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    Everton 2-2 Watford

    John Stones

    And that is that. No more chances coming.

    It could have been oh so sweet for Watford on their Premier League return. 

    For a moment I thought Everton would find that extra gear in injury time. 

    But where was it? 

    Follow all the reaction to today's games, here.

  2. CLOSE!

    Everton 2-2 Watford

    Craig Cathcart, what a brilliant interception to deny Steven Naismith in the box. 

    Can Watford hang on? Do they want a winner? Can Everton find one?

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    Everton 2-2 Watford

    Where's the zip gone now though? Everton seem to be running out of ideas...

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    Everton 2-2 Watford

    Steven Naismith is on for Romelu Lukaku. 

    Five minutes of time added on!

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    Everton 2-2 Watford

    Can Romelu Lukaku win it? 

    No! Straight at Heurelho Gomes in the Watford net. 

    Just minutes left for either side to find a winner. Which way is it going to swing?

  7. GOAL

    Everton 2-2 Watford - Arouna Kone

    Arouna Kone celebrates

    OK, well I say that, but here's Arouna Kone - whatever a Watford substitute can do, I can do better! 

    A very composed finish across Heurelho Gomes creeps in at the far post. 

    Where is this game going next?

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    Everton 1-2 Watford

    Not much doing so far on the comeback - but the Watford fans are in brilliant voice.

    What a return to the Premier League this would be.

  9. GOAL

    Everton 1-2 Watford - Odion Ighalo

    Brilliant from Odion Ighalo. I told you Watford weren't finished yet.

    He sells John Stones a luscious dummy before firing the ball past Tim Howard in the Everton net. 

    Seven minutes, the Hornets need to hold on for. Can they do it?

    Odion Ighalo
  10. How the goal was scored

    Everton 1-1 Watford

    What a strike from the boy Barkley (20). Nice lay-off from Kone (9) too.

    Ross Barkley
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    Everton 1-1 Watford

    Ikechi Anya certainly hasn't given up hope of a win on Watford's Premier League return.

     He scampers up field to force a corner. Comes to nothing though.

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    Ross Barkley celebrates

    Everton 1-1 Watford

    Looks like Kevin Mirallas hasn't recovered from that challenge earlier - he's been replaced by Bryan Oviedo. 

    Finally the Everton crowd have got something to cheer and finally they're getting behind their team. 

    I wouldn't be so sure we've seen Watford play their final card yet though.

  14. GOAL

    Everton 1-1 Watford - Ross Barkley

    Ross Barkley scores

    Where on earth did that come from? 

    Ross Barkley with a brilliant, darting strike from outside the box brings Everton level. 

    Just under 15 minutes to go to get a winner?


    Everton 0-1 Watford

    Odion Ighalo is on for Jose Manuel Jurado. Quique Flores not settling just yet then. 

    I recall Ighalo smashing in a brilliant goal against Middlesbrough last season.

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    Everton 0-1 Watford

    Brilliant from Heurelho Gomes - out off his line as quick as a flash to punch away a loose cross. 

    Seamus Coleman's ball in ended up pinging off Arouna Kone at the far post. Pretty sure it wasn't intended to go that far though. 

    Just under 20 to go now, for the home side to find something. Can they do it?

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    Everton 0-1 Watford

    Kevin Mirallas isn't having much of a better time of it either. 

    He's just been floored by a late challenge from Behrami - the ball was long gone and it looked very nasty. 

    More momentum than malice? There's no card from the referee.

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    Everton 0-1 Watford

    Romelu Lukaku is just not picking up the ball in the right areas...

  19. CLOSE!

    Everton 0-1 Watford

    Here's Arouna Kone! A really big chance for the sub, unmarked, seven yards out, on his head, but Heurelho Gomes is untroubled in the Watford goal. Should be doing better there.   

    Goodison Park is not a happy place right now. 

    "Come on!" - the shout pierces through the tension. 


    Everton 0-1 Watford

    Ikechi Anya - he's rapid! Is he going all the way? 

    John Stones is there with a solid block to snuff out the danger.

    And what's this? Time-wasting already? That's what the ref thinks.Jose Holebas, you have been warned. 


    Everton 0-1 Watford

    I have to say, that little period of zip and zest seems to have gone the way of the wind, for now at least. 

    Everton look very much like they're labouring to a defeat here, and Roberto Martinez shuffles his pack. 

    Striker Arouna Kone is on for left-back Brendan Galloway.Gareth Barry looks to be dropping back into defence.

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    Everton 0-1 Watford

    Again Everton look to Romelu Lukaku, over the top, and again the Belgian is offside. 

