Belfast Telegraph

Hornets boss thrilled with Richarlison's progression

West Bromwich Albion 2 Watford 2

By Paul Burrows

Watford head coach Marco Silva hopes Richarlison can continue his impressive start to life in the Premier League.

The 20-year-old Brazilian has taken little time to adapt after arriving at Vicarage Road from Fluminense in the summer.

His last-gasp equaliser in Saturday's 2-2 draw at West Brom was his third Premier League goal, as he scored in injury time for the second week running after netting the winner at Swansea.

Silva said: "He is a fantastic boy, an amazing talent. From the first day I arrived I said to the board that I want this player, because I believe a lot in this player.

"You never know how he will react because this is another country, but everything he has done until now is amazing. His skills coming into the Premier League are very good."

Richarlison's header in the fifth minute of added time completed a deserved comeback by Watford.

Quick-fire goals from Salomon Rondon and Jonny Evans had put West Brom seemingly on course for victory but Abdoulaye Doucoure halved the visitors' deficit before half-time.

Rondon's goal was his first of the Premier League campaign and his first at The Hawthorns since mid-December.

West Brom boss Tony Pulis thinks the goal will do the Venezuela international good.

"I thought Salomon did brilliantly," Pulis said. "He tired at the end, but I thought he did brilliantly.

"It's a goal that should give him great confidence, which is brilliant for us."

Richarlison's late leveller means West Brom are still yet to win at home since the opening weekend of the Premier League season.

Pulis added: "We needed the win. It's a mental thing at home. We haven't lost in the league at home, but that's our third draw in as many (league) games."

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