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Watford 1-1 West Ham United

By Shamoon HafezBBC Sport
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West Ham have lost just one of their past six league games

Substitute Andre Ayew scored a second-half equaliser to earn West Ham a Premier League point against Watford.

The hosts went ahead on three minutes through Troy Deeney's penalty after Mauro Zarate was brought down in the box by Cheikhou Kouyate.

Just three minutes later they could have doubled their advantage but M'Baye Niang's powerful drive flew narrowly over the crossbar.

The game was held up for a lengthy period just before half-time when Watford's Zarate went down with a knee injury. He was taken to hospital for a scan to determine the extent of the problem.

Watford goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes brilliantly kept out Jose Fonte's header with a full-stretch save, before Michail Antonio's low shot struck both posts and Ayew was on hand to tuck in the rebound.

Hammers midfielder Antonio was dismissed with five minutes to go after receiving a second yellow card for deliberate handball.

The result moved both sides up a place in the table. The Hornets climbed to 12th, while the Hammers go ninth.

Relive the draw between Watford and West Ham

Mixed match for West Ham

Watford 1-1 West Ham: It's two points lost - Slaven Bilic

Slaven Bilic's side had fallen behind early in the game, but showed their fight by continuing to push forward and getting their reward in the second half to gain a point.

Striker Ayew came off the bench to claim just his second goal in a Hammers shirt as the ball kindly fell to him inside the box following Antonio's effort.

It was Ayew's 14th Premier League goal and the the Ghanaian has now netted against 13 different teams in the division.

Having hit the woodwork, former Nottingham Forest man Antonio should have got on the scoresheet but headed narrowly wide from close range after Aaron Cresswell's cross.

His unfortunate match got worse late on when he was given the first red card of his professional career.

Leaky Watford

Watford 1-1 West Ham: Walter Mazzarri says silly mistakes cost Hornets win

Deeney's spot-kick was his fourth goal in his past five games and Watford's only shot on target in the entire match.

Since the start of last season, Deeney has scored nine penalties, the joint highest tally with Tottenham's Harry Kane.

If they failed to trouble West Ham goalkeeper Darren Randolph after the penalty, it looked like the Hornets might at least hold out at the other end, but Walter Mazzarri's side now have just just one clean sheet in their past 16 games.

They could even have snatched a win in injury time, but substitute Isaac Success was not able to get any contact on Deeney's knock-down in the box.

Watford had Argentine Zarate - who won the penalty - taken off on a stretcher after appearing to twist his knee in the first half.

Man of the match - Michail Antonio (West Ham)

Michail Antonio
West Ham's driving force. His brilliant run and shot eventually resulted in the equaliser. His day was somewhat spoilt by the red card, but that came after he had brought the Hammers back into the game

'This season is to grow'

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic speaking to BBC Sport: "Considering we were in good form and how well we played today, especially in second half, it's two points dropped.

"On the other hand, considering we are playing away against a good team and we conceded an early goal, there's always a danger you will concede a second then you can lose the game.

"If you ask me which team today showed more quality in every department, especially on the ball, that was [us], especially in the second half. I told the guys we have to give them some credit."

Watford manager Walter Mazzarri speaking to BBC Sport: "I saw Mauro Zarate in a lot of pain. Unfortunately it is not a good sign. He was also making a lot of difference on the pitch. Hopefully it is not too bad. He was making a difference on the pitch.

"If we speak about the game, I didn't like how we went down in the second half.

"We also commit some silly mistakes that we can avoid. It's not acceptable to allow them a goal on counter-attack when you are winning 1-0. The injury didn't allow me to make all the substitutions I wanted.

"This is our first season and this season is to grow, to prepare and to grow. Year by year the objective is to make the next step forward."

Ton up under Bilic - the stats

  • Troy Deeney has scored nine of his 21 Premier League goals from penalties (43%).
  • Watford have kept only one clean sheet in their past 16 Premier League matches.
  • Jose Holebas picked up his 12th yellow card of the season in this match - more than any other Premier League player in 2016-17.
  • West Ham have now lost just one of their past seven Premier League away games (won three, drawn three, lost one).
  • Andre Ayew's goal was the 100th scored in the Premier League for West Ham under Slaven Bilic.

What next?

Watford host Southampton in the league next Saturday (kick-off 15:00 GMT), while West Ham face Chelsea on Monday, 6 March (kick-off 20:00 GMT).

Line-ups

Watford

  • 1Gomes
  • 22JanmaatBooked at 36minsSubstituted forCathcartat 52'minutes
  • 4Kaboul
  • 3Britos
  • 25HolebasBooked at 83mins
  • 29Capoue
  • 11Behrami
  • 8CleverleyBooked at 68mins
  • 21NiangSubstituted forSuccessat 82'minutes
  • 9Deeney
  • 20ZárateSubstituted forDoucouréat 45+9'minutesBooked at 79mins

Substitutes

  • 5Prödl
  • 10Success
  • 15Cathcart
  • 16Doucouré
  • 18Zuñiga
  • 33Okaka
  • 34Arlauskis

West Ham

  • 1Randolph
  • 8KouyatéBooked at 65mins
  • 23José Fonte
  • 2Reid
  • 3Cresswell
  • 16Noble
  • 14Obiang
  • 7Feghouli
  • 11SnodgrassSubstituted forA Ayewat 65'minutes
  • 10LanziniSubstituted forFernandesat 90+1'minutes
  • 30AntonioBooked at 86mins

Substitutes

  • 13Adrián
  • 19Collins
  • 20A Ayew
  • 22Byram
  • 26Masuaku
  • 28Calleri
  • 31Fernandes
Referee:
Craig Pawson
Attendance:
20,702

Match Stats

Home TeamWatfordAway TeamWest Ham
Possession
Home36%
Away64%
Shots
Home9
Away13
Shots on Target
Home1
Away2
Corners
Home4
Away6
Fouls
Home18
Away14

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Watford 1, West Ham United 1.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Troy Deeney (Watford) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right following a corner.

  4. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Miguel Britos (Watford) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by José Holebas.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Watford. Conceded by Cheikhou Kouyaté.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Aaron Cresswell (West Ham United).

  7. Post update

    Isaac Success (Watford) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, West Ham United. Edimilson Fernandes replaces Manuel Lanzini.

  9. Post update

    Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by José Holebas.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Watford. Conceded by Winston Reid.

  11. Dismissal

    Second yellow card to Michail Antonio (West Ham United) for hand ball.

  12. Post update

    Hand ball by Michail Antonio (West Ham United).

  13. Booking

    José Holebas (Watford) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  14. Post update

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

  15. Post update

    Foul by José Holebas (Watford).

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Watford. Isaac Success replaces M'Baye Niang.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Pedro Obiang (West Ham United).

  18. Post update

    Valon Behrami (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Booking

    Abdoulaye Doucouré (Watford) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  20. Post update

    Manuel Lanzini (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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