Saturday 17 March 2018

Ayew snatches point for Hammers

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West Ham United's Robert Snodgrass k
West Ham United's Robert Snodgrass k

Andre Ayew climbed off the bench to rescue a point for 10-man West Ham in a draw at Watford. The Hammers were trailing to Troy Deeney's third-minute penalty until Ghana forward Ayew tucked in the rebound after Michail Antonio's shot had hit both posts.

It was no more than West Ham deserved, as they were unlucky not to have been awarded a second-half spot-kick for an almost identical incident to the one which gave Watford the lead.

However, they had to hold out for the final five minutes with 10 men after Antonio was sent off for handball.

Sadly it was also a bitter-sweet evening for Hammers old boy Mauro Zarate, who won his side's penalty but departed on a stretcher with a serious-looking knee injury before half-time.

The Argentinian winger had an immediate impact against his former side, darting into the area to meet Deeney's pass before being sent sprawling to the turf by Cheikhou Kouyate. Deeney, who had to wait for what seemed like an age to bring up his 100th Watford goal earlier this season, rolled in the penalty.

Hammers boss Slaven Bilic was furious when Kouyate was wrestled to the ground by M'Baye Niang in the area, only for referee Craig Pawson to wave play on.

But the leveller arrived in bizarre fashion in the 73rd minute after Antonio outpaced Kaboul before seeing his shot clip the near post, roll along the goal-line and back out off the far post. Ayew was lurking on the six-yard line and side-footed in.

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