    A change for the visitors as Juan Carlos Paredes comes on for goalscorer Miguel Layun.

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    Everton 0-1 Watford

    Roberto Martinez is out of his seat on the sidelines. He must be happier with what he's seeing. 

    Still no goal though...


    Everton 0-1 Watford

    Much, much better from Everton. 

    The home side almost conjure a chance for Romelu Lukaku to turn in from a James McCarthy cross on the right. It's cleared but the pace of their play is much improved.

    Seamus Coleman goes in the book for a challenge as Etienne Capoue looks to stride away on the counter. 

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    Everton 0-1 Watford

    Romelu Lukaku

    Etienne Capoue with another brilliant interception, but Watford can't make much of the chance to break. 

    Another ball in looking for Romelu Lukaku - he's already had about the same amount of touches he had in the first half - but the Belgian is offside. 

  27. CLOSE!

    Everton 0-1 Watford

    How did Romelu Lukaku miss that? 

    He was probably stretching a tad - maybe Seamus Coleman's cross was just too high - but on first glance it looked for all the world like Everton would be level at 1-1. 

    His header zings agonisingly wide of the post, with Heurelho Gomes done by the ball in.

  28. CLOSE!

    Everton 0-1 Watford

    Was that a shot? 

    Probably not, but Kevin Mirallas forces Heurelho Gomes into another good save. 

    His cross is tipped over the bar, but it probably wasn't going in.

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    Everton 0-1 Watford

    That's better from Romelu Lukaku but it's still not quite on the money. A chest down, a turn and a cross into the box, easily claimed by Heurelho Gomes. 

    Craig Cathcart pings one up to Miguel Layun, darting in from the right wing for Watford, but the ball reaches the stands. 

    Romelu Lukaku
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    Everton 0-1 Watford

    A lovely little flick from Kevin Mirallas and Seamus Coleman is on his bike down the right wing - a blocked cross and here's Mirallas racing in with the corner... 

    It's poor though. 

  31. KICK-OFF

    Everton 0-1 Watford

    We are back under way. No changes at half-time. 

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    Everton 0-1 Watford

    Here we go then. We're nearly ready for the second half. 

    Everton are already out there, but Watford are feeling a little bit more relaxed about affairs.

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    Everton 0-1 Watford

    Here's an interesting one - which of these two images shows Romelu Lukaku's first-half touches, and which is Troy Deeney's?

    The Watford striker has been by far the busier of the two so far. Always an outlet.

    Romelu Lukaku
  34. Post update

    Everton 0-1 Watford

    There certainly wasn't much to cheer about from an Everton perspective in that first half though. 

    Watford have been organised, and they've taken their chance well. But still, the Toffees should be doing better at home. 


    Everton 0-1 Watford

    The last action of the first half sees yet another Everton attack fade out.

    There are few boos around the ground. Bit early for that isn't it?

  36. CLOSE!

    Everton 0-1 Watford

    Miguel Layun! 

    Almost a sensational second for the Mexican - his left-footed zinger zips past Tim Howard's far post. 

    Two minutes for Everton to hang on/grab one back.

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    Everton 0-1 Watford

    Can they nick one back before half-time, the home side? 

    Heurelho Gomes's arm says no. He's out to snub out a long ball, with Romelu Lukaku on the chase. There were cries for handball, but the wandering Brazilian was just inside his box.

    Just under two minutes to play, plus stoppages.


    Everton 0-1 Watford

    This one could be a big talking point later on, for Match of the Day. 

    Troy Deeney goes in the book for a lunge on Brendan Galloway, with the ball knocking around the Everton box. 

    Replays suggest it was pretty much two-footed. A red?

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    Everton 0-1 Watford

    Phil Jagielka - has he done too much there? He covers well to clear up a rare long ball forward from Watford, but gives it straight back to the closing Etienne Capoue. 

    The Frenchman drives an effort at Tim Howard, but it's tame and on the ground, not even cutting the daisies.

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    Everton 0-1 Watford

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    Everton 0-1 Watford

    Again! Just when you think it's opening up, Ross Barkley seems to just delay the final ball and the moment's gone. 

    He'd torn himself away from the packed midfield when the ball popped out to him, and for a few seconds the noise in the ground rose in expectation. 

    Frustration is the word of the day so far. 

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    Everton 0-1 Watford

    Ross Barkley's definitely showing a bit more urgency, dropping very deep to take charge of the ball. 

    "There's less than 10 minutes to go until half-time lads." 

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    Everton 0-1 Watford

    There's still not much encouragement from the stands but Everton are growing into the rhythm of the game a bit more now. 

