Watford 1-1 Everton analysis: Quicker tempo and faster pressing by the Hornets

Watford picked up their first point at home in three matches as a much improved display stopped the rot against Everton.

Watford 1-1 Everton analysis: Quicker tempo and faster pressing by the Hornets
Juan Carlos Paredes was excellent offensively and defensively against Everton (photo: Premier League)

A much improved performance by Watford was enjoyed by the fans at Vicarage Road as they came from behind to earn a point against Roberto Martinez' Everton side.

Pass and move with pace

Watford played with a much quicker tempo on the ball from the outset, a tactic that has not really been seen since they were flying high before Christmas. The fast passing and moving almost paid dividends early on when an excellent move culminated in Jose Manuel Jurado forcing goalkeeper Tim Howard into a fine save from outside the box.

The Hornets continued to play some neat and tidy football with Juan Carlos Paredes in particular getting involved from right-back on numerous occasions, as Watford flooded more players forward in support of Troy Deeney and Odion Ighalo, a rarity in recent weeks. Watford were guilty of overplaying though for the Everton opener, as Miguel Britos tried to take down a header from defensive partner Craig Cathcart when he would have been better advised to put his foot through the ball. The Urugayan lost the ball to James McCarthy - who duly put the visitors ahead.

No time for Everton on the ball

Yet the hosts had incorporated a pressing style rather than stepping off the opposition as they have done in recent weeks. Such a tactic allowed Watford to respond within seconds of equalising, as Odion Ighalo hounded John Stones into a mistake to win a corner that resulted in the Watford equaliser.

The extra energy defensively starved the likes of Gareth Barry and Ross Barkley from space in the middle of the park with neither able to stamp their authority on the game, particularly as the latter can be so dangerous when afforded a couple of yards. Commitment to the cause proved crucial again, as Paredes got close enough to prevent Romelu Lukaku from grabbing a winner late on when the goal was gaping.

Manager Quique Sánchez Flores was delighted with the "legs and power" that his team showed, as they managed to recover from the 4-0 thrashing by Arsenal last weekend. They now need to continue their progression wih two more Premier League games before their crucial FA Cup semi-final date with Crystal Palace in a fortnight.