The great recent times for West Ham United the past fortnight had to end soon. And unfortunately it did Saturday, as their four game winning streak was halted in a 2-0 home defeat to Watford at the London Stadium.
It wasn’t the way Manuel Pellegrini would have wanted the busy holiday period to begin for his side, as the Hammers were slightly second best on the afternoon against the Hornets. The opening goal came in the 27th minute, as centerback Fabian Balbuena tripped fellow South American Robert Pereyra inside the West Ham penalty box.
Watford captain Troy Deeney converted his first penalty in four tries against Lukasz Fabianski three minutes later to give Javi Garcia’s side the lead.
As usual with their recent great form, West Ham created an array of chances. A resurgent Michail Antonio has been part of the magic, but he was unlucky to score another goal as he hit the woodwork two times in the contest.
And it fully became Watford’s day in the 87th minute, as Gerard Deulofeu showed his tremendous talent on a football field once more with a sublime finish past Fabianski to seal all three points for the visitors.
The Hammers will hope to get back to winning ways on Thursday, when they face off against a revitalized Southampton squad.