Ross Barkley’s goal settled Everton’s meeting with Watford after the build-up to the match was dominated by uncertainty over the midfielder’s Goodison Park future.
Barkley swept home a curling shot from 20 yards shortly after break as Sebastian Prodl failed to close him down.
Everton boss Ronald Koeman said on Thursday that Barkley had until next weekend to agree to a contract extension or he would be sold.
According to the BBC, Watford rarely threatened, although the physicality of Stefano Okaka caused a few nervy moments late on.
Enner Valencia could have made the scoreline more comfortable for the hosts but was denied by a good save from Heurelho Gomes.
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