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West Ham United 3-1 Watford

Andy Carroll
Andy Carroll has scored nine goals this season for West Ham

West Ham beat Watford in a dramatic encounter at Upton Park to maintain their push for a place in Europe.

Andy Carroll poked home his sixth goal in six matches, and Mark Noble added two penalties to put the hosts 3-0 up.

The first spot-kick was awarded after Jose Holebas felled Diafra Sakho, and Almen Abdi brought down Michail Antonio for the second after the break.

Sebastian Prodl hooked one back for Watford and they also earned a late penalty, but Troy Deeney saw it saved.

And in the final minute of injury time, Hornets winger Nordin Amrabat was sent off for picking up his second yellow card.

The Hammers remain sixth in the Premier League, still three points behind fifth-placed Manchester United after their 2-0 win over Crystal Palace.

Liverpool also beat Everton 4-0 on Wednesday and are two points behind West Ham in seventh.

Watford remain 12th and will now focus on Sunday's FA Cup semi-final at Wembley against Palace.

So many penalties

Both sides have had their fill of penalty action this week.

Carroll scored one for the Hammers before they conceded a late spot-kick and equaliser against Leicester on Sunday.

And Watford earned a 1-0 victory over West Brom on Saturday - their first win in seven league games - largely thanks to Heurelho Gomes' two penalty saves.

However, Gomes was not able to save his side for a third and fourth time in 135 minutes of play.

Noble slotted both penalties home with ease, after Carroll had given the Hammers the lead by poking in from close range after a pinpoint ball from Dimitri Payet.

Watford got in on the action late on, when Angelo Ogbonna was adjudged to have brought down goalscorer Prodl in the area, but Deeney - on as a second-half substitute - was denied by Adrian.

Fortress Upton Park

West Ham came up against a much-changed Watford side, as manager Quique Sanchez Flores kept seven first-team players rested for Sunday's trip to Wembley.

And the Hammers dispensed of the Hornets with ease to earn a new club record.

Slaven Bilic's side have now gone 15 games without losing at home in the Premier League - their last defeat at Upton Park coming against Bournemouth on 22 August.

The record came in the third-from-final game at Upton Park ahead of the Hammers' move to the Olympic Stadium.

Man of the match - Dimitri Payet

Dimitri Payet
He didn't get on the scoresheet, but Dimitri Payet was effective in attack for West Ham. The Frenchman set up Andy Carroll's opener, made a game-high eight crosses and also took four shots himself.

The stats you need to know

  • Andy Carroll has scored in three consecutive Premier League games for the first time in his career.
  • Dimitri Payet has had a hand in 18 league goals this season for West Ham, eight more than any other player - nine goals, nine assists.
  • West Ham have scored from the penalty spot in back-to-back Premier League games for the first time since December 2009.
  • Mark Noble has scored 17 of his 20 penalties in the Premier League (85%).
  • Only Norwich (nine) have given away more penalties than Watford and West Ham this season in the Premier League (both eight).

What the managers said

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic: "We can say they had half of their mind on the weekend and they rested players, but their line-up still had internationals.

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West Ham 3-1 Watford: We should've scored more - Bilic

"We are victims of our success as the bar is always rising. We are coping with that well. This game was a big one because I told the players 'the season is good or very good anyway but after this game are we going to look up and try to catch those teams'. Still we have to look down as Liverpool are in good form."

Watford manager Quique Sanchez Flores: "The application was very good from us. We conceded really early and then it was very tough to play against a tough team like West Ham as they had confidence.

"In the second half, we reacted really well but not good enough to reduce three goals.

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Watford all fit for FA Cup semi-final - Flores

"We have used a lot of players recently and the plan was to try to conserve and be fit for the weekend. Practically all of the players will be fit for the weekend."

What next?

West Ham travel to West Brom on Saturday, 30 April, while Watford make the short journey to Wembley for the FA Cup semi-final against Crystal Palace on Sunday.

Line-ups

West Ham

  • 13Adrián
  • 30Antonio
  • 2Reid
  • 21Ogbonna
  • 3Cresswell
  • 16Noble
  • 8Kouyaté
  • 28Lanzini
  • 15SakhoSubstituted forMosesat 78'minutes
  • 9CarrollSubstituted forEmenikeat 87'minutes
  • 27PayetSubstituted forCollinsat 90+3'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Randolph
  • 5Tomkins
  • 14Obiang
  • 19Collins
  • 20Moses
  • 22Byram
  • 29Emenike

Watford

  • 1Gomes
  • 14Paredes
  • 5PrödlBooked at 22mins
  • 15Cathcart
  • 25Holebas
  • 17GuédiouraSubstituted forAnyaat 57'minutes
  • 8Behrami
  • 4SuárezBooked at 71mins
  • 22AbdiSubstituted forDeeneyat 76'minutes
  • 7JuradoSubstituted forBerghuisat 56'minutes
  • 11AmrabatBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 2Nyom
  • 3Britos
  • 9Deeney
  • 18Pantilimon
  • 20Berghuis
  • 21Anya
  • 23Watson
Referee:
Mike Dean
Attendance:
34,857

Match Stats

Home TeamWest HamAway TeamWatford
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home18
Away7
Shots on Target
Home7
Away4
Corners
Home4
Away2
Fouls
Home11
Away17

Live Text

Match ends, West Ham United 3, Watford 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, West Ham United 3, Watford 1.

Substitution

Substitution, West Ham United. James Collins replaces Dimitri Payet.

Dismissal

Second yellow card to Nordin Amrabat (Watford) for a bad foul.

Foul by Nordin Amrabat (Watford).

Winston Reid (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Watford. Conceded by Adrián.

Penalty saved! Troy Deeney (Watford) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom left corner.

Penalty Watford. Sebastian Prödl draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Angelo Ogbonna (West Ham United) after a foul in the penalty area.

Corner, Watford. Conceded by Adrián.

Attempt blocked. Manuel Lanzini (West Ham United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Valon Behrami (Watford).

Mark Noble (West Ham United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, West Ham United. Emmanuel Emenike replaces Andy Carroll.

Nordin Amrabat (Watford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Victor Moses (West Ham United).

Attempt missed. Manuel Lanzini (West Ham United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Michail Antonio with a through ball.

Attempt saved. Victor Moses (West Ham United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Andy Carroll with a through ball.

Foul by José Holebas (Watford).

Victor Moses (West Ham United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Juan Carlos Paredes (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Andy Carroll (West Ham United).

Craig Cathcart (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Andy Carroll (West Ham United).

Substitution

Substitution, West Ham United. Victor Moses replaces Diafra Sakho.

Substitution

Substitution, Watford. Troy Deeney replaces Almen Abdi.

Booking

Nordin Amrabat (Watford) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Nordin Amrabat (Watford).

Cheikhou Kouyaté (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Steven Berghuis (Watford).

Angelo Ogbonna (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Mario Suárez (Watford) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Mario Suárez (Watford).

Manuel Lanzini (West Ham United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Steven Berghuis (Watford).

Angelo Ogbonna (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Steven Berghuis (Watford) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by José Holebas following a fast break.

Attempt saved. Andy Carroll (West Ham United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Dimitri Payet with a cross.

Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Juan Carlos Paredes.

goal

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