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Early Bernard goal earns nervy Everton win over Watford

Early Bernard goal earns nervy Everton win over Watford
Soccer Football - Premier League - Everton v Watford - Goodison Park, Liverpool, Britain - August 17, 2019 Everton's Richarlison in action with Watford's Troy Deeney and Jose Holebas Action Images via Reuters/Lee Smith -
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By Peter Hall

EVERTON 1 WATFORD 0

LIVERPOOL, England, Aug 17 (Reuters) – An early goal from Bernard was enough for a nervy Everton to beat Watford 1-0 at Goodison Park on Saturday to secure them their first Premier League win of the season.

Everton got off to the perfect start as the ever-impressive Lucas Digne picked out Bernard on the left, the Brazilian cut inside before firing home in just the 10th minute — his first Premier League goal at Goodison Park.

In response, Watford came close to an equaliser in the 24th minute but Craig Dawson saw his header bounce off the crossbar.

The Video Assistant Referee was then called into action as Watford looked for a penalty, but Yerry Mina’s challenge on Gerard Deulofeu was deemed to be fair.

After the break, Everton continued to be careless in possession, with Jordan Pickford making a fine save with his face to deny Troy Deeney following a swift Watford counter.

Watford pressed for an equaliser but Everton stood firm to pick up their 10th clean sheet in their last 13 league games and earn Marco Silva a victory against his former club.

(Reporting by Peter Hall, editing by Pritha Sarkar)

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