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Emmanuel Dennis dismantles Everton, scores, assists in Watford win

By Ifeanyi Ibeh
24 October 2021   |   12:42 pm
Super Eagles striker, Emmanuel Bonaventure Dennis, was in sizzling and inspired form on Saturday, scoring once and creating two goals as Watford thrashed Everton 5-2 at Goodison Park. Norwegian striker Josh King may have captured the headlines with his hat-trick against his former club, but Emmanuel Dennis it was who practically dismantled and destroyed Everton,…

Watford’s Nigerian striker Emmanuel Dennis celebrates after scoring his team’s fifth goal during the English Premier League match against Everton at Goodison Park in Liverpool. Photo: AFP

Super Eagles striker, Emmanuel Bonaventure Dennis, was in sizzling and inspired form on Saturday, scoring once and creating two goals as Watford thrashed Everton 5-2 at Goodison Park.

Norwegian striker Josh King may have captured the headlines with his hat-trick against his former club, but Emmanuel Dennis it was who practically dismantled and destroyed Everton, complete with England number one goalkeeper, Jordan Pickford, as the introduction of the Nigerian striker in the 64th minute reignited Watford’s attacking push as they plundered three goals past Pickford and scooped all three points from a pulsating game.

In what was Watford manager Claudio Ranieri’s first win, Dennis, who is in his first season at the Craven Cottage landlords , proved once again that he is a big impact player as he scored once and made two assists as the Hornets earned a stunning win following a 12-minute collapse by the Toffees in the pulsating Premier League game.

With Everton 2-1 up after 63 minutes and Watford looking like they were going to suffer another capitulation against a Liverpool-based club after losing 5-0 to Liverpool last weekend, the introduction of Dennis a minute after Richarlison had restored Everton’s lead proved to be the tonic the Hornets needed to recover their sting.

Tom Davies put Everton ahead early on but Watford equalised before the break through King from close range.

Richarlison then put Everton ahead again but Juraj Kucka’s header drew Watford level on 78 minutes.

Two minutes after the 34-year-old Slovakian put Watford ahead, the Emmanuel Dennis show got underway.

First, he turned provider for King to put the Hornets in front on 80 minutes before repeating the trick six minutes later as King grabbed his hat-trick to give Watford a two-goal cushion.

But Dennis wasn’t done though, as the 23-year-old got on the scoring act himself on 91minutes, putting the seal on an incredible comeback for the Hornets.

While Watford had never won at Goodison in any competition before Saturday’s demolition of Everton, Ranieri has happier memories of trips to the blue side of Liverpool as this was his fifth consecutive win at the ground.

Watford, who started life under Ranieri with a comprehensive defeat against Liverpool, climbed the table to 14th, six points clear of the relegation zone.

Despite Watford’s struggles, Dennis has enjoyed a bright start to his Premier League career, clinching his club’s Player of the Month honours in August. The Super Eagles forward now has three goals and his sparkling performance for the Hornets should be enough to earn a call-up to Nigeria’s camp for next month’s 2022 World Cup qualifiers.

Meanwhile, Emmanuel Dennis was rated Watford’s second-best player against Everton by Sky Sports.

And according to their ratings, the former Club Brugge of Belgium striker got eight out of 10 points, while King got a game-high nine points.

Dennis’ Nigerian teammate, William Troost-Ekong, was awarded a six for his performance.

Watford player ratings vs Everton:

Ben Foster (6), Jeremy Ngakia (6), William Troost-Ekong (6), Craig Cathcart (7), Adam Masina (7), Moussa Sissoko (7), Ozan Tufan (6), Juraj Kucka (7), Juan Hernandez (6), Ismailia Sarr (7), Joshua King (9)

Subs: Emmanuel Dennis (8), Joao Pedro (7), Nicolas N’Koulou (6)