Baines caps Everton comeback

Everton 3 Watford 2

A dramatic turnaround completed by Leighton Baines saw caretaker boss David Unsworth gain his first win in charge of the Toffees.

The first half was pretty even, with neither side dominant enough to deserve the lead.

Due to a lengthy on-field injury treatment to Heurelho Gomes, the second half lasted 58 minutes after the Watford keeper clattered into two players in a goalmouth scramble.

Within one minute of the game’s resumption, Richarlison found himself in an excellent position and rounded Jordan Pickford, giving the Hornets a one-goal advantage.

Watford doubled their lead 18 minutes later after Christian Kabasele rose high from the corner to emphatically head the ball past Pickford.

The Toffees’ fightback began when Oumar Niasse latched onto Ademola Lookman’s through ball, just getting a crucial touch before substitute goalkeeper Orestis Karnezis could get there.

With 15 minutes left, a wonderful corner from Baines fell perfectly on to the head of Dominic Calvert-Lewin, who made no mistake at the back post, guiding his header past the keeper to equalise.

Everton completed the comeback with 91 minutes on the clock when Baines converted the penalty that Jose Holebas unfortunately gave away due to slipping and in doing so taking Aaron Lennon down with him.


After Pickford tripped Richarlison, Tom Cleverly had a golden chance to equalise from the spot, but could not hold his nerve against his former club and dragged his effort wide of the post.

The win for Everton lifts them out of the relegation zone up to 15th, while Watford remain ninth.

Edited by Toby Oliver

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