Bernard’s first-half goal was enough to give their first win of the season and hand Watford a fifth straight defeat.

The Hornets lost their last three matches of last season, and have yet to score in 2019-20.

They came closest to equalising when Craig Dawson’s header hit the bar, following Bernard’s shot that beat keeper at his near post.

Watford improved after the break, but Abdoulaye Doucoure missed late on.

had been denied by a fine save from earlier in the second half, when the Watford captain went one-on-one with the keeper.

And a Deeney shot that deflected off Michael Keane set up Doucoure inside the area only for the midfielder to pull his shot wide of the target.

striker Richarlison had two good chances to score against his former club with headers but missed both, while substitute Moise Kean rolled a shot just wide of Foster’s right post in stoppage time at the end of the match.

The Toffees have not conceded a goal in six games at home since their 0-2 defeat by on 6 February.

More to follow

Line-ups

  • 1Pickford
  • 23ColemanBooked at 14mins
  • 5Keane
  • 13Mina
  • 12DigneSubstituted forHolgateat 73′minutes
  • 25Gbamin
  • 21André GomesBooked at 47mins
  • 7RicharlisonSubstituted forWalcottat 63′minutes
  • 10G Sigurdsson
  • 20Bernard
  • 9Calvert-LewinSubstituted forKeanat 72′minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Holgate
  • 11Walcott
  • 14Tosun
  • 17Iwobi
  • 26Davies
  • 27Kean
  • 49Lössl

Watford

  • 26Foster
  • 21Femenía
  • 4Dawson
  • 15Cathcart
  • 25HolebasBooked at 59mins
  • 16Doucouré
  • 29CapoueBooked at 31minsSubstituted forGrayat 83′minutes
  • 19HughesSubstituted forWelbeckat 67′minutes
  • 37PereyraBooked at 62mins
  • 7DeulofeuSubstituted forCleverleyat 79′minutes
  • 9Deeney

Substitutes

  • 1Gomes
  • 2Janmaat
  • 8Cleverley
  • 10Welbeck
  • 18Gray
  • 20Quina
  • 27Kabasele
Referee:
Lee Mason
Attendance:
39,066

Match Stats

Home TeamAway TeamWatford
Possession
Home44%
Away56%
Shots
Home12
Away8
Shots on Target
Home2
Away2
Corners
Home4
Away7
Fouls
Home11
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, 1, Watford 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, 1, Watford 0.

Attempt blocked. Gylfi Sigurdsson () right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Bernard.

Foul by Abdoulaye Doucouré (Watford).

Gylfi Sigurdsson () wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Moise Kean () right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Bernard.

Mason Holgate () wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match because of an injury Moise Kean ().

Attempt missed. Moise Kean () right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Bernard following a fast break.

Offside, . Yerry Mina tries a through ball, but Theo Walcott is caught offside.

Offside, . André Gomes tries a through ball, but Theo Walcott is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Abdoulaye Doucouré (Watford) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

Attempt blocked. (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Andre Gray.

Substitution

Substitution, Watford. Andre Gray replaces Etienne Capoue.

Etienne Capoue (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Bernard ().

Attempt blocked. Bernard () right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by André Gomes.

Kiko Femenía (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Bernard ().

Foul by Craig Dawson (Watford).

Moise Kean () wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Watford. Tom Cleverley replaces Gerard Deulofeu.

Attempt missed. Séamus Coleman () right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by André Gomes.

Offside, . Michael Keane tries a through ball, but Gylfi Sigurdsson is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, . Mason Holgate replaces Lucas Digne because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match because of an injury Lucas Digne ().

Substitution

Substitution, . Moise Kean replaces Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

(Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Dominic Calvert-Lewin ().

Corner, . Conceded by Roberto Pereyra.

Substitution

Substitution, Watford. replaces Will Hughes.

Craig Dawson (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by André Gomes ().

Attempt missed. Roberto Pereyra (Watford) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Abdoulaye Doucouré with a headed pass.

Substitution

Substitution, . Theo Walcott replaces Richarlison.

Booking

Roberto Pereyra (Watford) is shown the yellow card.

Roberto Pereyra (Watford) has gone down, but that’s a dive.

goal

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