Everton 2-5 Watford: Incredible late blitz sees the Hornets score FOUR in 13 minutes and scupper the Toffees’ hopes of moving into the top four as Josh King scores a hat-trick on a triumphant return to Goodison Park

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  • Tom Davis opened the scoring three minutes before Josh King’s level
  • Richardson then nets on his return from injury to put Everton back in front
  • However, Juraj Kukka’s draw was followed by two more king attacks.
  • Emmanuel Dennis’s stoppage-time effort sealed an incredible match
  • Watford had failed to win at Everton in the last 15 attempts before the game.
  • The King had also been incredibly unsuccessful in scoring in his last 29 league matches.

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Clearly, Claudio Ranieri can still do wonders. Who else apart from the title-winning Leicester manager can inspire the team to beat Watford 5-0 last weekend to score four times in the last 12 minutes and register a famous win at Goodison Park.

Not only that, Ranieri placed his faith in Josh King as his main striker and the former Evertonian took a hat-trick after going 29 league games without a goal.

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It was a remarkable and breathtaking way for Rainieri to win his first game as Watford manager and the club’s first win at Goodison Park in its history.

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Josh King makes a brilliant comeback at Goodison Park as the forward takes a hat-trick

Everton's hopes of breaking into the top four have been halted after a staggering late arrival of Watford goals

Everton’s hopes of breaking into the top four have been halted after a staggering late arrival of Watford goals

Everton were hit by injuries, notably Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Abdoulaye Doucoure, but Rafa Benitez’s side started the weekend in the European venues and are solid in general.

He also took the lead after 130 seconds through Doucoure’s deputy Tom Davis, and although Watford took first place after 15 minutes with Joshua King, it appeared that normal service had resumed when Richardson came off the bench after missing five games with a knee injury and headed home. front to back.

Ranieri then starred, sending Emmanuel Denis and Joo Pedro back after 64 minutes with Ismaila Sir.

But the 70-year-old Italian could not even dream of the effect it would have on Dennis in particular.

Tom Davies opened the scoring in three minutes as he converted a cross from Demarai Gray

Tom Davies opened the scoring in three minutes as he converted a cross from Demarai Gray

This was the midfielder's first Premier League goal since November 2019 against Southampton

This was the midfielder’s first Premier League goal since November 2019 against Southampton

Raja replied soon after his rejected effort was rewarded after a VAR review

Raja replied soon after his rejected effort was rewarded after a VAR review

Match facts and ratings

Everton (4-4-2): Pickford 6; Coleman 6, Godfrey 6.5, Keane 6, Digne 5.5; Townsend 6, Allen 5.5, Davis 6.5, Gray 6 (Iwobi 77 5.5); Gordon 6 (Richardson 60 6.5), Rondon 5.5.

Subs not used: Begovic, Lonergan, Kenny, Holgate, Gbamin, Dobbin.

Targets: Davis 3, Richardson 63

Booked at: Digne, Allen, Rondon

Manager: Rafa Benitez

Watford (4-5-1): spinach 6; Ngakia 6 (Nkoulou 76 6), Cathcart 7, Troost-Ekong 5.5, Masina 6.5; Sir 7 (Denis 64 8), Hurricanes 6 (Joo Pedro 64 6), Cucca 6, Sissoko 6, Hernandez 6.5; king 9.

Unused members: Bachman, Lauja, Cleverly, Sema, Gosling, Fletcher

Targets: King 13, 80, 86, Kukka 78, Dennis 90

Booked to: Trost-Akong, Denis, King

Manager: Claudio Ranieric

Referee: Graham Scott 7

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It took Watford time to level in the 78th minute when Juraj Kukka Kucho hit an outswing corner from Hernandez.

Watford fans in that corner of the field gave their approval, and Everton simply collapsed.

Dennis ran Lucas Digne ragging on after 80 minutes before crossing for King to keep the spectators ahead. There was more to come with the incredibly Norwegian international then finishing his treble with some fancy footwork in the penalty area.

