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Callum Smith outclasses Nieky Holzken to set up World Boxing Super Series showdown with George Groves
Callum Smith outclasses Nieky Holzken to set up World Boxing Super Series showdown with George Groves
Callum Smith outclasses Nieky Holzken to set up World Boxing Super Series showdown with George Groves
Callum Smith outclasses Nieky Holzken to set up World Boxing Super Series showdown with George Groves
Callum Smith outclasses Nieky Holzken to set up World Boxing Super Series showdown with George Groves
Callum Smith outclasses Nieky Holzken to set up World Boxing Super Series showdown with George Groves
Callum Smith outclasses Nieky Holzken to set up World Boxing Super Series showdown with George Groves
Callum Smith outclasses Nieky Holzken to set up World Boxing Super Series showdown with George Groves
Callum Smith outclasses Nieky Holzken to set up World Boxing Super Series showdown with George Groves
Callum Smith defeats Nieky Holzken to set up George Groves World Boxing Series final
Callum Smith defeats Nieky Holzken to set up George Groves World Boxing Series final
Callum Smith defeats Nieky Holzken to set up George Groves World Boxing Series final
Callum Smith defeats Nieky Holzken to set up George Groves World Boxing Series final
Callum Smith defeats Nieky Holzken to set up George Groves World Boxing Series final
Callum Smith defeats Nieky Holzken to set up George Groves World Boxing Series final
Boxing - Anthony Yarde vs Tony Averlant - WBO Inter-Continental & European Light-Heavyweight Titles - York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, Britain - February 24, 2018 Anthony Yarde celebrates after winning his fight against Tony Averlant Action Images via Reuters/Adam Holt
Anthony Yarde vs Tony Averlant - WBO Inter-Continental & European Light-Heavyweight Titles
Boxing - Anthony Yarde vs Tony Averlant - WBO Inter-Continental & European Light-Heavyweight Titles - York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, Britain - February 24, 2018 Anthony Yarde celebrates after winning his fight against Tony Averlant Action Images via Reuters/Adam Holt
Boxing - Anthony Yarde vs Tony Averlant - WBO Inter-Continental & European Light-Heavyweight Titles - York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, Britain - February 24, 2018 Tony Averlant after losing his fight against Anthony Yarde Action Images via Reuters/Adam Holt
Anthony Yarde vs Tony Averlant - WBO Inter-Continental & European Light-Heavyweight Titles
Boxing - Anthony Yarde vs Tony Averlant - WBO Inter-Continental & European Light-Heavyweight Titles - York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, Britain - February 24, 2018 Tony Averlant after losing his fight against Anthony Yarde Action Images via Reuters/Adam Holt
Boxing - World Boxing Super Series Semi Final - Callum Smith vs Nieky Holzken - Arena Nurnberger Versicherung, Nuremberg, Germany - February 24, 2018 Callum Smith celebrates with trainer Joe Gallagher after winning the fight REUTERS/Ralph Orlowski
World Boxing Super Series Semi Final - Callum Smith vs Nieky Holzken
Boxing - World Boxing Super Series Semi Final - Callum Smith vs Nieky Holzken - Arena Nurnberger Versicherung, Nuremberg, Germany - February 24, 2018 Callum Smith celebrates with trainer Joe Gallagher after winning the fight REUTERS/Ralph Orlowski
Boxing - Anthony Yarde vs Tony Averlant - WBO Inter-Continental & European Light-Heavyweight Titles - York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, Britain - February 24, 2018 Anthony Yarde in action with Tony Averlant Action Images via Reuters/Adam Holt
Anthony Yarde vs Tony Averlant - WBO Inter-Continental & European Light-Heavyweight Titles
Boxing - Anthony Yarde vs Tony Averlant - WBO Inter-Continental & European Light-Heavyweight Titles - York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, Britain - February 24, 2018 Anthony Yarde in action with Tony Averlant Action Images via Reuters/Adam Holt
Boxing - World Boxing Super Series Semi Final - Callum Smith vs Nieky Holzken - Arena Nurnberger Versicherung, Nuremberg, Germany - February 24, 2018 Callum Smith in action with Nieky Holzken REUTERS/Ralph Orlowski
World Boxing Super Series Semi Final - Callum Smith vs Nieky Holzken
Boxing - World Boxing Super Series Semi Final - Callum Smith vs Nieky Holzken - Arena Nurnberger Versicherung, Nuremberg, Germany - February 24, 2018 Callum Smith in action with Nieky Holzken REUTERS/Ralph Orlowski
Boxing - Anthony Yarde vs Tony Averlant - WBO Inter-Continental & European Light-Heavyweight Titles - York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, Britain - February 24, 2018 Anthony Yarde in action with Tony Averlant Action Images via Reuters/Adam Holt
Anthony Yarde vs Tony Averlant - WBO Inter-Continental & European Light-Heavyweight Titles
Boxing - Anthony Yarde vs Tony Averlant - WBO Inter-Continental & European Light-Heavyweight Titles - York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, Britain - February 24, 2018 Anthony Yarde in action with Tony Averlant Action Images via Reuters/Adam Holt
Boxing - World Boxing Super Series Semi Final - Callum Smith vs Nieky Holzken - Arena Nurnberger Versicherung, Nuremberg, Germany - February 24, 2018 Callum Smith in action with Nieky Holzken REUTERS/Ralph Orlowski
World Boxing Super Series Semi Final - Callum Smith vs Nieky Holzken
Boxing - World Boxing Super Series Semi Final - Callum Smith vs Nieky Holzken - Arena Nurnberger Versicherung, Nuremberg, Germany - February 24, 2018 Callum Smith in action with Nieky Holzken REUTERS/Ralph Orlowski
Boxing - World Boxing Super Series Semi Final - Callum Smith vs Nieky Holzken - Arena Nurnberger Versicherung, Nuremberg, Germany - February 24, 2018 Callum Smith in action with Nieky Holzken REUTERS/Ralph Orlowski
World Boxing Super Series Semi Final - Callum Smith vs Nieky Holzken
Boxing - World Boxing Super Series Semi Final - Callum Smith vs Nieky Holzken - Arena Nurnberger Versicherung, Nuremberg, Germany - February 24, 2018 Callum Smith in action with Nieky Holzken REUTERS/Ralph Orlowski
Boxing - World Boxing Super Series Semi Final - Callum Smith vs Nieky Holzken - Arena Nurnberger Versicherung, Nuremberg, Germany - February 24, 2018 Callum Smith in action with Nieky Holzken REUTERS/Ralph Orlowski
World Boxing Super Series Semi Final - Callum Smith vs Nieky Holzken
Boxing - World Boxing Super Series Semi Final - Callum Smith vs Nieky Holzken - Arena Nurnberger Versicherung, Nuremberg, Germany - February 24, 2018 Callum Smith in action with Nieky Holzken REUTERS/Ralph Orlowski
Boxing - World Boxing Super Series Semi Final - Callum Smith vs Nieky Holzken - Arena Nurnberger Versicherung, Nuremberg, Germany - February 24, 2018 Callum Smith in action with Nieky Holzken REUTERS/Ralph Orlowski
World Boxing Super Series Semi Final - Callum Smith vs Nieky Holzken
Boxing - World Boxing Super Series Semi Final - Callum Smith vs Nieky Holzken - Arena Nurnberger Versicherung, Nuremberg, Germany - February 24, 2018 Callum Smith in action with Nieky Holzken REUTERS/Ralph Orlowski
Boxing - World Boxing Super Series Semi Final - Callum Smith vs Nieky Holzken - Arena Nurnberger Versicherung, Nuremberg, Germany - February 24, 2018 Callum Smith before the fight REUTERS/Ralph Orlowski
World Boxing Super Series Semi Final - Callum Smith vs Nieky Holzken
Boxing - World Boxing Super Series Semi Final - Callum Smith vs Nieky Holzken - Arena Nurnberger Versicherung, Nuremberg, Germany - February 24, 2018 Callum Smith before the fight REUTERS/Ralph Orlowski
<p>Mourinho vs Conte: Could Eddie Hearn get it done and who would win heavyweight boxing match?</p>
Mourinho vs Conte: Could Eddie Hearn get it done and who would win heavyweight boxing match?

Mourinho vs Conte: Could Eddie Hearn get it done and who would win heavyweight boxing match?

<p>Mourinho vs Conte: Could Eddie Hearn get it done and who would win heavyweight boxing match?</p>
Mourinho vs Conte: Could Eddie Hearn get it done and who would win heavyweight boxing match?

Mourinho vs Conte: Could Eddie Hearn get it done and who would win heavyweight boxing match?

The feuding Manchester United and Chelsea managers have engaged in a war of words, but what if they laced up a pair of gloves and traded punches?
Mourinho vs Conte: Could Eddie Hearn get it done and who would win heavyweight boxing match?
The feuding Manchester United and Chelsea managers have engaged in a war of words, but what if they laced up a pair of gloves and traded punches?
Watford may have got over Marco Silva pretty quickly, but, on this evidence, Everton might still hanker over the manager they had been prepared to pay £10million for. It was around the time of Watford’s defeat at Goodison Park in November that Everton first made their approach for Silva, which the Hornets ultimately blamed for his sacking. But this victory for Javi Gracia’s Watford, courtesy of a late Troy Deeney strike, may yet tempt Everton to try again for Silva in the summer once Sam Allardyce has steered them to safety. Allardyce’s safety first approach against a Watford team that had previously only won four times at home in the Premier League this term would have frustrated the club’s travelling fans. They rarely threatened the home side’s goal and it was telling that goalkeeper Jordan Pickford produced two of Everton’s most dangerous moments, with a pass that Oumar Niasse wasted and a late header in the Watford penalty area that almost resulted in an equaliser. Michael Keane battles with Watford&#39;s Troy Deeney Credit: REUTERS/David Klein Everton have only won once on the road in the League this season and have now lost five successive away games. They managed one shot on target against Watford, which was a deflected Niasse effort in just the 12th minute that Orestis Karnezis saved. Michael Keane missed the target with a header at the start of the second half and Allardyce said: “If you squander your opportunities, you pay the price in the Premier League. “We’ve taken 17 points from our last eight home games, but if you look at the difference away from home you say ‘wow’. The difference against Watford was we didn’t have a finisher on the pitch.” Everton have not kept a clean sheet since Boxing Day and Allardyce added: “Ultimately, clean sheets are the answer because if we had gone 1-0 up then I don’t think we would have lost the game. Watford 1 - 0 Everton (Troy Deeney, 79 min) “We need to keep clean sheets and then nick that one goal, like Watford did, and that will be the way forwards for us.” This was Watford’s second successive victory at Vicarage Road, following the thrashing of Chelsea, and the Hornets have moved on from Silva. It is fair to assume the club’s owner Gino Pozzo will have enjoyed getting one over Everton, who he felt unsettled Silva to the point that he had to sack him in January. Deeney’s winner came with 11 minutes remaining after he unleashed an unstoppable shot on the turn, having received a pass from substitute Stefano Okaka. Watford vs Everton shots on goal “It’s three important points for us,” said Gracia. “Troy is very important for us on and off the pitch and I can only say good things about him. “It was vital for us to improve our home form because we feel that backing from our supporters. They are another man for us and we have another chance at home against West Bromwich Albion next week. “There is a good feeling in the club since the first day I arrived. But after two important victories at home everything is better for everybody. Everybody will be more happy.” Deeney turns smartly and buries the winner Credit: Alex Broadway/Getty Images On getting his substitutions right, Gracia added: “I have got confidence in all the players. It’s not easy to choose between them because they are all working very hard.” Everton’s January signing Cenk Tosun was sent on as a second-half substitute, but his main contribution was to injure Watford forward Gerard Deulofeu who Gracia said was suffering with pain in his right foot. Allardyce said of Tosun, who cost £27m from Besiktas: “He’s getting used to it day to day in training. He’s finding his feet and he made a reasonable contribution, and, hopefully, he will improve and will give us what we need.” 7:21PM Full time Pickford nearly bailed his side out there. Watford&#39;s changes were inspired and Okaka made a real difference when they went to 4-4-2. Everton, unambitious and plodding, were awful. 7:20PM 90+3 min A foul allows Everton one last chance and they bob on to win a corner. Pickford goes up, wins the header but Karnezis dives down to smother it. 7:19PM 90+2 min Three minutes have been added on, time that Watford seem intent on seeing out by the Everton corner flags. 7:16PM 90 min Watford corner that they try to keep in the corner. Hoddle gives his man of the match award to Deeney for the only touch of class of a truly terrible football match. 7:15PM 87 min Both sides lump it but for differing reasons. Watford finally get the ball down and Okaka turns with a gorgeous backheel flick, bursts past Keane and torpedoes a low shot that Pickford dives down to parry. Attempt Saved: Watford 1 - 0 Everton (Stefano Okaka, 87 min) 7:11PM 85 min Everton throw by the corner flag which they take and head back to halfway and Watford hustle the ball off them. 7:10PM 84 min Allardyce was about to bring on Schneiderlin to help shore up the point before Deeney scored but had to change tack. 7:08PM 82 min Double Everton substitution: Calvert-Lewin and Bolasie replace Sigurdsson and Rooney. 7:08PM 80 min Carelessness in possession from Everton lets Watford attack up the right, Okaka playes a one-two with Femenia then cuts it back to Deeney 15 yards out and he buries a powerful shot. Everton have shot themselves in the foot. Miss: Watford 0 - 0 Everton (Wayne Rooney, 68 min) 7:05PM Goal! Watford 1-0 Everton (Deeney) Troy Deeney turns sharply to smack in the opening goal Credit: Alex Broadway/Getty Images 7:05PM 79 min Double save from Pickford after his clearance hits Deeney. Femenia should square it to Deeney for the tap-in but goes for the shot and Pickford gets down. 7:04PM 77 min Gueye heads away Femenia&#39;s right wing cross and it falls to Doucoure who flays a wild shot over the bar. 7:03PM 75 min Watford crosses from Doucoure (fed by a cute Okaka backheel) and then Femenia hit the first defenders. &#39;Sam Allardyce would be happy to come away with a clean sheet&#39;. Of course he would but what about the poor souls who trekked down to watch this or the Watford fans who have had to endure such dreadful crossing? 7:00PM 73 min Good tackle from Gueye dispossesses Okaka who then trips him. Everton take the free kick and give the ball straight back to the opposition who have two runners headed for the box. Typically for this match the attempt at a throughball goes straight to Keane. Utter garbage. 6:58PM 71 min Prodl makes some comical moves when beating Walcott to a long ball. He wins the header and is then clipped by Walcott but cannot decide whether to go down so waves his arms around as if he were about to collapse but in the end didn&#39;t and he waited for the whistle. 6:57PM 69 min Carillo and Femenia link up on the left and make a couple of opportunities to cross but find no precision with either. Third time lucky with a long throw? No Rooney clears Holebas&#39; missile. 6:54PM 66 min Rooney takes a kung-fu lunge at a half volley from 18 yards. He had to as it bounced too high but he couldn&#39;t keep it down. Miss: Watford 0 - 0 Everton (Wayne Rooney, 68 min) 6:49PM 62 min Misplaced pass after misplaced pass. Carillo replaces Deulofeu who continues to upbraid the referee as he departs over the legality of Tosun&#39;s shoulder-barge. 6:46PM 60 min Tosun shoulder charges Deulofeu legitimately and speeds down the wing but his cutback is too heavy and fizzes into Sigurdsson&#39;s chest. 6:45PM 58 min Watford corner blocked at the near post by Tosun and then headed out by Williams. Watford go back 40 yards, hang a high ball towards the back post from the right and Pickford punches it out. 6:43PM 56 min Double Watford sub: Femenia and Okaka on, Richarlison and Pereyra off. Everton sub: Tosun on for Niasse. 6:41PM 55 min Rooney&#39;s cross is blocked and Watford break. Rooney runs back but misses his attempted tackle and Pickford bails him out with a save. 6:40PM 54 min Capoue fouls Walcott so Everton have another opportunity to stick it in the mixer and take it. targeting Keane but Watford clear. 6:39PM 52 min Keane goes up for a free-kick and stays up when the initial long ball is cleared. Kenny wellies in another 40-yarder and Keane, caught in two minds, heads across goal looking for Davies to poke it in instead of burying it himself. Allardyce is unimpressed. 6:36PM 51 min Everton corner that misses everyone in the box. School of science. 6:34PM 49 min Prodl meets the corner but gets underneath it and balloons it over. 6:33PM 48 min Kenny cuts out a pass intended for Deeney with a sliding interception and knocks Deulofeu&#39;s ball out for a corner. 6:32PM 46 min We resume with a half-hearted Watford surge up the left that leads to nothing. 6:16PM Half time Long ball filth and decent players trying to make something from odds and ends. The half ends with a lovely pass from Pickford, out of his area and sweeping up before Deeney can pounce, but Niasse, picked out 60 yards away, can&#39;t cushion it. The game is being squeezed. Average touch positions (half time) 6:13PM 44 min Richarlison swaps wings but Martina takes the ball off him with a well-timed tackle. He did well there. 6:12PM 43 min On of Javi Gracia&#39;s assistants gets into a barney with Duncan Ferguson. If only Michael Winner were still alive: Death Wish VI right there. 6:10PM 41 min Pickford plucks the corner out of the Hertfordshire sky. Dross. 6:10PM 40 min Martina blocks Deulofeu&#39;s cross after the winger takes him on but cannot shake him off. Watford corner. 6:08PM 38 min Niasse seems to be OK. 6:07PM 37 min Deulofeu smacks it flush into the wall. From the rebound Janmaat and Niasse go for it and the Everton striker inadvertently takes a blow on the head. The ref stops the game. 6:06PM 35 min Deulofeu again centres with purpose, very firmly crossing to the edge of the box Williams beats Deeney to it but Gueye takes him out with a sliding tackle too. Free kick, dead centre 20 yards out. Delofeu has found some space on the right Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge 6:03PM 33 min Deulofeu does that start-stop trick to draw Martina to him then hurtles past to the byline and clips a crisp cross into the box that Williams boots clear. 6:01PM 31 min Left wing cross from Sigurdsson towards the near post. Niasse has made the run but so, in his shadow, has Prodl who gets there first. 5:59PM 30 min Good tackle from Rooney on Deulofeu. He&#39;s turned into Joe Parkinson. Rooney turns midfield destroyer Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge 5:58PM 28 min Keane gets away with a sliding challenge with a raised foot that looks like a potential metatarsal-cracker on Doucoure who eventually gets up with a bruise but no break. 5:56PM 26 min A spate of fouls. Nothing nasty, just niggly time-wasters. 5:55PM 24 min Walcott gets round Holebas after a clever flick from Niasse and cuts the ball back for Rooney to shoot. He cocks his knee but Deulofeu has diligently come all the way back from the right wing to the left back spot that Holebas vacated and whips the ball away before Rooney can hit it. 5:53PM 22 min Kenny cleans out Richarlison with a rash tackle from behind. Free-kick. There&#39;s a palpable lack of urgency so far. Hoddle thinks fatigue will open the game up in the last 20 minutes. We&#39;ll have a phoney war until then. 5:51PM 20 min Everton corner after a touch of class from Sigurdsson, turning like St Johan and standing up a far-post cross that Richarlison, tracking back, heads away from Niasse. In comes the corner and Niasse tries a sidewinder volley at the back post but doesn&#39;t catch it right and hits the first defender. 5:48PM 18 min It&#39;s largely tripe, I&#39;m afraid. 5:47PM 16 min Davies hits an early pass up to Sigurdsson who bursts forward plays a slick one-two with the supporting Davies but scuffs his daisycutter of a shot within easy range of Karnezis. Attempt Saved: Watford 0 - 0 Everton (Gylfi Sigurdsson, 15 min) 5:44PM 14 min That&#39;s nice from Pereyra who takes the ball down and strokes a pass out to Deulofeu. Davies does well to win it back. Possession: Watford vs Everton 5:42PM 12 min And they do counter quickly when they mop up a long pass and retaliate with one of their own up the left to Niasse who turns Janmaat with a stutter run then fires a left-foot shot towards the near post that Karnezis smartly saves and knocks behind. 5:41PM 10 min Everton are compact but certainly aren&#39;t pressing with any vigour or purpose They seem content to let Watford&#39;s defenders have the ball, hoof it and then counter. 5:39PM 8 min Watford are targeting Martina, clipping long diagonal passes designed to let Deulofeu get beyond him. There have been plenty of &#39;mixer&#39; balls so far as if paying homage to the Wing Commander and all his disciples. 5:36PM 6 min Watford corner. A routine - Deulofeu runs towards it, does a step over and Doucoure by the D, hoofs it into orbit over Radlett. 5:35PM 4 min Prodl makes a mistake and tries to rectify being turned so easily by hauling Walcott back. Sigurdsson takes the free-kick, 25 yards out on the right. He floats it to the back post and Williams isn&#39;t quick enough to get there and instead slides in as it arcs out of play. That was a terrific cross. BT Sport are treating us to Glenn Hoddle again. Thanks for that. 5:33PM 3 min Mariappa hits a 60-yard diagonal for Deulofeu&#39;s run up the right. He controls it with a Barcelona-taught trap but runs out of room. 5:31PM 1 min Off they go, Everton moving the ball forward but can&#39;t penetrate Watford&#39;s defence who smother the ball and pass it around at the back until Karnezis punts it upfield. 5:13PM Teams in black and white Watford Karnezis, Janmaat, Prodl, Mariappa, Holebas, Pereyra, Doucoure, Capoue, Deulofeu, Deeney, Richarlison. Substitutes Gomes, Britos, Gray, Femenia, Zeegelaar, Carrillo, Okaka. Everton Pickford, Kenny, Keane, Williams, Martina, Davies, Gueye, Rooney, Walcott, Niasse, Sigurdsson. Substitutes Robles, Schneiderlin, Bolasie, Tosun, Calvert-Lewin, Holgate, Garbutt. Referee Anthony Taylor (Wythenshawe) 5:06PM Everton team Allardyce opts for 4-3-3. Still no start for Tosun. �� | Team news is in for this evening&#39;s clash with @WatfordFC! 2️⃣ changes �� Kenny and Williams start �� Garbutt on the bench#EFCawaydaypic.twitter.com/qHhCeNLNb0— Everton (@Everton) February 24, 2018 5:06PM Watford team news A flat back four and a diamond for Watford? No 4-2-3-1. �� | #watfordfc line-up v @Everton | Karnezis (GK); Janmaat, Mariappa, Prödl, Holebas; Doucouré, Capoue; Deulofeu, Pereyra, Richarlison; Deeney (C). Subs | Gomes (GK), Britos, Femenía, Zeegelaar, Carrillo, Gray, Okaka.#WATEVEpic.twitter.com/EEnpjYzyzO— Watford FC (@WatfordFC) February 24, 2018 5:02PM Good evening And welcome to coverage of Saturday night&#39;s last match. Victory for Everton will take them up to seventh but they have won only one league match on the road this season. Watford have been ropey at home, winning just the four and losing six but their new managre, Javier Gracia, has one victory and will be confident of another. Even if it&#39;s not exactly box office for BT Sport against the competing demands of the Calcutta Cup, we should relish any opportunity to watch Abdoulaye Doucouré and the attacking verve of Richarlison and Deulofeu as well as Sam Allardyce&#39;s designs to confound them.
