Everton are one point closer to safety after Watford lost a home run Premier League

It was a result that ultimately suited both sides. Another point according to Everton’s attempt to avoid relegation for the first time in more than 70 years was not exactly what Frank Lampard would have wished for before the game, but at this stage of the season, he will take everything he can get. With home games to follow against Brentford and Crystal Palace and now two point cushions over Leeds, Everton’s fate remains largely in their own hands.

“I’m relatively happy – if you can’t win, don’t lose,” Lampard said. “We have to be calm. There was a feeling of frustration in the locker room afterwards, but if you had offered us this situation a few weeks ago, we would have bitten off your hand. ”

For Watford, just ending a series of 11 consecutive home defeats in the league while Roy Hodgson here finally picked up his first point was enough to satisfy their longtime fans. “I didn’t know how many people would come tonight, but they supported us in a really good way,” Hodgson said.

Prior to this game, Lampard insisted that the stakes in Everton’s relegation fight were bigger for him than any of his Premier League titles with Chelsea as his team sought revenge for a 5-2 defeat at Goodison Park back in October. Their task certainly seemed simpler thanks to Hodgson’s decision to make seven substitutions on the side that started against Palace on Saturday, with Ismaïl Sarr, Joshua King and Emmanuel Dennis not even on the substitute bench where the three teenagers were.

But despite wins that boosted confidence over Chelsea and Leicester, Everton never looked like finding their way to Ben Foster, even when Lampard threw Dominic Calvert-Lewin in the final 15 minutes and Watford fans were the ones who welcomed him with joy. the last whistle. With Hodgson’s departure already confirmed, they are already making plans to live in the Championship next season by confirming the appointment of Rob Edwards – 35 years younger than Hodgson – as their next manager. Forest Green Rovers complaints that negotiations were conducted behind their backs.

Like choosing Watford’s team, listening to the famous Z-Cars anthem that greeted the sides before the game was supposed to help Everton feel at home. Denying the services of Yerry Mine, Lampard called Michael Keane to the heart of his five-man defense and nearly put Watford in the lead, missing a shot after Jordan Pickford left possession of the ball.

Frank Lampard invited Michael Keane for Everton’s trip to Watford. Photo: Matthew Childs / Action Images / Reuters

Yet, while the traveling fans were in full voice behind Watford’s goal, their team struggled to pose a threat. Promising opportunities for Demarai Gray, Richarlison and Alex Iwobi failed, while the equal of Anthony Gordon who sailed into the stands summed up their problems in attack.

After a turbulent first half, the most likely source of the goal seemed to come from Watford’s João Pedro, who, like Richarlison, moved to the club from Fluminense but has yet to achieve the same effect. Pickford was quickly out of his line to defeat the lively Brazilian striker on a long ball minutes after the restart. Richarlison then called Ben Foster into serious action for the first time when his shot on goal was blocked by Christian Kabasele.

Samuel Kalu’s loose pass gave Gray a golden chance, but he failed to hit the target after quickly exchanging passes with Iwobi.

Keane managed to direct the header from the corner towards the goal, so that Foster could gather comfortably. Lampard then had reason to look relieved when only Séamus Coleman’s last attempt prevented Watford from escaping.

Hodgson responded to the introduction of Calvert-Lewin by pulling Kalu for defender Craig Cathcart – a move that had the desired effect. Everton closest to stealing the point was a shot by Vitaly Mykolenko that Foster easily parried to ensure Watford avoided increasing the most unwanted record.

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