Pickford Points To Blues' Resilience

Jordan Pickford believes Everton can take heart from their never-say-die attitude after battling back to earn a point with a last-gasp leveller against Watford.

In a frenetic 2-2 draw at Goodison, Richarlison put the Blues in front with a 15th-minute strike from Andre Gomes’ cut back.

Watford responded after the break as a Seamus Coleman own goal was followed by Abdoulaye Doucoure’s close-range header.

Gylfi Sigurdsson then saw his spot-kick saved by Hornets keeper Ben Foster after Yerry Mina had been bundled over in the penalty area.

But just when it looked as though the hosts would end up empty-handed, Lucas Digne stepped up deep into injury-time and curled home a 20-yard free-kick for his maiden Everton goal.

While Pickford was frustrated to collect only a point, he said Marco Silva’s men could take encouragement from their resilience shown.

“Watford are a strong, physical side and probably beat us on the first and second battles [for the ball],” said the England No.1 “We had good spells, good chances and got the first goal but we know how good Watford are. They had a good start to the season and we had to be aware of that.

“They got two goals in five minutes and we had to reset and to be resilient. Unfortunately Gylfi missed a penalty but that’s football and you’d back him to score the next one. But we never say die and we managed to claw one back and if you can’t win then don’t get beat.”


Pickford now wants Everton to focus on the positives from the draw ahead of their trip to the Etihad on Saturday to take on defending champions Manchester City.

“It shows our resilience as a squad and we’re confident we will keep getting better and better,” added Pickford.

“We maybe dropped two points but we’ve got a point and we move on to Saturday. It was a great free-kick by Lucas. He’s stepped up in the 95th minute and put it straight into the top bin. We can take encouragement from that.”

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