Watford 1 Everton 0: Troy Deeney finds a touch of class amid the dross
Watford may have got over Marco Silva pretty quickly, but, on this evidence, Everton might still hanker over the manager they had been prepared to pay £10million for. It was around the time of Watford’s defeat at Goodison Park in November that Everton first made their approach for Silva, which the Hornets ultimately blamed for his sacking. But this victory for Javi Gracia’s Watford, courtesy of a late Troy Deeney strike, may yet tempt Everton to try again for Silva in the summer once Sam Allardyce has steered them to safety. Allardyce’s safety first approach against a Watford team that had previously only won four times at home in the Premier League this term would have frustrated the club’s travelling fans. They rarely threatened the home side’s goal and it was telling that goalkeeper Jordan Pickford produced two of Everton’s most dangerous moments, with a pass that Oumar Niasse wasted and a late header in the Watford penalty area that almost resulted in an equaliser. Michael Keane battles with Watford's Troy Deeney Credit: REUTERS/David Klein Everton have only won once on the road in the League this season and have now lost five successive away games. They managed one shot on target against Watford, which was a deflected Niasse effort in just the 12th minute that Orestis Karnezis saved. Michael Keane missed the target with a header at the start of the second half and Allardyce said: “If you squander your opportunities, you pay the price in the Premier League. “We’ve taken 17 points from our last eight home games, but if you look at the difference away from home you say ‘wow’. The difference against Watford was we didn’t have a finisher on the pitch.” Everton have not kept a clean sheet since Boxing Day and Allardyce added: “Ultimately, clean sheets are the answer because if we had gone 1-0 up then I don’t think we would have lost the game. Watford 1 - 0 Everton (Troy Deeney, 79 min) “We need to keep clean sheets and then nick that one goal, like Watford did, and that will be the way forwards for us.” This was Watford’s second successive victory at Vicarage Road, following the thrashing of Chelsea, and the Hornets have moved on from Silva. It is fair to assume the club’s owner Gino Pozzo will have enjoyed getting one over Everton, who he felt unsettled Silva to the point that he had to sack him in January. Deeney’s winner came with 11 minutes remaining after he unleashed an unstoppable shot on the turn, having received a pass from substitute Stefano Okaka. Watford vs Everton shots on goal “It’s three important points for us,” said Gracia. “Troy is very important for us on and off the pitch and I can only say good things about him. “It was vital for us to improve our home form because we feel that backing from our supporters. They are another man for us and we have another chance at home against West Bromwich Albion next week. “There is a good feeling in the club since the first day I arrived. But after two important victories at home everything is better for everybody. Everybody will be more happy.” Deeney turns smartly and buries the winner Credit: Alex Broadway/Getty Images On getting his substitutions right, Gracia added: “I have got confidence in all the players. It’s not easy to choose between them because they are all working very hard.” Everton’s January signing Cenk Tosun was sent on as a second-half substitute, but his main contribution was to injure Watford forward Gerard Deulofeu who Gracia said was suffering with pain in his right foot. Allardyce said of Tosun, who cost £27m from Besiktas: “He’s getting used to it day to day in training. He’s finding his feet and he made a reasonable contribution, and, hopefully, he will improve and will give us what we need.” 7:21PM Full time Pickford nearly bailed his side out there. Watford's changes were inspired and Okaka made a real difference when they went to 4-4-2. Everton, unambitious and plodding, were awful. 7:20PM 90+3 min A foul allows Everton one last chance and they bob on to win a corner. Pickford goes up, wins the header but Karnezis dives down to smother it. 7:19PM 90+2 min Three minutes have been added on, time that Watford seem intent on seeing out by the Everton corner flags. 7:16PM 90 min Watford corner that they try to keep in the corner. Hoddle gives his man of the match award to Deeney for the only touch of class of a truly terrible football match. 7:15PM 87 min Both sides lump it but for differing reasons. Watford finally get the ball down and Okaka turns with a gorgeous backheel flick, bursts past Keane and torpedoes a low shot that Pickford dives down to parry. Attempt Saved: Watford 1 - 0 Everton (Stefano Okaka, 87 min) 7:11PM 85 min Everton throw by the corner flag which they take and head back to halfway and Watford hustle the ball off them. 7:10PM 84 min Allardyce was about to bring on Schneiderlin to help shore up the point before Deeney scored but had to change tack. 7:08PM 82 min Double Everton substitution: Calvert-Lewin and Bolasie replace Sigurdsson and Rooney. 7:08PM 80 min Carelessness in possession from Everton lets Watford attack up the right, Okaka playes a one-two with Femenia then cuts it back to Deeney 15 yards out and he buries a powerful shot. Everton have shot themselves in the foot. Miss: Watford 0 - 0 Everton (Wayne Rooney, 68 min) 7:05PM Goal! Watford 1-0 Everton (Deeney) Troy Deeney turns sharply to smack in the opening goal Credit: Alex Broadway/Getty Images 7:05PM 79 min Double save from Pickford after his clearance hits Deeney. Femenia should square it to Deeney for the tap-in but goes for the shot and Pickford gets down. 7:04PM 77 min Gueye heads away Femenia's right wing cross and it falls to Doucoure who flays a wild shot over the bar. 7:03PM 75 min Watford crosses from Doucoure (fed by a cute Okaka backheel) and then Femenia hit the first defenders. 'Sam Allardyce would be happy to come away with a clean sheet'. Of course he would but what about the poor souls who trekked down to watch this or the Watford fans who have had to endure such dreadful crossing? 7:00PM 73 min Good tackle from Gueye dispossesses Okaka who then trips him. Everton take the free kick and give the ball straight back to the opposition who have two runners headed for the box. Typically for this match the attempt at a throughball goes straight to Keane. Utter garbage. 6:58PM 71 min Prodl makes some comical moves when beating Walcott to a long ball. He wins the header and is then clipped by Walcott but cannot decide whether to go down so waves his arms around as if he were about to collapse but in the end didn't and he waited for the whistle. 6:57PM 69 min Carillo and Femenia link up on the left and make a couple of opportunities to cross but find no precision with either. Third time lucky with a long throw? No Rooney clears Holebas' missile. 6:54PM 66 min Rooney takes a kung-fu lunge at a half volley from 18 yards. He had to as it bounced too high but he couldn't keep it down. Miss: Watford 0 - 0 Everton (Wayne Rooney, 68 min) 6:49PM 62 min Misplaced pass after misplaced pass. Carillo replaces Deulofeu who continues to upbraid the referee as he departs over the legality of Tosun's shoulder-barge. 6:46PM 60 min Tosun shoulder charges Deulofeu legitimately and speeds down the wing but his cutback is too heavy and fizzes into Sigurdsson's chest. 6:45PM 58 min Watford corner blocked at the near post by Tosun and then headed out by Williams. Watford go back 40 yards, hang a high ball towards the back post from the right and Pickford punches it out. 6:43PM 56 min Double Watford sub: Femenia and Okaka on, Richarlison and Pereyra off. Everton sub: Tosun on for Niasse. 6:41PM 55 min Rooney's cross is blocked and Watford break. Rooney runs back but misses his attempted tackle and Pickford bails him out with a save. 6:40PM 54 min Capoue fouls Walcott so Everton have another opportunity to stick it in the mixer and take it. targeting Keane but Watford clear. 6:39PM 52 min Keane goes up for a free-kick and stays up when the initial long ball is cleared. Kenny wellies in another 40-yarder and Keane, caught in two minds, heads across goal looking for Davies to poke it in instead of burying it himself. Allardyce is unimpressed. 6:36PM 51 min Everton corner that misses everyone in the box. School of science. 6:34PM 49 min Prodl meets the corner but gets underneath it and balloons it over. 6:33PM 48 min Kenny cuts out a pass intended for Deeney with a sliding interception and knocks Deulofeu's ball out for a corner. 6:32PM 46 min We resume with a half-hearted Watford surge up the left that leads to nothing. 6:16PM Half time Long ball filth and decent players trying to make something from odds and ends. The half ends with a lovely pass from Pickford, out of his area and sweeping up before Deeney can pounce, but Niasse, picked out 60 yards away, can't cushion it. The game is being squeezed. Average touch positions (half time) 6:13PM 44 min Richarlison swaps wings but Martina takes the ball off him with a well-timed tackle. He did well there. 6:12PM 43 min On of Javi Gracia's assistants gets into a barney with Duncan Ferguson. If only Michael Winner were still alive: Death Wish VI right there. 6:10PM 41 min Pickford plucks the corner out of the Hertfordshire sky. Dross. 6:10PM 40 min Martina blocks Deulofeu's cross after the winger takes him on but cannot shake him off. Watford corner. 6:08PM 38 min Niasse seems to be OK. 6:07PM 37 min Deulofeu smacks it flush into the wall. From the rebound Janmaat and Niasse go for it and the Everton striker inadvertently takes a blow on the head. The ref stops the game. 6:06PM 35 min Deulofeu again centres with purpose, very firmly crossing to the edge of the box Williams beats Deeney to it but Gueye takes him out with a sliding tackle too. Free kick, dead centre 20 yards out. Delofeu has found some space on the right Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge 6:03PM 33 min Deulofeu does that start-stop trick to draw Martina to him then hurtles past to the byline and clips a crisp cross into the box that Williams boots clear. 6:01PM 31 min Left wing cross from Sigurdsson towards the near post. Niasse has made the run but so, in his shadow, has Prodl who gets there first. 5:59PM 30 min Good tackle from Rooney on Deulofeu. He's turned into Joe Parkinson. Rooney turns midfield destroyer Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge 5:58PM 28 min Keane gets away with a sliding challenge with a raised foot that looks like a potential metatarsal-cracker on Doucoure who eventually gets up with a bruise but no break. 5:56PM 26 min A spate of fouls. Nothing nasty, just niggly time-wasters. 5:55PM 24 min Walcott gets round Holebas after a clever flick from Niasse and cuts the ball back for Rooney to shoot. He cocks his knee but Deulofeu has diligently come all the way back from the right wing to the left back spot that Holebas vacated and whips the ball away before Rooney can hit it. 5:53PM 22 min Kenny cleans out Richarlison with a rash tackle from behind. Free-kick. There's a palpable lack of urgency so far. Hoddle thinks fatigue will open the game up in the last 20 minutes. We'll have a phoney war until then. 5:51PM 20 min Everton corner after a touch of class from Sigurdsson, turning like St Johan and standing up a far-post cross that Richarlison, tracking back, heads away from Niasse. In comes the corner and Niasse tries a sidewinder volley at the back post but doesn't catch it right and hits the first defender. 5:48PM 18 min It's largely tripe, I'm afraid. 5:47PM 16 min Davies hits an early pass up to Sigurdsson who bursts forward plays a slick one-two with the supporting Davies but scuffs his daisycutter of a shot within easy range of Karnezis. Attempt Saved: Watford 0 - 0 Everton (Gylfi Sigurdsson, 15 min) 5:44PM 14 min That's nice from Pereyra who takes the ball down and strokes a pass out to Deulofeu. Davies does well to win it back. Possession: Watford vs Everton 5:42PM 12 min And they do counter quickly when they mop up a long pass and retaliate with one of their own up the left to Niasse who turns Janmaat with a stutter run then fires a left-foot shot towards the near post that Karnezis smartly saves and knocks behind. 5:41PM 10 min Everton are compact but certainly aren't pressing with any vigour or purpose They seem content to let Watford's defenders have the ball, hoof it and then counter. 5:39PM 8 min Watford are targeting Martina, clipping long diagonal passes designed to let Deulofeu get beyond him. There have been plenty of 'mixer' balls so far as if paying homage to the Wing Commander and all his disciples. 5:36PM 6 min Watford corner. A routine - Deulofeu runs towards it, does a step over and Doucoure by the D, hoofs it into orbit over Radlett. 5:35PM 4 min Prodl makes a mistake and tries to rectify being turned so easily by hauling Walcott back. Sigurdsson takes the free-kick, 25 yards out on the right. He floats it to the back post and Williams isn't quick enough to get there and instead slides in as it arcs out of play. That was a terrific cross. BT Sport are treating us to Glenn Hoddle again. Thanks for that. 5:33PM 3 min Mariappa hits a 60-yard diagonal for Deulofeu's run up the right. He controls it with a Barcelona-taught trap but runs out of room. 5:31PM 1 min Off they go, Everton moving the ball forward but can't penetrate Watford's defence who smother the ball and pass it around at the back until Karnezis punts it upfield. 5:13PM Teams in black and white Watford Karnezis, Janmaat, Prodl, Mariappa, Holebas, Pereyra, Doucoure, Capoue, Deulofeu, Deeney, Richarlison. Substitutes Gomes, Britos, Gray, Femenia, Zeegelaar, Carrillo, Okaka. Everton Pickford, Kenny, Keane, Williams, Martina, Davies, Gueye, Rooney, Walcott, Niasse, Sigurdsson. Substitutes Robles, Schneiderlin, Bolasie, Tosun, Calvert-Lewin, Holgate, Garbutt. Referee Anthony Taylor (Wythenshawe) 5:06PM Everton team Allardyce opts for 4-3-3. Still no start for Tosun. �� | Team news is in for this evening's clash with @WatfordFC! 2️⃣ changes �� Kenny and Williams start �� Garbutt on the bench#EFCawaydaypic.twitter.com/qHhCeNLNb0— Everton (@Everton) February 24, 2018 5:06PM Watford team news A flat back four and a diamond for Watford? No 4-2-3-1. �� | #watfordfc line-up v @Everton | Karnezis (GK); Janmaat, Mariappa, Prödl, Holebas; Doucouré, Capoue; Deulofeu, Pereyra, Richarlison; Deeney (C). Subs | Gomes (GK), Britos, Femenía, Zeegelaar, Carrillo, Gray, Okaka.#WATEVEpic.twitter.com/EEnpjYzyzO— Watford FC (@WatfordFC) February 24, 2018 5:02PM Good evening And welcome to coverage of Saturday night's last match. Victory for Everton will take them up to seventh but they have won only one league match on the road this season. Watford have been ropey at home, winning just the four and losing six but their new managre, Javier Gracia, has one victory and will be confident of another. Even if it's not exactly box office for BT Sport against the competing demands of the Calcutta Cup, we should relish any opportunity to watch Abdoulaye Doucouré and the attacking verve of Richarlison and Deulofeu as well as Sam Allardyce's designs to confound them.
Watford may have got over Marco Silva pretty quickly, but, on this evidence, Everton might still hanker over the manager they had been prepared to pay £10million for. It was around the time of Watford’s defeat at Goodison Park in November that Everton first made their approach for Silva, which the Hornets ultimately blamed for his sacking. But this victory for Javi Gracia’s Watford, courtesy of a late Troy Deeney strike, may yet tempt Everton to try again for Silva in the summer once Sam Allardyce has steered them to safety. Allardyce’s safety first approach against a Watford team that had previously only won four times at home in the Premier League this term would have frustrated the club’s travelling fans. They rarely threatened the home side’s goal and it was telling that goalkeeper Jordan Pickford produced two of Everton’s most dangerous moments, with a pass that Oumar Niasse wasted and a late header in the Watford penalty area that almost resulted in an equaliser. Michael Keane battles with Watford&#39;s Troy Deeney Credit: REUTERS/David Klein Everton have only won once on the road in the League this season and have now lost five successive away games. They managed one shot on target against Watford, which was a deflected Niasse effort in just the 12th minute that Orestis Karnezis saved. Michael Keane missed the target with a header at the start of the second half and Allardyce said: “If you squander your opportunities, you pay the price in the Premier League. “We’ve taken 17 points from our last eight home games, but if you look at the difference away from home you say ‘wow’. The difference against Watford was we didn’t have a finisher on the pitch.” Everton have not kept a clean sheet since Boxing Day and Allardyce added: “Ultimately, clean sheets are the answer because if we had gone 1-0 up then I don’t think we would have lost the game. Watford 1 - 0 Everton (Troy Deeney, 79 min) “We need to keep clean sheets and then nick that one goal, like Watford did, and that will be the way forwards for us.” This was Watford’s second successive victory at Vicarage Road, following the thrashing of Chelsea, and the Hornets have moved on from Silva. It is fair to assume the club’s owner Gino Pozzo will have enjoyed getting one over Everton, who he felt unsettled Silva to the point that he had to sack him in January. Deeney’s winner came with 11 minutes remaining after he unleashed an unstoppable shot on the turn, having received a pass from substitute Stefano Okaka. Watford vs Everton shots on goal “It’s three important points for us,” said Gracia. “Troy is very important for us on and off the pitch and I can only say good things about him. “It was vital for us to improve our home form because we feel that backing from our supporters. They are another man for us and we have another chance at home against West Bromwich Albion next week. “There is a good feeling in the club since the first day I arrived. But after two important victories at home everything is better for everybody. Everybody will be more happy.” Deeney turns smartly and buries the winner Credit: Alex Broadway/Getty Images On getting his substitutions right, Gracia added: “I have got confidence in all the players. It’s not easy to choose between them because they are all working very hard.” Everton’s January signing Cenk Tosun was sent on as a second-half substitute, but his main contribution was to injure Watford forward Gerard Deulofeu who Gracia said was suffering with pain in his right foot. Allardyce said of Tosun, who cost £27m from Besiktas: “He’s getting used to it day to day in training. He’s finding his feet and he made a reasonable contribution, and, hopefully, he will improve and will give us what we need.” 7:21PM Full time Pickford nearly bailed his side out there. Watford&#39;s changes were inspired and Okaka made a real difference when they went to 4-4-2. Everton, unambitious and plodding, were awful. 7:20PM 90+3 min A foul allows Everton one last chance and they bob on to win a corner. Pickford goes up, wins the header but Karnezis dives down to smother it. 7:19PM 90+2 min Three minutes have been added on, time that Watford seem intent on seeing out by the Everton corner flags. 7:16PM 90 min Watford corner that they try to keep in the corner. Hoddle gives his man of the match award to Deeney for the only touch of class of a truly terrible football match. 7:15PM 87 min Both sides lump it but for differing reasons. Watford finally get the ball down and Okaka turns with a gorgeous backheel flick, bursts past Keane and torpedoes a low shot that Pickford dives down to parry. Attempt Saved: Watford 1 - 0 Everton (Stefano Okaka, 87 min) 7:11PM 85 min Everton throw by the corner flag which they take and head back to halfway and Watford hustle the ball off them. 7:10PM 84 min Allardyce was about to bring on Schneiderlin to help shore up the point before Deeney scored but had to change tack. 7:08PM 82 min Double Everton substitution: Calvert-Lewin and Bolasie replace Sigurdsson and Rooney. 7:08PM 80 min Carelessness in possession from Everton lets Watford attack up the right, Okaka playes a one-two with Femenia then cuts it back to Deeney 15 yards out and he buries a powerful shot. Everton have shot themselves in the foot. Miss: Watford 0 - 0 Everton (Wayne Rooney, 68 min) 7:05PM Goal! Watford 1-0 Everton (Deeney) Troy Deeney turns sharply to smack in the opening goal Credit: Alex Broadway/Getty Images 7:05PM 79 min Double save from Pickford after his clearance hits Deeney. Femenia should square it to Deeney for the tap-in but goes for the shot and Pickford gets down. 7:04PM 77 min Gueye heads away Femenia&#39;s right wing cross and it falls to Doucoure who flays a wild shot over the bar. 7:03PM 75 min Watford crosses from Doucoure (fed by a cute Okaka backheel) and then Femenia hit the first defenders. &#39;Sam Allardyce would be happy to come away with a clean sheet&#39;. Of course he would but what about the poor souls who trekked down to watch this or the Watford fans who have had to endure such dreadful crossing? 7:00PM 73 min Good tackle from Gueye dispossesses Okaka who then trips him. Everton take the free kick and give the ball straight back to the opposition who have two runners headed for the box. Typically for this match the attempt at a throughball goes straight to Keane. Utter garbage. 6:58PM 71 min Prodl makes some comical moves when beating Walcott to a long ball. He wins the header and is then clipped by Walcott but cannot decide whether to go down so waves his arms around as if he were about to collapse but in the end didn&#39;t and he waited for the whistle. 6:57PM 69 min Carillo and Femenia link up on the left and make a couple of opportunities to cross but find no precision with either. Third time lucky with a long throw? No Rooney clears Holebas&#39; missile. 6:54PM 66 min Rooney takes a kung-fu lunge at a half volley from 18 yards. He had to as it bounced too high but he couldn&#39;t keep it down. Miss: Watford 0 - 0 Everton (Wayne Rooney, 68 min) 6:49PM 62 min Misplaced pass after misplaced pass. Carillo replaces Deulofeu who continues to upbraid the referee as he departs over the legality of Tosun&#39;s shoulder-barge. 6:46PM 60 min Tosun shoulder charges Deulofeu legitimately and speeds down the wing but his cutback is too heavy and fizzes into Sigurdsson&#39;s chest. 6:45PM 58 min Watford corner blocked at the near post by Tosun and then headed out by Williams. Watford go back 40 yards, hang a high ball towards the back post from the right and Pickford punches it out. 6:43PM 56 min Double Watford sub: Femenia and Okaka on, Richarlison and Pereyra off. Everton sub: Tosun on for Niasse. 6:41PM 55 min Rooney&#39;s cross is blocked and Watford break. Rooney runs back but misses his attempted tackle and Pickford bails him out with a save. 6:40PM 54 min Capoue fouls Walcott so Everton have another opportunity to stick it in the mixer and take it. targeting Keane but Watford clear. 6:39PM 52 min Keane goes up for a free-kick and stays up when the initial long ball is cleared. Kenny wellies in another 40-yarder and Keane, caught in two minds, heads across goal looking for Davies to poke it in instead of burying it himself. Allardyce is unimpressed. 6:36PM 51 min Everton corner that misses everyone in the box. School of science. 6:34PM 49 min Prodl meets the corner but gets underneath it and balloons it over. 6:33PM 48 min Kenny cuts out a pass intended for Deeney with a sliding interception and knocks Deulofeu&#39;s ball out for a corner. 6:32PM 46 min We resume with a half-hearted Watford surge up the left that leads to nothing. 6:16PM Half time Long ball filth and decent players trying to make something from odds and ends. The half ends with a lovely pass from Pickford, out of his area and sweeping up before Deeney can pounce, but Niasse, picked out 60 yards away, can&#39;t cushion it. The game is being squeezed. Average touch positions (half time) 6:13PM 44 min Richarlison swaps wings but Martina takes the ball off him with a well-timed tackle. He did well there. 6:12PM 43 min On of Javi Gracia&#39;s assistants gets into a barney with Duncan Ferguson. If only Michael Winner were still alive: Death Wish VI right there. 6:10PM 41 min Pickford plucks the corner out of the Hertfordshire sky. Dross. 6:10PM 40 min Martina blocks Deulofeu&#39;s cross after the winger takes him on but cannot shake him off. Watford corner. 6:08PM 38 min Niasse seems to be OK. 6:07PM 37 min Deulofeu smacks it flush into the wall. From the rebound Janmaat and Niasse go for it and the Everton striker inadvertently takes a blow on the head. The ref stops the game. 6:06PM 35 min Deulofeu again centres with purpose, very firmly crossing to the edge of the box Williams beats Deeney to it but Gueye takes him out with a sliding tackle too. Free kick, dead centre 20 yards out. Delofeu has found some space on the right Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge 6:03PM 33 min Deulofeu does that start-stop trick to draw Martina to him then hurtles past to the byline and clips a crisp cross into the box that Williams boots clear. 6:01PM 31 min Left wing cross from Sigurdsson towards the near post. Niasse has made the run but so, in his shadow, has Prodl who gets there first. 5:59PM 30 min Good tackle from Rooney on Deulofeu. He&#39;s turned into Joe Parkinson. Rooney turns midfield destroyer Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge 5:58PM 28 min Keane gets away with a sliding challenge with a raised foot that looks like a potential metatarsal-cracker on Doucoure who eventually gets up with a bruise but no break. 5:56PM 26 min A spate of fouls. Nothing nasty, just niggly time-wasters. 5:55PM 24 min Walcott gets round Holebas after a clever flick from Niasse and cuts the ball back for Rooney to shoot. He cocks his knee but Deulofeu has diligently come all the way back from the right wing to the left back spot that Holebas vacated and whips the ball away before Rooney can hit it. 5:53PM 22 min Kenny cleans out Richarlison with a rash tackle from behind. Free-kick. There&#39;s a palpable lack of urgency so far. Hoddle thinks fatigue will open the game up in the last 20 minutes. We&#39;ll have a phoney war until then. 5:51PM 20 min Everton corner after a touch of class from Sigurdsson, turning like St Johan and standing up a far-post cross that Richarlison, tracking back, heads away from Niasse. In comes the corner and Niasse tries a sidewinder volley at the back post but doesn&#39;t catch it right and hits the first defender. 5:48PM 18 min It&#39;s largely tripe, I&#39;m afraid. 5:47PM 16 min Davies hits an early pass up to Sigurdsson who bursts forward plays a slick one-two with the supporting Davies but scuffs his daisycutter of a shot within easy range of Karnezis. Attempt Saved: Watford 0 - 0 Everton (Gylfi Sigurdsson, 15 min) 5:44PM 14 min That&#39;s nice from Pereyra who takes the ball down and strokes a pass out to Deulofeu. Davies does well to win it back. Possession: Watford vs Everton 5:42PM 12 min And they do counter quickly when they mop up a long pass and retaliate with one of their own up the left to Niasse who turns Janmaat with a stutter run then fires a left-foot shot towards the near post that Karnezis smartly saves and knocks behind. 5:41PM 10 min Everton are compact but certainly aren&#39;t pressing with any vigour or purpose They seem content to let Watford&#39;s defenders have the ball, hoof it and then counter. 5:39PM 8 min Watford are targeting Martina, clipping long diagonal passes designed to let Deulofeu get beyond him. There have been plenty of &#39;mixer&#39; balls so far as if paying homage to the Wing Commander and all his disciples. 5:36PM 6 min Watford corner. A routine - Deulofeu runs towards it, does a step over and Doucoure by the D, hoofs it into orbit over Radlett. 5:35PM 4 min Prodl makes a mistake and tries to rectify being turned so easily by hauling Walcott back. Sigurdsson takes the free-kick, 25 yards out on the right. He floats it to the back post and Williams isn&#39;t quick enough to get there and instead slides in as it arcs out of play. That was a terrific cross. BT Sport are treating us to Glenn Hoddle again. Thanks for that. 5:33PM 3 min Mariappa hits a 60-yard diagonal for Deulofeu&#39;s run up the right. He controls it with a Barcelona-taught trap but runs out of room. 5:31PM 1 min Off they go, Everton moving the ball forward but can&#39;t penetrate Watford&#39;s defence who smother the ball and pass it around at the back until Karnezis punts it upfield. 5:13PM Teams in black and white Watford Karnezis, Janmaat, Prodl, Mariappa, Holebas, Pereyra, Doucoure, Capoue, Deulofeu, Deeney, Richarlison. Substitutes Gomes, Britos, Gray, Femenia, Zeegelaar, Carrillo, Okaka. Everton Pickford, Kenny, Keane, Williams, Martina, Davies, Gueye, Rooney, Walcott, Niasse, Sigurdsson. Substitutes Robles, Schneiderlin, Bolasie, Tosun, Calvert-Lewin, Holgate, Garbutt. Referee Anthony Taylor (Wythenshawe) 5:06PM Everton team Allardyce opts for 4-3-3. Still no start for Tosun. �� | Team news is in for this evening&#39;s clash with @WatfordFC! 2️⃣ changes �� Kenny and Williams start �� Garbutt on the bench#EFCawaydaypic.twitter.com/qHhCeNLNb0— Everton (@Everton) February 24, 2018 5:06PM Watford team news A flat back four and a diamond for Watford? No 4-2-3-1. �� | #watfordfc line-up v @Everton | Karnezis (GK); Janmaat, Mariappa, Prödl, Holebas; Doucouré, Capoue; Deulofeu, Pereyra, Richarlison; Deeney (C). Subs | Gomes (GK), Britos, Femenía, Zeegelaar, Carrillo, Gray, Okaka.#WATEVEpic.twitter.com/EEnpjYzyzO— Watford FC (@WatfordFC) February 24, 2018 5:02PM Good evening And welcome to coverage of Saturday night&#39;s last match. Victory for Everton will take them up to seventh but they have won only one league match on the road this season. Watford have been ropey at home, winning just the four and losing six but their new managre, Javier Gracia, has one victory and will be confident of another. Even if it&#39;s not exactly box office for BT Sport against the competing demands of the Calcutta Cup, we should relish any opportunity to watch Abdoulaye Doucouré and the attacking verve of Richarlison and Deulofeu as well as Sam Allardyce&#39;s designs to confound them.
