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Summary

  1. Watford XI: Gomes, Nyom, Cathcart, Britos, Ake, Capoue, Watson, Abdi, Deeney, Anya, Ighalo.
  2. West Ham XI: Adrian, Jenkinson, Collins, Tomkins, Cresswell, Noble, Kouyate, Lanzini, Payet, Moses, Carroll.

Live Reporting

By Patrick Jennings

All times stated are UK

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Watford 2-0 West Ham

Right then, that's it from me. 

But you can follow all the reaction to this match and Saturday's other games over here.

Bye now!

FULL-TIME

Watford 2-0 West Ham

And that is that!

A deserved win for Watford. 

Watford 2-0 West Ham

Almost another! 

Troy Deeney denied as Carl Jenkinson dashes across goal to clear with his head.

Watford 2-0 West Ham

The ref may as well end this early...

Watford 2-0 West Ham

The Hammers are still gamely plugging away but that James Collins red really took the stuffing out of them. 

Watford 2-0 West Ham

FIVE minutes added on, but surely that's not enough...

Watford 2-0 West Ham

This one's winding down now. 

Enner Valencia is played through on goal over the top but handles as he brings it down. 

Andy Carroll blasts the ball wide in frustration.

RED CARD for West Ham - James Collins

Watford 2-0 West Ham

James Collins is off! A hack at Odion Ighalo!

Surely that is it now, and James Tomkins picks up a yellow for dissent too. 

Ighalo is hobbling off...

James Collins
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Watford 2-0 West Ham

Big cheer from the home fans as Troy Deeney tracks back to win the ball in defence. 

Are they home and hosed?

Troy Deeney
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Watford 2-0 West Ham

Is there a way back for West Ham? 

Was Enner Valencia's moment the one that could have changed the game? Since he hit the post the away side haven't come close really.

SUBSTITUTION

Watford 2-0 West Ham

Two changes.Almen Abdi is off for Valon Behrami for Watford.

The final one for West Ham sees Mark Noble coming off for Nikica Jelavic. 

A final roll?

Watford 2-0 West Ham

This time it's fantastic defending from Craig Cathcart!

With Andy Carroll right on him, he clears Carl Jenkinson's dazzling cross from practically under his own bar.  

From the corner, Heurelho Gomes claims.

Watford 2-0 West Ham

My, oh my, how that goal would have change the last 20 minutes of this game...

CLOSE!

Watford 2-0 West Ham

What a chance! What a let-off!

Craig Cathcart is in the bar already, juggling the ball around before playing a backpass that's intercepted by Enner Valencia. 

The West Ham striker crashes the ball against the post! And Andy Carroll can't make anything of the rebound. 

SUBSTITUTION

Watford 2-0 West Ham

A change for Watford now. 

Ikechi Anya is off. He's run his race very quickly indeed today. 

With just under 25 to play Juan Carlos Paredes is his defensive replacement.

YELLOW CARD

Watford 2-0 West Ham

Allan Nyom goes into the book for a foul on Enner Valencia, clipped him down with the Ecuadorian approaching full stride. 

Dimitri Payet delivers a poor ball, claimed by Heurelho Gomes

Watford 2-0 West Ham

Still though, West Ham are starting to state their case a bit more here. 

They were quiet as a shrinking shrew that opening 45, but since going two behind (and surviving that ridiculous five-minute onslaught after Ighalo's second) they've at least been a bit brighter. 

Dmitri Payet whips in a cross, Allan Nyom steers comfortably clear, but Enner Valencia wants a penalty for the challenge under Etienne Capoue... in truth there's nothing in it.

Dimitri Payet
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Watford 2-0 West Ham

Oh, Andy Carroll, you are not Marco van Basten. 

Think Euro '88 volley from that angle. 

That's probably what flashed through Carroll's mind, but instead of searing top volley drama we've got a floppy bobble, skuffed off the flank of his shoe.

At least it was a shot? West Ham haven't had many...

Watford 2-0 West Ham

Lovely stuff from Watford!

Etienne Capoue sends us all with a dummy that's actually a pass into Troy Deeney, the striker flicks on gracefully (well, gracefully for Deeney) but Almen Abdi spoils the party by firing over Adrian's bar. 

Watford 2-0 West Ham

What is Slaven Bilic thinking now? He's seen his side go 2-0 behind almost straight away after making those two half-time substitutions. 

What to do?

There really doesn't look like any way back for the Hammers from here.   

'Ighalo confidence'

Watford 2-0 West Ham

Trevor Sinclair

Former England winger on Final Score

"That's the confidence of a striker who has scored a goal in the first half. I looked at this game for West Ham and thought, sitting third in the table, they were expected to win it, but there has been a little bit of complacency."  

