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Late Barkley header helps Chelsea see off Watford as Hodgson bids farewell

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Ross Barkley missed a late penalty

Ross Barkley’s late header ensured Chelsea finished the campaign with a narrow victory against already-relegated Watford at Stamford Bridge.

Barkley nodded Reece James’ cross past Hornets goalkeeper Daniel Bachmann to earn the Blues all three points – four minutes after Dan Gosling had grabbed a late equaliser for the Hornets.

Kai Havertz converted a low cross from Kenedy – who was making his first Premier League start for the club since May 2017 – to give the Blues the lead early in the first half.

Gosling’s header from Adam Masina’s delivery appeared to have earned Watford a share of the spoils, but Barkley scored with virtually the last moment of action to deny Roy Hodgson’s team.

Antonio Rudiger, making his final appearance for the hosts, was given a warm ovation by Chelsea supporters when he was replaced by Barkley midway through the second half.

The Hornets end the season in 19th place after bottom club Norwich’s 5-0 defeat at home to Tottenham Hotspur

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