When you saw John Terry’s name on the team sheet you just knew he was going to take centre stage somehow.
Although I don’t think any of us predicted how much impact Chelsea’s captain would have on the game in the space of just 35 seconds.
After 22 minutes at Stamford Bridge, Terry opened the scoring against Watford from a corner after Kurt Zouma’s header bounced off a defender.
It looked as if a fairytale night was in store for the champions…
Given this is Terry’s penultimate game at Stamford Bridge as a Chelsea player you can imagine the suitably passionate celebrations.
There even looked to be a hint of a tear in his eyes.
However, less than a minute after the restart, Terry was at fault for Watford’s equaliser.
Etienne Capoue latched on to a ill-judged header from Terry in his own box before nodding past Asmir Begovic from close range.
Nathaniel Chalobah seemed to put his team-mate under unnecessary pressure.
Thankfully, Cesar Azpilicueta scored not long after to restore Chelsea’s lead and somewhat spare Terry’s blushes.
Terry’s goal did bring up a few landmarks for fans to cheer:
- Chelsea’s 100th goal in all competitions this season
- Chelsea’s 1000th goal of Roman Abramovich’s reign
- Terry’s 17th consecutive season as a Chelsea goalscorer
Fans will let him off the error, given how many goals he’s saved them over the years.
Now, how’s that John Terry Stand getting on at Chelsea’s new ground?