Watford 1 Everton 0: Troy Deeney finds a touch of class amid the dross
Watford may have got over Marco Silva pretty quickly, but, on this evidence, Everton might still hanker over the manager they had been prepared to pay £10million for. It was around the time of Watford’s defeat at Goodison Park in November that Everton first made their approach for Silva, which the Hornets ultimately blamed for his sacking. But this victory for Javi Gracia’s Watford, courtesy of a late Troy Deeney strike, may yet tempt Everton to try again for Silva in the summer once Sam Allardyce has steered them to safety. Allardyce’s safety first approach against a Watford team that had previously only won four times at home in the Premier League this term would have frustrated the club’s travelling fans. They rarely threatened the home side’s goal and it was telling that goalkeeper Jordan Pickford produced two of Everton’s most dangerous moments, with a pass that Oumar Niasse wasted and a late header in the Watford penalty area that almost resulted in an equaliser. Michael Keane battles with Watford's Troy Deeney Credit: REUTERS/David Klein Everton have only won once on the road in the League this season and have now lost five successive away games. They managed one shot on target against Watford, which was a deflected Niasse effort in just the 12th minute that Orestis Karnezis saved. Michael Keane missed the target with a header at the start of the second half and Allardyce said: “If you squander your opportunities, you pay the price in the Premier League. “We’ve taken 17 points from our last eight home games, but if you look at the difference away from home you say ‘wow’. The difference against Watford was we didn’t have a finisher on the pitch.” Everton have not kept a clean sheet since Boxing Day and Allardyce added: “Ultimately, clean sheets are the answer because if we had gone 1-0 up then I don’t think we would have lost the game. Watford 1 - 0 Everton (Troy Deeney, 79 min) “We need to keep clean sheets and then nick that one goal, like Watford did, and that will be the way forwards for us.” This was Watford’s second successive victory at Vicarage Road, following the thrashing of Chelsea, and the Hornets have moved on from Silva. It is fair to assume the club’s owner Gino Pozzo will have enjoyed getting one over Everton, who he felt unsettled Silva to the point that he had to sack him in January. Deeney’s winner came with 11 minutes remaining after he unleashed an unstoppable shot on the turn, having received a pass from substitute Stefano Okaka. Watford vs Everton shots on goal “It’s three important points for us,” said Gracia. “Troy is very important for us on and off the pitch and I can only say good things about him. “It was vital for us to improve our home form because we feel that backing from our supporters. They are another man for us and we have another chance at home against West Bromwich Albion next week. “There is a good feeling in the club since the first day I arrived. But after two important victories at home everything is better for everybody. Everybody will be more happy.” Deeney turns smartly and buries the winner Credit: Alex Broadway/Getty Images On getting his substitutions right, Gracia added: “I have got confidence in all the players. It’s not easy to choose between them because they are all working very hard.” Everton’s January signing Cenk Tosun was sent on as a second-half substitute, but his main contribution was to injure Watford forward Gerard Deulofeu who Gracia said was suffering with pain in his right foot. Allardyce said of Tosun, who cost £27m from Besiktas: “He’s getting used to it day to day in training. He’s finding his feet and he made a reasonable contribution, and, hopefully, he will improve and will give us what we need.” 7:21PM Full time Pickford nearly bailed his side out there. Watford's changes were inspired and Okaka made a real difference when they went to 4-4-2. Everton, unambitious and plodding, were awful. 7:20PM 90+3 min A foul allows Everton one last chance and they bob on to win a corner. Pickford goes up, wins the header but Karnezis dives down to smother it. 7:19PM 90+2 min Three minutes have been added on, time that Watford seem intent on seeing out by the Everton corner flags. 7:16PM 90 min Watford corner that they try to keep in the corner. Hoddle gives his man of the match award to Deeney for the only touch of class of a truly terrible football match. 7:15PM 87 min Both sides lump it but for differing reasons. Watford finally get the ball down and Okaka turns with a gorgeous backheel flick, bursts past Keane and torpedoes a low shot that Pickford dives down to parry. Attempt Saved: Watford 1 - 0 Everton (Stefano Okaka, 87 min) 7:11PM 85 min Everton throw by the corner flag which they take and head back to halfway and Watford hustle the ball off them. 7:10PM 84 min Allardyce was about to bring on Schneiderlin to help shore up the point before Deeney scored but had to change tack. 7:08PM 82 min Double Everton substitution: Calvert-Lewin and Bolasie replace Sigurdsson and Rooney. 7:08PM 80 min Carelessness in possession from Everton lets Watford attack up the right, Okaka playes a one-two with Femenia then cuts it back to Deeney 15 yards out and he buries a powerful shot. Everton have shot themselves in the foot. Miss: Watford 0 - 0 Everton (Wayne Rooney, 68 min) 7:05PM Goal! Watford 1-0 Everton (Deeney) Troy Deeney turns sharply to smack in the opening goal Credit: Alex Broadway/Getty Images 7:05PM 79 min Double save from Pickford after his clearance hits Deeney. Femenia should square it to Deeney for the tap-in but goes for the shot and Pickford gets down. 7:04PM 77 min Gueye heads away Femenia's right wing cross and it falls to Doucoure who flays a wild shot over the bar. 7:03PM 75 min Watford crosses from Doucoure (fed by a cute Okaka backheel) and then Femenia hit the first defenders. 'Sam Allardyce would be happy to come away with a clean sheet'. Of course he would but what about the poor souls who trekked down to watch this or the Watford fans who have had to endure such dreadful crossing? 7:00PM 73 min Good tackle from Gueye dispossesses Okaka who then trips him. Everton take the free kick and give the ball straight back to the opposition who have two runners headed for the box. Typically for this match the attempt at a throughball goes straight to Keane. Utter garbage. 6:58PM 71 min Prodl makes some comical moves when beating Walcott to a long ball. He wins the header and is then clipped by Walcott but cannot decide whether to go down so waves his arms around as if he were about to collapse but in the end didn't and he waited for the whistle. 6:57PM 69 min Carillo and Femenia link up on the left and make a couple of opportunities to cross but find no precision with either. Third time lucky with a long throw? No Rooney clears Holebas' missile. 6:54PM 66 min Rooney takes a kung-fu lunge at a half volley from 18 yards. He had to as it bounced too high but he couldn't keep it down. Miss: Watford 0 - 0 Everton (Wayne Rooney, 68 min) 6:49PM 62 min Misplaced pass after misplaced pass. Carillo replaces Deulofeu who continues to upbraid the referee as he departs over the legality of Tosun's shoulder-barge. 6:46PM 60 min Tosun shoulder charges Deulofeu legitimately and speeds down the wing but his cutback is too heavy and fizzes into Sigurdsson's chest. 6:45PM 58 min Watford corner blocked at the near post by Tosun and then headed out by Williams. Watford go back 40 yards, hang a high ball towards the back post from the right and Pickford punches it out. 6:43PM 56 min Double Watford sub: Femenia and Okaka on, Richarlison and Pereyra off. Everton sub: Tosun on for Niasse. 6:41PM 55 min Rooney's cross is blocked and Watford break. Rooney runs back but misses his attempted tackle and Pickford bails him out with a save. 6:40PM 54 min Capoue fouls Walcott so Everton have another opportunity to stick it in the mixer and take it. targeting Keane but Watford clear. 6:39PM 52 min Keane goes up for a free-kick and stays up when the initial long ball is cleared. Kenny wellies in another 40-yarder and Keane, caught in two minds, heads across goal looking for Davies to poke it in instead of burying it himself. Allardyce is unimpressed. 6:36PM 51 min Everton corner that misses everyone in the box. School of science. 6:34PM 49 min Prodl meets the corner but gets underneath it and balloons it over. 6:33PM 48 min Kenny cuts out a pass intended for Deeney with a sliding interception and knocks Deulofeu's ball out for a corner. 6:32PM 46 min We resume with a half-hearted Watford surge up the left that leads to nothing. 6:16PM Half time Long ball filth and decent players trying to make something from odds and ends. The half ends with a lovely pass from Pickford, out of his area and sweeping up before Deeney can pounce, but Niasse, picked out 60 yards away, can't cushion it. The game is being squeezed. Average touch positions (half time) 6:13PM 44 min Richarlison swaps wings but Martina takes the ball off him with a well-timed tackle. He did well there. 6:12PM 43 min On of Javi Gracia's assistants gets into a barney with Duncan Ferguson. If only Michael Winner were still alive: Death Wish VI right there. 6:10PM 41 min Pickford plucks the corner out of the Hertfordshire sky. Dross. 6:10PM 40 min Martina blocks Deulofeu's cross after the winger takes him on but cannot shake him off. Watford corner. 6:08PM 38 min Niasse seems to be OK. 6:07PM 37 min Deulofeu smacks it flush into the wall. From the rebound Janmaat and Niasse go for it and the Everton striker inadvertently takes a blow on the head. The ref stops the game. 6:06PM 35 min Deulofeu again centres with purpose, very firmly crossing to the edge of the box Williams beats Deeney to it but Gueye takes him out with a sliding tackle too. Free kick, dead centre 20 yards out. Delofeu has found some space on the right Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge 6:03PM 33 min Deulofeu does that start-stop trick to draw Martina to him then hurtles past to the byline and clips a crisp cross into the box that Williams boots clear. 6:01PM 31 min Left wing cross from Sigurdsson towards the near post. Niasse has made the run but so, in his shadow, has Prodl who gets there first. 5:59PM 30 min Good tackle from Rooney on Deulofeu. He's turned into Joe Parkinson. Rooney turns midfield destroyer Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge 5:58PM 28 min Keane gets away with a sliding challenge with a raised foot that looks like a potential metatarsal-cracker on Doucoure who eventually gets up with a bruise but no break. 5:56PM 26 min A spate of fouls. Nothing nasty, just niggly time-wasters. 5:55PM 24 min Walcott gets round Holebas after a clever flick from Niasse and cuts the ball back for Rooney to shoot. He cocks his knee but Deulofeu has diligently come all the way back from the right wing to the left back spot that Holebas vacated and whips the ball away before Rooney can hit it. 5:53PM 22 min Kenny cleans out Richarlison with a rash tackle from behind. Free-kick. There's a palpable lack of urgency so far. Hoddle thinks fatigue will open the game up in the last 20 minutes. We'll have a phoney war until then. 5:51PM 20 min Everton corner after a touch of class from Sigurdsson, turning like St Johan and standing up a far-post cross that Richarlison, tracking back, heads away from Niasse. In comes the corner and Niasse tries a sidewinder volley at the back post but doesn't catch it right and hits the first defender. 5:48PM 18 min It's largely tripe, I'm afraid. 5:47PM 16 min Davies hits an early pass up to Sigurdsson who bursts forward plays a slick one-two with the supporting Davies but scuffs his daisycutter of a shot within easy range of Karnezis. Attempt Saved: Watford 0 - 0 Everton (Gylfi Sigurdsson, 15 min) 5:44PM 14 min That's nice from Pereyra who takes the ball down and strokes a pass out to Deulofeu. Davies does well to win it back. Possession: Watford vs Everton 5:42PM 12 min And they do counter quickly when they mop up a long pass and retaliate with one of their own up the left to Niasse who turns Janmaat with a stutter run then fires a left-foot shot towards the near post that Karnezis smartly saves and knocks behind. 5:41PM 10 min Everton are compact but certainly aren't pressing with any vigour or purpose They seem content to let Watford's defenders have the ball, hoof it and then counter. 5:39PM 8 min Watford are targeting Martina, clipping long diagonal passes designed to let Deulofeu get beyond him. There have been plenty of 'mixer' balls so far as if paying homage to the Wing Commander and all his disciples. 5:36PM 6 min Watford corner. A routine - Deulofeu runs towards it, does a step over and Doucoure by the D, hoofs it into orbit over Radlett. 5:35PM 4 min Prodl makes a mistake and tries to rectify being turned so easily by hauling Walcott back. Sigurdsson takes the free-kick, 25 yards out on the right. He floats it to the back post and Williams isn't quick enough to get there and instead slides in as it arcs out of play. That was a terrific cross. BT Sport are treating us to Glenn Hoddle again. Thanks for that. 5:33PM 3 min Mariappa hits a 60-yard diagonal for Deulofeu's run up the right. He controls it with a Barcelona-taught trap but runs out of room. 5:31PM 1 min Off they go, Everton moving the ball forward but can't penetrate Watford's defence who smother the ball and pass it around at the back until Karnezis punts it upfield. 5:13PM Teams in black and white Watford Karnezis, Janmaat, Prodl, Mariappa, Holebas, Pereyra, Doucoure, Capoue, Deulofeu, Deeney, Richarlison. Substitutes Gomes, Britos, Gray, Femenia, Zeegelaar, Carrillo, Okaka. Everton Pickford, Kenny, Keane, Williams, Martina, Davies, Gueye, Rooney, Walcott, Niasse, Sigurdsson. Substitutes Robles, Schneiderlin, Bolasie, Tosun, Calvert-Lewin, Holgate, Garbutt. Referee Anthony Taylor (Wythenshawe) 5:06PM Everton team Allardyce opts for 4-3-3. Still no start for Tosun. �� | Team news is in for this evening's clash with @WatfordFC! 2️⃣ changes �� Kenny and Williams start �� Garbutt on the bench#EFCawaydaypic.twitter.com/qHhCeNLNb0— Everton (@Everton) February 24, 2018 5:06PM Watford team news A flat back four and a diamond for Watford? No 4-2-3-1. �� | #watfordfc line-up v @Everton | Karnezis (GK); Janmaat, Mariappa, Prödl, Holebas; Doucouré, Capoue; Deulofeu, Pereyra, Richarlison; Deeney (C). Subs | Gomes (GK), Britos, Femenía, Zeegelaar, Carrillo, Gray, Okaka.#WATEVEpic.twitter.com/EEnpjYzyzO— Watford FC (@WatfordFC) February 24, 2018 5:02PM Good evening And welcome to coverage of Saturday night's last match. Victory for Everton will take them up to seventh but they have won only one league match on the road this season. Watford have been ropey at home, winning just the four and losing six but their new managre, Javier Gracia, has one victory and will be confident of another. Even if it's not exactly box office for BT Sport against the competing demands of the Calcutta Cup, we should relish any opportunity to watch Abdoulaye Doucouré and the attacking verve of Richarlison and Deulofeu as well as Sam Allardyce's designs to confound them.
