Sat, Aug 17 2019
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EvertonEverton1
WATWAT0
An early goal from Bernard was enough for a nervy Everton to beat Watford 1-0 at Goodison Park on Saturday to secure them their first Premier League win of the season.

Everton got off to the perfect start as the ever-impressive Lucas Digne picked out Bernard on the left, the Brazilian cut inside before firing home in just the 10th minute -- his first Premier League goal at Goodison Park.

In response, Watford came close to an equaliser in the 24th minute but Craig Dawson saw his header bounce off the crossbar.

The Video Assistant Referee was then called into action as Watford looked for a penalty, but Yerry Mina's challenge on Gerard Deulofeu was deemed to be fair.

After the break, Everton continued to be careless in possession, with Jordan Pickford making a fine save with his face to deny Troy Deeney following a swift Watford counter.

Watford pressed for an equaliser but Everton stood firm to pick up their 10th clean sheet in their last 13 league games and earn Marco Silva a victory against his former club.

"We got an important win," Silva said. "It was important to start winning at home in our first game.

"Keeping a clean sheet is always important even though our mentality is to play offensive football."

Digne missed a chance to score early after dragging his shot wide but then produced a superb long-range pass to pick out Bernard for the opener -- a goal Watford goalkeeper Ben Foster could have done better with.

After Pickford thwarted Deeney's effort with his face, the home fans kept getting frustrated with the team's wayward passing.

New Everton recruit Moise Kean should have doubled the score but he shot wide late on with the goal at his mercy.

"I am disappointed with the result but not the performance," Watford manager Javi Gracia said.

"In my opinion we deserved something. If you don't score in the moment when you dominate the game then you get punished."
PLAYERS
EvertonWAT
1
Jordan Pickford
Ben Foster
26
13
Yerry Mina
Craig Cathcart
15
5
Michael Keane
Craig Dawson
4
12
Lucas Digne
José Holebas
25
23
Seamus Coleman
Kiko
21
10
Gylfi Sigurdsson
Étienne Capoue
29
21
André Gomes
Abdoulaye Doucouré
16
25
Jean-Philippe Gbamin
Troy Deeney
9
9
Dominic Calvert-Lewin
Gerard Deulofeu
7
20
Bernard
Roberto Pereyra
37
7
Richarlison
Will Hughes
19
Substitutes
11
Theo Walcott
Heurelho Gomes
1
14
Cenk Tosun
Tom Cleverley
8
49
Jonas Lössl
Danny Welbeck
10
17
Alex Iwobi
Daryl Janmaat
2
2
Mason Holgate
Christian Kabasele
27
27
Moise Kean
Andre Gray
18
26
Tom Davies
Domingos Quina
20
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