Watford 2-0 West Ham Utd

  • by Staff Writer
  • Saturday, 31st October 2015

West Ham marked Halloween with a horror display of their own as they fell to their first league defeat on the road this season.

Two individual errors - one either side of the half time interval - condemned Slaven Bilic's side to defeat against a Watford side who won at a canter, without having to be at their best.

And the reversal means that West Ham have now picked up just one point from nine against last season's three promoted teams, in complete contrast to their form against the league's better sides.

Watford deservedly took the lead seven minutes ahead of the half time break, although it was an error by Andy Carroll that led to the goal.

Having collected the ball inside his own 18-yard box, the striker bizarrely attempted to perform a Cruyff turn on the byeline but lost possession - and the subsequent cross was turned into his own net by the unfortunate Aaron Cresswell.

Bilic, no doubt concerned at what he had seen in the opening half rang the changes during the break bringing on Mauro Zarate and Enner Valencia for the disappointing Victor Moses and Manuel Lanzini.

However they proved to be no more influential than those they replaced, as the home side doubled their lead within three minutes of the restart. This time James Tomkins was guilty of failing to deal with a cross and Ighalo snapped up the chance, finding the top corner with Adrian well beaten.

West Ham barely registered a chance of note during the entire 90 minutes but did manage to hit the woodwork via Enner Valencia midway through the second half. A dreadful back pass was intercepted by the Ecuador international who beat Hornets 'keeper Gomes, but not the woodwork.

Had Valencia converted that chance from nothing, West Ham could have entered the final 20 minutes with renewed vigour. Instead they were to play most of it with only ten men, when James Collins was dismissed in absurd fashion for a strong tackle that warranted a booking, at worst.

The Welsh defender's expulsion summed up West Ham's day and the game petered out with little drama thereafter.

And despite Bilic stressing on Thursday morning that West Ham did not consider a lack of motivation to be an issue following under-par performances against Bournemouth and Norwich previosly, many will see it differently after yet another disappointing performance against a team who were still playing Championship football only six months ago.

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