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Premier League
Wednesday, 20th April 2016

West Ham United 3
Watford 1

by Staff Writer

West Ham's faint hopes of securing a European spot remain alive tonight after a 3-1 win against a distinctly lacklustre Watford at the Boleyn Ground.

Slaven Bilic's side secured their first Premier League win in five against a Hornets side with one eye on this weekend's FA Cup semi final, thanks to an Andy Carroll opener and two penalties from Mark Noble.

Sebastian Prodl grabbed a second half consolation for Watford and although Troy Deeney was awarded the third spot kick of the game deep into injury time, Adrian saved for the Hammers to maintain West Ham's two-goal advantage at the final whistle.

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Player Ratings

Adrian San Miguel Del Castillo
Though his defenders didn’t give him a prayer with either goal his kicking was a bit off today.

Carl Jenkinson
Do we have to have an MOTM this week? He was probably the least worse I suppose.

Aaron Cresswell
A bit off the pace all afternoon.

James Collins
When you have a lumbering ox of a centre forward to look after Ginge is your man. When you haven’t, his lack of pace is a concern. The red card was at best clumsy and at worst nasty. Only he knows which.

James Tomkins
Seemed as if his mind was on other things for some reason. Cost us a goal as a result.

Cheikhou Kouyate
They stuck someone on him most of the time which curtailed those runs out of defence he usually does.

Mark Noble
Struggled to exert any influence on the midfield today.

Victor Moses
Poor – if he’d been taken off before the interval instead of during it nobody would have complained.

Manuel Lanzini
Made little contribution to proceedings before going off at half time.

Dimitri Payet
One or two decent balls but seemed to be suffering from the general malaise affecting the team this week.

Andy Carroll
Messed things up up front. Messed things up in defence. Lousy day all round really.


Mauro Zarate
(Replaced Moses, 45) Given how poor we were it was a bit of a thankless task trying to rescue things.

Enner Valencia
(Replaced Lanzini, 45) Unlucky to hit the post.

Nikica Jelavic
(Replaced Noble, 75) Came on and promptly disappeared.

Darren Randolph
Did not play.

Joey O Brien
Did not play.

Angelo Ogbonna
Did not play.

Michael Antonio
Did not play.

Match Facts

Referee: Mike Dean.

Attendance: 20,598.

Man of the Match: Mark Noble.

West Ham United

Adrian San Miguel Del Castillo, Carl Jenkinson, Aaron Cresswell, James Collins, James Tomkins, Cheikhou Kouyate, Mark Noble, Victor Moses, Manuel Lanzini, Dimitri Payet, Andy Carroll.

Goals: None.

Booked: James Tomkins 85          .

Sent Off: James Collins 84    .


Heurelho Gomes, Nyom, Miguel Britos , Craig Cathcart , Nathan Aké, Etienne Capoue , Ben Watson , Ikechi Anya, Troy Deeney, Almen Abdi, Odion Ighalo.

Substitutes: Juan Carlos Paredes (Ikechi Anya 67), Valon Behrami (Almen Abdi 75), Adlčne Guédioura (Odion Ighalo 85).

Subs not used: Sebastian Prödl , Víctor Ibarbo , Giedrius Arlauskis , Alessandro Diamanti .

Goals: Aaron Cresswell og (38), Odion Ighalo (48).

Booked: Nyom (65), Nathan Aké (81), Etienne Capoue (85).

Sent Off: None sent off..

Staff Writer's Man of the Match: Mark Noble

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