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    West Ham 2-4 Watford: Hornets comeback stuns Hammers

    By Alex Easley
    Etienne Capoue was on the score sheet as Watford came from 2-0 down to beat West Ham 4-2.
    Watford came from 2-0 down to beat West Ham 4-2 at the London Stadium as Walter Mazzarri won his first match since taking charge of the Hornets.

    Michail Antonio’s two headed goals had appeared to put West Ham in the driving seat and on course for the win and all three points as the half-time whistle approached, both were set-up by the returning Dimitri Payet.

    Odion Ighalo had other ideas, however, as he pulled a goal back with a deflected strike after 41 minutes, before skipper Troy Deeney took advantage of a mix-up at the back between James Collins and Adrian to send the visitors level going into the break.

    Further goals early in the second period from Etienne Capoue and Jose Holebas completed an incredible comeback for Watford, who moved out of the drop zone because of the win.

    Both teams had made four changes to their starting line-ups from their last games before the international break, with the hosts welcoming back Payet and Manuel Lanzini from injury.

    Simone Zaza also started for the Hammers, but another summer signing, Sofiane Feghouli was not fit enough to feature.

    Argentina winger Roberto Pereyra started his first game for the visitors, while Craig Cathcart had recovered from a groin injury to take his place as one of the three centre backs.

    Mazzarri was unable to call upon recent new signings Adrian Mariappa and Kenedy for the trip to east London though.

    The visitors fell behind after just five minutes and to makes matters worse, it was a pretty soft goal to concede.

    Payet curled in a corner from the left side for Antonio to rise at the near post and head the ball past Heurelho Gomes, albeit with the aid of a deflection off Deeney’s back.
    Jose Holebas (left) battles with Michail Antonio,
    Watford could do little to prevent the second West Ham goal after 33 minutes, as it was the Hammer’s star Payet pulling the strings once more.

    The France international worked himself some space on the right-hand corner of the area, before picking out the unmarked Antonio with an outrageous rabona.

    Antonio's simple header, his 10th since the start of last season, brought the Hammers fans to their feet in admiration, with many being ejected from the ground by stewards though for then refusing to sit back down.

    Watford, however, were more than a little unfortunate to find themselves 2-0 down at that point after Ighalo had missed a glorious opening early on, while the visitors were a constant threat on the break.

    The goal that brought the Hornets back into the contest had a touch of luck about it after Ighalo, who was released down the left by Capoue, cut in and saw his goalbound effort take a wicked deflection off Collins to wrong-foot Adrian.

    However, if that was slightly fortunate then the West Ham - who had switched to a flat back four after their previous defeat at Manchester City - only had themselves to blame for Watford's equaliser in first-half stoppage time after a piece of poor communication between Collins and Adrian.

    The alert Deeney took advantage to nip in between the dithering duo and steal the ball, although the forward still had a lot of work to do to find the back of the net with a delicious chip over a covering defender on the line.

    That goal appeared to knock the stuffing out of Slaven Bilic's men, who found themselves trailing for the first time in the game following a brilliant strike by Capoue eight minutes after half-time.

    It was new boy Pereyra, though, who deserves much of the credit after the forward found his team-mate with a lovely cross, before the Frenchman rifled the ball past Adrian at his near post for his third goal in just four encounters this season.

    And any hopes West Ham may have had about getting back into the contest were ended after 63 minutes when Holebas scored a fourth goal after fine approach play down the left-hand channel of the area by Ighalo.

    The Nigerian then cleverly pulled the ball back for the left back to place a well-struck shot past Adrian, who got a hand to the ball, but could not keep it out as West Ham's afternoon went from bad to worse.


    West Ham: Adrian, Byram, Reid, Collins, Masuaku, Kouyate, Noble, Antonio, Lanzini, Payet, Zaza

    Subs: Tore, Fletcher, Calleri

    Watford: Gomes, Janmaat, Britos, Kaboul, Cathcart, Holebas, Pereyra, Behrami, Capoue, Deeney, Ighalo

    Subs: Prodl, Success, Okaka

    MAN OF THE MATCH: Roberto Pereyra
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