Cesar Azpilicueta headed the Blues 3-2 in front in the 87th minute before Michy Batshuayi sealed the victory in stoppage time despite an unconvincing performance from the champions. We didn't create many chances in the first half, it is true, but we controlled the game and Chelsea started to play on the counter attack.
But he acknowledged the defensive frailty that has resulted in the Premier League champions shipping seven goals in their last three matches and repeated his mantra that only through hard work could the side improve.
"We played our game and in the second half for 40 minutes there was one team playing on the pitch".
Watford pushed Chelsea hard and squandered several good chances but Conte praised his players' heart in coming from 2-1 down and said he had been a bit lucky with his substitutions.
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There had been concerns Cesc Fabregas would be Antonio Conte's only fit central midfielder for the game against Marco Silva's side, with Bakayoko picking up a knock against Roma on Wednesday to add to long-term injuries to N'Golo Kante and Danny Drinkwater.
And again Twitter users showed no mercy to the Brazilian forward who has bagged three goals so far this season. David Luiz attempted to head the ball out but it dropped down for Doucoure to fire home through a crowd of players.
Watford will be left to rue a shocking miss from Richarlison, who inexplicably shot wide with the goal at his mercy early in the second-half.
Richarlison missed two easy chances either side of the goal and Watford had further chances to extend its advantage before Chelsea made it pay for its profligacy.
Another substitute, Willian, had a hand in Chelsea's third as he crossed for Azpilicueta to head home.