Everton fans also couldn’t believe it – King had failed to score in 11 matches during a spell for them last season. His last league goal came at Goodison for Bournemouth, but that was returned in July 2020.

To finish it off, Dennis finally got his name on the scoresheet from Joo Pedro’s pass.

Richardson then made an impressive diving header to score three minutes later.

Richardson then made an impressive diving header to score three minutes later.

The Brazilian was on his way back from injury after being ruled out for four games with a knee problem

The Brazilian was on his way back from injury after being ruled out for four games with a knee problem

The Hornets, however, were not giving up and equalized for the second time through Juraj Kukka

The Hornets, however, were not giving up and equalized for the second time through Juraj Kukka

By then, most Evertonians were deserted. Those who stayed, mercilessly criticized their team, but then applauded the audience for their performance, which frees them completely from the relegation zone.

King said, ‘Even when Richardson scored 2-1, I thought we would get something out of the game.’ When we made a level header, the confidence increased.

“It’s confidence for a striker. I had a terrible season last season. Any striker is filled with confidence when you start scoring.

‘The manager has just arrived, his second game, and that was a good performance by the team. It is a great group with solidarity but we needed a win.

Ranieri was naturally pleased with the character of the team. “Our mood should never be to give up and our reaction after losing the initial target was very satisfactory,” he said.

It was the Slovakian midfielder's first goal since moving from Parmas to England this summer

It was the Slovakian midfielder’s first goal since moving from Parmas to England this summer

And the turnaround was completed when the king was found in an acre of land and he did the rest

And the turnaround was completed when the king was found in an acre of land and he did the rest

The more calamitous defense saw King tuck home for his treble as the far end went ballistic.

And Emmanuel Denis stampeded a remarkable victory as the home loyalist watched on Aug.

And Emmanuel Denis stampeded a remarkable victory as the home loyalist watched on Aug.

It was amazing to score three goals in nine minutes to change the game. When you make good replacements, it’s good for the manager to enjoy it because when things go bad, the manager takes responsibility too.

“Last Saturday we played against one of the best teams in the world, Liverpool and scored five goals. But Atletico Madrid also scored three goals against him. But today we changed the mood, the players understood my idea. We will not win every match but it was necessary to fight like this.

The afternoon was good for Everton when Davies timed his run perfectly to turn in the center of Demarai Grey.

Anthony Gordon and Andros Townsend went close to make it 2-0, but Everton got their first warning signal after 15 minutes when Craig Cathcart was allowed to flick Adam Masina’s cross and King applied the finishing touches.

The Hornet celebration was initially cut short by an offside flag but a lengthy VAR check determined the target was valid. You can understand King’s upbeat celebration, given that Everton gave him a free one over the summer.

It was Everton's first loss to Watford at Goodison as their defense was broken of late

It was Everton’s first loss to Watford at Goodison as their defense was broken of late

King ends unbelievable scoring drought of 30 league games - and in emphatic style

King ends unbelievable scoring drought of 30 league games – and in emphatic style

After this the home team was a bit angry. Gordon was annoyed by a barge from Kukka that didn’t result in a penalty, while a disappointed Allen was booked for diving early in the second half.

Benitez was cheered for his decision to land winger Gordon after an hour, although fans were pleased to see Richardson back, especially as he guided The Blues forward in Michael Keane’s cross.

Watford may have felt sorry for himself, having been rejected at first by an excellent Jordan Pickford save from King, but they kept going.

His spirit and character were rewarded when Kukka operated in an equalizer. Most of his fans would have taken a point at that level, but when Ranieri is the manager and knows how to win a 5,000-1 title, it’s no surprise that his Watford player went for all three – and got them.

On the receiving end, Benitez had to accept the result. ‘Mistake after mistake’, he murmured about his own team’s performance.

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