Dom Desperate To Get Off The Mark

Dominic Calvert-Lewin wants to help spark Everton’s climb up the table by ending his wait for a first Premier League goal of the season this afternoon. 

Calvert-Lewin, 20, has netted four times for the Toffees this term - once in the Europa League and three times in the Carabao Cup.  

He has also provided two Premier League assists - both for Wayne Rooney - but is yet to get off the mark in the competition himself.

Everton welcome Watford to Goodison Park looking to record their first top-flight victory in five matches and move away from the bottom three.

And Calvert-Lewin understands the visit of the Hornets provides an ideal opportunity to give himself - and the team - a platform to build on. 

“I think it’s our biggest game of the season so far” said the forward, scorer of England Under-20s’ World Cup winning goal against Venezuela in June. 

“It’s a chance for us to get the season up and running before the international break and all we can do is go in and do the best we can. 

“Obviously the fans will play a big part in that, getting behind us. The results haven’t been what we’d have liked - for us and the fans - so it’s a big chance for us to put it right on Sunday. 

“I think it [a Premier League goal] is a bit overdue for me, so I’d like to score.

“I’ve not got the goals I would’ve liked so far this season but I know if I keep getting opportunities, and getting into the areas that I have been, then I will score.

“I’ve got a few in the cup competitions but that’s next on my list - to get my first goal in the Premier League. And they can be like buses goals sometimes - once you get one, they all start coming.”

Everton have suffered three straight defeats in three different competitions since David Unsworth took temporary charge last month - all away from home. 

Calvert-Lewin believes a return to L4 can trigger a welcome change in fortunes and insists the mood in the camp remains positive as the Blues look to get their stuttering campaign back on track. 

“We can’t wait for Sunday,” he added. “I think we’ve all got a boost behind us with Unsy coming in and we’re looking forward to playing at Goodison and seeing the atmosphere on Sunday, knowing what the fans will be like. 

“We’re playing a slightly different style of football now and we’re just looking forward to going and getting after Watford and running as hard as we can. 

“As long as we prepare right, and we know we will do, we’ll take confidence from that and be ready for the game.”

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