- Will Hughes scored first Premier League goal by sweeping in loose ball after West Ham failed to clear
- Andre Gray mis-hit shot bounced favourably for midfielder Hughes who slammed past keeper Joe Hart
- Watford goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes made three incredible saves late in the first half to deny the visitors
- Richarlison took advantage to fire home midway through the second half with a strong run and good finish
- West Ham manager David Moyes took charge of 500th Premier League game and first with the Hammers
- Watford boss Marco Silva in charge amid speculation linking him with the Everton job in previous weeks
Welcome to West Ham, David Moyes, and the dubious thrill of another relegation battle with a poor team, devoid of confidence and with revolt spreading at a perilous rate through the club’s fan base.
If he dared to hope anything would be easier than the basket case he inherited at Sunderland, last season, Moyes might have to think again after starting his new job in dismal fashion at Watford.
Goals by Will Hughes and Richarlison condemned West Ham to their seventh defeat in a dozen Premier League games, leaving them locked inside the bottom three, but there was so much more by way of despair for the new boss.
MATCH FACTS, RATINGS, PREMIER LEAGUE TABLE AND MATCH ZONE
Watford (3-5-2): Gomes 7.5; Mariappa 6.5, Kabasele 7, Britos 6.5; Femenia 6.5 (Holebas 86), Hughes 7.5 (Pereyra 84), Doucoure 6.5, Cleverley 7.5, Zeegelaar 6.5; Richarlison 8, Gray 7 (Carrillo 90).
Subs not used: Karnezis, Prodl, Capoue, Okaka.
Goals: Hughes 11, Richarlison 64
Manager: Marco Silva 6.5
West Ham (4-3-3): Hart 6.5; Zabaleta 5, Reid 6, Ogbonna 6, Cresswell 5.5; Kouyate 4.5, Noble 6, Obiang 5; Arnautovic 5 (Masuaku 74, 5), Carroll 5 (Sakho 65, 5), Lanzini 5.
Subs not used: Adrian, Fernandes, Rice, Quina, Martinez.
Booked: Carroll, Arnautovic, Obiang, Noble.
Manager: David Moyes 5
Referee: Andre Marriner 6
His team were wasteful in front of goal and fragile at the back and their pedestrian pace was brutally exposed by Watford’s quick-minded midfielders, slick passing and the power of Richarlison.
Andy Carroll, who should be West Ham’s greatest asset, showed further signs of becoming a total liability and, off the pitch, the mood is turning toxic.
Fans in the away end at Vicarage Road vented their anger the Board, turned on Carroll and sang with gallows humour about the prospect of a London derby with Millwall in the Championship next season.
There was no personal anti-Moyes abuse but nor was there a warm welcome for the man chosen to succeed Slaven Bilic and who was taking charge of his 500th game as a top-flight manager.
It made for a surreal occasion because there was a notable lack of affection from home fans towards Marco Silva despite Watford’s desire, energy and deserved win which lifts them up to eighth.
Silva is wanted by Everton, who displayed no interest in him when he was on his way out of Hull City in the summer but, six months later, are ready to move heaven and earth and pay £10millino to get their hands on him.
Silva, it appears, would like the chance to leave, and who can blame him? Watford’s sacking culture under Gino Pozzo means they hardly represent a secure future for any manager.
And, as always, a giant banner in honour of the Italian owner unfurled before kick-off, just in case there was any doubt about where the real power lies at Vicarage Road.
The only question was whether the team had been unsettled by Everton’s intrusion into their affairs.
The answer was soon clear as they moved into an early lead when Hughes pounced on a miscued effort by Andre Gray and claimed his first goal since a transfer from Derby, in the summer.
Until then, the encounter had been unruly and disjointed with Carroll making life uncomfortable for Watford’s defenders.
Dutch wing-back Marvin Zeegelaar made his club debut with cotton-wool plugs in his nostrils after an aerial challenge with West Ham’s centre-forward in the opening 10 seconds.
Whether it was a foul or not, it was a dumb move by Carroll, starting his first game since a red card at Burnley and immediately turned his physical style into an issue for referee Andre Marriner.
Each moment of contact was exaggerated by opponents and the home crowd.
Marriner booked him in the first half and Carroll lacked control, which did nothing to help his team establish a grip on the contest.
Watford in contrast zipped the ball fluently. Hughes and Tom Cleverley were influential in midfield and Richarlison caused havoc whenever he picked up the ball and ran at West Ham.
Joe Hart denied the young Brazilian in the first half and produced a fine save from Adrian Mariappa before conceding the second.
Richarlison collected a pass from Hughes, breezed past Winston Reid and drove it low past Hart to effectively secure the points.
West Ham, having taken more than half-an-hour to stir as an attacking force, could not find a way to beat Heurelho Gomes.
With the score at 1-0, Gomes foiled Cheikhou Kouyate and then produced a double-save to frustrate Marko Arnautovic, beating out his header and then blocking his follow-up attempt with a boot.
Early in the second half, Arnautovic created a glorious opening for Kouyate only to see the midfielder arrive in the penalty box and inexplicably miss the target with a simple side-footer from 10 yards.
Adding to the general feeling of mayhem, Arnautovic was substituted after a suffering what was clearly a very painful thumb injury but while shouting at Moyes to let him continue.
Christian Kabasele produced a terrific goal-line clearance from Manuel Lanzini but by then, Richarlison had made it 2-0 and the away fans were well into the full repertoire of protest songs.
‘Sack the Board’ they chorused and hurled abuse at co-owners David Gold and David Sullivan and vice-chair Karren Brady.
They sang ‘you’re not fit to wear the shirt’ and taunted Carroll in reference to his comments about their loyalty after the defeat against Liverpool and they booed them down the tunnel at the final whistle.
Welcome back to the touchline David Moyes. Have you missed it?
Source: Daily Mail UK