Watford Hand Moyes Losing Start At West Ham
English Premier League
Result: Watford 2-0 West Ham United
Venue: Vicarage Road
Date: 19 November 2017
David Moyes’ West Ham United reign got off to a dreadful start as they slumped to a 2-0 loss to Watford at Vicarage Road.
The game got off to a slow start, but in the 11th minute, Watford drew first blood. Andre Gray’s clumsy shot sent the ball into the path of Will Hughes. The midfielder took full advantage of his good fortune, firing home for the opening goal.
Watford controlled most of a physical first half, but West Ham started showing signs of promise towards the end of it.
First, Cheikhou Kouyaté was played through on goal by Mark Noble, but Heurelho Gomes rushed off his line and kept the Senegalese midfielder’s shot out in the 42nd minute.
Then, in stoppage time, Gomes made a terrific double save to deny Marko Arnautović first from a header and then on the rebound.
Kouyaté missed another sitter in the 52nd minute. After receiving a cut-back from Arnautović, he fired over from close range.
Watford went back on the front foot after surviving that scare. Abdoulaye Doucouré fired narrowly wide from just outside the box in the 54th minute before Joe Hart was forced to make a stunning save from Adrian Mariappa’s header in the 60th.
However, four minutes after that save, the England goalkeeper was beaten again. Hughes appeared to handball before passing to Richarlison, but referee André Marriner ignored that and allowed the Brazilian to cut inside and slot the ball into the far corner off Hart’s hand.
West Ham nearly struck back in the 74th minute, but Christian Kabasele’s last-ditch block prevented Manuel Lanzini’s effort from crossing the line.
Although that was one of many near misses for the Hammers, Watford were ultimately deserving of the win. Despite reports linking head coach Marco Silva to Everton, they kept their focus on the pitch to move into eighth place, while West Ham stayed rooted to 18th.