Published: Sun, February 11, 2018
Sports | By Spencer Underwood

West Ham overcome Watford to attract degree on factors

West Ham overcome Watford to attract degree on factors

Arnautovic was the difference between the sides, providing moments of sheer magic to lift a game that was entertaining, rather than thrilling.

"I wouldn't be happy with him doing it on my watch".

Pedro Obiang has a ligament injury, and will be out until July, along with Manuel Lanzini, who is dealing with a hamstring injury.

The 29-year-old wanted to leave in search of regular playing time after falling down manager David Moyes' pecking order, but has since experienced a change in fortune.

Yet it is the Hammers' marquee summer signings, Hernandez and Arnautovic, who are now flourishing following the slow starts to the season which mirrored that of the team.

Hammers keeper Adrian, who daily shows why he keeps Joe Hart on the bench, produced a magical, reaction save to punch out Adrian Mariappa's header from Gerard Deulofeu's 7th minute corner.

Michail Antonio has scored six goals in his last seven league matches against Watford but has failed to score in his last 19 home appearances.

More news: Brexit Transition Period 'Not A Given', Michel Barnier Warns UK

West Ham have not lost in their last three Premier League home matches - Watford are looking to win back-to-back matches for the first time since November.

The Hammers thought they had the lead in the 31st minute when Chicharito headed a Joao Mario free kick past Pope, but the flag was up and the goal was chalked off for offside. "It was a terrific cross from Micky [Michail] Antonio and a great run as well".

Watford have as many as 11 players now injured, but they will be able to field Troy Deeney, who escaped an FA charge for using an obscene gesture during the club's massive 4-1 win over Chelsea.

They defend well, defend tight, and on their sloping Vicarge Road pitch are a menace.

West Ham have won just one of their last five home games against Watford (D1, L3).

Despite the Hornets impressive 4-1 victory over Chelsea, Javi Garcia's side never was able to challenge Adrian with a save he couldn't make, as the Hornets pressure in the second half to equalize was blunted by solid defensive organization from Moyes' men.

Like this: