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Summary

  1. Watford XI: Gomes, Paredes, Britos, Cathcart, Holebas, Capoue, Watson, Behrami, Jurado, Deeney, Ighalo.
  2. Everton XI: Joel, Baines, Jagielka, Stones, Coleman, Barry, McCarthy, Lennon, Barkley, Deulofeu, Lukaku

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By Aimee Lewis

All times stated are UK

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FULL-TIME

Watford 1-1 Everton

And that is that. Both teams end a run of defeats and a draw is, as they say, a fair result. 

Watford 1-1 Everton

Gareth Barry with a glancing header which Heurelho Gomes gathers. It's all happening in these final minutes. 

Watford immediately on the attack, end-to-end stuff, Odion Ighalo with a strike which doesn't trouble Joel Robles. 

GREAT SAVE!

Watford 1-1 Everton

A wonderful diving save from Joel Robles. Ben Watson's strike from distance is deflected off John Stones and the Everton keeper acrobatically keeps his team in the match. 

Watford 1-1 Everton

There will be four minutes of added time and Watford are on the front foot. 

Watford 1-1 Everton

Nervy times for Watford. Ben Watson punished for a foul on Kevin Mirallas and the visitors have a free-kick in a tasty position three minutes from time. Mirallas steps up and finds Romelu Lukaku who scoops his shot across goal and off the bar. That was close.

Watford 1-1 Everton

Five minutes of the 90 minutes remaining and the match is opening up somewhat. Substitute Kevin Mirallas with oodles of space down the right, Everton sensing an opportunity, but Watford's defence is holding firm. 

Watford 1-1 Everton

Odion Ighalo races forward, but Phil Jagielka and John Stones stop the Watford man in his tracks, much to the dismay of the home supporters who think he's been brought down illegally. Stones to the fore when danger lurked. 

Odion Ighalo of Watford
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SUBSTITUTION

Watford 1-1 Everton

Etienne Capoue hobbles off the pitch but it looks like he will be ok for the rest of the match. Everton make a substitution, bringing on Kevin Mirallas for Gerard Deulofeu. 

Watford 1-1 Everton

A timely tackle from James McCarthy, stopping Etienne Capoue in his tracks as he cut into the box. Everton surge forward, but Capoue is still on the ground. The ball goes out of play and the Watford midfielder can finally receive some medical attention. 

James McCarthy of Everton
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Watford 1-1 Everton

For possession it's been all Everton in these last five minutes. Romelu Lukaku becoming more of a menace, Gerard Deulofeu getting plenty of the ball on the right. 

Watford 1-1 Everton

Everton spraying the ball around nicely. Romelu Lukaku with a cute backheel for Aaron Lennon to pick up on the edge of the box and the former Tottenham man's low strike forces a diving save from Heurelho Gomes. 

Romelu Lukaku of Everton
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Watford 1-1 Everton

John Stones with a hopeful hoof forward which sends Gerard Deulofeu scampering but the forward's cross comes to nothing. 

Moments later it's Watford's turn to attack, a timid cross from Juan Carlos Paredes which Everton's defence deals with easily. 

SUBSTITUTION

Watford 1-1 Everton

Tom Cleverly comes on against a team he once played for and takes the place of Ross Barkley. Are those boos I can hear? Maybe I'm hearing things. 

Watford 1-1 Everton

Gareth Barry is gesticulating at the referee. The midfielder has conceeded a free-kick for barging into Troy Deeney. The Watford captain is getting a lot of attention. It's a half of little excitement - but, hang on, there's a substitution! 

Gareth Barry of Everton
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Watford 1-1 Everton

Watford with another free-kick on the fringes of Everton's box. Phil Jagielka this time penalised for fouling Troy Deeney. A poor effort from José Holebas, though, too much swing and too much height. 

Watford 1-1 Everton

Everton on the break. Romelu Lukaku feeding Gerard Deulofeu. The Belgium striker seems to be thwarted in his attempt to sprint on in support of his team-mate. Nothing's given and Deulofeu messes up an opportunity to test Heurelho Gomes. Thirty minutes remaining. 

Romelu Lukaku of Everton
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Watford 1-1 Everton

Romelu Lukaku has been more of a menace in this half than he was in the entire first half.

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Lukaku's touches so far in this match.

Watford 1-1 Everton

Aaron Lennon with acres of space to run into, no Watford player is keen to close him down. 

Heurelho Gomes parries the winger's low shot, Romelu Lukaku senses an opportunity to pounce on a free ball but the Watford goalie, sprawled on the floor, palms the ball to a team-mate before the Everton striker can get close enough.

Watford 1-1 Everton

Everton threaten. Leighton Baines crosses in from the left, the ball bobbles beyond a couple of Watford players and falls to Gerard Deulofeu. The Spaniard dances, plays a one-two with Aaron Lennon before snatching his shot wide. 

Gerard Deulofeu of Everton
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Watford 1-1 Everton

Romelu Lukaku, absent in the first half, darts across goal in a bid to catch Gerard Deulofeu's through ball, but Watford's defence hold firm. I'd forgotten the Belgian was on the pitch. 

Watford 1-1 Everton

Neat footwork by Ross Barkley, weaving into the box, earning himself time and space and his daisy-cutter earns Everton a corner. Again, the visitors fail to trouble the hosts from a set-piece. 

