first_img0Shares0000Everton beaten at WatfordLONDON, United Kingdom, Feb 24 – A goal from Troy Deeney was all that separated the two teams as Watford beat Everton 1-0 in a tight encounter at Vicarage Road on Saturday night.The first half produced just one shot on target as Oumar Niasse tested Orestsis Karnezis, with the Watford keeper managing to comfortably keep out the effort. Deeney eventually brought the game to life when he scored with a powerful shot into the top of the net from the centre of the box.Everton had an early opportunity to put pressure on Watford with a free-kick in the first few minutes. Gylfi Sigurdsson floated a good cross towards Niasse who was at the far post, but the forward missed his attempted shot.Niasse then managed to force a good save from Karnezis after beating Adrian Mariappa and letting loose a good shot which took a deflection before the Watford keeper pushed the effort away.Both teams seemed to lack creativity where it counted as they traded possession without creating any clear-cut chances. Gerard Deulofeu had a promising chance with a free-kick in the perfect area, but the former Everton loanee only managed to find the wall with his effort.The half-time whistle brought an end to an uneventful half with just one shot on target courtesy of the visitors who at times struggled to maintain possession as easily as the home side.Watford started the second half positively and had an attacking corner which saw Sebastian Prodl get onto the end of a decent cross, but the defender could only watch his effort fly over the crossbar.Michael Keane then guided through a ball towards the far post with the ball somehow missing the onrushing Tom Davies, while at the other end, Etienne Capoue was the first to go into Anthony Taylor’s book after a late challenge on Theo Walcott.Watford were dealt a big blow when Deulofeu was forced to leave the pitch early after picking up a knock in a clash with Cenk Tosun.Jordan Pickford then gave the ball away cheaply which allowed Kiko Femenía the chance to run on goal before choosing to shoot rather than square the ball and Pickford made up for his mistake by making a good block.A good period from Watford culminated in Deeney opening the scoring for the home side. Stefano Okaka squared the ball towards his captain who took a heavy touch before launching a powerful effort on the turn which found the top of the net.The last play of the match was an Everton corner and Pickford, who had come up to add another body, directed a header towards Dominic Calvert-Lewin who managed to shoot but Karnezis gathered as Watford got back to winning ways.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

first_imgBy Steven Harmon MEDIANEWS SACRAMENTO BUREAU SACRAMENTO – In a last-minute veto, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger denied voters an opportunity at the ballot box to express their views on the war in Iraq – and in doing so carefully continued to keep his own views on the war to himself. As expected, Schwarzenegger – just before a midnight deadline – rejected SB 924, which would have allowed voters to call for the immediate withdrawal of troops from Iraq. Schwarzenegger called the war a federal issue and also cited his opposition to non-binding advisory legislation. The measure would have appeared on the Feb. 5 ballot with the presidential primaries. “Placing a non-binding resolution on Iraq on the same ballot,” Schwarzenegger wrote in his veto message, “when it carries no weight or authority, would only further divide voters and shift attention from other critical issues that must be addressed.” Schwarzenegger had a dozen days to decide the fate of the bill but waited until the midnight deadline to veto the legislation – in an apparent attempt to minimize fallout from the decision. It came on the same day he announced the deaths of four California-based soldiers. The author of the bill, Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata, D-Oakland, scoffed at the notion that Schwarzenegger was worried about further dividing voters on the war. “It’s ironic that the governor’s message said that it would be too divisive,” Perata said. “He’s obviously not paying attention to the effect Iraq is having on this country. “We had an opportunity today,” Perata added, “to let Californians speak out on what I don’t think is even arguably the most important issue today, and he denied them that opportunity. That’s too bad.” Other critics said Schwarzenegger’s veto showed a fear that Californians’ opposition to the war would put him in an awkward position with President Bush. The veto came on the sixth anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and in the same week that the top U.S. military commander in Iraq and the top U.S. diplomat there presented their appraisals of the war to Congress. “He’s a unique governor who is not afraid to make his own decisions,” said Ron Nehring, the chairman of the state Republican Party. “This would have been such a brazenly political and cynical stunt that … certainly it was a proper decision that recognizes that conducting foreign policy by state initiative is not the way the world’s super power should conduct its foreign affairs and defense policy.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more