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Derek Knox
1 Posted 02/02/2020 at 06:19:53
Good post Darren, always interesting to hear an away fan's perception of the game. Only managed to watch via IPTV which is usually about two to three minutes behind real time.

I also generally join the Live Forum, which I may hasten to add is not for the squeamish, and can get heated at times, there are some personal ongoing mud-slings, which I regard more as a source of humour although some find it offensive.

However the majority are 'watching it live' so it can be a spoiler when they post that either we, or they have scored two minutes before it has happened on my feed. That can be annoying, especially if we don't respond with goals of our own.

I must admit that again for the possession we enjoyed in the first half, our lack of resistance which led to two well-taken goals by Watford, exposed the frailties we have both in midfield and defence.

However all was redeemed in an extended extra time period, the first of Mina's goals, the scramble in their box, I was convinced would be over-ruled by VAR, especially with Jon Moss as the head invigilator.

To my surprise, and I would imagine all other Blues, the goal stood, and before we could digest that, a well taken corner resulted in Mina making up for prior misses this season, by scoring another on the stroke of half time.

It was like the Newcastle game in reverse, but at least we had the added bonus that we still had another 45 minutes plus, to ensure all three points, which at that point I still believed we could achieve.

I think the double whammy at the end of the first half more or less demoralised Watford, but again the Yellow/Red Card incident with Delph, which I don't think was deserved, almost dented any hopes of a watching Evertonian, that a win was doomed again.

Maybe things are certainly looking up, and Carlo has instilled that 'never say die attitude' and instead of the fact we were down to ten men, galvanised us as opposed to weakening us.

Another week to recover and hopefully come back stronger at home against Crystal Palace, another win and three points, will have us in the right place in the Table to kick on and maybe a Europa League spot IS possible!

Sean Callaghan
2 Posted 02/02/2020 at 09:27:21
Great report, Darren, thank you. I hope you manage to get to a few more games and chronicle your day on these pages.
Dave Williams
3 Posted 02/02/2020 at 10:59:09
Very good report Darren- the more of these we get the better as there are such different opinions. Many on the live forum ( I echo Derek here- not nice reading at times but with Everton radio being so difficult for me to get this season it is sometimes the only way to follow the game) heavily criticised Yerry whereas you had him MOM. Deeney is a very difficult customer as he is so strong and intimidating and to keep him quiet is no mean feat.
Does Vicarage Road still have a stand which doesn’t extend to the length of the pitch?
Brent Stephens
4 Posted 02/02/2020 at 11:25:24
"the very decent pies and pasties on sale inside the ground" - yes, a big improvement at Watford thankfully as I got there later than I wanted so needed some scran. Had hardly digested the pie when we went behind and I thought "here we go again", and more so when we conceded the second. But Carlo has got this team more resilient than in recent times and to come back to win from two down is oh so sweet. Ecstasy.

I suppose if you score two goals you have to be in with a shout for man of the match.

Steve Carse
5 Posted 02/02/2020 at 17:44:48
The pies and pasties at the ground may have been very decent but the absence of booze was a unwelcome surprise. Are Watford the only PL club with an alcohol ban?
Brent Stephens
6 Posted 02/02/2020 at 17:50:03
Steve. The advance efc info does give the lowdown on no alcohol. I think that’s why the queues for food are so short.
John Raftery
7 Posted 02/02/2020 at 18:10:25
A good point, Darren, about Walcott running himself into the ground. I was delighted he finally got the goal his effort deserved. Some described him as the worst player on the field. He wasn’t by any stretch. He always puts a shift in, tries to play towards the opposing goal and follows the instructions of the manager. That is why all four of our managers in the last two years have included him in the team when he has been fit.

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