Yerry Mina’s set piece brilliance
It’s safe to say that Yerry Mina single-handedly prevented this match from turning into an embarrassment. Throughout the first half and even well into the second half, Everton could not get things going in the attacking third. The attack had no real chances and frequently struggled to get the ball into a decent position.
When Watford went up one in the first ten minutes and followed with another goal shortly before halftime the match seemed all but over. But Yerry Mina put the team on his back and willed them back into the match. With two set piece goals in the dying moments of the first half, Mina gave his side a fighting chance. With no real sign of scoring in the run of play, the Colombian defender took advantage of Everton’s only real chance to score and made the most of the opportunity.
Fabian Delph’s awful permormance
Fabian Delph has certainly not endeared himself to Everton supporters this season. Putting aside his social media antics, the midfielder has not done himself any favors on the pitch. With the absence of Andre Gomes looming large, Delph represents one of the few holding midfield options for Everton.
Delph did himself no favors against Watford. Not only was he downright terrible throughout the match, he got himself sent off to boot. Firstly, Delph seems set on placing himself as far back from the attack as possible, frequently side by side with the central defenders. When he did venture forward it was rarely a positive outcome. Given his position he is not supposed to be the primary point of attack moving forward, but he still seemed to rarely provide any positivity in that area.
It could be argued that his second yellow card was a bit soft, but Delph still made a bone headed tackle that gave the referee the opportunity to send him off. This means Tom Davies will likely get another chance to make the position his own.
Coming from behind on the road
This match ended with what can only be described as a surprising outcome. Not only have Everton been dreadful on the road, but they have showed very little ability to come from behind in matches. Despite Yerry Mina’s scoring outburst, the final result still felt very much in flux. A loss felt very possible, especially after Everton went down to ten men and even a draw would have felt wrong against a team in the relegation zone.
But a brilliant bit of play from two of Everton’s young stars and one of their most maligned players saved the day. A beautiful run by Richarlison, followed by a scuffed shot by Moise Kean meant that Theo Walcott had the ball at his feet in front of an open net. Walcott finished that goal and capped off a truly amazing Everton comeback.