MX23RW : Monday, July 16 06:50:36
Feb 10, 2018 at 3pm UK at ​London Stadium
Attendance: 56,197
West HamWest Ham United
2-0
Watford
Hernandez (38'), Arnautovic (78')
Zabaleta (45')
FT(HT: 1-0)

Prodl (90')

Result: West Ham United inflict first defeat on Javi Gracia's Watford

Javier Hernandez and Marko Arnautovic score the goals as West Ham United beat Watford 2-0 at the London Stadium for a first win in four Premier League matches.

West Ham United moved level on points with Watford in the Premier League table with a 2-0 victory over the Hornets at the London Stadium this afternoon.

Goals in either half from Javier Hernandez and Marko Arnautovic earned the Hammers a first win in four matches and inflicted a maiden defeat on new Watford boss Javi Gracia.

Javier Hernandez of West Ham United celebrates scoring their first goal against Watford on February 10, 2018© Offside

Arnautovic was back in the Hammers side and picked up where he left off prior to his hamstring injury.

The Austrian's fancy footwork led to an 11th-minute chance for Joao Mario, who was denied a first West Ham goal by a good block from the legs of Orestis Karnezis.

Javier Hernandez heads in for West Ham United against Watford but the goal is disallowed on February 10, 2018© Offside

Hernandez kept his place despite Arnautovic's return and was unfortunate not to give West Ham a 31st-minute lead when he directed a header past Karnezis from a free kick, only for the offside flag to be raised.

The Mexican did score his third goal in as many league games seven minutes later, another well-taken header from Michail Antonio's cross, helped by some weak defending from Marvin Zeegelaar in the six-yard box.

Javier Hernandez of West Ham United scores their first goal against Watford on February 10, 2018© Offside

Watford were every bit as good as West Ham in the first two thirds of the pitch, but struggled to create chances from open play with their best first-half effort coming via Adrian Mariappa's header straight at Adrian.

The visitors dominated the opening 25 minutes of the second period but the Hammers were organised and robust at the back to keep Troy Deeney quiet, so again Watford's best chances came from set pieces.

Gerard Deulofeu, the star of Monday's 4-1 thrashing of defending champions Chelsea, was again Watford's most dangerous player and his dipping 25-yard free kick forced Adrian into a diving save.

West Ham had a chance to wrap up victory on 72 minutes when Hernandez tried to go it alone rather than square to an unmarked Arnautovic, but his error did not prove costly as the Austrian scored six minutes later.

After a scramble in the penalty area, the ball fell kindly for the forward to poke past Karnezis from close range for his seventh goal in nine league matches either side of his recent layoff.

Both teams are now on 30 points, five clear of the relegation zone.

WEST HAM (5-3-2): Adrian; Zabaleta, Ogbonna, Collins, Cresswell, Antonio; Noble, Kouyate Joao Mario (Byram, 77'); Arnautovic (Rice, 84'), Hernandez (Hugill, 88')

WATFORD (4-3-3): Karnezis; Mariappa, Prodl, Holebas; Janmaat, Doucoure, Capoue, Zeegelaar (Pereyra, 56'); Deulofeu (Lukebakio, 75'), Deeney, Richarlison (Gray, 82')

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