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The opposition view: Watford

Filed: Sunday, 23rd December 2018
By: Staff Writer

West Ham's unbeaten run came to a disappointing end on Saturday against a Watford side who somehow left Stratford with all three points.

Hear what the jubilant 'Ornets had to say about a win that left many visiting fans dreaming about the prospect of European football, in the latest edition of the OV...

"Another tactical masterclass from Javi and an outstanding team performance that fully merited the win. Douc and Capoue were magnificent. Holebas and Kiko dominated Anderson. Pereyra and Deulofeu terrified West Ham every time they got the ball. Ken Sema is turning out to be a real asset. With talented players, an astute coach and a great team spirit a lot can be achieved. We have all three and a European place is ours for the taking."
- Lloyd

"I thought it was an impressive win today. West Ham are on a good run and two of their forward players cost £77m on their own. Yes, they had two great chances, but we had equally good chances and fluffed them. Capoue was excellent. Deeney scored a great pen, but I thought he was poor apart from that. I would have preferred Quina and Success to start. We'll probably be 7th tomorrow, and I still think we can get a lot better all over the park. Chelsea is an intriguing match, I think we'll win."
- zztop

"What a brilliant end-to-end game - either side could have taken it, some really poor misses on both sides. Not going to knock any of the players, it's all been said about Sema and Deeney. When Pereyra and Deulofeu are on it they are different gravy, a sublime second goal. Foster brilliant, but Gracia's late/bizarre/lack of substitutions will give me a heart attack."
- Anon

"Today was the first time this season where we rode our luck a little. A draw was probably a fair result, but how many games have we had when we didn't get what we deserved? Fulham, Newcastle, Everton and Arsenal spring to mind. Right now I'm very optimistic over a top half finish, however, we do need to strengthen. Two effective players in January, one up front and one in central defence, should take us to Europe. If we don't make those signings, then we'll probably just fall short."
- hornetboy1

"We took our chances and they hit the goal posts a lot. The truth that will be recorded is that we won 2-0. Away from home. Against a decent Prem side. We looked capable in this division."
- Cthulhu

"Exciting game, could have gone either way with both sides squandering chances. Like others have said, we are just a couple of players short of a side comfortably top of the mid-table league. The game aside, one other thing of note yesterday was the 'banter' between fans towards the upper left of our section. What I thought was really good was the way the stewards managed the whole situation, not yanking our fans back and bundling them down the steps to be arrested like I thought would happen, but it was all done with good humour and smiles. Even when a fan was pulled out from underneath the tarpaulin, their chief(?) steward laughed as he encouraged him back into his seat. Great example of stewarding by cooperation rather than coercion and a vast improvement on two seasons ago when their stewards were shitting themselves when things kicked off."
- Maninblack

"I see an article today saying the West Ham fan that throws the paper cup towards Deeney after his penalty faces a lifetime ban. Bit extreme donít you think? Is that not the point in issuing paper cups so that no one can use it as a weapon? I donít condone it but I can put myself in the West Ham fan's shoes. Deeney taunting me and I see red mist with my cup of Pepsi. Itís not a coin or other heavy object, itís a paper cup FFS."
- foxywfc

"West Ham do have a lot of history of crowd trouble. Thin end of the wedge and all that. One man with self-control problems starting it off like that and suddenly there's large numbers of them pitching in. And this is not my imagination, is it? They really have done this a number of recent times."
- Forzainglese

"West Ham live in a fantasy world. Like Everton. A decent mid table team no more no less. In there in a mini-league with us, Bournemouth, Leicester, and Wolves."
- La_tempesta_cielo_68

"Has luck finally swung in our favour? A few week ago that would have been 2-0 West Ham.
I still think Mason gave a lot of decisions West Ham's way and if the result was different I think we would of been complaining again. Foster has to be MOTM but Holebas a close second. Merry Christmas all, I'm certainly in very positive mood and more than happy with this current watford camp. Can't believe lots of us think Chelsea are going to sweep us aside, the momentum is with us we're at home and their [sic] the team that's hit or miss right now, come on Orn's have some faith."
- foxywfc

"I am rather bemused as to why the West Ham fans are giving it a good olí whinge about Lee Mason. With no biasness involved, I thought he reffed the game quite evenly. There was no controversial decision that he didnít give them and he didnít favour us in any way. You know you are a sore loser when you are clutching at straws about a wall not being exactly 10 yards as to why you lost. I think this is the first good game Lee Mason has had whilst reffing one of our games."
- Markoa$

"The ref didnt help himslef with the counting to ten yards thing. The first half free kick (for a Kabasele foul on the edge of the box) was set up and the West Ham players started crying about the wall. The ref seemed to say 'get on with it' but they carried on crying about it. Mason then spray paints the ball, walks eight paces to the wall and sprays a line across the Watford players' feet. I think he didn't want the West Ham players to control what his decisions were so just did the line as a statement that the wall was in the right place. That would have wound me up a bit if i were a West Ham fan."
- Hornpete

"What a genuine cracking day out, even if it was at the London Stadium. Merry Christmas all."
- The PozzMan

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