Stefano Okaka wheels away in delight; credits Getty Images
Stefano Okaka was the Hornets hero as he scored his first goals for Watford as they beat an out-of-sorts Everton side.
Okaka, signed from Anderlecht in the summer for £10m, put the finishing touch to a flowing move in the first half before heading home after the break to seal a memorable win for Walter Mazzarri’s side.
Everton took the lead on 17 minutes after a hopeful ball from Gareth Barry was helped on in midfield and, with the Watford defence and goalkeeper slow to react, Romelu Lukaku poked home from close range.
Sebastian Prodl added a third before Lukaku set up a tense final few minutes after heading in late on.
Hornets sting in the tail
Watford had lost three out of the last four and after falling behind looked likely to continue that sequence, however, Everton were lacklustre in possession, often launching long balls up to Lukaku and hoping to win the first or second ball
Watford, meanwhile, were dogged in defence and with Deeney and Okaka a constant threat, Everton’s midfield were caught between pressing or shielding and did neither very well.
If Watford had comfortable possession in midfield the crowd would urge the Toffees to get stuck in.
If they did go and press the Watford midfield, it would leave big holes to play into the Hornets strikers and that meant trouble for Everton.
With Ashley Williams and Ramiro Funes Mori struggling to handle the Hornets front pairing, Watford were able to build attacks and penetrate the Everton back line.
Deeney, however, appeared low in confidence in front of goal, and you could see why he hadn’t scored in 8 league games.
After being presented with a wonderful opportunity after a lovely cut back cross, he took a touch when he could have shot first time.
Toffees come unstuck
A dejected Ramiro Funes Mori and Enner Valencia; credits Getty Images
After a bright start under Ronald Koeman, Everton have won just one of their past 10 matches and defensively they have kept just two clean sheets in the league so far this season.
They lack pace to play a more compact game, with Koeman alluding to this in his pre match press conference.
However, the lack of partnerships all over the pitch, which were a hallmark of the Moyes area, seemed to result in a very disjointed performance.
Kevin Mirallas was largely anonymous before being replaced in the second half and it was surprising Koeman left it until the 64th minute, by which point Everton were 3-1 down.
After such a tepid first half display, the Everton fans may have rightly expected to see a change in attitude or personnel in the second half but it was much of the same until Ross Barkley was introduced just after the hour mark and Koeman left it too late to effect the result.
Things don’t get any easier for Everton as they host Arsenal in the league on Tuesday at 19.45 GMT and Watford travel to face Manchester City on Wednesday, kick off 20.00 GMT.
Watford: (3-5-2) Gomes; Zuniga (sub Kabasele 90 mins), Prodl, Britos, Holebas, Capoue, Behrami, Guedioura (sub Janmaat, 61 mins), Amrabat; Okaka (sub Watson 81 mins) Deeney.
Subs (not used): Pantilimon,Success,Sinclair,Ighalo
Everton: ( 4-4-1-1) Stekelenburg; Coleman, Williams,Funes-Mori, Baines (sub Lennon 83 mins); Gueye (sub Barkley 64 mins), Barry, Deulofeu, McCarthy,Mirallas (sub Valencia 71 mins); Lukaku
Subs (not used): Robles, Jagielka, Cleverly, Holgate
Referee: Andrew Taylor