LONDON – Javier Hernandez and Marko Arnautovic have been on the right track as West Ham secured a vital 2-Zero win over Watford on Saturday to ease the London membership’s relegation fears.
West Ham moved degree with Watford 5 factors away from the English Premier League drop zone.
The victory, and efficiency, proved simply how far West Ham has come beneath David Moyes, whose first recreation in cost was a dispiriting 2-Zero defeat to Watford in November.
West Ham co-owner David Sullivan stated earlier than the sport that he can be stepping away from transfers following the membership’s failure to strengthen within the January window.
However marquee summer time signings Hernandez and Arnautovic are flourishing following the sluggish begins to the season which mirrored that of the crew.
Watford really carved open the primary alternatives of an open recreation, Etienne Capoue with a shot deflected over and, from the nook, Adrian Mariappa’s header forcing a sensible save from Hammers goalkeeper Adrian.
However when Arnautovic, match once more after three video games out injured, started to get on the ball West Ham seemed a very totally different crew, particularly to the one which surrendered so meekly at Brighton final weekend.
Arnautovic was introduced with an excellent probability when James Collins headed the ball throughout objective, solely to shoot too near Karnezis.
However moments later West Ham’s strain lastly informed when, not for the primary time, Michail Antonio tore previous Daryl Janmaat and crossed for the unmarked Hernandez to nod in his third objective in 5 video games.
Watford, having shocked Chelsea Four-1 on Monday, dominated after the break however with out actually testing Adrian, apart from a Gerard Deulofeu free kick which the Spanish goalkeeper palmed away at his close to submit.
Hernandez seemed odds on to double the lead with 20 minutes left when he sprung the offside lure and skipped previous Mariappa and Sebastian Prodl, however he dawdled momentarily and allowed Karnezis to smother the ball.
However seven minutes later Arnautovic wrapped up the win with the objective his show deserved, a close-range end after Watford did not clear Aaron Cresswell’s low cross.