Watford may have got over Marco Silva pretty quickly, but, on this evidence, Everton might still hanker over the manager they had been prepared to pay £10million for. It was around the time of Watford’s defeat at Goodison Park in November that Everton first made their approach for Silva, which the Hornets ultimately blamed for his sacking. But this victory for Javi Gracia’s Watford, courtesy of a late Troy Deeney strike, may yet tempt Everton to try again for Silva in the summer once Sam Allardyce has steered them to safety. Allardyce’s safety first approach against a Watford team that had previously only won four times at home in the Premier League this term would have frustrated the club’s travelling fans. They rarely threatened the home side’s goal and it was telling that goalkeeper Jordan Pickford produced two of Everton’s most dangerous moments, with a pass that Oumar Niasse wasted and a late header in the Watford penalty area that almost resulted in an equaliser. Michael Keane battles with Watford&#39;s Troy Deeney Credit: REUTERS/David Klein Everton have only won once on the road in the League this season and have now lost five successive away games. They managed one shot on target against Watford, which was a deflected Niasse effort in just the 12th minute that Orestis Karnezis saved. Michael Keane missed the target with a header at the start of the second half and Allardyce said: “If you squander your opportunities, you pay the price in the Premier League. “We’ve taken 17 points from our last eight home games, but if you look at the difference away from home you say ‘wow’. The difference against Watford was we didn’t have a finisher on the pitch.” Everton have not kept a clean sheet since Boxing Day and Allardyce added: “Ultimately, clean sheets are the answer because if we had gone 1-0 up then I don’t think we would have lost the game. Watford 1 - 0 Everton (Troy Deeney, 79 min) “We need to keep clean sheets and then nick that one goal, like Watford did, and that will be the way forwards for us.” This was Watford’s second successive victory at Vicarage Road, following the thrashing of Chelsea, and the Hornets have moved on from Silva. It is fair to assume the club’s owner Gino Pozzo will have enjoyed getting one over Everton, who he felt unsettled Silva to the point that he had to sack him in January. Deeney’s winner came with 11 minutes remaining after he unleashed an unstoppable shot on the turn, having received a pass from substitute Stefano Okaka. Watford vs Everton shots on goal “It’s three important points for us,” said Gracia. “Troy is very important for us on and off the pitch and I can only say good things about him. “It was vital for us to improve our home form because we feel that backing from our supporters. They are another man for us and we have another chance at home against West Bromwich Albion next week. “There is a good feeling in the club since the first day I arrived. But after two important victories at home everything is better for everybody. Everybody will be more happy.” Deeney turns smartly and buries the winner Credit: Alex Broadway/Getty Images On getting his substitutions right, Gracia added: “I have got confidence in all the players. It’s not easy to choose between them because they are all working very hard.” Everton’s January signing Cenk Tosun was sent on as a second-half substitute, but his main contribution was to injure Watford forward Gerard Deulofeu who Gracia said was suffering with pain in his right foot. Allardyce said of Tosun, who cost £27m from Besiktas: “He’s getting used to it day to day in training. He’s finding his feet and he made a reasonable contribution, and, hopefully, he will improve and will give us what we need.” 7:21PM Full time Pickford nearly bailed his side out there. Watford&#39;s changes were inspired and Okaka made a real difference when they went to 4-4-2. Everton, unambitious and plodding, were awful. 7:20PM 90+3 min A foul allows Everton one last chance and they bob on to win a corner. Pickford goes up, wins the header but Karnezis dives down to smother it. 7:19PM 90+2 min Three minutes have been added on, time that Watford seem intent on seeing out by the Everton corner flags. 7:16PM 90 min Watford corner that they try to keep in the corner. Hoddle gives his man of the match award to Deeney for the only touch of class of a truly terrible football match. 7:15PM 87 min Both sides lump it but for differing reasons. Watford finally get the ball down and Okaka turns with a gorgeous backheel flick, bursts past Keane and torpedoes a low shot that Pickford dives down to parry. Attempt Saved: Watford 1 - 0 Everton (Stefano Okaka, 87 min) 7:11PM 85 min Everton throw by the corner flag which they take and head back to halfway and Watford hustle the ball off them. 7:10PM 84 min Allardyce was about to bring on Schneiderlin to help shore up the point before Deeney scored but had to change tack. 7:08PM 82 min Double Everton substitution: Calvert-Lewin and Bolasie replace Sigurdsson and Rooney. 7:08PM 80 min Carelessness in possession from Everton lets Watford attack up the right, Okaka playes a one-two with Femenia then cuts it back to Deeney 15 yards out and he buries a powerful shot. Everton have shot themselves in the foot. Miss: Watford 0 - 0 Everton (Wayne Rooney, 68 min) 7:05PM Goal! Watford 1-0 Everton (Deeney) Troy Deeney turns sharply to smack in the opening goal Credit: Alex Broadway/Getty Images 7:05PM 79 min Double save from Pickford after his clearance hits Deeney. Femenia should square it to Deeney for the tap-in but goes for the shot and Pickford gets down. 7:04PM 77 min Gueye heads away Femenia&#39;s right wing cross and it falls to Doucoure who flays a wild shot over the bar. 7:03PM 75 min Watford crosses from Doucoure (fed by a cute Okaka backheel) and then Femenia hit the first defenders. &#39;Sam Allardyce would be happy to come away with a clean sheet&#39;. Of course he would but what about the poor souls who trekked down to watch this or the Watford fans who have had to endure such dreadful crossing? 7:00PM 73 min Good tackle from Gueye dispossesses Okaka who then trips him. Everton take the free kick and give the ball straight back to the opposition who have two runners headed for the box. Typically for this match the attempt at a throughball goes straight to Keane. Utter garbage. 6:58PM 71 min Prodl makes some comical moves when beating Walcott to a long ball. He wins the header and is then clipped by Walcott but cannot decide whether to go down so waves his arms around as if he were about to collapse but in the end didn&#39;t and he waited for the whistle. 6:57PM 69 min Carillo and Femenia link up on the left and make a couple of opportunities to cross but find no precision with either. Third time lucky with a long throw? No Rooney clears Holebas&#39; missile. 6:54PM 66 min Rooney takes a kung-fu lunge at a half volley from 18 yards. He had to as it bounced too high but he couldn&#39;t keep it down. Miss: Watford 0 - 0 Everton (Wayne Rooney, 68 min) 6:49PM 62 min Misplaced pass after misplaced pass. Carillo replaces Deulofeu who continues to upbraid the referee as he departs over the legality of Tosun&#39;s shoulder-barge. 6:46PM 60 min Tosun shoulder charges Deulofeu legitimately and speeds down the wing but his cutback is too heavy and fizzes into Sigurdsson&#39;s chest. 6:45PM 58 min Watford corner blocked at the near post by Tosun and then headed out by Williams. Watford go back 40 yards, hang a high ball towards the back post from the right and Pickford punches it out. 6:43PM 56 min Double Watford sub: Femenia and Okaka on, Richarlison and Pereyra off. Everton sub: Tosun on for Niasse. 6:41PM 55 min Rooney&#39;s cross is blocked and Watford break. Rooney runs back but misses his attempted tackle and Pickford bails him out with a save. 6:40PM 54 min Capoue fouls Walcott so Everton have another opportunity to stick it in the mixer and take it. targeting Keane but Watford clear. 6:39PM 52 min Keane goes up for a free-kick and stays up when the initial long ball is cleared. Kenny wellies in another 40-yarder and Keane, caught in two minds, heads across goal looking for Davies to poke it in instead of burying it himself. Allardyce is unimpressed. 6:36PM 51 min Everton corner that misses everyone in the box. School of science. 6:34PM 49 min Prodl meets the corner but gets underneath it and balloons it over. 6:33PM 48 min Kenny cuts out a pass intended for Deeney with a sliding interception and knocks Deulofeu&#39;s ball out for a corner. 6:32PM 46 min We resume with a half-hearted Watford surge up the left that leads to nothing. 6:16PM Half time Long ball filth and decent players trying to make something from odds and ends. The half ends with a lovely pass from Pickford, out of his area and sweeping up before Deeney can pounce, but Niasse, picked out 60 yards away, can&#39;t cushion it. The game is being squeezed. Average touch positions (half time) 6:13PM 44 min Richarlison swaps wings but Martina takes the ball off him with a well-timed tackle. He did well there. 6:12PM 43 min On of Javi Gracia&#39;s assistants gets into a barney with Duncan Ferguson. If only Michael Winner were still alive: Death Wish VI right there. 6:10PM 41 min Pickford plucks the corner out of the Hertfordshire sky. Dross. 6:10PM 40 min Martina blocks Deulofeu&#39;s cross after the winger takes him on but cannot shake him off. Watford corner. 6:08PM 38 min Niasse seems to be OK. 6:07PM 37 min Deulofeu smacks it flush into the wall. From the rebound Janmaat and Niasse go for it and the Everton striker inadvertently takes a blow on the head. The ref stops the game. 6:06PM 35 min Deulofeu again centres with purpose, very firmly crossing to the edge of the box Williams beats Deeney to it but Gueye takes him out with a sliding tackle too. Free kick, dead centre 20 yards out. Delofeu has found some space on the right Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge 6:03PM 33 min Deulofeu does that start-stop trick to draw Martina to him then hurtles past to the byline and clips a crisp cross into the box that Williams boots clear. 6:01PM 31 min Left wing cross from Sigurdsson towards the near post. Niasse has made the run but so, in his shadow, has Prodl who gets there first. 5:59PM 30 min Good tackle from Rooney on Deulofeu. He&#39;s turned into Joe Parkinson. Rooney turns midfield destroyer Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge 5:58PM 28 min Keane gets away with a sliding challenge with a raised foot that looks like a potential metatarsal-cracker on Doucoure who eventually gets up with a bruise but no break. 5:56PM 26 min A spate of fouls. Nothing nasty, just niggly time-wasters. 5:55PM 24 min Walcott gets round Holebas after a clever flick from Niasse and cuts the ball back for Rooney to shoot. He cocks his knee but Deulofeu has diligently come all the way back from the right wing to the left back spot that Holebas vacated and whips the ball away before Rooney can hit it. 5:53PM 22 min Kenny cleans out Richarlison with a rash tackle from behind. Free-kick. There&#39;s a palpable lack of urgency so far. Hoddle thinks fatigue will open the game up in the last 20 minutes. We&#39;ll have a phoney war until then. 5:51PM 20 min Everton corner after a touch of class from Sigurdsson, turning like St Johan and standing up a far-post cross that Richarlison, tracking back, heads away from Niasse. In comes the corner and Niasse tries a sidewinder volley at the back post but doesn&#39;t catch it right and hits the first defender. 5:48PM 18 min It&#39;s largely tripe, I&#39;m afraid. 5:47PM 16 min Davies hits an early pass up to Sigurdsson who bursts forward plays a slick one-two with the supporting Davies but scuffs his daisycutter of a shot within easy range of Karnezis. Attempt Saved: Watford 0 - 0 Everton (Gylfi Sigurdsson, 15 min) 5:44PM 14 min That&#39;s nice from Pereyra who takes the ball down and strokes a pass out to Deulofeu. Davies does well to win it back. Possession: Watford vs Everton 5:42PM 12 min And they do counter quickly when they mop up a long pass and retaliate with one of their own up the left to Niasse who turns Janmaat with a stutter run then fires a left-foot shot towards the near post that Karnezis smartly saves and knocks behind. 5:41PM 10 min Everton are compact but certainly aren&#39;t pressing with any vigour or purpose They seem content to let Watford&#39;s defenders have the ball, hoof it and then counter. 5:39PM 8 min Watford are targeting Martina, clipping long diagonal passes designed to let Deulofeu get beyond him. There have been plenty of &#39;mixer&#39; balls so far as if paying homage to the Wing Commander and all his disciples. 5:36PM 6 min Watford corner. A routine - Deulofeu runs towards it, does a step over and Doucoure by the D, hoofs it into orbit over Radlett. 5:35PM 4 min Prodl makes a mistake and tries to rectify being turned so easily by hauling Walcott back. Sigurdsson takes the free-kick, 25 yards out on the right. He floats it to the back post and Williams isn&#39;t quick enough to get there and instead slides in as it arcs out of play. That was a terrific cross. BT Sport are treating us to Glenn Hoddle again. Thanks for that. 5:33PM 3 min Mariappa hits a 60-yard diagonal for Deulofeu&#39;s run up the right. He controls it with a Barcelona-taught trap but runs out of room. 5:31PM 1 min Off they go, Everton moving the ball forward but can&#39;t penetrate Watford&#39;s defence who smother the ball and pass it around at the back until Karnezis punts it upfield. 5:13PM Teams in black and white Watford Karnezis, Janmaat, Prodl, Mariappa, Holebas, Pereyra, Doucoure, Capoue, Deulofeu, Deeney, Richarlison. Substitutes Gomes, Britos, Gray, Femenia, Zeegelaar, Carrillo, Okaka. Everton Pickford, Kenny, Keane, Williams, Martina, Davies, Gueye, Rooney, Walcott, Niasse, Sigurdsson. Substitutes Robles, Schneiderlin, Bolasie, Tosun, Calvert-Lewin, Holgate, Garbutt. Referee Anthony Taylor (Wythenshawe) 5:06PM Everton team Allardyce opts for 4-3-3. Still no start for Tosun. �� | Team news is in for this evening&#39;s clash with @WatfordFC! 2️⃣ changes �� Kenny and Williams start �� Garbutt on the bench#EFCawaydaypic.twitter.com/qHhCeNLNb0— Everton (@Everton) February 24, 2018 5:06PM Watford team news A flat back four and a diamond for Watford? No 4-2-3-1. �� | #watfordfc line-up v @Everton | Karnezis (GK); Janmaat, Mariappa, Prödl, Holebas; Doucouré, Capoue; Deulofeu, Pereyra, Richarlison; Deeney (C). Subs | Gomes (GK), Britos, Femenía, Zeegelaar, Carrillo, Gray, Okaka.#WATEVEpic.twitter.com/EEnpjYzyzO— Watford FC (@WatfordFC) February 24, 2018 5:02PM Good evening And welcome to coverage of Saturday night&#39;s last match. Victory for Everton will take them up to seventh but they have won only one league match on the road this season. Watford have been ropey at home, winning just the four and losing six but their new managre, Javier Gracia, has one victory and will be confident of another. Even if it&#39;s not exactly box office for BT Sport against the competing demands of the Calcutta Cup, we should relish any opportunity to watch Abdoulaye Doucouré and the attacking verve of Richarlison and Deulofeu as well as Sam Allardyce&#39;s designs to confound them.
Watford 1 Everton 0: Troy Deeney finds a touch of class amid the dross
Watford may have got over Marco Silva pretty quickly, but, on this evidence, Everton might still hanker over the manager they had been prepared to pay £10million for. It was around the time of Watford’s defeat at Goodison Park in November that Everton first made their approach for Silva, which the Hornets ultimately blamed for his sacking. But this victory for Javi Gracia’s Watford, courtesy of a late Troy Deeney strike, may yet tempt Everton to try again for Silva in the summer once Sam Allardyce has steered them to safety. Allardyce’s safety first approach against a Watford team that had previously only won four times at home in the Premier League this term would have frustrated the club’s travelling fans. They rarely threatened the home side’s goal and it was telling that goalkeeper Jordan Pickford produced two of Everton’s most dangerous moments, with a pass that Oumar Niasse wasted and a late header in the Watford penalty area that almost resulted in an equaliser. Michael Keane battles with Watford's Troy Deeney Credit: REUTERS/David Klein Everton have only won once on the road in the League this season and have now lost five successive away games. They managed one shot on target against Watford, which was a deflected Niasse effort in just the 12th minute that Orestis Karnezis saved. Michael Keane missed the target with a header at the start of the second half and Allardyce said: “If you squander your opportunities, you pay the price in the Premier League. “We’ve taken 17 points from our last eight home games, but if you look at the difference away from home you say ‘wow’. The difference against Watford was we didn’t have a finisher on the pitch.” Everton have not kept a clean sheet since Boxing Day and Allardyce added: “Ultimately, clean sheets are the answer because if we had gone 1-0 up then I don’t think we would have lost the game. Watford 1 - 0 Everton (Troy Deeney, 79 min) “We need to keep clean sheets and then nick that one goal, like Watford did, and that will be the way forwards for us.” This was Watford’s second successive victory at Vicarage Road, following the thrashing of Chelsea, and the Hornets have moved on from Silva. It is fair to assume the club’s owner Gino Pozzo will have enjoyed getting one over Everton, who he felt unsettled Silva to the point that he had to sack him in January. Deeney’s winner came with 11 minutes remaining after he unleashed an unstoppable shot on the turn, having received a pass from substitute Stefano Okaka. Watford vs Everton shots on goal “It’s three important points for us,” said Gracia. “Troy is very important for us on and off the pitch and I can only say good things about him. “It was vital for us to improve our home form because we feel that backing from our supporters. They are another man for us and we have another chance at home against West Bromwich Albion next week. “There is a good feeling in the club since the first day I arrived. But after two important victories at home everything is better for everybody. Everybody will be more happy.” Deeney turns smartly and buries the winner Credit: Alex Broadway/Getty Images On getting his substitutions right, Gracia added: “I have got confidence in all the players. It’s not easy to choose between them because they are all working very hard.” Everton’s January signing Cenk Tosun was sent on as a second-half substitute, but his main contribution was to injure Watford forward Gerard Deulofeu who Gracia said was suffering with pain in his right foot. Allardyce said of Tosun, who cost £27m from Besiktas: “He’s getting used to it day to day in training. He’s finding his feet and he made a reasonable contribution, and, hopefully, he will improve and will give us what we need.” 7:21PM Full time Pickford nearly bailed his side out there. Watford's changes were inspired and Okaka made a real difference when they went to 4-4-2. Everton, unambitious and plodding, were awful. 7:20PM 90+3 min A foul allows Everton one last chance and they bob on to win a corner. Pickford goes up, wins the header but Karnezis dives down to smother it. 7:19PM 90+2 min Three minutes have been added on, time that Watford seem intent on seeing out by the Everton corner flags. 7:16PM 90 min Watford corner that they try to keep in the corner. Hoddle gives his man of the match award to Deeney for the only touch of class of a truly terrible football match. 7:15PM 87 min Both sides lump it but for differing reasons. Watford finally get the ball down and Okaka turns with a gorgeous backheel flick, bursts past Keane and torpedoes a low shot that Pickford dives down to parry. Attempt Saved: Watford 1 - 0 Everton (Stefano Okaka, 87 min) 7:11PM 85 min Everton throw by the corner flag which they take and head back to halfway and Watford hustle the ball off them. 7:10PM 84 min Allardyce was about to bring on Schneiderlin to help shore up the point before Deeney scored but had to change tack. 7:08PM 82 min Double Everton substitution: Calvert-Lewin and Bolasie replace Sigurdsson and Rooney. 7:08PM 80 min Carelessness in possession from Everton lets Watford attack up the right, Okaka playes a one-two with Femenia then cuts it back to Deeney 15 yards out and he buries a powerful shot. Everton have shot themselves in the foot. Miss: Watford 0 - 0 Everton (Wayne Rooney, 68 min) 7:05PM Goal! Watford 1-0 Everton (Deeney) Troy Deeney turns sharply to smack in the opening goal Credit: Alex Broadway/Getty Images 7:05PM 79 min Double save from Pickford after his clearance hits Deeney. Femenia should square it to Deeney for the tap-in but goes for the shot and Pickford gets down. 7:04PM 77 min Gueye heads away Femenia's right wing cross and it falls to Doucoure who flays a wild shot over the bar. 7:03PM 75 min Watford crosses from Doucoure (fed by a cute Okaka backheel) and then Femenia hit the first defenders. 'Sam Allardyce would be happy to come away with a clean sheet'. Of course he would but what about the poor souls who trekked down to watch this or the Watford fans who have had to endure such dreadful crossing? 7:00PM 73 min Good tackle from Gueye dispossesses Okaka who then trips him. Everton take the free kick and give the ball straight back to the opposition who have two runners headed for the box. Typically for this match the attempt at a throughball goes straight to Keane. Utter garbage. 6:58PM 71 min Prodl makes some comical moves when beating Walcott to a long ball. He wins the header and is then clipped by Walcott but cannot decide whether to go down so waves his arms around as if he were about to collapse but in the end didn't and he waited for the whistle. 6:57PM 69 min Carillo and Femenia link up on the left and make a couple of opportunities to cross but find no precision with either. Third time lucky with a long throw? No Rooney clears Holebas' missile. 6:54PM 66 min Rooney takes a kung-fu lunge at a half volley from 18 yards. He had to as it bounced too high but he couldn't keep it down. Miss: Watford 0 - 0 Everton (Wayne Rooney, 68 min) 6:49PM 62 min Misplaced pass after misplaced pass. Carillo replaces Deulofeu who continues to upbraid the referee as he departs over the legality of Tosun's shoulder-barge. 6:46PM 60 min Tosun shoulder charges Deulofeu legitimately and speeds down the wing but his cutback is too heavy and fizzes into Sigurdsson's chest. 6:45PM 58 min Watford corner blocked at the near post by Tosun and then headed out by Williams. Watford go back 40 yards, hang a high ball towards the back post from the right and Pickford punches it out. 6:43PM 56 min Double Watford sub: Femenia and Okaka on, Richarlison and Pereyra off. Everton sub: Tosun on for Niasse. 6:41PM 55 min Rooney's cross is blocked and Watford break. Rooney runs back but misses his attempted tackle and Pickford bails him out with a save. 6:40PM 54 min Capoue fouls Walcott so Everton have another opportunity to stick it in the mixer and take it. targeting Keane but Watford clear. 6:39PM 52 min Keane goes up for a free-kick and stays up when the initial long ball is cleared. Kenny wellies in another 40-yarder and Keane, caught in two minds, heads across goal looking for Davies to poke it in instead of burying it himself. Allardyce is unimpressed. 6:36PM 51 min Everton corner that misses everyone in the box. School of science. 6:34PM 49 min Prodl meets the corner but gets underneath it and balloons it over. 6:33PM 48 min Kenny cuts out a pass intended for Deeney with a sliding interception and knocks Deulofeu's ball out for a corner. 6:32PM 46 min We resume with a half-hearted Watford surge up the left that leads to nothing. 6:16PM Half time Long ball filth and decent players trying to make something from odds and ends. The half ends with a lovely pass from Pickford, out of his area and sweeping up before Deeney can pounce, but Niasse, picked out 60 yards away, can't cushion it. The game is being squeezed. Average touch positions (half time) 6:13PM 44 min Richarlison swaps wings but Martina takes the ball off him with a well-timed tackle. He did well there. 6:12PM 43 min On of Javi Gracia's assistants gets into a barney with Duncan Ferguson. If only Michael Winner were still alive: Death Wish VI right there. 6:10PM 41 min Pickford plucks the corner out of the Hertfordshire sky. Dross. 6:10PM 40 min Martina blocks Deulofeu's cross after the winger takes him on but cannot shake him off. Watford corner. 6:08PM 38 min Niasse seems to be OK. 6:07PM 37 min Deulofeu smacks it flush into the wall. From the rebound Janmaat and Niasse go for it and the Everton striker inadvertently takes a blow on the head. The ref stops the game. 6:06PM 35 min Deulofeu again centres with purpose, very firmly crossing to the edge of the box Williams beats Deeney to it but Gueye takes him out with a sliding tackle too. Free kick, dead centre 20 yards out. Delofeu has found some space on the right Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge 6:03PM 33 min Deulofeu does that start-stop trick to draw Martina to him then hurtles past to the byline and clips a crisp cross into the box that Williams boots clear. 6:01PM 31 min Left wing cross from Sigurdsson towards the near post. Niasse has made the run but so, in his shadow, has Prodl who gets there first. 5:59PM 30 min Good tackle from Rooney on Deulofeu. He's turned into Joe Parkinson. Rooney turns midfield destroyer Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge 5:58PM 28 min Keane gets away with a sliding challenge with a raised foot that looks like a potential metatarsal-cracker on Doucoure who eventually gets up with a bruise but no break. 5:56PM 26 min A spate of fouls. Nothing nasty, just niggly time-wasters. 5:55PM 24 min Walcott gets round Holebas after a clever flick from Niasse and cuts the ball back for Rooney to shoot. He cocks his knee but Deulofeu has diligently come all the way back from the right wing to the left back spot that Holebas vacated and whips the ball away before Rooney can hit it. 5:53PM 22 min Kenny cleans out Richarlison with a rash tackle from behind. Free-kick. There's a palpable lack of urgency so far. Hoddle thinks fatigue will open the game up in the last 20 minutes. We'll have a phoney war until then. 5:51PM 20 min Everton corner after a touch of class from Sigurdsson, turning like St Johan and standing up a far-post cross that Richarlison, tracking back, heads away from Niasse. In comes the corner and Niasse tries a sidewinder volley at the back post but doesn't catch it right and hits the first defender. 5:48PM 18 min It's largely tripe, I'm afraid. 5:47PM 16 min Davies hits an early pass up to Sigurdsson who bursts forward plays a slick one-two with the supporting Davies but scuffs his daisycutter of a shot within easy range of Karnezis. Attempt Saved: Watford 0 - 0 Everton (Gylfi Sigurdsson, 15 min) 5:44PM 14 min That's nice from Pereyra who takes the ball down and strokes a pass out to Deulofeu. Davies does well to win it back. Possession: Watford vs Everton 5:42PM 12 min And they do counter quickly when they mop up a long pass and retaliate with one of their own up the left to Niasse who turns Janmaat with a stutter run then fires a left-foot shot towards the near post that Karnezis smartly saves and knocks behind. 5:41PM 10 min Everton are compact but certainly aren't pressing with any vigour or purpose They seem content to let Watford's defenders have the ball, hoof it and then counter. 5:39PM 8 min Watford are targeting Martina, clipping long diagonal passes designed to let Deulofeu get beyond him. There have been plenty of 'mixer' balls so far as if paying homage to the Wing Commander and all his disciples. 5:36PM 6 min Watford corner. A routine - Deulofeu runs towards it, does a step over and Doucoure by the D, hoofs it into orbit over Radlett. 5:35PM 4 min Prodl makes a mistake and tries to rectify being turned so easily by hauling Walcott back. Sigurdsson takes the free-kick, 25 yards out on the right. He floats it to the back post and Williams isn't quick enough to get there and instead slides in as it arcs out of play. That was a terrific cross. BT Sport are treating us to Glenn Hoddle again. Thanks for that. 5:33PM 3 min Mariappa hits a 60-yard diagonal for Deulofeu's run up the right. He controls it with a Barcelona-taught trap but runs out of room. 5:31PM 1 min Off they go, Everton moving the ball forward but can't penetrate Watford's defence who smother the ball and pass it around at the back until Karnezis punts it upfield. 5:13PM Teams in black and white Watford Karnezis, Janmaat, Prodl, Mariappa, Holebas, Pereyra, Doucoure, Capoue, Deulofeu, Deeney, Richarlison. Substitutes Gomes, Britos, Gray, Femenia, Zeegelaar, Carrillo, Okaka. Everton Pickford, Kenny, Keane, Williams, Martina, Davies, Gueye, Rooney, Walcott, Niasse, Sigurdsson. Substitutes Robles, Schneiderlin, Bolasie, Tosun, Calvert-Lewin, Holgate, Garbutt. Referee Anthony Taylor (Wythenshawe) 5:06PM Everton team Allardyce opts for 4-3-3. Still no start for Tosun. �� | Team news is in for this evening's clash with @WatfordFC! 2️⃣ changes �� Kenny and Williams start �� Garbutt on the bench#EFCawaydaypic.twitter.com/qHhCeNLNb0— Everton (@Everton) February 24, 2018 5:06PM Watford team news A flat back four and a diamond for Watford? No 4-2-3-1. �� | #watfordfc line-up v @Everton | Karnezis (GK); Janmaat, Mariappa, Prödl, Holebas; Doucouré, Capoue; Deulofeu, Pereyra, Richarlison; Deeney (C). Subs | Gomes (GK), Britos, Femenía, Zeegelaar, Carrillo, Gray, Okaka.#WATEVEpic.twitter.com/EEnpjYzyzO— Watford FC (@WatfordFC) February 24, 2018 5:02PM Good evening And welcome to coverage of Saturday night's last match. Victory for Everton will take them up to seventh but they have won only one league match on the road this season. Watford have been ropey at home, winning just the four and losing six but their new managre, Javier Gracia, has one victory and will be confident of another. Even if it's not exactly box office for BT Sport against the competing demands of the Calcutta Cup, we should relish any opportunity to watch Abdoulaye Doucouré and the attacking verve of Richarlison and Deulofeu as well as Sam Allardyce's designs to confound them.
