Craig Dawson: Watford defender celebrates his late equaliser against Leicester in the Premier League

Watford 1-1 Leicester: Late drama with goals from Ben Chilwell and Craig Dawson as sides share spoils on Premier League return

Craig Dawson’s first Watford goal earned a last-gasp point for the relegation-threatened Hornets as they deservedly held Leicester to a 1-1 draw at Vicarage Road.

With Ben Chilwell’s brilliant strike putting the visitors ahead at the start of stoppage time, Watford were still able to find an equaliser as Dawson’s acrobatic finish saw both side’s first game back finish in a thrilling 1-1 draw.

Kicking off early, Nigel Pearson’s side were above the bottom three on goal difference alone and the point could yet prove vital.

Marc Albrighton had earlier hit the crossbar for the visitors, while Kasper Schmeichel was forced into some smart saves as Watford looked to pull themselves clear of the relegation zone.

Meanwhile, Jamie Vardy's wait for his 100th Premier League goal goes on.

Ben Chilwell: Leicester celebrate the full-back's strike against Watford in the Premier League

Dawson surprised himself with the acrobatic nature of his goal, but was delighted to salvage something for the Hornets.

“That’s something you practise in training and it probably doesn’t go in very often,” he told BT Sport.

“It was obviously a great goal and an important point for us. You could hear the lads who were not playing when the goal went in and that’s what we need: good team spirit.

“We stuck at it and it was a great point. The lads worked ever so hard.”


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  • This was just the second Premier League 1-1 draw with both goals coming in the 90th minute or later, after Arsenal v Liverpool in April 2011.
  • Six of the last seven meetings between these two sides in the Premier League has seen a goal or a red card in the 90th minute or later (6 goals, 1 red card).
  • Watford have won just one of their last eight top-flight games (D3 L4), after winning four of the five before that (D1).
  • Leicester have enjoyed just four wins in their last 14 Premier League games (D4 L6), after winning 12 of the 14 before that (L2).
  • Brendan Rodgers is the fourth manger from either Northern Ireland or the Republic to hit the 200-game mark in the Premier League (also Joe Kinnear, David O’Leary and Martin O’Neill).
  • Leicester full-back Ben Chilwell has netted two goals in his last five Premier League appearances, as many as in his previous 91 in the competition.
  • Craig Dawson’s goal was his first in the Premier League in 31 appearances (since February 2018) and his first ever in the competition for Watford (21 games).

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