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Everton 2-2 Watford: Kone the hero to save the Blues on opening day

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The Ivorian is the star as he sets up one and scores the other in a disappointing display from the Toffees.

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Well, that was a ridiculous performance by all means. For the third season in a row we've drawn our opening game 2-2, and for the second successive season it's against a newly promoted side.

The whole Everton side were defunct of anything in the first half, with there being a lack of creativity, pace and quality all over the pitch from the Blues. The same problems of last season were prevalent, as the opposition sat back and tasked us with breaking them down, and we couldn't.

And defensively, the same problems were there once again. Phil Jagielka failed to deal with a cross and sets up Layun for an easy opener. Similarly, poor defending for the second goal and Everton are chasing the game again.

In fact, that seems to be the thing with this Everton side. They only decide to turn up when they're chasing the game, and you cannot be successful with that being a regular occurrence. The epitome of this was Seamus Coleman, who only got going in the second half, and thus so did the rest of the side.

Similarly disappointing performances came from Kevin Mirallas and Romelu Lukaku as well, but that has to be tempered by the simple fact the Belgian duo were left isolated for large parts of the game.

On a positive note, Ross Barkley's goal was an absolute wonder strike and should have been a match winner, not one to get your side level. And let us not forget Arouna Kone, who turned this game around with the assist for Barkley and his goal.

Overall though, a disappointing display on the opening day from the Blues once again. Reinforcements are needed desperately on the evidence from today's game.