standings following a comfortable win over Watford at Stamford Bridge as they showed they are very much up for the challenge against Manchester United.
Christian Pulisic went the distance for the team as he once again showed a confident display on the field that should keep him in the starting eleven for some time.
Following the Red Devils' win over Bournemouth earlier in the day, the Blues needed to respond, especially after their shock 3-2 defeat to West Ham United in the middle of the week. And that is exactly what the host did as they put more pressure on their opponents who are in a relegation battle at the other end of the standings.
Olivier Giroud opened the scoring in the 28th minute when he collected a nice through-ball from Ross Barkley to slot his shot past Watford goalkeeper Ben Foster.
Pulisic has done quite well recently to draw penalties for Chelsea and he did it once again before halftime when he took a pass from Willian and dribbled freely into the area before being brought down by Etienne Capoue with a rash challenge. That left the referee no choice but to point to the spot. It was then the Brazilians turn as he stepped up to put away the spot-kick in the 43rd minute.
It was a dominant performance from start to finish by the Londoners as they controlled most of the game.
Barkley would go on to round out the scoring in stoppage time with a strike set up by Cesar Azpilicueta.
The win moves Chelsea back to fourth place in the standings with 57 points, two ahead of Manchester United while Wolverhampton trails five points behind.
In other action from the Premier League, Indiana Vassilev came on to play the final five minutes for Aston Villa in their 2-0 loss to champions Liverpool.
DeAndre Yedlin watched from the bench as Newcastle United shared the points with West Ham United following a 2-2 tie.
In the Championship, Tim Ream and Fulham kept their hopes of automatic promotion alive as they came away with a 1-0 win over Birmingham City.
Duane Holmes played 66 minutes as Derby County scored a very late equalizer to settle for a 1-1 tie with Nottingham Forest. The Rams are three points out from a playoff place.
Antonee Robinson and Wigan Athletic had their three-game winning streak snapped as they fell to promotion chasers Brentford in a 3-0 defeat.
It was a rough outing for Cameron Carter-Vickers and Luton Town as they suffered a humiliating 5-0 loss to Matt Miazga-less Reading.
Geoff Cameron went the distance as Queens Park Rangers secured a 1-0 victory over Middlesbrough.