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Joshua King’s hat-trick turns Claudio Ranieri into a twinkleman as Watford gets back on the winning track

Claudio Ranieri reveals Atletico Madrid’s 3-2 loss to Liverpool helped him lift his Watford players after their 5-0 loss to the Reds … as Everton embarrassingly crumbles at home to the Hornets

  • Watford beat Everton 5-2 in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon
  • Joshua King scored a hat-trick and the Hornets ended a two-game losing streak
  • Watford was worth it for the win and Claudio Ranieri will be delighted







Claudio Ranieri had a twinkle in his eye when he made it clear that there would be no great celebration of a historic victory.

‘Dinner? No, no, ‘said the polite Italian with a smile. We can have dinner at the Watford canteen. I’ll only buy dinner when we have a clean sheet!

Ranieri could have been doing his best to keep expectations in check and remind his team that there is still plenty of room for improvement, but privately he must have wanted to bring his new team to Mayfair after their exploits on a remarkable afternoon.

Claudio Ranieri congratulates Joshua King on Saturday's win over Watford

Claudio Ranieri congratulates Joshua King on Saturday’s win over Watford

The team that appeared dead and buried seven days earlier after being bombed by Liverpool responded in devastating fashion.

The latest wave of goals gave the scoreboard a dramatic look, but what couldn’t be ignored was the fact that Watford looked well trained.

With Josh King coming back to chase Everton barely kicking a ball for them after coming on loan from Bournemouth, but kicking them in the stomach here with a hat-trick, Watford had a vanguard but, more than anything, they had faith.

Ranieri has too long to be carried away by an outstanding performance, but he felt that today’s efforts will take them a long way.

“I spoke to the players with my heart,” Ranieri said, explaining how he lifted his spirits after the 5-0 loss to Liverpool. ‘When Atlético de Madrid lost 3-2, I told my players: “Hey! Atlético is one of the best in the world, they don’t concede like that, so it can happen (against Liverpool) ”.

‘I told them we had to fight. I am very satisfied with what we did. I am very very happy. I didn’t have Joshua King against Liverpool, this week I did. It made a fantastic difference.

“It is much better to speak when you win 5-2 than when you lose 5-0.”

King scored an excellent hat-trick as Watford beat Everton in the Premier League at Goodison Park

King scored an excellent hat-trick as Watford beat Everton in the Premier League at Goodison Park

King scored an excellent hat-trick as Watford beat Everton in the Premier League at Goodison Park

Although Everton led twice, they were never comfortable. Still, what happened in the final stages was a disgrace.

This is an Everton team that is prone to collapse, it has happened two or three times a season for the last five years, but this was an affront to their fans.

Watford just had to be patient and organized, and once they achieved parity a second time, they trampled all of Everton to leave Rafa Benitez, who, for the first time, was cornered by a section of the Goodison crowd, bubbling with frustration. . .

There was discord when Everton collapsed, with some fans yelling, ‘Get out! Off! Off!’ forward Salomon Rondon when he was signed, while others targeted major shareholder Farhad Moshiri, sports director Marcel Brands and CEO Denise Barrett-Baxendale.

This is not a club in harmony and trying to chart your way through this minefield will test Benítez to the limit.

“We have made some mistakes and you can understand the frustration of the fans,” said Benítez. But we have to make sure we change and keep the fans on board because they are really important to us. And we have to make sure we show the same commitment that we have shown in all the games, but more character, more personality when we have to handle difficult situations. ‘