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PREMIER - Claudio Ranieri claims first win as Watford manager

Published on: 23 October 2021

Josh King scored a hat trick in a 5-2 hammering of Everton in the Premier League on Saturday, giving Claudio Ranieri his first win as Watford manager.

Watford recovered from a 5-0 loss to Liverpool in Ranieri's debut game in charge last Saturday, indicating the impact the 70-year-old Italian may have already had at the club.

Everton fans booed as the final whistle blew after the team's most humiliating defeat under new manager Rafa Benitez, who was a problematic choice for some supporters due to his ties to local rival Liverpool.

Everton conceded four goals in the 78th minute at Goodison Park, a poor ending to a game that began well when Tom Davies scored the first goal in the third minute.

King equalized for the visitors in the 13th minute, but Richarlison, a former Watford player, recovered the lead for Everton with a header in the 63rd minute, three minutes after coming on as a substitute following an injury layoff.

After that, it was all Watford, with Juraj Kucka's header bringing Watford level again in the 78th minute, King completing his hat trick in the 80th and 86th minutes, and Emmanuel Dennis adding a fifth in the first minute of stoppage time.


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