    Still no touches to report from Romelu Lukaku - he heads at thin air trying to get onto a cross from the right and is penalised by the ref. I think he had a hand on each of the Watford defenders around him.

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    Everton 0-1 Watford

    For all their possession, that's probably as close Everton have come.

    Watford are looking dangerous on the break, and have been defending pretty well so far.

    Everton stats
  45. CLOSE!

    Everton 0-1 Watford

    Oooh! Much better this though, from Ross Barkley. 

    Heurelho Gomes has to stretch and tip his fizzing effort, cutting in from the left, over the bar. He was just getting his eye in before.

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    Everton 0-1 Watford

    Here's a shot! But it's wild from Ross Barkley. 

    Maybe James McCarthy was right to turn back inside earlier on. Must do better with that, the youngster. 

    Heurelho Gomes turned his back on it.

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    Everton 0-1 Watford

    Kevin Mirallas is next to be crowded out. 

    For a moment he looked like he had an opening to turn and shoot from a tight angle to the left of the goal, outside the box. 

    One touch too many and he retreats to the now pretty much vacated midfield. Everyone back on the Watford box, bar Troy Dooney. 

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    Everton 0-1 Watford

    Of Watford's new faces on show today so far I have to say Sebastian Prodl has been looking pretty good. 

    He's made some brilliant decisions at centre-back. He's already stepped up to block three, maybe more, key passes.

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    Everton 0-1 Watford

    Excellent play from Troy Deeney now to hold up play on the halfway line and bring in Etienne Capoue, darting forward from midfield. 

    It comes to nothing but moments later he's at it again - dropping deep to collect the ball, and looking to play in Ikechi Anya. 

    His opposite number Romelu Lukaku's done pretty much nothing so far. 

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    Everton 0-1 Watford

    James McCarthy looks like he might have been lining one up from range but thinks better of it. 

    Why not shoot now? Just have a go? 

    Everton keep the ball but Watford are back in big numbers. Sebastian Prodl makes a brilliant interception as Ross Barkley looks to prise the defence open.

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    Everton 0-1 Watford


    Make that 36...

  52. CLOSE!

    Everton 0-1 Watford

    Well Gareth Barry nearly has a reply - his header is tipped over the bar by Heurelho Gomes.

    He didn't even get one last season, Barry. Gomes did well but he looked pretty comfortable. Not too much of a stretch.

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    Everton 0-1 Watford

    So far, there's not been much of one. 

    A lot of groans around the ground. Already. 

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    Everton 0-1 Watford

    Miguel Layun

    Now then. 

    What's the response to this gonna be like? 

    Roberto Martinez has already spoken about how much of a challenge the opening to this year's campaign will be.

    I don't think he'd thought his side would be 1-0 down after less than 15 minutes though.

  55. GOAL

    Everton 0-1 Watford - Miguel Layun

    Miguel Layun

    The Premier League newcomers are well on their way! 

    The Everton defence fails to deal with an easy cross, it falls to Miguel Layun and he makes no mistake. A right-foot smash on the half volley 

    Are the Hornets on the way to grabbing the win, too? 

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    Everton 0-0 Watford

    There are a lot of bodies in midfield. 

    Etienne Capoue and Gareth Barry are taking charge - first Everton win it and then Watford win it back. 

    Slight sounds of frustration as Watford zip the ball about in front of Tim Howard. 

    There's a chance for Troy Deeney but he's stretching, no good.

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    Everton 0-0 Watford

    Here comes Brendan Galloway again - momentarily rampaging up the left as Everton look to break. He's definitely got a bit of zip about him this fella. 

    Watford are back in numbers, though. Galloway sensibly sets it back to the centre-halves, and normal service is resumed. 

    Normal service = pretty tentative play so far. Both sides felling the other out.

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    Everton 0-0 Watford

    Brendan Galloway will be an interesting one to keep an eye on today. 

    He's just 19 and is making his third league appearance for Everton - Leighton Baines picked up a knock in training. 

    He looks pretty rapid and it's his pace that helps him get back to slide in and clear for a Watford corner with Ikechi Anya threatening to break through on goal. 

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    Everton 0-0 Watford

    Corner now for the Toffees - Kevin Mirallas with it.

    Sebastian Prodl and John Stones get a ticking off - "it was him ref" - before Heurelho Gomes gathers, throws, and launches a Watford counter. Seamus Coleman does well to snuff it out.

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    Everton 0-0 Watford

    A first few touches for Ross Barkley. He's straight back into that groove of his - all dipping shoulders and jinky legs.  

    A Gareth Barry long ball looks for Romelu Lukaku but Craig Cathcart scratches it away. 

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    Everton 0-0 Watford

    Kevin Mirallas squirming his way down the right wing forces a throw. He looked so dangerous last season, the Belgian. 

