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Everton come from two down & survive late penalty miss to beat Watford

Dominic Calvert-Lewin

Everton held on to earn their first win in five matches as Watford threw away a two-goal lead and Tom Cleverley missed an injury-time penalty for the visitors.

In a remarkable second half at Goodison Park which lasted 58 minutes, Cleverley had the chance to snatch a point but put his weak spot-kick wide.

The Hornets had taken a healthy lead thanks to goals from Richarlison and Christian Kabasele.

But they lost first-choice keeper Heurelho Gomes, who was taken off with a nasty head gash shortly before Kabasele's goal, and it proved to be the turning point.

Gomes' replacement Orestis Karnezis, on his Watford debut, was at fault for Everton's first when he came rushing out and Oumar Niasse darted past him and bundled the ball home.

From the Toffees' first corner of the game, Dominic Calvert-Lewin headed home to equalise, and Leighton Baines scored the winner from the spot after Jose Holebas brought down Aaron Lennon.

There was 12 minutes of injury time after the stoppage for Gomes plus treatment for a back problem for Kabasele, and Watford thought they had rescued a draw when Everton keeper Jordan Pickford brought down Richarlison, but it was not to be for Cleverley.

A second half to remember

The first half was a drab affair, with Watford failing to register a shot on target and Everton's only real effort coming from Baines, who was denied by Gomes.

But the game came to life 30 seconds after the restart, when Toffees defender Michael Keane was dispossessed and Andre Gray set up Richarlison, who slotted home at the near post.

Although Gomes' injury seemed serious, it looked as though Watford had not been affected by his loss as Kabasele netted their second with a powerful header from Holebas' corner.

But then they capitulated. Karnezis, who had only played four matches all season for his country, was definitely at fault for the first goal, and should have done better for the second.

And there is no doubt Cleverley's last-gasp penalty was wasted, as he scuffed wide against his former club, meaning Watford fell to a third consecutive league defeat.

Line-ups

Everton

  • 1Pickford
  • 43Kenny
  • 6Jagielka
  • 4Keane
  • 3Baines
  • 17Gueye
  • 54BaningimeSubstituted forLookmanat 55'minutes
  • 26Davies
  • 18SigurdssonSubstituted forLennonat 85'minutes
  • 19Niasse
  • 10RooneySubstituted forCalvert-Lewinat 68'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Williams
  • 12Lennon
  • 21Besic
  • 29Calvert-Lewin
  • 30Holgate
  • 31Lookman
  • 33Robles

Watford

  • 1GomesSubstituted forKarnezisat 59'minutes
  • 21Femenía
  • 27KabaseleSubstituted forMariappaat 79'minutes
  • 3BritosBooked at 69mins
  • 25HolebasBooked at 90mins
  • 19HughesSubstituted forOkakaat 90+4'minutes
  • 16Doucouré
  • 8Cleverley
  • 28Carrillo
  • 18Gray
  • 11Richarlison

Substitutes

  • 2Janmaat
  • 6Mariappa
  • 17Sinclair
  • 23Watson
  • 29Capoue
  • 30Karnezis
  • 33Okaka
Referee:
Graham Scott
Attendance:
38,609

Match Stats

Home TeamEvertonAway TeamWatford
Possession
Home38%
Away62%
Shots
Home10
Away11
Shots on Target
Home5
Away3
Corners
Home2
Away5
Fouls
Home14
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Everton 3, Watford 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Everton 3, Watford 2.

Corner, Everton. Conceded by José Holebas.

Attempt blocked. Oumar Niasse (Everton) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jordan Pickford.

Adrian Mariappa (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton).

Foul by Abdoulaye Doucouré (Watford).

Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Penalty missed! Bad penalty by Tom Cleverley (Watford) right footed shot misses to the left. Tom Cleverley should be disappointed.

Penalty Watford. Richarlison draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Jordan Pickford (Everton) after a foul in the penalty area.

Miguel Britos (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Aaron Lennon (Everton).

Substitution

Substitution, Watford. Stefano Okaka replaces Will Hughes.

Goal!

Goal! Everton 3, Watford 2. Leighton Baines (Everton) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Booking

José Holebas (Watford) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Delay in match José Holebas (Watford) because of an injury.

Penalty conceded by José Holebas (Watford) after a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty Everton. Aaron Lennon draws a foul in the penalty area.

Attempt missed. Adrian Mariappa (Watford) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by José Holebas with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Watford. Conceded by Jonjoe Kenny.

Offside, Everton. Phil Jagielka tries a through ball, but Dominic Calvert-Lewin is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Everton. Aaron Lennon replaces Gylfi Sigurdsson.

Attempt missed. Richarlison (Watford) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by José Holebas with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Watford. Conceded by Tom Davies.

Tom Cleverley (Watford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ademola Lookman (Everton).

Andre Gray (Watford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Michael Keane (Everton).

Substitution

Substitution, Watford. Adrian Mariappa replaces Christian Kabasele because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Christian Kabasele (Watford) because of an injury.

Richarlison (Watford) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Jonjoe Kenny (Everton).

Goal!

Goal! Everton 2, Watford 2. Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton) header from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Leighton Baines with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Everton. Conceded by José Holebas.

Attempt blocked. Jonjoe Kenny (Everton) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Oumar Niasse.

Foul by Andre Gray (Watford).

Phil Jagielka (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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