Watford held in entertaining draw

Everton twice came from a goal down to earn a 2-2 draw against newly-promoted Watford in their season opener at Goodison Park on Saturday.

Everton 2 Watford 2
Layun scores Watford's Premier League opener
Barkley fires home spectacular equaliser
Ighalo puts Watford ahead once again
Kone nets late equaliser

Match Summary

It was a good start for Watford back in the Premier League as they opened their top-flight account after just 14 minutes, Miguel Layun hammering home a half-volley after Everton failed to clear their lines.

Ross Barkley did eventually get the Toffees back on level pegging after 75 minutes with a scorching effort from distance.

Odion Ighalo quickly had Watford ahead again, though, as he raced clear in midfield before dummying inside John Stones to slot home from the edge of the box.

Everton, though, were not about to settle for a defeat against newly-promoted opposition and secured the draw thanks to a late Kone strike.

Full Report

As many expected, Everton took control of the possession for the opening exchanges without really threatening the opposition goal.

Watford, though, took full advantage of the first real chance of the game in the 15th minute,  Layun smashing a half-volleyed effort past Tim Howard after the Toffees failed to deal with an easy cross.

Everton were nearly back on level pegging six minutes later, Gomes just about tipping Gareth Barry's header over the bar.

At the other end, Layun nearly had his second on the cust of half-time, just firing a sensational effort narrowly wide of the upright.

Romelu Lukaku really should have had his side back on terms six minutes after the restart, but he could only head wide of goal from a pinpoint Seamus Coleman cross.

The Toffees finally got the breakthrough they were looking for in spectacular fashion on 75 minutes, Barkley scoring with a screaming effort from just outside the box.

However, parity would not last as Watford were quick to retake the lead, Ighalo getting on the end of a long ball, cutting inside Stones before firing home with a low-driven effort.

Everton, though, were determined to get something from the game and Lukaku did well to play substitute Kone in on goal in the box, who made no mistake in sliding the ball underneath the keeper and in at the far post.