Watford 2-0 West Ham

Ikechi Anya is so rapid!

He burns a path down the West Ham left, finds Odio Ighalo with a deep cross but West Ham recover in numbers. 

They are rattled here, the Hammers. They need goals, they need to pour forward, but they know Anya is such a threat on the counter.

CLOSE!

Watford 2-0 West Ham

My, oh my, Watford are all over West Ham here!

Troy Deeney with an abysmal finish though - the goal was at his mercy with the ball on the edge of the box. 

What was that? Prodded, over? He just stumbled into the ball!

CLOSE!

Watford 2-0 West Ham

And Ighalo should have a third!

Adrian saves down low as the Watford striker goes for a placed finish. 

GOAL - Watford 2-0 West Ham

Odion Ighalo

Erm, maybe not...

No disputing this one! Odion Ighalo doubles Watford's lead right after the break!

Lovely through ball from Troy Deeny to Ikechi Anya who squares for a simple finish.

Watford
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Watford 1-0 West Ham

Back under way at Vicarage Road then. There's been a double change for West Ham.

Enner Valencia and Mauro Zarate are on, with Manuel Lanzini and Victor Moses off.

A second-half turnaround?

Watford 1-0 West Ham

Right then, I'm blaming a dodgy angle for this but it's Odion Igahlo's goal - the Watford striker got a touch.  

His celebration might have been a tell-tale sign. Of the 'wheeled away in delight' variety. A striker wouldn't lie now, would they?

HALF-TIME

Just the one minute added on ends with Watford pressing West Ham further back on the ropes. 

The Hammers have their work to do.

Watford 1-0 West Ham

Well it seems like everybody apart from me has given that goal to Odion Ighalo. 

I've seen a few replays since and it really did look like Aaron Cresswell turned it in sliding ahead of the Watford striker.

Certainly worth another look to see if Ighalo got a touch - he'll not turn it down!

'What was he thinking?'

Watford 1-0 West Ham

Chris Sutton

Former Norwich striker on Final Score

"I don't know what he was thinking? Just put your foot through it, get rid or put it out for a corner, anything. Ighalo was bright enough to anticipate it, but it's a dreadful mistake. I think he's tried a Cruyff turn in his own box, never do that."  

Watford 1-0 West Ham

Slaven Bilic is not going to be a happy man in that West Ham dressing room.

His team haven't turned up and have gone a goal behind in highly ridiculous circumstances.

The Hammers have got just a few minutes to cheer this man up before half-time...

GOAL - Watford 1-0 West Ham

Odion Ighalo

Well Watford deserve it but this is bizarre! 

West Ham hit the self-destruct button as Odion Ighalo turns in a Nathan Ake cross. At first glance it looked like an Aaron Cresswell own goal, but after several replays, it's the big man's.

Ake had nicked the ball off Andy Carroll dallying in his own penalty box. Silliness!

Watford celebrate
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Watford 0-0 West Ham

Odio Ighalo with the skills! He slides past Carl Jenkinson with a lovely little feint and cuts back across goal... 

Comes to nothing though, Almen Abdi fluffs his lines. In fairness the ball wasn't great.

Watford 0-0 West Ham

Watford with another penalty claim - they think James Collins handled, but either way it was outside the box. 

Adrian then denies Odion Ighalo from a tight angle. Straight at him. But that's yet another shot to stop. West Ham haven't hit the target yet.

By the way, Kouyate's been waved back on, he's fine.   

Watford 0-0 West Ham

Cheikhou Kouyate goes down after a challenge with Miguel Britos in the air. 

Looks OK, but the West Ham physios are on taking a look. 

Watford 0-0 West Ham

Ikechi Anya's been the closest to West Ham's goal so far - his average position's pretty much been that of a striker judging by the graphic below. 

The midfielder's been running through the lines, and looks a real threat playing off Odion Ighalo and Troy Deeney.

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Watford 0-0 West Ham

Oooh! That should have been a lot closer. Miguel Britos hammers over with a header off a Ben Watson free kick. 

He had loads of space, rose really well, but no dice.

Watford 0-0 West Ham

Victor Moses is always a threat with his pace though - played in by Andy Caroll, his only hope is to run it alone from a tight angle, two defenders covering. 

He was probably running too fast - seemed to lose his balance as he let fly, his shot dribbles across goal. 

Watford 0-0 West Ham

West Ham fading a bit here. 

Watford are finding spaces between the lines - Akechi Anya in particular with some brilliant dribbling through the middle just now. Troy Deeney and Odion Ighalo yet to find that telling combination though.  

Andy Carroll's been a bit isolated for the Hammers.   

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Watford 0-0 West Ham

The ball's mostly been with the away side so far, but it's Watford who've come closest to scoring through Nathan Ake's header.

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