Arouna Kone’s late equaliser earned Everton a point at home to Premier League newcomers Watford. Mexican Miguel Layun fired Watford ahead on the half-volley in the first half after Everton failed to clear.
When referee Mike Jones blew the half time whistle, the booing inside Goodison Park was so thunderous that the stadium’s public address system was activated to full blast immediately; the noise on the terraces being masked by One Direction, a noise of a very different kind.
The old “will take time to gel” thing drifts from being a source of concern to a reason to be excited in the wake of the opening fixture. Because there were deficiencies, several of them actually, and yet we went and got a result despite them in a challenging away game, twice taking the lead in the process.