Watford may have got over Marco Silva pretty quickly, but, on this evidence, Everton might still hanker over the manager they had been prepared to pay £10million for. It was around the time of Watford’s defeat at Goodison Park in November that Everton first made their approach for Silva, which the Hornets ultimately blamed for his sacking. But this victory for Javi Gracia’s Watford, courtesy of a late Troy Deeney strike, may yet tempt Everton to try again for Silva in the summer once Sam Allardyce has steered them to safety. Allardyce’s safety first approach against a Watford team that had previously only won four times at home in the Premier League this term would have frustrated the club’s travelling fans. They rarely threatened the home side’s goal and it was telling that goalkeeper Jordan Pickford produced two of Everton’s most dangerous moments, with a pass that Oumar Niasse wasted and a late header in the Watford penalty area that almost resulted in an equaliser. Michael Keane battles with Watford&#39;s Troy Deeney Credit: REUTERS/David Klein Everton have only won once on the road in the League this season and have now lost five successive away games. They managed one shot on target against Watford, which was a deflected Niasse effort in just the 12th minute that Orestis Karnezis saved. Michael Keane missed the target with a header at the start of the second half and Allardyce said: “If you squander your opportunities, you pay the price in the Premier League. “We’ve taken 17 points from our last eight home games, but if you look at the difference away from home you say ‘wow’. The difference against Watford was we didn’t have a finisher on the pitch.” Everton have not kept a clean sheet since Boxing Day and Allardyce added: “Ultimately, clean sheets are the answer because if we had gone 1-0 up then I don’t think we would have lost the game. Watford 1 - 0 Everton (Troy Deeney, 79 min) “We need to keep clean sheets and then nick that one goal, like Watford did, and that will be the way forwards for us.” This was Watford’s second successive victory at Vicarage Road, following the thrashing of Chelsea, and the Hornets have moved on from Silva. It is fair to assume the club’s owner Gino Pozzo will have enjoyed getting one over Everton, who he felt unsettled Silva to the point that he had to sack him in January. Deeney’s winner came with 11 minutes remaining after he unleashed an unstoppable shot on the turn, having received a pass from substitute Stefano Okaka. Watford vs Everton shots on goal “It’s three important points for us,” said Gracia. “Troy is very important for us on and off the pitch and I can only say good things about him. “It was vital for us to improve our home form because we feel that backing from our supporters. They are another man for us and we have another chance at home against West Bromwich Albion next week. “There is a good feeling in the club since the first day I arrived. But after two important victories at home everything is better for everybody. Everybody will be more happy.” Deeney turns smartly and buries the winner Credit: Alex Broadway/Getty Images On getting his substitutions right, Gracia added: “I have got confidence in all the players. It’s not easy to choose between them because they are all working very hard.” Everton’s January signing Cenk Tosun was sent on as a second-half substitute, but his main contribution was to injure Watford forward Gerard Deulofeu who Gracia said was suffering with pain in his right foot. Allardyce said of Tosun, who cost £27m from Besiktas: “He’s getting used to it day to day in training. He’s finding his feet and he made a reasonable contribution, and, hopefully, he will improve and will give us what we need.” 7:21PM Full time Pickford nearly bailed his side out there. Watford&#39;s changes were inspired and Okaka made a real difference when they went to 4-4-2. Everton, unambitious and plodding, were awful. 7:20PM 90+3 min A foul allows Everton one last chance and they bob on to win a corner. Pickford goes up, wins the header but Karnezis dives down to smother it. 7:19PM 90+2 min Three minutes have been added on, time that Watford seem intent on seeing out by the Everton corner flags. 7:16PM 90 min Watford corner that they try to keep in the corner. Hoddle gives his man of the match award to Deeney for the only touch of class of a truly terrible football match. 7:15PM 87 min Both sides lump it but for differing reasons. Watford finally get the ball down and Okaka turns with a gorgeous backheel flick, bursts past Keane and torpedoes a low shot that Pickford dives down to parry. Attempt Saved: Watford 1 - 0 Everton (Stefano Okaka, 87 min) 7:11PM 85 min Everton throw by the corner flag which they take and head back to halfway and Watford hustle the ball off them. 7:10PM 84 min Allardyce was about to bring on Schneiderlin to help shore up the point before Deeney scored but had to change tack. 7:08PM 82 min Double Everton substitution: Calvert-Lewin and Bolasie replace Sigurdsson and Rooney. 7:08PM 80 min Carelessness in possession from Everton lets Watford attack up the right, Okaka playes a one-two with Femenia then cuts it back to Deeney 15 yards out and he buries a powerful shot. Everton have shot themselves in the foot. Miss: Watford 0 - 0 Everton (Wayne Rooney, 68 min) 7:05PM Goal! Watford 1-0 Everton (Deeney) Troy Deeney turns sharply to smack in the opening goal Credit: Alex Broadway/Getty Images 7:05PM 79 min Double save from Pickford after his clearance hits Deeney. Femenia should square it to Deeney for the tap-in but goes for the shot and Pickford gets down. 7:04PM 77 min Gueye heads away Femenia&#39;s right wing cross and it falls to Doucoure who flays a wild shot over the bar. 7:03PM 75 min Watford crosses from Doucoure (fed by a cute Okaka backheel) and then Femenia hit the first defenders. &#39;Sam Allardyce would be happy to come away with a clean sheet&#39;. Of course he would but what about the poor souls who trekked down to watch this or the Watford fans who have had to endure such dreadful crossing? 7:00PM 73 min Good tackle from Gueye dispossesses Okaka who then trips him. Everton take the free kick and give the ball straight back to the opposition who have two runners headed for the box. Typically for this match the attempt at a throughball goes straight to Keane. Utter garbage. 6:58PM 71 min Prodl makes some comical moves when beating Walcott to a long ball. He wins the header and is then clipped by Walcott but cannot decide whether to go down so waves his arms around as if he were about to collapse but in the end didn&#39;t and he waited for the whistle. 6:57PM 69 min Carillo and Femenia link up on the left and make a couple of opportunities to cross but find no precision with either. Third time lucky with a long throw? No Rooney clears Holebas&#39; missile. 6:54PM 66 min Rooney takes a kung-fu lunge at a half volley from 18 yards. He had to as it bounced too high but he couldn&#39;t keep it down. Miss: Watford 0 - 0 Everton (Wayne Rooney, 68 min) 6:49PM 62 min Misplaced pass after misplaced pass. Carillo replaces Deulofeu who continues to upbraid the referee as he departs over the legality of Tosun&#39;s shoulder-barge. 6:46PM 60 min Tosun shoulder charges Deulofeu legitimately and speeds down the wing but his cutback is too heavy and fizzes into Sigurdsson&#39;s chest. 6:45PM 58 min Watford corner blocked at the near post by Tosun and then headed out by Williams. Watford go back 40 yards, hang a high ball towards the back post from the right and Pickford punches it out. 6:43PM 56 min Double Watford sub: Femenia and Okaka on, Richarlison and Pereyra off. Everton sub: Tosun on for Niasse. 6:41PM 55 min Rooney&#39;s cross is blocked and Watford break. Rooney runs back but misses his attempted tackle and Pickford bails him out with a save. 6:40PM 54 min Capoue fouls Walcott so Everton have another opportunity to stick it in the mixer and take it. targeting Keane but Watford clear. 6:39PM 52 min Keane goes up for a free-kick and stays up when the initial long ball is cleared. Kenny wellies in another 40-yarder and Keane, caught in two minds, heads across goal looking for Davies to poke it in instead of burying it himself. Allardyce is unimpressed. 6:36PM 51 min Everton corner that misses everyone in the box. School of science. 6:34PM 49 min Prodl meets the corner but gets underneath it and balloons it over. 6:33PM 48 min Kenny cuts out a pass intended for Deeney with a sliding interception and knocks Deulofeu&#39;s ball out for a corner. 6:32PM 46 min We resume with a half-hearted Watford surge up the left that leads to nothing. 6:16PM Half time Long ball filth and decent players trying to make something from odds and ends. The half ends with a lovely pass from Pickford, out of his area and sweeping up before Deeney can pounce, but Niasse, picked out 60 yards away, can&#39;t cushion it. The game is being squeezed. Average touch positions (half time) 6:13PM 44 min Richarlison swaps wings but Martina takes the ball off him with a well-timed tackle. He did well there. 6:12PM 43 min On of Javi Gracia&#39;s assistants gets into a barney with Duncan Ferguson. If only Michael Winner were still alive: Death Wish VI right there. 6:10PM 41 min Pickford plucks the corner out of the Hertfordshire sky. Dross. 6:10PM 40 min Martina blocks Deulofeu&#39;s cross after the winger takes him on but cannot shake him off. Watford corner. 6:08PM 38 min Niasse seems to be OK. 6:07PM 37 min Deulofeu smacks it flush into the wall. From the rebound Janmaat and Niasse go for it and the Everton striker inadvertently takes a blow on the head. The ref stops the game. 6:06PM 35 min Deulofeu again centres with purpose, very firmly crossing to the edge of the box Williams beats Deeney to it but Gueye takes him out with a sliding tackle too. Free kick, dead centre 20 yards out. Delofeu has found some space on the right Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge 6:03PM 33 min Deulofeu does that start-stop trick to draw Martina to him then hurtles past to the byline and clips a crisp cross into the box that Williams boots clear. 6:01PM 31 min Left wing cross from Sigurdsson towards the near post. Niasse has made the run but so, in his shadow, has Prodl who gets there first. 5:59PM 30 min Good tackle from Rooney on Deulofeu. He&#39;s turned into Joe Parkinson. Rooney turns midfield destroyer Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge 5:58PM 28 min Keane gets away with a sliding challenge with a raised foot that looks like a potential metatarsal-cracker on Doucoure who eventually gets up with a bruise but no break. 5:56PM 26 min A spate of fouls. Nothing nasty, just niggly time-wasters. 5:55PM 24 min Walcott gets round Holebas after a clever flick from Niasse and cuts the ball back for Rooney to shoot. He cocks his knee but Deulofeu has diligently come all the way back from the right wing to the left back spot that Holebas vacated and whips the ball away before Rooney can hit it. 5:53PM 22 min Kenny cleans out Richarlison with a rash tackle from behind. Free-kick. There&#39;s a palpable lack of urgency so far. Hoddle thinks fatigue will open the game up in the last 20 minutes. We&#39;ll have a phoney war until then. 5:51PM 20 min Everton corner after a touch of class from Sigurdsson, turning like St Johan and standing up a far-post cross that Richarlison, tracking back, heads away from Niasse. In comes the corner and Niasse tries a sidewinder volley at the back post but doesn&#39;t catch it right and hits the first defender. 5:48PM 18 min It&#39;s largely tripe, I&#39;m afraid. 5:47PM 16 min Davies hits an early pass up to Sigurdsson who bursts forward plays a slick one-two with the supporting Davies but scuffs his daisycutter of a shot within easy range of Karnezis. Attempt Saved: Watford 0 - 0 Everton (Gylfi Sigurdsson, 15 min) 5:44PM 14 min That&#39;s nice from Pereyra who takes the ball down and strokes a pass out to Deulofeu. Davies does well to win it back. Possession: Watford vs Everton 5:42PM 12 min And they do counter quickly when they mop up a long pass and retaliate with one of their own up the left to Niasse who turns Janmaat with a stutter run then fires a left-foot shot towards the near post that Karnezis smartly saves and knocks behind. 5:41PM 10 min Everton are compact but certainly aren&#39;t pressing with any vigour or purpose They seem content to let Watford&#39;s defenders have the ball, hoof it and then counter. 5:39PM 8 min Watford are targeting Martina, clipping long diagonal passes designed to let Deulofeu get beyond him. There have been plenty of &#39;mixer&#39; balls so far as if paying homage to the Wing Commander and all his disciples. 5:36PM 6 min Watford corner. A routine - Deulofeu runs towards it, does a step over and Doucoure by the D, hoofs it into orbit over Radlett. 5:35PM 4 min Prodl makes a mistake and tries to rectify being turned so easily by hauling Walcott back. Sigurdsson takes the free-kick, 25 yards out on the right. He floats it to the back post and Williams isn&#39;t quick enough to get there and instead slides in as it arcs out of play. That was a terrific cross. BT Sport are treating us to Glenn Hoddle again. Thanks for that. 5:33PM 3 min Mariappa hits a 60-yard diagonal for Deulofeu&#39;s run up the right. He controls it with a Barcelona-taught trap but runs out of room. 5:31PM 1 min Off they go, Everton moving the ball forward but can&#39;t penetrate Watford&#39;s defence who smother the ball and pass it around at the back until Karnezis punts it upfield. 5:13PM Teams in black and white Watford Karnezis, Janmaat, Prodl, Mariappa, Holebas, Pereyra, Doucoure, Capoue, Deulofeu, Deeney, Richarlison. Substitutes Gomes, Britos, Gray, Femenia, Zeegelaar, Carrillo, Okaka. Everton Pickford, Kenny, Keane, Williams, Martina, Davies, Gueye, Rooney, Walcott, Niasse, Sigurdsson. Substitutes Robles, Schneiderlin, Bolasie, Tosun, Calvert-Lewin, Holgate, Garbutt. Referee Anthony Taylor (Wythenshawe) 5:06PM Everton team Allardyce opts for 4-3-3. Still no start for Tosun. �� | Team news is in for this evening&#39;s clash with @WatfordFC! 2️⃣ changes �� Kenny and Williams start �� Garbutt on the bench#EFCawaydaypic.twitter.com/qHhCeNLNb0— Everton (@Everton) February 24, 2018 5:06PM Watford team news A flat back four and a diamond for Watford? No 4-2-3-1. �� | #watfordfc line-up v @Everton | Karnezis (GK); Janmaat, Mariappa, Prödl, Holebas; Doucouré, Capoue; Deulofeu, Pereyra, Richarlison; Deeney (C). Subs | Gomes (GK), Britos, Femenía, Zeegelaar, Carrillo, Gray, Okaka.#WATEVEpic.twitter.com/EEnpjYzyzO— Watford FC (@WatfordFC) February 24, 2018 5:02PM Good evening And welcome to coverage of Saturday night&#39;s last match. Victory for Everton will take them up to seventh but they have won only one league match on the road this season. Watford have been ropey at home, winning just the four and losing six but their new managre, Javier Gracia, has one victory and will be confident of another. Even if it&#39;s not exactly box office for BT Sport against the competing demands of the Calcutta Cup, we should relish any opportunity to watch Abdoulaye Doucouré and the attacking verve of Richarlison and Deulofeu as well as Sam Allardyce&#39;s designs to confound them.
