West Ham United needed a positive response after last week’s drubbing at Brighton last weekend. And on Saturday at the London Stadium, they indeed received just that.
Goals from Javier Hernandez and Marko Arnautovic capped off a fine 2-0 victory for the Hammers over Watford, as David Moyes’ side produced a performance that will have fans be a little more at ease in the upcoming fortnight.
It really was a complete display from West Ham in the contest, as Moyes was obviously buoyed by the return of Arnautovic and Michail Antonio to the starting lineup. The latter was practically electric throughout the contest, producing the perfect crossing assist for Hernandez to head home in the 38th minute to give the Hammers the lead.
Despite the Hornets impressive 4-1 victory over Chelsea, Javi Garcia’s side never was able to challenge Adrian with a save he couldn’t make, as the Hornets pressure in the second half to equalize was blunted by solid defensive organization from Moyes’ men. And the crucial insurance goal for the home side was secured in the 78th minute, when Arnautovic was awarded for his quality day to slam home from close range.
It’s a win that puts West Ham at 30 points and solidly midtable for at least the middle of March. And with the FA Cup 5th Round being next week, West Ham will have a fortnight break before facing off against Liverpool at Anfield on February 24.