A remarkable late equaliser nearly arrived deep in stoppage time as Pickford charged up for a corner and headed into the path of Dominic Calvert-Lewin, but the substitute could not scramble the ball in as Everton's miserable away record extended to one win from 22 top-flight games.
Unambitious in the opening 70 minutes against a side struggling to forge its own belief, Sam Allardyce's side had only themselves to blame for a defeat that in many ways more miserable than their recent trouncings in north London at the hands of Tottenham and Arsenal. We should have come off with a 0-0.
"I help him as much as I know".
Sebastian Prodl and Michael Keane each wasted opportunities after the restart, both defenders heading off target at either end as the game became slightly more open.
The first half was nearly devoid of goalmouth action, save for an early Oumar Niasse dribble which ended with a square ball into the area deflected towards goal by Adrian Mariappa.Watford keeper Orestis Karnezis made a smart reaction save.
"Troy is very important to us on the pitch. I could say many good things about him but, for me, is the captain".
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"We know they score goals, but it is not only about defence - we are ready to attack, to counter-attack", he said.
The 27-year-old who endured a hard time under the previous manager Ronald Koeman took his goal tally to seven in 15 league appearances this season to help the Toffees to a 3-1 victory over Crystal Palace in their last game.
"I think Oumar's position at Everton has never really been as good as it is at the moment", Allardyce said.
"I thought we were going to nick an equaliser at the end but we didn't even manage that".
"You look at the home results and you go, "Great, fantastic, 17 points out of the last eight home games".