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- A blue moon has risen for the blue men – Everton have finally won a game!
- And in typical Everton fashion, they did it the extremely, unbearably hard way.
- A drab first half meant there wasn’t really anything worthy of note apart from a Leighton Baines shot well stopped by Heurelho Gomes.
- The second half started the worst possible way – Richarlison broke the deadlock within 30 seconds.
- Everton had a chance to equalise through Gylfi Sigurdsson. The goal was gaping but his effort was too weak and it was parried away by Gomes.
- There was a long break in play after Gomes suffered a head injury and he was subsequently substituted for Greek international Orestis Karnezis.
- Five minutes, things got from bad to worse. Although, that’s from a neutral perspective. From an Everton fan’s perspective, things got from hanging off a cliff with one hand to hanging off a cliff with one finger.
- Christian Kabasele doubled Watford’s lead and fans were already walking out of the ground with around 25 minutes left to play. And what a crazy 25 (plus one or two) minutes they were.
- Three minutes after Kabasele’s goal, Oumar Niasse scored his 5th goal of the season.
- Soon afterwards, Dominic Calvert-Lewin came on for Wayne Rooney and scored an equaliser from a Leighton Baines corner.
- Within 10 minutes, despair turned to hope. And 17 minutes later, hope turned to ecstasy.
- Around the 90th minute, Jose Lloyd Holebas slipped and brought down Aaron Lennon.
- Leighton Baines kept cool under pressure and Everton, when hope was an all-time low, came from two goals behind to lead 3-2.
- But it wasn’t over. There were 12 minutes of added time, and around the 10th minute, Watford won a penalty after Jordan Pickford fouled Richarlison.
- Jordan Pickford needed to redeem himself. But he didn’t have to because Tom Cleverley sent the ball wide and Everton have at long last won and they maintained their impressive record against Watford at Goodison.
- A fairly even game throughout. A draw probably would have been a fair result, but who cares? Everton needed the win.
- Oumar Niasse and Ademola Lookman made 2 successful dribbles each – Idrissa Gueye was the only other Everton player to have made a successful dribble.
- Jonjoe Kenny made 6 successful tackles and 11 clearances – more than any other player.
- Leighton Baines had a pass accuracy of 92.9% – higher than any other player.
- Jordan Pickford made 38 passes – only Idrissa Gueye (40) made more for Everton.
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- Everton have come back from two goals down to win for the first time since they beat West Brom 3-2 in September 2015.
- Everton have come back from two goals down to win at Goodison Park for the first time since their Great Escape against Wimbledon in May 1994.
- Leighton Baines has scored 24 penalties – more than any other Everton player in the club’s history.
- Dominic Calvert-Lewin has scored his first league goal of the season after failing to hit the back of the net with his previous 22 shots.
- Leighton Baines’ goal was Everton’s first match-winning goal in the 90th minute or added time since Tom Cleverley’s goal (ironic) against Newcastle in December 2015.