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It had to be him

John Terry goes from HERO to ZERO in just 35 seconds

Chelsea's captain scored the Blues' opener against Watford at Stamford Bridge and then was at fault for the Hornets' equaliser less than a minute later

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…

Kurt Zouma headed the corner against the back of a Watford defender

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Kurt Zouma headed the corner against the back of a Watford defender

The ball broke loose and Terry was on hand to react first

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The ball broke loose and Terry was on hand to react first

The skipper got there ahead of Heurelho Gomes and poked the ball home, via the inside on the post, with his left foot

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The skipper got there ahead of Heurelho Gomes and poked the ball home, via the inside on the post, with his left foot

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.

It was special moment for the Chelsea legend

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It was special moment for the Chelsea legend

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.

The ball looped up and it appeared Terry had plenty of time to clear the danger

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The ball looped up and it appeared Terry had plenty of time to clear the danger

Nathaniel Chalobah got a little too close for his team-mate’s comfort and Terry’s header went back towards his own goal

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Nathaniel Chalobah got a little too close for his team-mate’s comfort and Terry’s header went back towards his own goal

Capoue couldn’t believe his luck

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Capoue couldn’t believe his luck

It was a simple finish

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It was a simple finish

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?