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Friday 20 April 2018

Watford v West Ham - story of the match

Watford's Troy Deeney scores his side's first goal of the game during the Premier League match at Vicarage Road, Watford.
Watford's Troy Deeney scores his side's first goal of the game during the Premier League match at Vicarage Road, Watford.

Andre Ayew climbed off the bench to rescue a point for West Ham in a 1-1 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.


"2 pts dropped for the Hammers as they were far superior in all departments apart from the opening 5 mins" - former West Ham winger Trevor Sinclair felt his old side deserved the win.


Younes Kaboul. The Watford defender always looks as though he has a clanger in him, but when he puts his mind to it he is solid as a rock. Kaboul got his head to everything West Ham threw into the box and made at least two goal-saving interceptions. Unlucky to be caught in a foot race with Antonio for the equaliser.


West Ham's leveller arrived in bizarre fashion in the 73rd minute, after Antonio saw his shot clip the near post, roll along the goal-line and back out off the far post. Fortunately for the Hammers Ayew was lurking on the six-yard line and sidefooted in his second goal for the club to snatch a point.


It was hard not to sympathise with Hammers manager Slaven Bilic, who was clearly unimpressed when he saw Kouyate give away a penalty for tangling with Zarate, only for the same player to be denied one when he was hauled down by M'Baye Niang. Mercifully, no TV microphones were damaged in the process and his side bagged a point after all.



Heurelho Gomes: 6

Daryl Janmaat: 7

Younes Kaboul: 7

Miguel Britos: 7

Jose Holebas: 6

Tom Cleverley: 6

Valon Behrami: 6

Etienne Capoue: 7

Mauro Zarate: 7

Troy Deeney: 7

M'Baye Niang: 6


Abdoulaye Doucoure (for Zarate, 45): 6

Craig Cathcart (for Janmaat, 58): 6

Isaac Success for Niang, 81): 6

West Ham

Darren Randolph: 6

Cheikhou Kouyate: 5

Jose Fonte: 6

Winston Reid: 6

Aaron Cresswell: 7

Pedro Obiang: 7

Mark Noble: 6

Sofiane Feghouli: 6

Manuel Lanzini: 6

Robert Snodgrass: 5

Michail Antonio: 7


Andre Ayew (for Snodgrass, 65): 7

Edimilson Fernandes (for Lanzini, 90): 6

Who's up next?

Watford v Southampton (Premier League, Mar 4)

West Ham v Chelsea (Premier League, Mar 6)

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