Watford’s early winless streak continued today (Saturday, August 24) as they fell to a 1-3 defeat by West Ham.
It was an uphill battle from kick-off at Vicarage Road as the referee pointed to the spot just two minutes in after Doucoure tripped Lanzini up in the box. Noble slotted past Foster with ease.
The Hornets had a great chance just a few minutes later when Gray picked up the ball on the edge of the box and slid a pass to Deulofeu, whose effort grazed the bar.
Several missed opportunities from both sides came and went before the 17th minute, where Gray managed to level proceedings with a low effort into the bottom-hand corner of West Ham’s net.
It was an energetic half overall, with both sides trying to make their mark but neither landing any further punches.
Watford could well have been in front 10 minutes into the second half as Gray ran on to a great through ball and took it round the ‘keeper, swiftly playing it across goal to Hughes, who skied it from close range.
West Ham’s new signing, Haller, took the lead for The Hammers in the 64th minute, tapping it in from close range.
Watford were looking for an immediate response but Haller piled misery on their defence yet again, as a rebounded Antonio header fell to him in the six-yard box.
It’s a worrying time for the Hornets, who next face Coventry in Round 2 of the Carabao Cup midweek (Tuesday, August 27).
Photo courtesy of Alan Cozzi/Watford FC