    A first touch from John Stones. Solid, so far.

  62. KICK-OFF

    Everton 0-0 Watford

    We are under way at Goodison.

  63. Post update

    Everton v Watford (15:00 BST)

    Tom Cleverley gets a big cheer from the Goodison crowd. 

    He's the only new face in Everton's line-up today. Spanish manager Roberto Martinez has said he needs three more before September.

    But which three? Quality over quantity, right?

    Martinez gives compatriot Quique Flores a big welcome-to-the-Premier-League hug on the sidelines. 

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    Everton v Watford (15:00 BST)

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    Everton v Watford (15:00 BST)

    Well, the players are out. Let's hope Roberto's not too far wrong. 

    Excitement, enthusiasm, bravery, I'll take it all. 

  66. "Excitement, enthusiasm, bravery"

    Everton v Watford (15:00 BST)

    Quote Message: "The word is excitement - we are looking forward to the campaign. For the last two seasons we started with away games so it's great to be at home. We are facing a tough opponent though - a newly promoted side, and we will have a big job to match them for enthusiasm and bravery." from Roberto Martinez Everton manager
    Roberto MartinezEverton manager
    Roberto Martinez
  67. Take on Lawro and guess the score

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    And by the way: What do you think the score will be today?

    You can pit your wits against Mark Lawrensen and predict the outcome of this game, and the rest of the weekend's Premier League action, via the BBC Sport Premier League predictor.

  68. The John Stones saga

    Everton v Watford (15:00 BST)

    Can we call it a saga? Probably not, really. But there's beenplenty of talkabout the young Everton defender. 

    Chelsea have had at least one bid rejected - reported to have been about £20m - as the Toffees stand firm. 

    So firm, in fact, that manager Roberto Martinezcame out fightingin his pre-match news conference.

    Will Stones be in blue in September? Yep. But which blue? How will he deal with the whole thing? 

    John Stones
  69. My Premier League life

    Ever wondered how many games your team have played during your lifetime? Goals scored? Trophies won? Managers employed?

    BBC Sport's new feature My Premier League Life allows fans to discover all of this and more about their favourite current Premier League club.

    Here's what former Everton striker's Duncan Ferguson's might look like.

    Duncan Ferguson's Premier League life

    In Duncan Ferguson's time on this planet, the 3,026 goals Everton have scored have helped to earn them 10 pieces of silverware. 

    What's Big Dunc's contribution to all that? 

    The Scotsman scored 72 goals for the Toffees during two spells between 1994-1998 and 2000-2006. 

    And of Everton's 75 red cards picked up since the inaugural Premier League season in 1992-93, Ferguson chipped in with eight - a league record.

  70. "A mix of old and new"

    Everton v Watford (15:00 BST)

    Quote Message: We've been working really hard these last six weeks. We are playing against a tough team but are very happy to be here. We signed a lot of players in the summer but it’s a mix between those from last season and this. Of course in time we will get much better as a team, as we try to incorporate them into the system." from Quique Flores Watford manager
    Quique FloresWatford manager
  71. Post update

    Everton v Watford (15:00 BST)

    By my reckoning Watford have brought in a total of nine new faces in the off season - including Matej Vydra, whose loan from Udinese became permanent in July, would make 10.

    Whose job will it be to make sure the team gels with all the chopping and changing?   

    That'll be one for new manager Quique Flores, who became the Hornets' fifth manager in 12 months when he replaced Slavisa Jokanovic in June...

    Quique Flores
  72. Team news

    Everton v Watford (15:00 BST)

    Here's the team news for you:   

    Everton  striker Romelu Lukaku is passed fit to start, while Tom Cleverley makes his competitive debut. John Stones is in at centre-back, but Leighton Baines is replaced at left-back after taking a knock in training. His replacement Brendan Galloway, 19, will be making just his third league appearance for the Toffees.

    Watford  manager Quique Flores hands debuts to six of the club’s summer signings. Allam Nyom, Sebastian Prodl, Jose Holebas, Etienne Capoue, Valon Behrami and Jose Jurado all start. 

    Everton XI:  Howard, Galloway, Jagielka, Stones, Coleman, Barry, McCarthy, Cleverley, Barkley, Mirallas, Lukaku  

    Watford XI:  Gomes, Nyom, Cathcart, Prödl, Holebas; Capoue, Behrami; Anya, Jurado, Layun; Deeney

  73. Good afternoon

    Everton v Watford (15:00 BST

    And welcome. The sun's out and Premier League football has barged its way back into our lives. 

    What more could you want? 

    Three points?

    Goodison Park