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Premier League
Sunday, 19th November 2017

Watford 2
West Ham United 0

by Staff Writer

The appointment of David Moyes failed to lift West Ham out of the doldrums as they succumbed to a 2-0 defeat at Vicarage Road this afternoon.

And of even greater concern will be that there were few signs, if any, of improvement despite the new boss having spent the last two weeks with his new squad.

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Although hamstrung by a reduced squad missing the likes of Javier Hernandez, Andre Ayew and Michail Antonio, Moyes' West Ham proved to be no more efficient, threatening or likely to pick up a much-needed win than his predecessor's had in recent weeks.

And they could have been reduced to ten men inside the first minute after Andy Carroll landed a trademark right hand on his marker as they rose for an early aerial challlenge - for which he was perhaps fortunate to see yellow, instead of red.

As it was Moyes' team managed to last for just 11 minutes before conceding the first goal of his managerial reign, against a side that had been beaten in their last three consecutive Premier League outing.

Andre Gray's mishit effort fell kindly for former Derby midfielder WIll Hughes, who fired past Joe Hart to score his first goal in Watford colours - and put West Ham on the backfoot yet again.

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Distinctly second best for much of the opening half, the Hammers enjoyed their best spell of the match in the last five minutes of the opening period.

And with a little more luck, David Moyes' squad could have entered the break on level terms - at least - after Cheik Kouyate and Marco Arnautovic both fluffed golden opportunities to score when left with just the 'keeper to beat.

Those misses proves to be costly to West Ham, who conceded a second midway through the half. Moments earlier Joe Hart produced a fantastic save a point blank range, only to be beaten a little too easily by Richarlison with a drive across the face of goal.

There was also a worrying injury for Moyes - celebrating his 500th Premier League game as a club manager - to contend with when United's club-record signing Arnautovic sustained what appeared to be a nasty knock to the wrist, leading to several minutes of on-pitch treatment before he was substituted.

And in addition to the on-pitch issues he has to deal with, there were a series of anti-Board demonstrations by the away supporters throughout the game, with David Gold, David Sullivan and Karren Brady left in no uncertain terms what the supporters feel of their management of the club.

West Ham Utd: Hart, Zabaleta, Reid, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Kouyate, Noble, Obiang, Arnautovic (Masuaku 72), Lanzini, Carroll (Sakho 65).

Subs not used: Adrian, Martinez, Fernandes, Quina, Rice.

Bookings: Carroll (27), Arnautovic (37), Obiang (41), Noble (82).

Watford: Gomes, Mariappa, Femenia (Holebas 86), Britos, Kabasele, Doucoure, Cleverley, Zeegelaar, Hughes (Pereyra 83), Richarlison, Gray (Carrillo 90+7).

Subs not used: Karnezis, Prodl, Capoue, Okaka.

Goals: Hughes (11), Richarlison (65).

Bookings: Britos (29).

Referee: Andre Marriner.

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Player Ratings

Joe Hart
Though he did concede four goals, there was little he could do on most of them.

Edimilson Fernandes
Didn't stand out in any aspect and as a consequence was sacrificed for an attacking option in Andy Carroll at half time.

Aaron Cresswell
Played a part in West Ham's early pressure and was relatively consistent.

Angelo Ogbonna
Was good all-round but got caught out of position on a number of occasions.

Winston Reid
Left the defence exposed many times and lost a lot of duels.

Cheikhou Kouyate
Didn't look comfortable being a centre-half having the responsibility of being the last man.

Pedro Obiang
Was poor tracking back in the second half failing to provide the all-important link between attack and defence.

Mark Noble
Started off well providing a link between attack and defence, but made so many mistakes and got frustrated with himself and his team mates as he let the crowd get under his skin.

Manuel Lanzini
Provided one of the remarkably few joyous moments of the night with his goal and kept trying to push forward right until the last minute.

Andre Ayew
Was sharp in attack with the assist for the only goal of the night.

Javier Hernandez
Held up the ball well but failed to ruffle some feathers in Liverpool's notoriously shaky defence.


Andy Carroll
(Replaced Fernandes) Was a powerfull presence in the air and provided chances for his team mates with his aerial duels.

Marko Arnautovic
(Replaced Noble) Delivered some decent crosses but lost interest, as did many of his team mates, as the match drew to its conclusion.

Diafra Sakho
(Replaced Hernandez) Very little desire to put things right.

Adrian San Miguel Del Castillo
Did not play.

Declan Rice
Did not play.

Arthur Masuaku
Did not play.

Sead Haksabanovic
Injured during warm-up.

Match Facts

Referee: Neil Swarbrick.

Attendance: 0.

Man of the Match: Manuel Lanzini.

West Ham United

Joe Hart, Edimilson Fernandes, Aaron Cresswell, Angelo Ogbonna, Winston Reid, Cheikhou Kouyate, Pedro Obiang, Mark Noble, Manuel Lanzini, Andre Ayew, Javier Hernandez.

Goals: Manuel Lanzini 55                  .

Booked: None.

Sent off: None.


Mignolet, Gomez, Matip, Klavan, Moreno, Can, Wijnaldum, Salah, Oxlade-Chamberlain (Solanke 87), Mane (Milner 76), Firmino (Lovren 87)..

Substitutes: .

Subs not used: Karius, Sturridge, Grujic, Alexander-Arnold.

Goals: Salah (21, 76), Matip (23), Oxlade-Chamberlain (56).

Booked: .

Sent Off: .

Staff Writer's Man of the Match: Manuel Lanzini

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