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Saturday 24 February 2018, 17:30 Vicarage Road
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  • Watford
  • Capoue 53'
  • Okaka replaces Pereyra 56'
    Kiko Femenía replaces Richarlison 56'
  • Carrillo replaces Deulofeu 63'
  • Deeney 79'
  • Janmaat 88'
  • Carrillo 92'
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  • Tosun replaces Niasse 57'
  • Gueye 64'
  • Bolasie replaces Sigurdsson 82'
    Calvert-Lewin replaces Rooney 82'
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Starting XI - Watford: Karnezis, Holebas, Mariappa, Prödl, Janmaat, Doucouré, Pereyra, Capoue, Richarlison, Deulofeu, Deeney Everton: Pickford, Kenny, Williams, Cuco Martina, Keane, Davies, Rooney, Gueye, Niasse, Walcott, Sigurdsson

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    Second Half ends, Watford 1, Everton 0.

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    Attempt saved. Cenk Tosun (Everton) header from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Yannick Bolasie.

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    Attempt missed. Jordan Pickford (Everton) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Theo Walcott with a cross following a corner.

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    Corner

    Corner, Everton. Conceded by José Holebas.

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    Foul by Stefano Okaka (Watford).

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    Jonjoe Kenny (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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    André Carrillo (Watford) is shown the yellow card.

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    Corner

    Corner, Watford. Conceded by Ashley Williams.

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    Corner

    Corner, Watford. Conceded by Jonjoe Kenny.

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    Attempt blocked. José Holebas (Watford) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Abdoulaye Doucouré.

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4-2-3-1
  • Karnezis
  • Janmaat
  • Mariappa
  • Prödl
  • Holebas
  • Doucouré
  • Capoue
  • Carrillo
  • Okaka
  • Kiko Femenía
  • Deeney
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  • Pickford
  • Cuco Martina
  • Williams
  • Keane
  • Kenny
  • Calvert-Lewin
  • Gueye
  • Davies
  • Bolasie
  • Tosun
  • Walcott
Watford Everton
Karnezis 30 1 Pickford
Yellow CardJanmaat 2 4 Keane
Prödl 5 5 Williams
Mariappa 6 10 Rooney (Calvert-Lewin 82'')
Deulofeu (Yellow Card Carrillo 63'') 7 11 Walcott
Deeney 9 15 Cuco Martina
Richarlison (Kiko Femenía 56'') 11 17 GueyeYellow Card
Doucouré 16 18 Sigurdsson (Bolasie 82'')
Holebas 25 19 Niasse (Tosun 57'')
Yellow CardCapoue 29 26 Davies
Pereyra (Okaka 56'') 37 43 Kenny
Substitutions
Heurelho Gomes 1 2 Schneiderlin
Britos 3 7 Bolasie
Gray 18 14 Tosun
Kiko Femenía 21 29 Calvert-Lewin
Zeegelaar 22 30 Holgate
Carrillo 28 33 Robles
Okaka 33 36 Garbutt

Starting XI - Watford: Karnezis, Holebas, Mariappa, Prödl, Janmaat, Doucouré, Pereyra, Capoue, Richarlison, Deulofeu, Deeney Everton: Pickford, Kenny, Williams, Cuco Martina, Keane, Davies, Rooney, Gueye, Niasse, Walcott, Sigurdsson


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Troy Deeney’s late strike condemned Everton to defeat at Vicarage Road on Saturday evening. 

The Watford skipper struck the decisive blow to hand his team victory in a tightly contested affair as both sides looked to close the gap on seventh-placed Burnley, who had drawn against Southampton hours before.

Manager Sam Allardyce made two changes to the team that started the last match – a 3-1 home victory against Crystal Palace – with Jonjoe Kenny and Ashley Williams coming in for the injured Seamus Coleman and Eliaquim Mangala.
 
With Leicester City and the Clarets both dropping points earlier in the day, Everton headed into the game knowing a win would take them level on points with Sean Dyche’s side ahead of next week’s meeting at Turf Moor.
 
The Blues started brightly and fashioned the first chance in the fourth minute.
 
Gylfi Sigurdsson floated a deep free kick towards the far post, where Oumar Niasse was lurking with intent. However, the Senegal international’s touch momentarily evaded him and his scuffed finish trickled harmlessly wide.
 
Niasse’s willingness to run into the channels was causing the Watford defence problems and he got in again moments later, this time bursting down the left before drilling in a low cross-shot that forced keeper Orestis Karnezis into a sharp save at his near post.
 
Looking refreshed after their warm-weather training camp in Dubai, the Blues were getting into some dangerous areas but they could not find the killer pass to take full advantage of their dominance.
 
In contrast, little was seen of Watford as an attacking force until former Everton wide-man Gerard Deulofeu tricked his way past Cuco Martina and burst into the area, but Michael Keane was alert to the danger, cutting out a low cross at the near post.
 
Midfielder Etienne Capoue then seized on a loose ball just outside the area but blazed his shot high and wide as Watford enjoyed their best spell of the half.
 
The Blues emerged for the second period determined to reassert their control, and they soon carved out a golden opportunity to break the deadlock.
 
Theo Walcott whipped a cross towards the far post, where Keane soared above his marker and directed a header back across goal for the in-rushing Tom Davies, but the ball agonisingly evaded the midfielder, who was inches away from marking his 50th Premier League appearance with a tap-in.
 
Sensing a precious away win was there for the taking, Allardyce replaced Niasse, who had put in another tireless shift up front, with January signing Cenk Tosun and the Turk quickly made his presence felt, shrugging off Deulofeu to win another corner.

However, it was Watford who stepped up a gear, and looked the more dangerous in the closing stages. Sub Kiko Fermenia tested Pickford with a low shot before the deadlock was broken on 79 minutes.

The Hornets seized possession in midfield, swept forward down the right and when the ball found Deeney in space in the box, he produced a powerful drive that left Pickford with no chance.

Allardyce introduced Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Yannick Bolasie for the final 10 minutes, with Sigurdsson and Rooney making way.

But it was Watford who could have extended the lead - Stefano Okaka forcing a very good save from Pickford. 

The Everton gloveman was then in the opposite box for a last gasp corner - and it was his header that Tosun almost turned in but for Karnezis diving on top of the ball.

It proved the final act of a frustrating afternoon for the Toffees, who must now regroup ahead of their trip to Turf Moor in a week’s time.