Okaka’s Watford brace deepens Everton gloomArchive
WATFORD: Italy international striker Stefano Okaka’s impressive double led Watford to a 3-2 Premier League win over Everton on Saturday, their first victory over the Merseyside club in any competition since 1987 leaving Ronald Koeman’s side with one win in 10 Premier League games.
Romelu Lukaku scored twice for Everton, bookending the scoring, but Okaka’s double — the first a brilliant flick — either side of Sebastian Prodl’s header earned a much-needed win for Walter Mazzarri’s side.
Watford, who started with players of 11 different nationalities in their line-up, went behind in the 17th minute when Lukaku scored from close range for Everton after Gareth Barry lobbed the defence.
The goal was the Belgian’s eighth in the league this season but the lead was short-lived, Okaka — signed from Anderlecht in August — equalising in the 36th after surging into the box and before pirouetting to flick a graceful back-heel volley home from six yards.
Okaka followed up on his first Watford goal by heading in the Hornets’ third from a corner in the 64th after Austrian Prodl had headed in his first league goal of the season from Jose Holebas’ free kick.
Lukaku headed in his second of the afternoon with four minutes of normal time remaining but Watford hung on to go seventh in the standings on 21 points and ahead of ninth-placed Everton.
Published in Dawn December 11th, 2016