Watford 1 Everton 0: Troy Deeney finds a touch of class amid the dross
Watford may have got over Marco Silva pretty quickly, but, on this evidence, Everton might still hanker over the manager they had been prepared to pay £10million for. It was around the time of Watford’s defeat at Goodison Park in November that Everton first made their approach for Silva, which the Hornets ultimately blamed for his sacking. But this victory for Javi Gracia’s Watford, courtesy of a late Troy Deeney strike, may yet tempt Everton to try again for Silva in the summer once Sam Allardyce has steered them to safety. Allardyce’s safety first approach against a Watford team that had previously only won four times at home in the Premier League this term would have frustrated the club’s travelling fans. They rarely threatened the home side’s goal and it was telling that goalkeeper Jordan Pickford produced two of Everton’s most dangerous moments, with a pass that Oumar Niasse wasted and a late header in the Watford penalty area that almost resulted in an equaliser. Michael Keane battles with Watford's Troy Deeney Credit: REUTERS/David Klein Everton have only won once on the road in the League this season and have now lost five successive away games. They managed one shot on target against Watford, which was a deflected Niasse effort in just the 12th minute that Orestis Karnezis saved. Michael Keane missed the target with a header at the start of the second half and Allardyce said: “If you squander your opportunities, you pay the price in the Premier League. “We’ve taken 17 points from our last eight home games, but if you look at the difference away from home you say ‘wow’. The difference against Watford was we didn’t have a finisher on the pitch.” Everton have not kept a clean sheet since Boxing Day and Allardyce added: “Ultimately, clean sheets are the answer because if we had gone 1-0 up then I don’t think we would have lost the game. Watford 1 - 0 Everton (Troy Deeney, 79 min) “We need to keep clean sheets and then nick that one goal, like Watford did, and that will be the way forwards for us.” This was Watford’s second successive victory at Vicarage Road, following the thrashing of Chelsea, and the Hornets have moved on from Silva. It is fair to assume the club’s owner Gino Pozzo will have enjoyed getting one over Everton, who he felt unsettled Silva to the point that he had to sack him in January. Deeney’s winner came with 11 minutes remaining after he unleashed an unstoppable shot on the turn, having received a pass from substitute Stefano Okaka. Watford vs Everton shots on goal “It’s three important points for us,” said Gracia. “Troy is very important for us on and off the pitch and I can only say good things about him. “It was vital for us to improve our home form because we feel that backing from our supporters. They are another man for us and we have another chance at home against West Bromwich Albion next week. “There is a good feeling in the club since the first day I arrived. But after two important victories at home everything is better for everybody. Everybody will be more happy.” Deeney turns smartly and buries the winner Credit: Alex Broadway/Getty Images On getting his substitutions right, Gracia added: “I have got confidence in all the players. It’s not easy to choose between them because they are all working very hard.” Everton’s January signing Cenk Tosun was sent on as a second-half substitute, but his main contribution was to injure Watford forward Gerard Deulofeu who Gracia said was suffering with pain in his right foot. Allardyce said of Tosun, who cost £27m from Besiktas: “He’s getting used to it day to day in training. He’s finding his feet and he made a reasonable contribution, and, hopefully, he will improve and will give us what we need.” 7:21PM Full time Pickford nearly bailed his side out there. Watford's changes were inspired and Okaka made a real difference when they went to 4-4-2. Everton, unambitious and plodding, were awful. 7:20PM 90+3 min A foul allows Everton one last chance and they bob on to win a corner. Pickford goes up, wins the header but Karnezis dives down to smother it. 7:19PM 90+2 min Three minutes have been added on, time that Watford seem intent on seeing out by the Everton corner flags. 7:16PM 90 min Watford corner that they try to keep in the corner. Hoddle gives his man of the match award to Deeney for the only touch of class of a truly terrible football match. 7:15PM 87 min Both sides lump it but for differing reasons. Watford finally get the ball down and Okaka turns with a gorgeous backheel flick, bursts past Keane and torpedoes a low shot that Pickford dives down to parry. Attempt Saved: Watford 1 - 0 Everton (Stefano Okaka, 87 min) 7:11PM 85 min Everton throw by the corner flag which they take and head back to halfway and Watford hustle the ball off them. 7:10PM 84 min Allardyce was about to bring on Schneiderlin to help shore up the point before Deeney scored but had to change tack. 7:08PM 82 min Double Everton substitution: Calvert-Lewin and Bolasie replace Sigurdsson and Rooney. 7:08PM 80 min Carelessness in possession from Everton lets Watford attack up the right, Okaka playes a one-two with Femenia then cuts it back to Deeney 15 yards out and he buries a powerful shot. Everton have shot themselves in the foot. Miss: Watford 0 - 0 Everton (Wayne Rooney, 68 min) 7:05PM Goal! Watford 1-0 Everton (Deeney) Troy Deeney turns sharply to smack in the opening goal Credit: Alex Broadway/Getty Images 7:05PM 79 min Double save from Pickford after his clearance hits Deeney. Femenia should square it to Deeney for the tap-in but goes for the shot and Pickford gets down. 7:04PM 77 min Gueye heads away Femenia's right wing cross and it falls to Doucoure who flays a wild shot over the bar. 7:03PM 75 min Watford crosses from Doucoure (fed by a cute Okaka backheel) and then Femenia hit the first defenders. 'Sam Allardyce would be happy to come away with a clean sheet'. Of course he would but what about the poor souls who trekked down to watch this or the Watford fans who have had to endure such dreadful crossing? 7:00PM 73 min Good tackle from Gueye dispossesses Okaka who then trips him. Everton take the free kick and give the ball straight back to the opposition who have two runners headed for the box. Typically for this match the attempt at a throughball goes straight to Keane. Utter garbage. 6:58PM 71 min Prodl makes some comical moves when beating Walcott to a long ball. He wins the header and is then clipped by Walcott but cannot decide whether to go down so waves his arms around as if he were about to collapse but in the end didn't and he waited for the whistle. 6:57PM 69 min Carillo and Femenia link up on the left and make a couple of opportunities to cross but find no precision with either. Third time lucky with a long throw? No Rooney clears Holebas' missile. 6:54PM 66 min Rooney takes a kung-fu lunge at a half volley from 18 yards. He had to as it bounced too high but he couldn't keep it down. Miss: Watford 0 - 0 Everton (Wayne Rooney, 68 min) 6:49PM 62 min Misplaced pass after misplaced pass. Carillo replaces Deulofeu who continues to upbraid the referee as he departs over the legality of Tosun's shoulder-barge. 6:46PM 60 min Tosun shoulder charges Deulofeu legitimately and speeds down the wing but his cutback is too heavy and fizzes into Sigurdsson's chest. 6:45PM 58 min Watford corner blocked at the near post by Tosun and then headed out by Williams. Watford go back 40 yards, hang a high ball towards the back post from the right and Pickford punches it out. 6:43PM 56 min Double Watford sub: Femenia and Okaka on, Richarlison and Pereyra off. Everton sub: Tosun on for Niasse. 6:41PM 55 min Rooney's cross is blocked and Watford break. Rooney runs back but misses his attempted tackle and Pickford bails him out with a save. 6:40PM 54 min Capoue fouls Walcott so Everton have another opportunity to stick it in the mixer and take it. targeting Keane but Watford clear. 6:39PM 52 min Keane goes up for a free-kick and stays up when the initial long ball is cleared. Kenny wellies in another 40-yarder and Keane, caught in two minds, heads across goal looking for Davies to poke it in instead of burying it himself. Allardyce is unimpressed. 6:36PM 51 min Everton corner that misses everyone in the box. School of science. 6:34PM 49 min Prodl meets the corner but gets underneath it and balloons it over. 6:33PM 48 min Kenny cuts out a pass intended for Deeney with a sliding interception and knocks Deulofeu's ball out for a corner. 6:32PM 46 min We resume with a half-hearted Watford surge up the left that leads to nothing. 6:16PM Half time Long ball filth and decent players trying to make something from odds and ends. The half ends with a lovely pass from Pickford, out of his area and sweeping up before Deeney can pounce, but Niasse, picked out 60 yards away, can't cushion it. The game is being squeezed. Average touch positions (half time) 6:13PM 44 min Richarlison swaps wings but Martina takes the ball off him with a well-timed tackle. He did well there. 6:12PM 43 min On of Javi Gracia's assistants gets into a barney with Duncan Ferguson. If only Michael Winner were still alive: Death Wish VI right there. 6:10PM 41 min Pickford plucks the corner out of the Hertfordshire sky. Dross. 6:10PM 40 min Martina blocks Deulofeu's cross after the winger takes him on but cannot shake him off. Watford corner. 6:08PM 38 min Niasse seems to be OK. 6:07PM 37 min Deulofeu smacks it flush into the wall. From the rebound Janmaat and Niasse go for it and the Everton striker inadvertently takes a blow on the head. The ref stops the game. 6:06PM 35 min Deulofeu again centres with purpose, very firmly crossing to the edge of the box Williams beats Deeney to it but Gueye takes him out with a sliding tackle too. Free kick, dead centre 20 yards out. Delofeu has found some space on the right Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge 6:03PM 33 min Deulofeu does that start-stop trick to draw Martina to him then hurtles past to the byline and clips a crisp cross into the box that Williams boots clear. 6:01PM 31 min Left wing cross from Sigurdsson towards the near post. Niasse has made the run but so, in his shadow, has Prodl who gets there first. 5:59PM 30 min Good tackle from Rooney on Deulofeu. He's turned into Joe Parkinson. Rooney turns midfield destroyer Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge 5:58PM 28 min Keane gets away with a sliding challenge with a raised foot that looks like a potential metatarsal-cracker on Doucoure who eventually gets up with a bruise but no break. 5:56PM 26 min A spate of fouls. Nothing nasty, just niggly time-wasters. 5:55PM 24 min Walcott gets round Holebas after a clever flick from Niasse and cuts the ball back for Rooney to shoot. He cocks his knee but Deulofeu has diligently come all the way back from the right wing to the left back spot that Holebas vacated and whips the ball away before Rooney can hit it. 5:53PM 22 min Kenny cleans out Richarlison with a rash tackle from behind. Free-kick. There's a palpable lack of urgency so far. Hoddle thinks fatigue will open the game up in the last 20 minutes. We'll have a phoney war until then. 5:51PM 20 min Everton corner after a touch of class from Sigurdsson, turning like St Johan and standing up a far-post cross that Richarlison, tracking back, heads away from Niasse. In comes the corner and Niasse tries a sidewinder volley at the back post but doesn't catch it right and hits the first defender. 5:48PM 18 min It's largely tripe, I'm afraid. 5:47PM 16 min Davies hits an early pass up to Sigurdsson who bursts forward plays a slick one-two with the supporting Davies but scuffs his daisycutter of a shot within easy range of Karnezis. Attempt Saved: Watford 0 - 0 Everton (Gylfi Sigurdsson, 15 min) 5:44PM 14 min That's nice from Pereyra who takes the ball down and strokes a pass out to Deulofeu. Davies does well to win it back. Possession: Watford vs Everton 5:42PM 12 min And they do counter quickly when they mop up a long pass and retaliate with one of their own up the left to Niasse who turns Janmaat with a stutter run then fires a left-foot shot towards the near post that Karnezis smartly saves and knocks behind. 5:41PM 10 min Everton are compact but certainly aren't pressing with any vigour or purpose They seem content to let Watford's defenders have the ball, hoof it and then counter. 5:39PM 8 min Watford are targeting Martina, clipping long diagonal passes designed to let Deulofeu get beyond him. There have been plenty of 'mixer' balls so far as if paying homage to the Wing Commander and all his disciples. 5:36PM 6 min Watford corner. A routine - Deulofeu runs towards it, does a step over and Doucoure by the D, hoofs it into orbit over Radlett. 5:35PM 4 min Prodl makes a mistake and tries to rectify being turned so easily by hauling Walcott back. Sigurdsson takes the free-kick, 25 yards out on the right. He floats it to the back post and Williams isn't quick enough to get there and instead slides in as it arcs out of play. That was a terrific cross. BT Sport are treating us to Glenn Hoddle again. Thanks for that. 5:33PM 3 min Mariappa hits a 60-yard diagonal for Deulofeu's run up the right. He controls it with a Barcelona-taught trap but runs out of room. 5:31PM 1 min Off they go, Everton moving the ball forward but can't penetrate Watford's defence who smother the ball and pass it around at the back until Karnezis punts it upfield. 5:13PM Teams in black and white Watford Karnezis, Janmaat, Prodl, Mariappa, Holebas, Pereyra, Doucoure, Capoue, Deulofeu, Deeney, Richarlison. Substitutes Gomes, Britos, Gray, Femenia, Zeegelaar, Carrillo, Okaka. Everton Pickford, Kenny, Keane, Williams, Martina, Davies, Gueye, Rooney, Walcott, Niasse, Sigurdsson. Substitutes Robles, Schneiderlin, Bolasie, Tosun, Calvert-Lewin, Holgate, Garbutt. Referee Anthony Taylor (Wythenshawe) 5:06PM Everton team Allardyce opts for 4-3-3. Still no start for Tosun. �� | Team news is in for this evening's clash with @WatfordFC! 2️⃣ changes �� Kenny and Williams start �� Garbutt on the bench#EFCawaydaypic.twitter.com/qHhCeNLNb0— Everton (@Everton) February 24, 2018 5:06PM Watford team news A flat back four and a diamond for Watford? No 4-2-3-1. �� | #watfordfc line-up v @Everton | Karnezis (GK); Janmaat, Mariappa, Prödl, Holebas; Doucouré, Capoue; Deulofeu, Pereyra, Richarlison; Deeney (C). Subs | Gomes (GK), Britos, Femenía, Zeegelaar, Carrillo, Gray, Okaka.#WATEVEpic.twitter.com/EEnpjYzyzO— Watford FC (@WatfordFC) February 24, 2018 5:02PM Good evening And welcome to coverage of Saturday night's last match. Victory for Everton will take them up to seventh but they have won only one league match on the road this season. Watford have been ropey at home, winning just the four and losing six but their new managre, Javier Gracia, has one victory and will be confident of another. Even if it's not exactly box office for BT Sport against the competing demands of the Calcutta Cup, we should relish any opportunity to watch Abdoulaye Doucouré and the attacking verve of Richarlison and Deulofeu as well as Sam Allardyce's designs to confound them.
Watford may have got over Marco Silva pretty quickly, but, on this evidence, Everton might still hanker over the manager they had been prepared to pay £10million for. It was around the time of Watford’s defeat at Goodison Park in November that Everton first made their approach for Silva, which the Hornets ultimately blamed for his sacking. But this victory for Javi Gracia’s Watford, courtesy of a late Troy Deeney strike, may yet tempt Everton to try again for Silva in the summer once Sam Allardyce has steered them to safety. Allardyce’s safety first approach against a Watford team that had previously only won four times at home in the Premier League this term would have frustrated the club’s travelling fans. They rarely threatened the home side’s goal and it was telling that goalkeeper Jordan Pickford produced two of Everton’s most dangerous moments, with a pass that Oumar Niasse wasted and a late header in the Watford penalty area that almost resulted in an equaliser. Michael Keane battles with Watford&#39;s Troy Deeney Credit: REUTERS/David Klein Everton have only won once on the road in the League this season and have now lost five successive away games. They managed one shot on target against Watford, which was a deflected Niasse effort in just the 12th minute that Orestis Karnezis saved. Michael Keane missed the target with a header at the start of the second half and Allardyce said: “If you squander your opportunities, you pay the price in the Premier League. “We’ve taken 17 points from our last eight home games, but if you look at the difference away from home you say ‘wow’. The difference against Watford was we didn’t have a finisher on the pitch.” Everton have not kept a clean sheet since Boxing Day and Allardyce added: “Ultimately, clean sheets are the answer because if we had gone 1-0 up then I don’t think we would have lost the game. Watford 1 - 0 Everton (Troy Deeney, 79 min) “We need to keep clean sheets and then nick that one goal, like Watford did, and that will be the way forwards for us.” This was Watford’s second successive victory at Vicarage Road, following the thrashing of Chelsea, and the Hornets have moved on from Silva. It is fair to assume the club’s owner Gino Pozzo will have enjoyed getting one over Everton, who he felt unsettled Silva to the point that he had to sack him in January. Deeney’s winner came with 11 minutes remaining after he unleashed an unstoppable shot on the turn, having received a pass from substitute Stefano Okaka. Watford vs Everton shots on goal “It’s three important points for us,” said Gracia. “Troy is very important for us on and off the pitch and I can only say good things about him. “It was vital for us to improve our home form because we feel that backing from our supporters. They are another man for us and we have another chance at home against West Bromwich Albion next week. “There is a good feeling in the club since the first day I arrived. But after two important victories at home everything is better for everybody. Everybody will be more happy.” Deeney turns smartly and buries the winner Credit: Alex Broadway/Getty Images On getting his substitutions right, Gracia added: “I have got confidence in all the players. It’s not easy to choose between them because they are all working very hard.” Everton’s January signing Cenk Tosun was sent on as a second-half substitute, but his main contribution was to injure Watford forward Gerard Deulofeu who Gracia said was suffering with pain in his right foot. Allardyce said of Tosun, who cost £27m from Besiktas: “He’s getting used to it day to day in training. He’s finding his feet and he made a reasonable contribution, and, hopefully, he will improve and will give us what we need.” 7:21PM Full time Pickford nearly bailed his side out there. Watford&#39;s changes were inspired and Okaka made a real difference when they went to 4-4-2. Everton, unambitious and plodding, were awful. 7:20PM 90+3 min A foul allows Everton one last chance and they bob on to win a corner. Pickford goes up, wins the header but Karnezis dives down to smother it. 7:19PM 90+2 min Three minutes have been added on, time that Watford seem intent on seeing out by the Everton corner flags. 7:16PM 90 min Watford corner that they try to keep in the corner. Hoddle gives his man of the match award to Deeney for the only touch of class of a truly terrible football match. 7:15PM 87 min Both sides lump it but for differing reasons. Watford finally get the ball down and Okaka turns with a gorgeous backheel flick, bursts past Keane and torpedoes a low shot that Pickford dives down to parry. Attempt Saved: Watford 1 - 0 Everton (Stefano Okaka, 87 min) 7:11PM 85 min Everton throw by the corner flag which they take and head back to halfway and Watford hustle the ball off them. 7:10PM 84 min Allardyce was about to bring on Schneiderlin to help shore up the point before Deeney scored but had to change tack. 7:08PM 82 min Double Everton substitution: Calvert-Lewin and Bolasie replace Sigurdsson and Rooney. 7:08PM 80 min Carelessness in possession from Everton lets Watford attack up the right, Okaka playes a one-two with Femenia then cuts it back to Deeney 15 yards out and he buries a powerful shot. Everton have shot themselves in the foot. Miss: Watford 0 - 0 Everton (Wayne Rooney, 68 min) 7:05PM Goal! Watford 1-0 Everton (Deeney) Troy Deeney turns sharply to smack in the opening goal Credit: Alex Broadway/Getty Images 7:05PM 79 min Double save from Pickford after his clearance hits Deeney. Femenia should square it to Deeney for the tap-in but goes for the shot and Pickford gets down. 7:04PM 77 min Gueye heads away Femenia&#39;s right wing cross and it falls to Doucoure who flays a wild shot over the bar. 7:03PM 75 min Watford crosses from Doucoure (fed by a cute Okaka backheel) and then Femenia hit the first defenders. &#39;Sam Allardyce would be happy to come away with a clean sheet&#39;. Of course he would but what about the poor souls who trekked down to watch this or the Watford fans who have had to endure such dreadful crossing? 7:00PM 73 min Good tackle from Gueye dispossesses Okaka who then trips him. Everton take the free kick and give the ball straight back to the opposition who have two runners headed for the box. Typically for this match the attempt at a throughball goes straight to Keane. Utter garbage. 6:58PM 71 min Prodl makes some comical moves when beating Walcott to a long ball. He wins the header and is then clipped by Walcott but cannot decide whether to go down so waves his arms around as if he were about to collapse but in the end didn&#39;t and he waited for the whistle. 6:57PM 69 min Carillo and Femenia link up on the left and make a couple of opportunities to cross but find no precision with either. Third time lucky with a long throw? No Rooney clears Holebas&#39; missile. 6:54PM 66 min Rooney takes a kung-fu lunge at a half volley from 18 yards. He had to as it bounced too high but he couldn&#39;t keep it down. Miss: Watford 0 - 0 Everton (Wayne Rooney, 68 min) 6:49PM 62 min Misplaced pass after misplaced pass. Carillo replaces Deulofeu who continues to upbraid the referee as he departs over the legality of Tosun&#39;s shoulder-barge. 6:46PM 60 min Tosun shoulder charges Deulofeu legitimately and speeds down the wing but his cutback is too heavy and fizzes into Sigurdsson&#39;s chest. 6:45PM 58 min Watford corner blocked at the near post by Tosun and then headed out by Williams. Watford go back 40 yards, hang a high ball towards the back post from the right and Pickford punches it out. 6:43PM 56 min Double Watford sub: Femenia and Okaka on, Richarlison and Pereyra off. Everton sub: Tosun on for Niasse. 6:41PM 55 min Rooney&#39;s cross is blocked and Watford break. Rooney runs back but misses his attempted tackle and Pickford bails him out with a save. 6:40PM 54 min Capoue fouls Walcott so Everton have another opportunity to stick it in the mixer and take it. targeting Keane but Watford clear. 6:39PM 52 min Keane goes up for a free-kick and stays up when the initial long ball is cleared. Kenny wellies in another 40-yarder and Keane, caught in two minds, heads across goal looking for Davies to poke it in instead of burying it himself. Allardyce is unimpressed. 6:36PM 51 min Everton corner that misses everyone in the box. School of science. 6:34PM 49 min Prodl meets the corner but gets underneath it and balloons it over. 6:33PM 48 min Kenny cuts out a pass intended for Deeney with a sliding interception and knocks Deulofeu&#39;s ball out for a corner. 6:32PM 46 min We resume with a half-hearted Watford surge up the left that leads to nothing. 6:16PM Half time Long ball filth and decent players trying to make something from odds and ends. The half ends with a lovely pass from Pickford, out of his area and sweeping up before Deeney can pounce, but Niasse, picked out 60 yards away, can&#39;t cushion it. The game is being squeezed. Average touch positions (half time) 6:13PM 44 min Richarlison swaps wings but Martina takes the ball off him with a well-timed tackle. He did well there. 6:12PM 43 min On of Javi Gracia&#39;s assistants gets into a barney with Duncan Ferguson. If only Michael Winner were still alive: Death Wish VI right there. 6:10PM 41 min Pickford plucks the corner out of the Hertfordshire sky. Dross. 6:10PM 40 min Martina blocks Deulofeu&#39;s cross after the winger takes him on but cannot shake him off. Watford corner. 6:08PM 38 min Niasse seems to be OK. 6:07PM 37 min Deulofeu smacks it flush into the wall. From the rebound Janmaat and Niasse go for it and the Everton striker inadvertently takes a blow on the head. The ref stops the game. 6:06PM 35 min Deulofeu again centres with purpose, very firmly crossing to the edge of the box Williams beats Deeney to it but Gueye takes him out with a sliding tackle too. Free kick, dead centre 20 yards out. Delofeu has found some space on the right Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge 6:03PM 33 min Deulofeu does that start-stop trick to draw Martina to him then hurtles past to the byline and clips a crisp cross into the box that Williams boots clear. 6:01PM 31 min Left wing cross from Sigurdsson towards the near post. Niasse has made the run but so, in his shadow, has Prodl who gets there first. 5:59PM 30 min Good tackle from Rooney on Deulofeu. He&#39;s turned into Joe Parkinson. Rooney turns midfield destroyer Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge 5:58PM 28 min Keane gets away with a sliding challenge with a raised foot that looks like a potential metatarsal-cracker on Doucoure who eventually gets up with a bruise but no break. 5:56PM 26 min A spate of fouls. Nothing nasty, just niggly time-wasters. 5:55PM 24 min Walcott gets round Holebas after a clever flick from Niasse and cuts the ball back for Rooney to shoot. He cocks his knee but Deulofeu has diligently come all the way back from the right wing to the left back spot that Holebas vacated and whips the ball away before Rooney can hit it. 5:53PM 22 min Kenny cleans out Richarlison with a rash tackle from behind. Free-kick. There&#39;s a palpable lack of urgency so far. Hoddle thinks fatigue will open the game up in the last 20 minutes. We&#39;ll have a phoney war until then. 5:51PM 20 min Everton corner after a touch of class from Sigurdsson, turning like St Johan and standing up a far-post cross that Richarlison, tracking back, heads away from Niasse. In comes the corner and Niasse tries a sidewinder volley at the back post but doesn&#39;t catch it right and hits the first defender. 5:48PM 18 min It&#39;s largely tripe, I&#39;m afraid. 5:47PM 16 min Davies hits an early pass up to Sigurdsson who bursts forward plays a slick one-two with the supporting Davies but scuffs his daisycutter of a shot within easy range of Karnezis. Attempt Saved: Watford 0 - 0 Everton (Gylfi Sigurdsson, 15 min) 5:44PM 14 min That&#39;s nice from Pereyra who takes the ball down and strokes a pass out to Deulofeu. Davies does well to win it back. Possession: Watford vs Everton 5:42PM 12 min And they do counter quickly when they mop up a long pass and retaliate with one of their own up the left to Niasse who turns Janmaat with a stutter run then fires a left-foot shot towards the near post that Karnezis smartly saves and knocks behind. 5:41PM 10 min Everton are compact but certainly aren&#39;t pressing with any vigour or purpose They seem content to let Watford&#39;s defenders have the ball, hoof it and then counter. 5:39PM 8 min Watford are targeting Martina, clipping long diagonal passes designed to let Deulofeu get beyond him. There have been plenty of &#39;mixer&#39; balls so far as if paying homage to the Wing Commander and all his disciples. 5:36PM 6 min Watford corner. A routine - Deulofeu runs towards it, does a step over and Doucoure by the D, hoofs it into orbit over Radlett. 5:35PM 4 min Prodl makes a mistake and tries to rectify being turned so easily by hauling Walcott back. Sigurdsson takes the free-kick, 25 yards out on the right. He floats it to the back post and Williams isn&#39;t quick enough to get there and instead slides in as it arcs out of play. That was a terrific cross. BT Sport are treating us to Glenn Hoddle again. Thanks for that. 5:33PM 3 min Mariappa hits a 60-yard diagonal for Deulofeu&#39;s run up the right. He controls it with a Barcelona-taught trap but runs out of room. 5:31PM 1 min Off they go, Everton moving the ball forward but can&#39;t penetrate Watford&#39;s defence who smother the ball and pass it around at the back until Karnezis punts it upfield. 5:13PM Teams in black and white Watford Karnezis, Janmaat, Prodl, Mariappa, Holebas, Pereyra, Doucoure, Capoue, Deulofeu, Deeney, Richarlison. Substitutes Gomes, Britos, Gray, Femenia, Zeegelaar, Carrillo, Okaka. Everton Pickford, Kenny, Keane, Williams, Martina, Davies, Gueye, Rooney, Walcott, Niasse, Sigurdsson. Substitutes Robles, Schneiderlin, Bolasie, Tosun, Calvert-Lewin, Holgate, Garbutt. Referee Anthony Taylor (Wythenshawe) 5:06PM Everton team Allardyce opts for 4-3-3. Still no start for Tosun. �� | Team news is in for this evening&#39;s clash with @WatfordFC! 2️⃣ changes �� Kenny and Williams start �� Garbutt on the bench#EFCawaydaypic.twitter.com/qHhCeNLNb0— Everton (@Everton) February 24, 2018 5:06PM Watford team news A flat back four and a diamond for Watford? No 4-2-3-1. �� | #watfordfc line-up v @Everton | Karnezis (GK); Janmaat, Mariappa, Prödl, Holebas; Doucouré, Capoue; Deulofeu, Pereyra, Richarlison; Deeney (C). Subs | Gomes (GK), Britos, Femenía, Zeegelaar, Carrillo, Gray, Okaka.#WATEVEpic.twitter.com/EEnpjYzyzO— Watford FC (@WatfordFC) February 24, 2018 5:02PM Good evening And welcome to coverage of Saturday night&#39;s last match. Victory for Everton will take them up to seventh but they have won only one league match on the road this season. Watford have been ropey at home, winning just the four and losing six but their new managre, Javier Gracia, has one victory and will be confident of another. Even if it&#39;s not exactly box office for BT Sport against the competing demands of the Calcutta Cup, we should relish any opportunity to watch Abdoulaye Doucouré and the attacking verve of Richarlison and Deulofeu as well as Sam Allardyce&#39;s designs to confound them.
