Leighton Baines steps up to crown epic Everton comeback against Watford

David Unsworth may not get the Everton manager’s job he craves but he will never receive a better endorsement of his ability to generate belief, spirit and fight in a team than what transpired on a remarkable evening at Goodison Park. Everton delivered the first win of his temporary reign in chaotic, calamitous and truly unforgettable style.

Watford led 2-0 just after the hour and Goodison was on the brink of revolt. Then came the fightback led by Oumar Niasse, levelled by Dominic Calvert-Lewin and sealed by Leighton Baines’ 90th-minute spot-kick, the left-back replacing Unsworth as Everton’s all-time leading penalty taker in the process. It did not end there. In the tenth minute of 12 added on for injury to Heurelho Gomes and Christian Kabasele, Jordan Pickford fouled Richarlison to concede another penalty. Tom Cleverley, a former Everton midfielder, stepped up. Goodison had a collective seizure. Cleverley missed.

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