Everton secured a relatively comfortable 2-0 victory against an uninspiring Watford side which ensured that they had secured passage to the Carabao Cup quarter-finals.

In a highly uneventful first half in which the Toffees feebly attempted to break down a Watford team that was playing a very defensive backline, the only real chance was when Alex Iwobi latched onto a mistake from a Watford defender on the edge of the area but stroked his shot straight into the palms of Heurelho Gomes.

Everton came into the second half with a lot more exuberance and were a lot more creative in their attacking play. Andre Gomes had a shot cleared off the line and the crossbar was struck twice, once from an Iwobi shot and then again from Lucas Digne’s deflected free-kick. Finally, on 72 minutes the deadlock was broken when substitute Theo Walcott’s floated cross was thumped in by the head of Mason Holgate for his first ever Everton goal.

As the minutes trickled away and the Hornets searched for an equaliser, an attack of theirs broke down and Cenk Tosun was away, with Richarlison in acres of space to his left. The Turk slid the ball through and Richarlison was in on goal against his old club. Christian Kabasele came across but Richarlison merely jinked inside and then slammed his strike over Gomes, meaning a vital win for Everton over Marco Silva’s previous employers as well as a place in the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup.

29th October 2019 – Carabao Cup Fourth Round

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