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TOUGH TO TAKE: Watford hearts broken by ten-man Everton

 Published on: 1st February 2020   |   By: News Desk   |   Category: Watford FC

Watford let a two-goal lead slip against ten-man Everton on Saturday, February 1, with the result leaving them with everything to do in the fight for Premier League safety.

Goals from Adam Masina and Roberto Pereyra sent The Hornets into dreamland in the first half, before being pegged back by The Toffees.

Everton’s Fabian Delph saw red for a second yellow card late in the second half, but it was the away side who took all three points thanks to a last-minute winner from Theo Walcott.

Manager Nigel Pearson made one change from the side that lost to Aston Villa last time out with Craig Dawson being out injured, he was replaced by Christian Kabasele.

It didn’t take long for Watford to get the dream start they wanted, when Gerard Deulofeu laid off Masina and the latter rifled the ball home with his left foot.

On the 42nd minute, captain Troy Deeney was involved when he got on the end of the loose ball, he found Pereyra who calmly found the net, slotting the ball past Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.

But it was two goals in as many minutes just before half-time that caught Watford by surprise, with Colombian defender, Yerry Mina, scoring twice to ensure Everton went in at the break on level terms.

Delph received his second yellow card of the game on the 71st minute for a foul on Etienne Capoue, which allowed Watford to believe they could snatch all three points.

Danny Welbeck returned from injury in the second half as Pearson’s men looked for the winner with Abdoulaye Doucoure in particular having attempts, but mostly from long range.

The Hornets’ hearts were broken in the 91st minute, when Everton broke away through Richarlison and Moise Kean, the latter squared the ball for Walcott who had the goal at his mercy and the former Arsenal forward made no mistake.

Watford remain in 19th place in the Premier League after the result, with a massive game coming up away against 15th placed Brighton next Saturday.

Picture courtesy of Watford FC 

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