Watford 1 Everton 0: Troy Deeney finds a touch of class amid the dross
Watford may have got over Marco Silva pretty quickly, but, on this evidence, Everton might still hanker over the manager they had been prepared to pay £10million for. It was around the time of Watford’s defeat at Goodison Park in November that Everton first made their approach for Silva, which the Hornets ultimately blamed for his sacking. But this victory for Javi Gracia’s Watford, courtesy of a late Troy Deeney strike, may yet tempt Everton to try again for Silva in the summer once Sam Allardyce has steered them to safety. Allardyce’s safety first approach against a Watford team that had previously only won four times at home in the Premier League this term would have frustrated the club’s travelling fans. They rarely threatened the home side’s goal and it was telling that goalkeeper Jordan Pickford produced two of Everton’s most dangerous moments, with a pass that Oumar Niasse wasted and a late header in the Watford penalty area that almost resulted in an equaliser. Michael Keane battles with Watford's Troy Deeney Credit: REUTERS/David Klein Everton have only won once on the road in the League this season and have now lost five successive away games. They managed one shot on target against Watford, which was a deflected Niasse effort in just the 12th minute that Orestis Karnezis saved. Michael Keane missed the target with a header at the start of the second half and Allardyce said: “If you squander your opportunities, you pay the price in the Premier League. “We’ve taken 17 points from our last eight home games, but if you look at the difference away from home you say ‘wow’. The difference against Watford was we didn’t have a finisher on the pitch.” Everton have not kept a clean sheet since Boxing Day and Allardyce added: “Ultimately, clean sheets are the answer because if we had gone 1-0 up then I don’t think we would have lost the game. Watford 1 - 0 Everton (Troy Deeney, 79 min) “We need to keep clean sheets and then nick that one goal, like Watford did, and that will be the way forwards for us.” This was Watford’s second successive victory at Vicarage Road, following the thrashing of Chelsea, and the Hornets have moved on from Silva. It is fair to assume the club’s owner Gino Pozzo will have enjoyed getting one over Everton, who he felt unsettled Silva to the point that he had to sack him in January. Deeney’s winner came with 11 minutes remaining after he unleashed an unstoppable shot on the turn, having received a pass from substitute Stefano Okaka. Watford vs Everton shots on goal “It’s three important points for us,” said Gracia. “Troy is very important for us on and off the pitch and I can only say good things about him. “It was vital for us to improve our home form because we feel that backing from our supporters. They are another man for us and we have another chance at home against West Bromwich Albion next week. “There is a good feeling in the club since the first day I arrived. But after two important victories at home everything is better for everybody. Everybody will be more happy.” Deeney turns smartly and buries the winner Credit: Alex Broadway/Getty Images On getting his substitutions right, Gracia added: “I have got confidence in all the players. It’s not easy to choose between them because they are all working very hard.” Everton’s January signing Cenk Tosun was sent on as a second-half substitute, but his main contribution was to injure Watford forward Gerard Deulofeu who Gracia said was suffering with pain in his right foot. Allardyce said of Tosun, who cost £27m from Besiktas: “He’s getting used to it day to day in training. He’s finding his feet and he made a reasonable contribution, and, hopefully, he will improve and will give us what we need.” 7:21PM Full time Pickford nearly bailed his side out there. Watford's changes were inspired and Okaka made a real difference when they went to 4-4-2. Everton, unambitious and plodding, were awful. 7:20PM 90+3 min A foul allows Everton one last chance and they bob on to win a corner. Pickford goes up, wins the header but Karnezis dives down to smother it. 7:19PM 90+2 min Three minutes have been added on, time that Watford seem intent on seeing out by the Everton corner flags. 7:16PM 90 min Watford corner that they try to keep in the corner. Hoddle gives his man of the match award to Deeney for the only touch of class of a truly terrible football match. 7:15PM 87 min Both sides lump it but for differing reasons. Watford finally get the ball down and Okaka turns with a gorgeous backheel flick, bursts past Keane and torpedoes a low shot that Pickford dives down to parry. Attempt Saved: Watford 1 - 0 Everton (Stefano Okaka, 87 min) 7:11PM 85 min Everton throw by the corner flag which they take and head back to halfway and Watford hustle the ball off them. 7:10PM 84 min Allardyce was about to bring on Schneiderlin to help shore up the point before Deeney scored but had to change tack. 7:08PM 82 min Double Everton substitution: Calvert-Lewin and Bolasie replace Sigurdsson and Rooney. 7:08PM 80 min Carelessness in possession from Everton lets Watford attack up the right, Okaka playes a one-two with Femenia then cuts it back to Deeney 15 yards out and he buries a powerful shot. Everton have shot themselves in the foot. Miss: Watford 0 - 0 Everton (Wayne Rooney, 68 min) 7:05PM Goal! Watford 1-0 Everton (Deeney) Troy Deeney turns sharply to smack in the opening goal Credit: Alex Broadway/Getty Images 7:05PM 79 min Double save from Pickford after his clearance hits Deeney. Femenia should square it to Deeney for the tap-in but goes for the shot and Pickford gets down. 7:04PM 77 min Gueye heads away Femenia's right wing cross and it falls to Doucoure who flays a wild shot over the bar. 7:03PM 75 min Watford crosses from Doucoure (fed by a cute Okaka backheel) and then Femenia hit the first defenders. 'Sam Allardyce would be happy to come away with a clean sheet'. Of course he would but what about the poor souls who trekked down to watch this or the Watford fans who have had to endure such dreadful crossing? 7:00PM 73 min Good tackle from Gueye dispossesses Okaka who then trips him. Everton take the free kick and give the ball straight back to the opposition who have two runners headed for the box. Typically for this match the attempt at a throughball goes straight to Keane. Utter garbage. 6:58PM 71 min Prodl makes some comical moves when beating Walcott to a long ball. He wins the header and is then clipped by Walcott but cannot decide whether to go down so waves his arms around as if he were about to collapse but in the end didn't and he waited for the whistle. 6:57PM 69 min Carillo and Femenia link up on the left and make a couple of opportunities to cross but find no precision with either. Third time lucky with a long throw? No Rooney clears Holebas' missile. 6:54PM 66 min Rooney takes a kung-fu lunge at a half volley from 18 yards. He had to as it bounced too high but he couldn't keep it down. Miss: Watford 0 - 0 Everton (Wayne Rooney, 68 min) 6:49PM 62 min Misplaced pass after misplaced pass. Carillo replaces Deulofeu who continues to upbraid the referee as he departs over the legality of Tosun's shoulder-barge. 6:46PM 60 min Tosun shoulder charges Deulofeu legitimately and speeds down the wing but his cutback is too heavy and fizzes into Sigurdsson's chest. 6:45PM 58 min Watford corner blocked at the near post by Tosun and then headed out by Williams. Watford go back 40 yards, hang a high ball towards the back post from the right and Pickford punches it out. 6:43PM 56 min Double Watford sub: Femenia and Okaka on, Richarlison and Pereyra off. Everton sub: Tosun on for Niasse. 6:41PM 55 min Rooney's cross is blocked and Watford break. Rooney runs back but misses his attempted tackle and Pickford bails him out with a save. 6:40PM 54 min Capoue fouls Walcott so Everton have another opportunity to stick it in the mixer and take it. targeting Keane but Watford clear. 6:39PM 52 min Keane goes up for a free-kick and stays up when the initial long ball is cleared. Kenny wellies in another 40-yarder and Keane, caught in two minds, heads across goal looking for Davies to poke it in instead of burying it himself. Allardyce is unimpressed. 6:36PM 51 min Everton corner that misses everyone in the box. School of science. 6:34PM 49 min Prodl meets the corner but gets underneath it and balloons it over. 6:33PM 48 min Kenny cuts out a pass intended for Deeney with a sliding interception and knocks Deulofeu's ball out for a corner. 6:32PM 46 min We resume with a half-hearted Watford surge up the left that leads to nothing. 6:16PM Half time Long ball filth and decent players trying to make something from odds and ends. The half ends with a lovely pass from Pickford, out of his area and sweeping up before Deeney can pounce, but Niasse, picked out 60 yards away, can't cushion it. The game is being squeezed. Average touch positions (half time) 6:13PM 44 min Richarlison swaps wings but Martina takes the ball off him with a well-timed tackle. He did well there. 6:12PM 43 min On of Javi Gracia's assistants gets into a barney with Duncan Ferguson. If only Michael Winner were still alive: Death Wish VI right there. 6:10PM 41 min Pickford plucks the corner out of the Hertfordshire sky. Dross. 6:10PM 40 min Martina blocks Deulofeu's cross after the winger takes him on but cannot shake him off. Watford corner. 6:08PM 38 min Niasse seems to be OK. 6:07PM 37 min Deulofeu smacks it flush into the wall. From the rebound Janmaat and Niasse go for it and the Everton striker inadvertently takes a blow on the head. The ref stops the game. 6:06PM 35 min Deulofeu again centres with purpose, very firmly crossing to the edge of the box Williams beats Deeney to it but Gueye takes him out with a sliding tackle too. Free kick, dead centre 20 yards out. Delofeu has found some space on the right Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge 6:03PM 33 min Deulofeu does that start-stop trick to draw Martina to him then hurtles past to the byline and clips a crisp cross into the box that Williams boots clear. 6:01PM 31 min Left wing cross from Sigurdsson towards the near post. Niasse has made the run but so, in his shadow, has Prodl who gets there first. 5:59PM 30 min Good tackle from Rooney on Deulofeu. He's turned into Joe Parkinson. Rooney turns midfield destroyer Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge 5:58PM 28 min Keane gets away with a sliding challenge with a raised foot that looks like a potential metatarsal-cracker on Doucoure who eventually gets up with a bruise but no break. 5:56PM 26 min A spate of fouls. Nothing nasty, just niggly time-wasters. 5:55PM 24 min Walcott gets round Holebas after a clever flick from Niasse and cuts the ball back for Rooney to shoot. He cocks his knee but Deulofeu has diligently come all the way back from the right wing to the left back spot that Holebas vacated and whips the ball away before Rooney can hit it. 5:53PM 22 min Kenny cleans out Richarlison with a rash tackle from behind. Free-kick. There's a palpable lack of urgency so far. Hoddle thinks fatigue will open the game up in the last 20 minutes. We'll have a phoney war until then. 5:51PM 20 min Everton corner after a touch of class from Sigurdsson, turning like St Johan and standing up a far-post cross that Richarlison, tracking back, heads away from Niasse. In comes the corner and Niasse tries a sidewinder volley at the back post but doesn't catch it right and hits the first defender. 5:48PM 18 min It's largely tripe, I'm afraid. 5:47PM 16 min Davies hits an early pass up to Sigurdsson who bursts forward plays a slick one-two with the supporting Davies but scuffs his daisycutter of a shot within easy range of Karnezis. Attempt Saved: Watford 0 - 0 Everton (Gylfi Sigurdsson, 15 min) 5:44PM 14 min That's nice from Pereyra who takes the ball down and strokes a pass out to Deulofeu. Davies does well to win it back. Possession: Watford vs Everton 5:42PM 12 min And they do counter quickly when they mop up a long pass and retaliate with one of their own up the left to Niasse who turns Janmaat with a stutter run then fires a left-foot shot towards the near post that Karnezis smartly saves and knocks behind. 5:41PM 10 min Everton are compact but certainly aren't pressing with any vigour or purpose They seem content to let Watford's defenders have the ball, hoof it and then counter. 5:39PM 8 min Watford are targeting Martina, clipping long diagonal passes designed to let Deulofeu get beyond him. There have been plenty of 'mixer' balls so far as if paying homage to the Wing Commander and all his disciples. 5:36PM 6 min Watford corner. A routine - Deulofeu runs towards it, does a step over and Doucoure by the D, hoofs it into orbit over Radlett. 5:35PM 4 min Prodl makes a mistake and tries to rectify being turned so easily by hauling Walcott back. Sigurdsson takes the free-kick, 25 yards out on the right. He floats it to the back post and Williams isn't quick enough to get there and instead slides in as it arcs out of play. That was a terrific cross. BT Sport are treating us to Glenn Hoddle again. Thanks for that. 5:33PM 3 min Mariappa hits a 60-yard diagonal for Deulofeu's run up the right. He controls it with a Barcelona-taught trap but runs out of room. 5:31PM 1 min Off they go, Everton moving the ball forward but can't penetrate Watford's defence who smother the ball and pass it around at the back until Karnezis punts it upfield. 5:13PM Teams in black and white Watford Karnezis, Janmaat, Prodl, Mariappa, Holebas, Pereyra, Doucoure, Capoue, Deulofeu, Deeney, Richarlison. Substitutes Gomes, Britos, Gray, Femenia, Zeegelaar, Carrillo, Okaka. Everton Pickford, Kenny, Keane, Williams, Martina, Davies, Gueye, Rooney, Walcott, Niasse, Sigurdsson. Substitutes Robles, Schneiderlin, Bolasie, Tosun, Calvert-Lewin, Holgate, Garbutt. Referee Anthony Taylor (Wythenshawe) 5:06PM Everton team Allardyce opts for 4-3-3. Still no start for Tosun. �� | Team news is in for this evening's clash with @WatfordFC! 2️⃣ changes �� Kenny and Williams start �� Garbutt on the bench#EFCawaydaypic.twitter.com/qHhCeNLNb0— Everton (@Everton) February 24, 2018 5:06PM Watford team news A flat back four and a diamond for Watford? No 4-2-3-1. �� | #watfordfc line-up v @Everton | Karnezis (GK); Janmaat, Mariappa, Prödl, Holebas; Doucouré, Capoue; Deulofeu, Pereyra, Richarlison; Deeney (C). Subs | Gomes (GK), Britos, Femenía, Zeegelaar, Carrillo, Gray, Okaka.#WATEVEpic.twitter.com/EEnpjYzyzO— Watford FC (@WatfordFC) February 24, 2018 5:02PM Good evening And welcome to coverage of Saturday night's last match. Victory for Everton will take them up to seventh but they have won only one league match on the road this season. Watford have been ropey at home, winning just the four and losing six but their new managre, Javier Gracia, has one victory and will be confident of another. Even if it's not exactly box office for BT Sport against the competing demands of the Calcutta Cup, we should relish any opportunity to watch Abdoulaye Doucouré and the attacking verve of Richarlison and Deulofeu as well as Sam Allardyce's designs to confound them.
Watford may have got over Marco Silva pretty quickly, but, on this evidence, Everton might still hanker over the manager they had been prepared to pay £10million for. It was around the time of Watford’s defeat at Goodison Park in November that Everton first made their approach for Silva, which the Hornets ultimately blamed for his sacking. But this victory for Javi Gracia’s Watford, courtesy of a late Troy Deeney strike, may yet tempt Everton to try again for Silva in the summer once Sam Allardyce has steered them to safety. Allardyce’s safety first approach against a Watford team that had previously only won four times at home in the Premier League this term would have frustrated the club’s travelling fans. They rarely threatened the home side’s goal and it was telling that goalkeeper Jordan Pickford produced two of Everton’s most dangerous moments, with a pass that Oumar Niasse wasted and a late header in the Watford penalty area that almost resulted in an equaliser. Michael Keane battles with Watford&#39;s Troy Deeney Credit: REUTERS/David Klein Everton have only won once on the road in the League this season and have now lost five successive away games. They managed one shot on target against Watford, which was a deflected Niasse effort in just the 12th minute that Orestis Karnezis saved. Michael Keane missed the target with a header at the start of the second half and Allardyce said: “If you squander your opportunities, you pay the price in the Premier League. “We’ve taken 17 points from our last eight home games, but if you look at the difference away from home you say ‘wow’. The difference against Watford was we didn’t have a finisher on the pitch.” Everton have not kept a clean sheet since Boxing Day and Allardyce added: “Ultimately, clean sheets are the answer because if we had gone 1-0 up then I don’t think we would have lost the game. Watford 1 - 0 Everton (Troy Deeney, 79 min) “We need to keep clean sheets and then nick that one goal, like Watford did, and that will be the way forwards for us.” This was Watford’s second successive victory at Vicarage Road, following the thrashing of Chelsea, and the Hornets have moved on from Silva. It is fair to assume the club’s owner Gino Pozzo will have enjoyed getting one over Everton, who he felt unsettled Silva to the point that he had to sack him in January. Deeney’s winner came with 11 minutes remaining after he unleashed an unstoppable shot on the turn, having received a pass from substitute Stefano Okaka. Watford vs Everton shots on goal “It’s three important points for us,” said Gracia. “Troy is very important for us on and off the pitch and I can only say good things about him. “It was vital for us to improve our home form because we feel that backing from our supporters. They are another man for us and we have another chance at home against West Bromwich Albion next week. “There is a good feeling in the club since the first day I arrived. But after two important victories at home everything is better for everybody. Everybody will be more happy.” Deeney turns smartly and buries the winner Credit: Alex Broadway/Getty Images On getting his substitutions right, Gracia added: “I have got confidence in all the players. It’s not easy to choose between them because they are all working very hard.” Everton’s January signing Cenk Tosun was sent on as a second-half substitute, but his main contribution was to injure Watford forward Gerard Deulofeu who Gracia said was suffering with pain in his right foot. Allardyce said of Tosun, who cost £27m from Besiktas: “He’s getting used to it day to day in training. He’s finding his feet and he made a reasonable contribution, and, hopefully, he will improve and will give us what we need.” 7:21PM Full time Pickford nearly bailed his side out there. Watford&#39;s changes were inspired and Okaka made a real difference when they went to 4-4-2. Everton, unambitious and plodding, were awful. 7:20PM 90+3 min A foul allows Everton one last chance and they bob on to win a corner. Pickford goes up, wins the header but Karnezis dives down to smother it. 7:19PM 90+2 min Three minutes have been added on, time that Watford seem intent on seeing out by the Everton corner flags. 7:16PM 90 min Watford corner that they try to keep in the corner. Hoddle gives his man of the match award to Deeney for the only touch of class of a truly terrible football match. 7:15PM 87 min Both sides lump it but for differing reasons. Watford finally get the ball down and Okaka turns with a gorgeous backheel flick, bursts past Keane and torpedoes a low shot that Pickford dives down to parry. Attempt Saved: Watford 1 - 0 Everton (Stefano Okaka, 87 min) 7:11PM 85 min Everton throw by the corner flag which they take and head back to halfway and Watford hustle the ball off them. 7:10PM 84 min Allardyce was about to bring on Schneiderlin to help shore up the point before Deeney scored but had to change tack. 7:08PM 82 min Double Everton substitution: Calvert-Lewin and Bolasie replace Sigurdsson and Rooney. 7:08PM 80 min Carelessness in possession from Everton lets Watford attack up the right, Okaka playes a one-two with Femenia then cuts it back to Deeney 15 yards out and he buries a powerful shot. Everton have shot themselves in the foot. Miss: Watford 0 - 0 Everton (Wayne Rooney, 68 min) 7:05PM Goal! Watford 1-0 Everton (Deeney) Troy Deeney turns sharply to smack in the opening goal Credit: Alex Broadway/Getty Images 7:05PM 79 min Double save from Pickford after his clearance hits Deeney. Femenia should square it to Deeney for the tap-in but goes for the shot and Pickford gets down. 7:04PM 77 min Gueye heads away Femenia&#39;s right wing cross and it falls to Doucoure who flays a wild shot over the bar. 7:03PM 75 min Watford crosses from Doucoure (fed by a cute Okaka backheel) and then Femenia hit the first defenders. &#39;Sam Allardyce would be happy to come away with a clean sheet&#39;. Of course he would but what about the poor souls who trekked down to watch this or the Watford fans who have had to endure such dreadful crossing? 7:00PM 73 min Good tackle from Gueye dispossesses Okaka who then trips him. Everton take the free kick and give the ball straight back to the opposition who have two runners headed for the box. Typically for this match the attempt at a throughball goes straight to Keane. Utter garbage. 6:58PM 71 min Prodl makes some comical moves when beating Walcott to a long ball. He wins the header and is then clipped by Walcott but cannot decide whether to go down so waves his arms around as if he were about to collapse but in the end didn&#39;t and he waited for the whistle. 6:57PM 69 min Carillo and Femenia link up on the left and make a couple of opportunities to cross but find no precision with either. Third time lucky with a long throw? No Rooney clears Holebas&#39; missile. 6:54PM 66 min Rooney takes a kung-fu lunge at a half volley from 18 yards. He had to as it bounced too high but he couldn&#39;t keep it down. Miss: Watford 0 - 0 Everton (Wayne Rooney, 68 min) 6:49PM 62 min Misplaced pass after misplaced pass. Carillo replaces Deulofeu who continues to upbraid the referee as he departs over the legality of Tosun&#39;s shoulder-barge. 6:46PM 60 min Tosun shoulder charges Deulofeu legitimately and speeds down the wing but his cutback is too heavy and fizzes into Sigurdsson&#39;s chest. 6:45PM 58 min Watford corner blocked at the near post by Tosun and then headed out by Williams. Watford go back 40 yards, hang a high ball towards the back post from the right and Pickford punches it out. 6:43PM 56 min Double Watford sub: Femenia and Okaka on, Richarlison and Pereyra off. Everton sub: Tosun on for Niasse. 6:41PM 55 min Rooney&#39;s cross is blocked and Watford break. Rooney runs back but misses his attempted tackle and Pickford bails him out with a save. 6:40PM 54 min Capoue fouls Walcott so Everton have another opportunity to stick it in the mixer and take it. targeting Keane but Watford clear. 6:39PM 52 min Keane goes up for a free-kick and stays up when the initial long ball is cleared. Kenny wellies in another 40-yarder and Keane, caught in two minds, heads across goal looking for Davies to poke it in instead of burying it himself. Allardyce is unimpressed. 6:36PM 51 min Everton corner that misses everyone in the box. School of science. 6:34PM 49 min Prodl meets the corner but gets underneath it and balloons it over. 6:33PM 48 min Kenny cuts out a pass intended for Deeney with a sliding interception and knocks Deulofeu&#39;s ball out for a corner. 6:32PM 46 min We resume with a half-hearted Watford surge up the left that leads to nothing. 6:16PM Half time Long ball filth and decent players trying to make something from odds and ends. The half ends with a lovely pass from Pickford, out of his area and sweeping up before Deeney can pounce, but Niasse, picked out 60 yards away, can&#39;t cushion it. The game is being squeezed. Average touch positions (half time) 6:13PM 44 min Richarlison swaps wings but Martina takes the ball off him with a well-timed tackle. He did well there. 6:12PM 43 min On of Javi Gracia&#39;s assistants gets into a barney with Duncan Ferguson. If only Michael Winner were still alive: Death Wish VI right there. 6:10PM 41 min Pickford plucks the corner out of the Hertfordshire sky. Dross. 6:10PM 40 min Martina blocks Deulofeu&#39;s cross after the winger takes him on but cannot shake him off. Watford corner. 6:08PM 38 min Niasse seems to be OK. 6:07PM 37 min Deulofeu smacks it flush into the wall. From the rebound Janmaat and Niasse go for it and the Everton striker inadvertently takes a blow on the head. The ref stops the game. 6:06PM 35 min Deulofeu again centres with purpose, very firmly crossing to the edge of the box Williams beats Deeney to it but Gueye takes him out with a sliding tackle too. Free kick, dead centre 20 yards out. Delofeu has found some space on the right Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge 6:03PM 33 min Deulofeu does that start-stop trick to draw Martina to him then hurtles past to the byline and clips a crisp cross into the box that Williams boots clear. 6:01PM 31 min Left wing cross from Sigurdsson towards the near post. Niasse has made the run but so, in his shadow, has Prodl who gets there first. 5:59PM 30 min Good tackle from Rooney on Deulofeu. He&#39;s turned into Joe Parkinson. Rooney turns midfield destroyer Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge 5:58PM 28 min Keane gets away with a sliding challenge with a raised foot that looks like a potential metatarsal-cracker on Doucoure who eventually gets up with a bruise but no break. 5:56PM 26 min A spate of fouls. Nothing nasty, just niggly time-wasters. 5:55PM 24 min Walcott gets round Holebas after a clever flick from Niasse and cuts the ball back for Rooney to shoot. He cocks his knee but Deulofeu has diligently come all the way back from the right wing to the left back spot that Holebas vacated and whips the ball away before Rooney can hit it. 5:53PM 22 min Kenny cleans out Richarlison with a rash tackle from behind. Free-kick. There&#39;s a palpable lack of urgency so far. Hoddle thinks fatigue will open the game up in the last 20 minutes. We&#39;ll have a phoney war until then. 5:51PM 20 min Everton corner after a touch of class from Sigurdsson, turning like St Johan and standing up a far-post cross that Richarlison, tracking back, heads away from Niasse. In comes the corner and Niasse tries a sidewinder volley at the back post but doesn&#39;t catch it right and hits the first defender. 5:48PM 18 min It&#39;s largely tripe, I&#39;m afraid. 5:47PM 16 min Davies hits an early pass up to Sigurdsson who bursts forward plays a slick one-two with the supporting Davies but scuffs his daisycutter of a shot within easy range of Karnezis. Attempt Saved: Watford 0 - 0 Everton (Gylfi Sigurdsson, 15 min) 5:44PM 14 min That&#39;s nice from Pereyra who takes the ball down and strokes a pass out to Deulofeu. Davies does well to win it back. Possession: Watford vs Everton 5:42PM 12 min And they do counter quickly when they mop up a long pass and retaliate with one of their own up the left to Niasse who turns Janmaat with a stutter run then fires a left-foot shot towards the near post that Karnezis smartly saves and knocks behind. 5:41PM 10 min Everton are compact but certainly aren&#39;t pressing with any vigour or purpose They seem content to let Watford&#39;s defenders have the ball, hoof it and then counter. 5:39PM 8 min Watford are targeting Martina, clipping long diagonal passes designed to let Deulofeu get beyond him. There have been plenty of &#39;mixer&#39; balls so far as if paying homage to the Wing Commander and all his disciples. 5:36PM 6 min Watford corner. A routine - Deulofeu runs towards it, does a step over and Doucoure by the D, hoofs it into orbit over Radlett. 5:35PM 4 min Prodl makes a mistake and tries to rectify being turned so easily by hauling Walcott back. Sigurdsson takes the free-kick, 25 yards out on the right. He floats it to the back post and Williams isn&#39;t quick enough to get there and instead slides in as it arcs out of play. That was a terrific cross. BT Sport are treating us to Glenn Hoddle again. Thanks for that. 5:33PM 3 min Mariappa hits a 60-yard diagonal for Deulofeu&#39;s run up the right. He controls it with a Barcelona-taught trap but runs out of room. 5:31PM 1 min Off they go, Everton moving the ball forward but can&#39;t penetrate Watford&#39;s defence who smother the ball and pass it around at the back until Karnezis punts it upfield. 5:13PM Teams in black and white Watford Karnezis, Janmaat, Prodl, Mariappa, Holebas, Pereyra, Doucoure, Capoue, Deulofeu, Deeney, Richarlison. Substitutes Gomes, Britos, Gray, Femenia, Zeegelaar, Carrillo, Okaka. Everton Pickford, Kenny, Keane, Williams, Martina, Davies, Gueye, Rooney, Walcott, Niasse, Sigurdsson. Substitutes Robles, Schneiderlin, Bolasie, Tosun, Calvert-Lewin, Holgate, Garbutt. Referee Anthony Taylor (Wythenshawe) 5:06PM Everton team Allardyce opts for 4-3-3. Still no start for Tosun. �� | Team news is in for this evening&#39;s clash with @WatfordFC! 2️⃣ changes �� Kenny and Williams start �� Garbutt on the bench#EFCawaydaypic.twitter.com/qHhCeNLNb0— Everton (@Everton) February 24, 2018 5:06PM Watford team news A flat back four and a diamond for Watford? No 4-2-3-1. �� | #watfordfc line-up v @Everton | Karnezis (GK); Janmaat, Mariappa, Prödl, Holebas; Doucouré, Capoue; Deulofeu, Pereyra, Richarlison; Deeney (C). Subs | Gomes (GK), Britos, Femenía, Zeegelaar, Carrillo, Gray, Okaka.#WATEVEpic.twitter.com/EEnpjYzyzO— Watford FC (@WatfordFC) February 24, 2018 5:02PM Good evening And welcome to coverage of Saturday night&#39;s last match. Victory for Everton will take them up to seventh but they have won only one league match on the road this season. Watford have been ropey at home, winning just the four and losing six but their new managre, Javier Gracia, has one victory and will be confident of another. Even if it&#39;s not exactly box office for BT Sport against the competing demands of the Calcutta Cup, we should relish any opportunity to watch Abdoulaye Doucouré and the attacking verve of Richarlison and Deulofeu as well as Sam Allardyce&#39;s designs to confound them.