Ross Barkley of Everton
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KICK-OFF

Watford 1-1 Everton

The players are back on the pitch, the referee has tooted his whistle. The second half is under way. 

HALF-TIME

Watford 1-1 Everton

Everton enjoyed plenty of possession in the first half but other than their goal they rarely troubled Heurelho Gomes

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HALF-TIME

Watford 1-1 Everton

What an end to the first half. It seemed as if we were on course for a goalless draw, but then two goals in quick succession in stoppage time give us something to talk about. 

GOAL Watford 1-1 Everton

José Holebas (45 mins)

Blimey. Just like buses...

Everton's lead lasts just seconds. From a corner Jose Holebas heads in at the back post. Everton's defence caught sleeping. 

Questions will be raised of John Stones, who played the ball back to Joel Robles in an attempt the keep the ball in play but the goalkeeper booted out for the corner from which the goal stemmed. 

Jose Holebas of Watford
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Jose Holebas of Watford
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GOAL Watford 0-1 Everton

James McCarthy (45 mins)

What a few minutes for James McCarthy, a yellow card and now a first goal of the season. He nicks the ball from Miguel Britos on the edge of the box and coolly finishes into the bottom right corner. 

James McCarthy of Everton
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James McCarthy of Everton
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Watford 0-0 Everton

A yellow card for James McCarthy for a sliding tackle on Troy Deeney. The Everton man didn't get the ball. Nowhere near. 

McCarthy again in the middle of it, an unintentional handball gifting Watford a free-kick in a dangerous position. 

Jurado fails to clear the wall, Etienne Capoue has a follow-up shot which is deflected narrowly wide and the subsequent corner comes to nothing. 

Watford 0-0 Everton

Gerard Deulofeu nicks the ball from José Holebas, but the Spaniard loses it as he attempts to weave inside the box. Frustrated sighs from Everton fans. 

Watford attacking with more urgency than Everton when they have the ball, but the hosts have only had two shots on target so far. 

Watford 0-0 Everton

A comfortable save from Ross Barkley for Heurelho Gomes. It wasn't an effort to quicken the pulse. Gareth Barry felt he had a claim for a penalty in the build-up, but the referee ignores the midfielder. 

The visitors retaining possession, though. 

Ross Barkley of Everton
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Watford 0-0 Everton

Both teams lacking confidence after a run of defeats so it's perhaps no surprise that we're still waiting for the first goal of the match. 

Everton, though, have a free-kick 30-odd yards from goal after a foul on Ross Barkley. 

Leighton Baines send in a left-footed curler, which Ben Watson heads away. And the wait goes on. 

Watford 0-0 Everton

Seamus Coleman sprints down the right, making ground, and in goes the cross. Aaron Lennon has timed his run well, but his touch lets him down. More assured footwork from the former Tottenham player and he could have tested Heurelho Gomes from 12 yards out. 

Watford 0-0 Everton

Promising for Everton. Aaron Lennon finds Gerard Deulofeu, the Spaniard dashes towards the box overstepping a la Ronaldo, but his final ball finds a yellow shirt. Disappointing. 

Watford immediately work their way up field. Ben Watson fancies his luck, but he's some way from hitting the jackpot. 

Aaron Lennon of Everton
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Watford 0-0 Everton

A section of Everton fans haven't been shy in making their feelings known about their boss. 

A wayward shot from Romelu Lukaku from 35yards out won't have pleased them, either. Roberto Martinez currently bellowing orders from the sidelines, Sanchez Florez is rocking back and forth in his chair.

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Watford 0-0 Everton

Someone has changed the playlist on the jukebox, the tempo has suddenly upped. Both keepers called to action, more vim in the final third. 

Odion Ighalo  - just one goal in the league since December - says Phil Jagielka has impeded him, but his pleas fall on deaf ears. 

Watford are playing better. 

Phil Jagielka of Everton
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Watford 0-0 Everton

Everton on the counter-attack. Gareth Barry finds Gerard Deulofeu on the edge of the box and the forward's effort has Heurelho Gomes diving for his first save of the match. 

CLOSE!

Watford 0-0 Everton

Everton have monopolised possession in these opening stages but it's Watford who come closest to scoring - Jurado with a strike from distance which forces a fingertip save from Joel Robles. 

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Watford 0-0 Everton

Gerard Deulofeu earns a corner for Everton - the first of the match. John Stones walking towards the box... nothing comes of it, however. It's hardly worth mentioning. Too much oomph on the kick and it doesn't trouble the visiting defence. 

Watford 0-0 Everton

Most of the play in Watford's half as Everton monopolise possession. 

Seamus Coleman steps on the accelerator but runs into a cul de sac and José Holebas is waiting for him down the right alley, chewing on a toothpick and cracking his knuckles. Was it a foul? Coleman thinks so, but it would have been a soft one. 

Watford 0-0 Everton

And we didn't have to wait long. Ross Barkley breaks forward, passes across goal towards Gerard Deulofeu who is running into the box from the right, but Miguel Britos sweeps up the danger. He needed to otherwise it would have been a simple tap-in for the Spaniard. 

Watford 0-0 Everton

Everton enjoying more possession than the opposition, but the visitors have failed to so far threaten the Watford goal. Only seven minutes have gone by, though, so perhaps patience is a virtue on this occasion.