Moyes Starts With Defeat
By Tom Dowsett
Monday 20 Nov 2017 14:10:00
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West Ham United remain in the relegation zone after the "new manager" effect didn't produce an upturn in fortunes as they fell to a 2-0 defeat to Watford at Vicarage Road on Sunday afternoon.

David Moyes made three changes from Slaven Bilic's last team selection, as Pablo Zabaleta returned from suspension and replaced Edimilson Fernandes who dropped to the bench. Andy Carroll and Marko Arnautovic came in for the injured Javier Hernández, while André Ayew missed the game through illness.

Antonio Martinez and Domingos Quina were included amongst the substitutes, as the Scot had stated in his pre-match news conference on Friday that he would name one or two members of the Development Squad in the eighteen, as they had impressed him in training.

With results going in their favour on Saturday, the Hammers were desperate to turn their away form around. 

It was Carroll's first league start since being sent off against Burnley in early October and he certainly made his presence felt right from the kick-off when he elbowed Marvin Zeegelaar in the face, causing the game to be held up for a considerable amount of time. 

However, when the action did resume the Irons were soon behind when a cross wasn't properly dealt with allowing Andre Gray to dispossess Pedro Obiang and although the former Burnley man made a mess of his attempt, it still fell invitingly for Will Hughes, who sent a curling effort past Joe Hart.

Although the Hornets were on top, the Irons also had their fair share of chances but weren't able to take advantage. Carroll had a header saved by Heurelho Gomes before Aaron Cresswell tried to beat the former Tottenham Hotspur stopper himself from long-range.

With half an hour gone, Marco Silva's men nearly doubled their lead but Hart did well to push Richarlison's effort away but the ball only fell to Kiko Femenia who fortunately sent his effort wide.

West Ham could have equalised when Mark Noble played a superb pass through to Cheikhou Kouyaté but unfortunately, Gomes was in the way.

Four minutes of stoppage time were added at the end of the half and deep into that, Gomes was to deny the Hammers again when he got a hand to Arnautovic's effort to clear the danger.

With the chances they had, the visitors must have wondered how they weren't on level terms at the break.

West Ham continued from where they had left off at the end of the first-half but they were again guilty of wasting chances, as Kouyaté had another great opportunity to level when Arnautovic raced to the byline and found his teammate in space but the midfielder fired well wide.

The travelling support certainly got the feeling that it wasn't going to be their day and it would only be a matter of time before Watford extended their advantage and on 64 minutes, that is exactly what happened. 

Winston Reid tried to clear but the ball fell to Hughes, who then found Richarlison and the Brazilian was able to comfortably slot past Hart.

Diafra Sakho was warming up on the sidelines before the teams reemerged for the start of the half and on 65 minutes, he came on to replace Carroll.

As in the first half, the game was broken up again as this time, Arnautovic went down injured and although he didn't want to come off, he was replaced by Arthur Masuaku but in his post-match interview with the BBC, the manager confirmed that the Austrian had only suffered a broken thumb.

West Ham thought they finally had some luck go their way when Manuel Lanzini thought he'd found the net but Christian Kabasele somehow cleared off the line.

Even with eight minutes of stoppage time signalled at the end of the game, they were still unable to break down Watford's resilience and the final whistle blew, meaning the search for an away win goes on.

It's a quick turnaround for Moyes now though, as he faces his first home game on Friday night, when Leicester City are the visitors to Stratford.

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