In November David Moyes started off his West Ham career against Watford but unlike at Vicarage Road, it was the Irons who this time took charge, despite their lack of possession.
The Hornets initially started strong and in the seventh minute threatened to take the lead when Jose Holebas’ cross from a short corner reached Adrian Mariappa who headed goal bound, with his effort saved by Hammers’ keeper Adrian.
Four minutes later it was the home side’s turn to have a crack: Marco Arnautovic got the ball and simply danced around defenders and when he was taken down, left it at the feet of Joao Mario who had the shot.
Fans initially thought he had scored but couldn’t celebrate, thanks to the legs of Watford second keeper Orestis Karnezis.
After an exciting start to the first half came an interesting end as West Ham pressed the same Watford side that earlier this week thumped Chelsea.
The two minutes following the 36th were to be the toughest for the visitors and as West Ham pressed, a James Collins ball in found Arnautovic, who ought to have scored.
Luckily for the home supporters, that’s exactly what they did in the following minute after Antonio picked out Chicharito from his cross, there being no doubt that the Mexican would score the header.
The second half saw the Hornets really go for it and when Watford won a free kick, there was only one man to take it. Barcelona loanee Gerard Deulofeu’s shot looked to be dipping in when in-form Adrian prevented what would have been a goal.
Javi Gracia is not a man who enjoys losing and as he headed for his first loss in the Premier League, he pushed the team forwards. The very real risk of a counter attack was soon to affect the Hornets.
A corner in the 78th minute was dealt with badly by Holebas and after a struggle to clear the ball, it was Aaron Cresswell who played in Arnautovic to score.
Having started the game three points better off than West Ham, Watford left the London Stadium on equal points to their hosts and one place above in 11th thanks only to goal difference.