Everton moved two points above the relegation zone as they produced one of the goalless football scores of the weekend in the Premier League. Watford appointed Rob Edwards as the manager earlier on in the day. They earned their first point on home soil in November. Ben Foster put on a fine performance as he made a number of crucial saves to deny the visitors all three points.
Watford: Foster (7), Ngakia (7), Kabasele (8), Samir (8), Masina (6), Kalu (7), Sissoko (7), Sema (6), Gosling (6), Kayembe (6), Pedro (7).
Subs: Cathcart (n/a), Etebo (n/a).
Everton: Pickford (6), Mykolenko (7), Holgate (6), Keane (6), Coleman (7), Gordon (5), Delph (6), Doucoure (7), Iwobi (7), Gray (5), Richarlison (6).
Subs: Allan (n/a), Calvert-Lewin (n/a).
Man of the match: Samir.
Everton boss Frank Lampard: “I wouldn’t say I’m frustrated, I’m relatively happy. If you can’t win, you mustn’t lose. We were more than secure in the game, I don’t think they had a shot at our goal. Jordan Pickford didn’t have saves to make. We created a lot but probably for us when we entered the final third we weren’t as zippy as we normally are and didn’t have that cutting edge in forwarding areas. We didn’t get enough clear-cut chances to win the game. We weren’t clinical enough and that’s the Premier League – it’s never easy and they had a team that had nothing to lose. I’m relatively happy with the point and we move on.”
Watford boss Roy Hodgson: “I don’t know if I expected to see anything other than an honest performance, but the players could’ve been forgiven if they didn’t produce that sort of performance – given some of them had hardly played a game during my time at the club. With so many players unavailable against a side with an awful lot to play for – and with the knife at their throat in terms of trying to avoid relegation – we come away having deserved that point.”
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