Josh King returned to give Watford their first-ever win over Everton at the ‘Goodison Park’ as it was not a reunion they expected. Watford put up a sublime 2nd half display when they scored four goals in thirteen minutes to defeat the Merseyside team 5-2.
Claudio Ranieri’s second game in charge of the hornet gives a sign of positive things to come after his side quickly moved past the five-nil thrashing by Liverpool in his first game. Josh King, who had just eleven appearances throughout his stay at ‘Goodison Park’, came back to haunt his former team by scoring a hat-trick.
The Rafael Benitez side started the game on a high when in the 3rd minutes, Demarai Gray drove into the area and put a cross into the six-yard box for Tom Davies to convert for an Everton lead. Everton’s authority was not to last as a VAR review awarded a King goal in the 13th minutes after taking advantage of a poorly defended corner. The first half ended in a scrappy affair as uncertainties hung over the defence of both teams.
Josh King Hat-Trick in Watford Win
The 2nd half started the same way the 1st half ended as both teams showed a lack of composure. King came close to doubling Watford’s lead but was denied by a Pickford save. Benitez brought in his talisman Richarlison in the 60th minutes, and he made an immediate impact by scoring in the 63rd minute to give Everton the lead.
A sudden rain of goals turned the game on its head as ‘The Hornets’ scored four goals in 13 minutes to give Ranieri his first win in two games in charge. The rout started with a 78th-minute header by Croatian midfielder Kucka to bring the score level. Goals in the 80th and 86th minute gave the former Toffees man his deserved Hat-trick to give Watford the lead. The Nigerian forward Emmanuel Dennis assisted both goals before he placed the icing on the cake as he scored in the 91st minute to end Watford four consecutive games without a win.
Other results from the 3 pm Kick-off in the English Premier League:
Crystal Palace 1 – 1 Norwich City
Leeds 1 – 1 Wolverhampton Wanderers
Southampton 2 – 2 Burnley