Watford 1 Everton 0: Troy Deeney finds a touch of class amid the dross
Watford may have got over Marco Silva pretty quickly, but, on this evidence, Everton might still hanker over the manager they had been prepared to pay £10million for. It was around the time of Watford’s defeat at Goodison Park in November that Everton first made their approach for Silva, which the Hornets ultimately blamed for his sacking. But this victory for Javi Gracia’s Watford, courtesy of a late Troy Deeney strike, may yet tempt Everton to try again for Silva in the summer once Sam Allardyce has steered them to safety. Allardyce’s safety first approach against a Watford team that had previously only won four times at home in the Premier League this term would have frustrated the club’s travelling fans. They rarely threatened the home side’s goal and it was telling that goalkeeper Jordan Pickford produced two of Everton’s most dangerous moments, with a pass that Oumar Niasse wasted and a late header in the Watford penalty area that almost resulted in an equaliser. Michael Keane battles with Watford's Troy Deeney Credit: REUTERS/David Klein Everton have only won once on the road in the League this season and have now lost five successive away games. They managed one shot on target against Watford, which was a deflected Niasse effort in just the 12th minute that Orestis Karnezis saved. Michael Keane missed the target with a header at the start of the second half and Allardyce said: “If you squander your opportunities, you pay the price in the Premier League. “We’ve taken 17 points from our last eight home games, but if you look at the difference away from home you say ‘wow’. The difference against Watford was we didn’t have a finisher on the pitch.” Everton have not kept a clean sheet since Boxing Day and Allardyce added: “Ultimately, clean sheets are the answer because if we had gone 1-0 up then I don’t think we would have lost the game. Watford 1 - 0 Everton (Troy Deeney, 79 min) “We need to keep clean sheets and then nick that one goal, like Watford did, and that will be the way forwards for us.” This was Watford’s second successive victory at Vicarage Road, following the thrashing of Chelsea, and the Hornets have moved on from Silva. It is fair to assume the club’s owner Gino Pozzo will have enjoyed getting one over Everton, who he felt unsettled Silva to the point that he had to sack him in January. Deeney’s winner came with 11 minutes remaining after he unleashed an unstoppable shot on the turn, having received a pass from substitute Stefano Okaka. Watford vs Everton shots on goal “It’s three important points for us,” said Gracia. “Troy is very important for us on and off the pitch and I can only say good things about him. “It was vital for us to improve our home form because we feel that backing from our supporters. They are another man for us and we have another chance at home against West Bromwich Albion next week. “There is a good feeling in the club since the first day I arrived. But after two important victories at home everything is better for everybody. Everybody will be more happy.” Deeney turns smartly and buries the winner Credit: Alex Broadway/Getty Images On getting his substitutions right, Gracia added: “I have got confidence in all the players. It’s not easy to choose between them because they are all working very hard.” Everton’s January signing Cenk Tosun was sent on as a second-half substitute, but his main contribution was to injure Watford forward Gerard Deulofeu who Gracia said was suffering with pain in his right foot. Allardyce said of Tosun, who cost £27m from Besiktas: “He’s getting used to it day to day in training. He’s finding his feet and he made a reasonable contribution, and, hopefully, he will improve and will give us what we need.” 7:21PM Full time Pickford nearly bailed his side out there. Watford's changes were inspired and Okaka made a real difference when they went to 4-4-2. Everton, unambitious and plodding, were awful. 7:20PM 90+3 min A foul allows Everton one last chance and they bob on to win a corner. Pickford goes up, wins the header but Karnezis dives down to smother it. 7:19PM 90+2 min Three minutes have been added on, time that Watford seem intent on seeing out by the Everton corner flags. 7:16PM 90 min Watford corner that they try to keep in the corner. Hoddle gives his man of the match award to Deeney for the only touch of class of a truly terrible football match. 7:15PM 87 min Both sides lump it but for differing reasons. Watford finally get the ball down and Okaka turns with a gorgeous backheel flick, bursts past Keane and torpedoes a low shot that Pickford dives down to parry. Attempt Saved: Watford 1 - 0 Everton (Stefano Okaka, 87 min) 7:11PM 85 min Everton throw by the corner flag which they take and head back to halfway and Watford hustle the ball off them. 7:10PM 84 min Allardyce was about to bring on Schneiderlin to help shore up the point before Deeney scored but had to change tack. 7:08PM 82 min Double Everton substitution: Calvert-Lewin and Bolasie replace Sigurdsson and Rooney. 7:08PM 80 min Carelessness in possession from Everton lets Watford attack up the right, Okaka playes a one-two with Femenia then cuts it back to Deeney 15 yards out and he buries a powerful shot. Everton have shot themselves in the foot. Miss: Watford 0 - 0 Everton (Wayne Rooney, 68 min) 7:05PM Goal! Watford 1-0 Everton (Deeney) Troy Deeney turns sharply to smack in the opening goal Credit: Alex Broadway/Getty Images 7:05PM 79 min Double save from Pickford after his clearance hits Deeney. Femenia should square it to Deeney for the tap-in but goes for the shot and Pickford gets down. 7:04PM 77 min Gueye heads away Femenia's right wing cross and it falls to Doucoure who flays a wild shot over the bar. 7:03PM 75 min Watford crosses from Doucoure (fed by a cute Okaka backheel) and then Femenia hit the first defenders. 'Sam Allardyce would be happy to come away with a clean sheet'. Of course he would but what about the poor souls who trekked down to watch this or the Watford fans who have had to endure such dreadful crossing? 7:00PM 73 min Good tackle from Gueye dispossesses Okaka who then trips him. Everton take the free kick and give the ball straight back to the opposition who have two runners headed for the box. Typically for this match the attempt at a throughball goes straight to Keane. Utter garbage. 6:58PM 71 min Prodl makes some comical moves when beating Walcott to a long ball. He wins the header and is then clipped by Walcott but cannot decide whether to go down so waves his arms around as if he were about to collapse but in the end didn't and he waited for the whistle. 6:57PM 69 min Carillo and Femenia link up on the left and make a couple of opportunities to cross but find no precision with either. Third time lucky with a long throw? No Rooney clears Holebas' missile. 6:54PM 66 min Rooney takes a kung-fu lunge at a half volley from 18 yards. He had to as it bounced too high but he couldn't keep it down. Miss: Watford 0 - 0 Everton (Wayne Rooney, 68 min) 6:49PM 62 min Misplaced pass after misplaced pass. Carillo replaces Deulofeu who continues to upbraid the referee as he departs over the legality of Tosun's shoulder-barge. 6:46PM 60 min Tosun shoulder charges Deulofeu legitimately and speeds down the wing but his cutback is too heavy and fizzes into Sigurdsson's chest. 6:45PM 58 min Watford corner blocked at the near post by Tosun and then headed out by Williams. Watford go back 40 yards, hang a high ball towards the back post from the right and Pickford punches it out. 6:43PM 56 min Double Watford sub: Femenia and Okaka on, Richarlison and Pereyra off. Everton sub: Tosun on for Niasse. 6:41PM 55 min Rooney's cross is blocked and Watford break. Rooney runs back but misses his attempted tackle and Pickford bails him out with a save. 6:40PM 54 min Capoue fouls Walcott so Everton have another opportunity to stick it in the mixer and take it. targeting Keane but Watford clear. 6:39PM 52 min Keane goes up for a free-kick and stays up when the initial long ball is cleared. Kenny wellies in another 40-yarder and Keane, caught in two minds, heads across goal looking for Davies to poke it in instead of burying it himself. Allardyce is unimpressed. 6:36PM 51 min Everton corner that misses everyone in the box. School of science. 6:34PM 49 min Prodl meets the corner but gets underneath it and balloons it over. 6:33PM 48 min Kenny cuts out a pass intended for Deeney with a sliding interception and knocks Deulofeu's ball out for a corner. 6:32PM 46 min We resume with a half-hearted Watford surge up the left that leads to nothing. 6:16PM Half time Long ball filth and decent players trying to make something from odds and ends. The half ends with a lovely pass from Pickford, out of his area and sweeping up before Deeney can pounce, but Niasse, picked out 60 yards away, can't cushion it. The game is being squeezed. Average touch positions (half time) 6:13PM 44 min Richarlison swaps wings but Martina takes the ball off him with a well-timed tackle. He did well there. 6:12PM 43 min On of Javi Gracia's assistants gets into a barney with Duncan Ferguson. If only Michael Winner were still alive: Death Wish VI right there. 6:10PM 41 min Pickford plucks the corner out of the Hertfordshire sky. Dross. 6:10PM 40 min Martina blocks Deulofeu's cross after the winger takes him on but cannot shake him off. Watford corner. 6:08PM 38 min Niasse seems to be OK. 6:07PM 37 min Deulofeu smacks it flush into the wall. From the rebound Janmaat and Niasse go for it and the Everton striker inadvertently takes a blow on the head. The ref stops the game. 6:06PM 35 min Deulofeu again centres with purpose, very firmly crossing to the edge of the box Williams beats Deeney to it but Gueye takes him out with a sliding tackle too. Free kick, dead centre 20 yards out. Delofeu has found some space on the right Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge 6:03PM 33 min Deulofeu does that start-stop trick to draw Martina to him then hurtles past to the byline and clips a crisp cross into the box that Williams boots clear. 6:01PM 31 min Left wing cross from Sigurdsson towards the near post. Niasse has made the run but so, in his shadow, has Prodl who gets there first. 5:59PM 30 min Good tackle from Rooney on Deulofeu. He's turned into Joe Parkinson. Rooney turns midfield destroyer Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge 5:58PM 28 min Keane gets away with a sliding challenge with a raised foot that looks like a potential metatarsal-cracker on Doucoure who eventually gets up with a bruise but no break. 5:56PM 26 min A spate of fouls. Nothing nasty, just niggly time-wasters. 5:55PM 24 min Walcott gets round Holebas after a clever flick from Niasse and cuts the ball back for Rooney to shoot. He cocks his knee but Deulofeu has diligently come all the way back from the right wing to the left back spot that Holebas vacated and whips the ball away before Rooney can hit it. 5:53PM 22 min Kenny cleans out Richarlison with a rash tackle from behind. Free-kick. There's a palpable lack of urgency so far. Hoddle thinks fatigue will open the game up in the last 20 minutes. We'll have a phoney war until then. 5:51PM 20 min Everton corner after a touch of class from Sigurdsson, turning like St Johan and standing up a far-post cross that Richarlison, tracking back, heads away from Niasse. In comes the corner and Niasse tries a sidewinder volley at the back post but doesn't catch it right and hits the first defender. 5:48PM 18 min It's largely tripe, I'm afraid. 5:47PM 16 min Davies hits an early pass up to Sigurdsson who bursts forward plays a slick one-two with the supporting Davies but scuffs his daisycutter of a shot within easy range of Karnezis. Attempt Saved: Watford 0 - 0 Everton (Gylfi Sigurdsson, 15 min) 5:44PM 14 min That's nice from Pereyra who takes the ball down and strokes a pass out to Deulofeu. Davies does well to win it back. Possession: Watford vs Everton 5:42PM 12 min And they do counter quickly when they mop up a long pass and retaliate with one of their own up the left to Niasse who turns Janmaat with a stutter run then fires a left-foot shot towards the near post that Karnezis smartly saves and knocks behind. 5:41PM 10 min Everton are compact but certainly aren't pressing with any vigour or purpose They seem content to let Watford's defenders have the ball, hoof it and then counter. 5:39PM 8 min Watford are targeting Martina, clipping long diagonal passes designed to let Deulofeu get beyond him. There have been plenty of 'mixer' balls so far as if paying homage to the Wing Commander and all his disciples. 5:36PM 6 min Watford corner. A routine - Deulofeu runs towards it, does a step over and Doucoure by the D, hoofs it into orbit over Radlett. 5:35PM 4 min Prodl makes a mistake and tries to rectify being turned so easily by hauling Walcott back. Sigurdsson takes the free-kick, 25 yards out on the right. He floats it to the back post and Williams isn't quick enough to get there and instead slides in as it arcs out of play. That was a terrific cross. BT Sport are treating us to Glenn Hoddle again. Thanks for that. 5:33PM 3 min Mariappa hits a 60-yard diagonal for Deulofeu's run up the right. He controls it with a Barcelona-taught trap but runs out of room. 5:31PM 1 min Off they go, Everton moving the ball forward but can't penetrate Watford's defence who smother the ball and pass it around at the back until Karnezis punts it upfield. 5:13PM Teams in black and white Watford Karnezis, Janmaat, Prodl, Mariappa, Holebas, Pereyra, Doucoure, Capoue, Deulofeu, Deeney, Richarlison. Substitutes Gomes, Britos, Gray, Femenia, Zeegelaar, Carrillo, Okaka. Everton Pickford, Kenny, Keane, Williams, Martina, Davies, Gueye, Rooney, Walcott, Niasse, Sigurdsson. Substitutes Robles, Schneiderlin, Bolasie, Tosun, Calvert-Lewin, Holgate, Garbutt. Referee Anthony Taylor (Wythenshawe) 5:06PM Everton team Allardyce opts for 4-3-3. Still no start for Tosun. �� | Team news is in for this evening's clash with @WatfordFC! 2️⃣ changes �� Kenny and Williams start �� Garbutt on the bench#EFCawaydaypic.twitter.com/qHhCeNLNb0— Everton (@Everton) February 24, 2018 5:06PM Watford team news A flat back four and a diamond for Watford? No 4-2-3-1. �� | #watfordfc line-up v @Everton | Karnezis (GK); Janmaat, Mariappa, Prödl, Holebas; Doucouré, Capoue; Deulofeu, Pereyra, Richarlison; Deeney (C). Subs | Gomes (GK), Britos, Femenía, Zeegelaar, Carrillo, Gray, Okaka.#WATEVEpic.twitter.com/EEnpjYzyzO— Watford FC (@WatfordFC) February 24, 2018 5:02PM Good evening And welcome to coverage of Saturday night's last match. Victory for Everton will take them up to seventh but they have won only one league match on the road this season. Watford have been ropey at home, winning just the four and losing six but their new managre, Javier Gracia, has one victory and will be confident of another. Even if it's not exactly box office for BT Sport against the competing demands of the Calcutta Cup, we should relish any opportunity to watch Abdoulaye Doucouré and the attacking verve of Richarlison and Deulofeu as well as Sam Allardyce's designs to confound them.
BAQ100. BARRANQUILLA (COLOMBIA), 24/02/2018.- El medallista olímpico Yuberjen Martínez (d) en acción durante un combate contra el venezolano Luis Jesús Polanco Vásquez este 23 de febrero de 2018, en Barranquilla (Colombia). Liderado por el medallista olímpico Yuberjen Martínez, el equipo colombiano &quot;Los Heroicos&quot; se impuso anoche en Soledad, en el área metropolitana de Barranquilla, ante &quot;Los Caciques&quot; de Venezuela (3-2) en la tercera jornada de la edición 2018 de la Serie Mundial de Boxeo. En la pelea estelar, celebrada en la categoría de los 49 kilogramos, el ganador de la medalla de plata en los Juegos Olímpicos de Río de Janeiro se impuso por decisión unánime al venezolano Luis Jesús Polanco Vásquez. EFE/HUGO PENSO
BAQ100. BARRANQUILLA (COLOMBIA), 24/02/2018.- El medallista olímpico Yuberjen Martínez (d) en acción durante un combate contra el venezolano Luis Jesús Polanco Vásquez este 23 de febrero de 2018, en Barranquilla (Colombia). Liderado por el medallista olímpico Yuberjen Martínez, el equipo colombiano "Los Heroicos" se impuso anoche en Soledad, en el área metropolitana de Barranquilla, ante "Los Caciques" de Venezuela (3-2) en la tercera jornada de la edición 2018 de la Serie Mundial de Boxeo. En la pelea estelar, celebrada en la categoría de los 49 kilogramos, el ganador de la medalla de plata en los Juegos Olímpicos de Río de Janeiro se impuso por decisión unánime al venezolano Luis Jesús Polanco Vásquez. EFE/HUGO PENSO
BAQ100. BARRANQUILLA (COLOMBIA), 24/02/2018.- El medallista olímpico Yuberjen Martínez (d) en acción durante un combate contra el venezolano Luis Jesús Polanco Vásquez este 23 de febrero de 2018, en Barranquilla (Colombia). Liderado por el medallista olímpico Yuberjen Martínez, el equipo colombiano "Los Heroicos" se impuso anoche en Soledad, en el área metropolitana de Barranquilla, ante "Los Caciques" de Venezuela (3-2) en la tercera jornada de la edición 2018 de la Serie Mundial de Boxeo. En la pelea estelar, celebrada en la categoría de los 49 kilogramos, el ganador de la medalla de plata en los Juegos Olímpicos de Río de Janeiro se impuso por decisión unánime al venezolano Luis Jesús Polanco Vásquez. EFE/HUGO PENSO
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CALIFORNIA, EU Box/Boxeo-Francisco Estrada.- Aspectos generales de la ceremonia de pesaje previa a la pelea de box entre el tailandés, Srisaket Sor Rungvisai y el mexicano, Juan Francisco &quot;Gallo&quot; Estrada, 23 de febrero de 2018. Foto: Agencia EL UNIVERSAL/Ariel Velázquez/MAVC
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CALIFORNIA, EU Box/Boxeo-Francisco Estrada.- Aspectos generales de la ceremonia de pesaje previa a la pelea de box entre el tailandés, Srisaket Sor Rungvisai y el mexicano, Juan Francisco &quot;Gallo&quot; Estrada, 23 de febrero de 2018. Foto: Agencia EL UNIVERSAL/Ariel Velázquez/MAVC
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