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Everton produce remarkable comeback to hand David Unsworth first win as manager

To compound Watford’s woe, Tom Cleverley missed an injury-time penalty to ensure the Toffees earned a big victory.

Everton's Leighton Baines (centre, bottom) celebrates scoring his side's third goal of the game from the penalty spot.
Everton's Leighton Baines (centre, bottom) celebrates scoring his side's third goal of the game from the penalty spot.
Image: Peter Byrne

TOM CLEVERLEY MISSED a 101st-minute penalty after Everton sensationally rallied from two goals down to end their horror form with a rollercoaster 3-2 win over Watford at Goodison Park on Sunday.

Trailing 2-0 to a pair of second-half goals, Everton battled from behind and dramatically piled on three match-turning goals to move out of the relegation zone with a first victory in five Premier League matches.

Their incredible fightback almost took a heartbreaking twist when Watford were awarded a spot-kick in the 11th added minute, injuries to Heurelho Gomes and Christian Kabasele causing lengthy stoppages, but Cleverley drilled his spot-kick wide as the Toffees escaped with a potentially season-turning triumph.

Amid reports Sean Dyche is set to take over, Everton looked destined for defeat as they trailed by two goals until the 67th minute. Richarlison made up for a first-half miss by opening the scoring less than a minute into the second half, before Kabasele — who was later taken off on a stretcher — headed the visitors further ahead.

Oumar Niasse provided the Toffees a lifeline by punishing a Watford lapse at the back and substitute Dominic Calvert-Lewin made it two in seven minutes when he nodded in from a corner, setting up a tense finale.

Few would have predicted what followed. Everton were rewarded for their endeavour as Leighton Baines dispatched a penalty in the 91st minute, before Cleverley’s miss at the other end gifted David Unsworth a memorable first win in what could be his final match as caretaker manager.

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