Watford stuns Everton by coming back and winning five goals to two
After going down two goals to one, Watford managed to score four goals in a span of 12 minutes. Joshua King was the standout with a hat trick during the match. Juraj Kucka and Emmanuel Bonaventure finished it off for the Hornets en route to the 5-2 win.
The game between the Toffees and Hornets held a lot of importance because it was Claudio Ranieri’s first win serving as the new head coach for Watford. The Hornets parted ways with Xisco Muñoz just before the international break which gave Claudio the opportunity to mesh with his players. This was evident in this game as he led the team to score five goals.
Another storyline from this match involved King who was with the Toffees in the 2020-21 season. He did not score a goal for Everton in his 11 games with the club. King did not feature in the game a week before which also gave him the motivation to perform better.
King said, ‘It is a bit personal. I didn’t really get things going here and I felt like I had a point to prove to myself. I think I did that’.
On the other hand, it was a miserable result for the Toffees. They were already headed to a victory but they couldn’t control Watford’s flurry in the second half. Rafa Benítez has coached Everton well over the past few months but this was the worst loss of the season so far. While there is a lengthy injury list, this was a winnable game for Rafa and his team.
After the match, Rafa talked about the likes of Anthony Gordon and Richarlison. He said, ‘Anthony had a good game but he doesn’t have 90 minutes in him yet. He has to improve his stamina. I thought we needed Richarlison because he can score goals and he came on the pitch and scored’.
This was a good performance for Watford because everyone knows they have the potential to improve this season from their last Premier League campaign back in 2019-20. Now that they’re back, Watford is not ready to let their spot go.
Words: Cholo Martin