Watford FC were unable to extend their Carabao Cup run as they suffered two second-half goals at Goodison Park and exited the competition tonight (Tuesday, October 29).
Although few would call Everton’s 2-0 win undeserved, Hornets fans will still be left wondering what could’ve been as the travelling team were very much in the game.
The first half was an even, competitive encounter in which both teams struggled to make their mark.
While Everton forward Calvert-Lewin squandered a key chance early on, he ultimately looked an isolated figure for much of the first 45 minutes as Watford did well to restrict the home side’s attacking prowess.
It wasn’t until the second half that the game began to open up.
It was Watford ace Andre Gray who had the only real goalscoring opportunity for the boys in yellow.
The strikerpicked up the ball a few yards outside the Everton box in the 56th minute and struck a fierce effort which would have found the top right corner, but for a strong Pickford save.
From then on, all chances fell to the Toffees, who took until the 72nd minute to take the lead.
After Watford failed to clear a corner, Theo Walcott found a yard of space down the right and chipped the ball into Mason Holgate, who headed beyond veteran ‘keeper Gomes.
Watford continued to fight until the bitter end; but that end was made bitterer still when former Hornet Richarlison doubled Everton’s lead three minutes into stoppage time.
Watford had committed men forward in a desperate attempt to grab an equaliser, encouraging the Brazilian youngster to creep forward and counter.
He was played through by Tosun and had no trouble composing himself to fire a strike into the roof of the net with his right foot.
Watford will have to recover quickly if they want any chance of getting a result against Chelsea at Vicarage Road this Saturday (November 2).
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