Everton have won their first game of the season in their home return, as they edged Watford at Goodison Park.
The Toffees were the better side throughout, although the Hornets had their fair share of dominant periods throughout the game.
Everton opened the scoring inside the first ten minutes, when Bernard latched onto a long ball from Lucas Digne down the left, cutting in on his right to shot low into the bottom left-hand corner.
Richarlison had a number of chances either side of half-time to double the host’s lead, with the second the most clear-cut chance, heading over the bar from a free-kick that dropped to the Brazilian at the near post and unmarked.
JP Gbamin played his first full 90 minutes for the club and Moise Kean enjoyed another spirited 20 minute cameo, while Alex Iwobi was kept on the bench due to an injury to Lucas Digne, with Mason Holgate replacing the Frenchman.
Jordan Pickford: 7
The England number one wasn’t challenged too often, though when he was he handled it well. Pickford’s bravery was on display as he stopped Troy Deeney one-on-one, and his presence continues to inspire confidence.
Seamus Coleman: 7
Coleman was forced to focus on his defensive duties with Roberto Pereyra threatening down his flank, but the Everton captain contained his presence well.
Was forced into switching to left-back late on and handled the positional change well too, which is easier said than done.
Yerry Mina: 8
Mina has certainly put his ‘Bambi on ice’ period behind him it seems, as the Colombian continues to grow into a comfortable and confident Premier League defender.
He was slightly erratic at times, but he was largely solid and dependable.
Michael Keane: 7
Keane never stood out as being particularly remarkable, which says plenty for how he has improved in a Blue shirt – he is just expected to perform at that level consistently now and it is no longer a surprise to see him do well.
He was physically imposing and comfortable with the ball at his feet, and is one of the first names on the teamsheet now.
Lucas Digne: 7
Set up Bernard with a fantastic through pass and defended resolutely, Digne was as solid as we’ve become accustomed to him being.
Unfortunately he made way with 15 minutes remaining after picking up a knock, and hopefully it isn’t a serious issue.
Andre Gomes: 7
Gomes was often forced to do a more defensive job than he is accustomed to, and he did well to adapt as the game progressed.
A surprise inclusion to the starting line-up with his fitness having been questioned, Gomes demonstrated why he is integral to Silva side, and his range of passing was key to unlocking Watford.
JP Gbamin: 7
A much improved performance from Everton’s summer signing, JP looked more confident at dealing with the pace and rigours of the Premier League than last week.
There is still plenty more to come from JP as he nears full match sharpness, but his talent on display already is promising.
Richarlison struggled to settle throughout the game, spurning a number of chances from good positions. His creative influence is felt, with his pace and skill constantly causing Watford problems, but he needs to be more clinical.
Gylfi Sigurdsson: 5
Everton’s tactical approach made it difficult for Gylfi to find his footing in the game, as much of Everton’s forward play came down the flanks.
The game largely passed him by, which was a shame for the Icelandic playmaker.
Bernard put in a fantastic shift and was understandably exhuasted by the full-time whistle. His brilliant low strike early into the game set the tone for Everton’s play, and it eventually proved to be the difference.
Always looking a threat, the Brazilian staked his claim as first-choice left winger with Alex Iwobi waiting in the wings.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin: 6
DCL demonstrated strong hold up play once again but failed to forge any clear-cut opportunities for himself. Part of that was due to lack of support, with much of Everton’s positive play coming from width.
Theo Walcott: 5
Didn’t make much of an impression after coming on, and wasn’t involved enough.
Moise Kean: 7
Kean looked really sharp in his short spell on the field. The Italian demonstrated good athleticism and power, and was unlucky in the final few minutes not to grab his first goal in Blue, with another chance falling in the final minutes.
Mason Holgate: 6
Came in from the cold to cover at right-back and did a solid job in his short spell.