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West Ham 2-0 Watford: Hammers ease to victory

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  • Hernandez, Arnautovic score
  • West Ham move to 30 points, level with Watford
  • Hammers bounce back from Brighton defeat

West Ham United beat Watford 2-0 at London Stadium on Saturday with goals in each half from Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez and Marko Arnautovic doing the damage.

Hernandez nodded home in the first half, while the brilliant Arnautovic poked home late on to seal the win.

With the three points the Hammers move level on 30 points with Watford as David Moyes continues to win over his doubters and lead West Ham towards Premier League safety.

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Adrian Mariappa went close early on for Watford as the away team settled well.

At the other end Marko Arnautvoic (sporting a new blonde hairdo) wriggled free in the box, and had a shout for a penalty kick, then Joao Mario’s shot was saved well down low by Karnezis.

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The Hammers continued to look the more likely to score as Hernandez had a header chalked off for being offside. It was a close call but Mexico’s all-time leading

Etienne Capoue shot after Troy Deeney went down in the box, at the other end Arnautovic hit straight at the goalkeeper from close range but the Hammers did go ahead before the break.

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Michail Antonio‘s left wing cross found Hernandez at the back post and he got away from his marker, Marvin Zeegelaar, before he nodded home.

In the second half Watford did plenty of pressing and Gerard Deulofeu went close with a free kick which Adrian saved well.

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At the other end Hernandez broke free but was twice denied by Karnezis and then Arnautovic capped up his fine display by poking home from close range after Watford failed to clear Aaron Cresswell‘s cross.

Game. Set. Match.

Reports: West Ham will sign Evra for remainder of season

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Patrice Evra on one side and Pablo Zabaleta on the other?

What are Nemanja Vidic and Martin Demichelis up to?

That theoretical back four won’t be getting together at the London Stadium for West Ham United, but left back Evra could be joining right back Zabaleta with the Irons as soon as Wednesday.

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Reports say Evra, who left Marseille earlier this season after kicking a fan in a disgraceful prematch incident, is set to join old boss David Moyes at West Ham for the rest of the season.

West Ham sits 12th, but is just three points out of 18th. Left-sided man Arthur Masuaku has been pretty darn good for the Irons, but was suspended for spitting at Nick Powell during FA Cup play. Aaron Cresswell played in his stead as the left wingback in a 3-5-2.

The 3-5-2 should provide Evra more comfort in building up his game, but will perhaps demand a bit more run-up to match fitness.

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West Ham 1-1 Bournemouth: Honors even

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  • West Ham are unbeaten in their last 7 games in all competitions
  • Bournemouth are unbeaten in five PL games 
  • Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez with his first goal since Oct. 28

West Ham United and Bournemouth played out a tight 1-1 draw at the London Stadium on Saturday.

David Moyes‘ side had plenty of chances throughout but Bournemouth took the lead through Ryan Fraser‘s fine strike. 64 seconds after going ahead Eddie Howe‘s men conceded with Mexico’s Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez scoring in predatory fashion to nick a point for the Hammers.

With the point both teams keep their unbeaten runs going as West Ham are five points above the relegation zone in 11th, with Bournemouth four points above the bottom three in 12th.

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Aaron Cresswell smashed a shot on goal from distance early on as the Hammers started well and Mark Noble volleyed an effort just over.

Bournemouth’s goalkeeper Asmir Begovic then produced a moment of magic.

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A fine ball into the  box was found Arnautovic and his shot was tipped over by Begovic from point-blank range with a wonderful stop.

Bournemouth fought their way back into the game with some fine clearances from West Ham keeping the Cherries at bay. Lewis Cook clipped a shot inches wide of the far post after a wonderful short corner routine as the away side hung in there.

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West Ham came close early in the second half as Manuel Lanzini dinked a ball to the back post which just missed everyone, then Lanzini couldn’t quite get on the end of a cross to the back post.

Bournemouth, slightly against the run of the play, then went ahead as Fraser finished well to put the Cherries in front to keep his good form going.

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However, the Cherries were ahead for 64 seconds as a long ball forward was flicked on by Cheikhou Kouyate which found Arnautovic and although his shot was blocked, Hernandez was on hand to finish and score his fifth goal for West Ham. 1-1.

Adrian then made a fantastic save to deny Junior Stanislas from distance with a stunning finish set up in east London but neither side could grab another goal to snatch a vital three points.

Moyes: West Ham “miles away” from how he wants to play

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David Moyes is “thrilled” that West Ham United managed a point at Tottenham Hotspur on Thursday at Wembley Stadium, giving his side four points in three days and 15th place in the Premier League.

West Ham’s Pedro Obiang scored an outstanding goal in the 1-1 draw, and the Irons stayed stacked at the back to limit Spurs chances despite an outlandish 31-3 disadvantage in shot attempts.

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Moyes was also down Aaron Cresswell, Marko Arnautovic, Jose Fonte, Andy Carroll, and several others against a much better and deeper Spurs team. So even though the Irons aren’t playing in a way he enjoys, they are getting the job done in a precarious position.

From the BBC:

“We had no time to prepare, only this morning. Great credit to the players, we are having to work really hard. I was delighted we were having a shot. But it was more surprise and disbelief that we had taken the lead, Spurs had so many chances but there is another side to football if you haven’t got the best players.

“We’re miles away from how I want us to play but we are doing some things right. We are defending well which gives us a chance against the top teams. I want the players to look up the table.”

West Ham heads to Shrewsbury Town on Sunday in the FA Cup before a Jan. 13 league date at Huddersfield Town.

Manchester City 2-1 West Ham: Silva the hero this time

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  • Ogbonna put West Ham 1-0 up in 1st half
  • West Ham out-shot Man City in 1st half for efforts on target
  • Otamendi, Silva score to complete 2nd half comeback

Manchester City may have its flaws, but Pep Guardiola is a master at covering them up.

A swarming second half performance saw Manchester City complete its second come-from-behind victory in as many Premier League games with a vicious final 45 minutes that saw Nicolas Otamendi score the equalizer and David Silva win it with seven minutes remaining.

The two City goals overshadowed a solid performance from the Hammers, especially in the first half, who found themselves in front at halftime thanks to a goal from Angelo Ogbonna. David Moyes shuffled the deck with Michail Antonio up front as the lone striker and benching Marko Arnautovic for 21-year-old Swiss Edimilson Fernandes. He also was forced to play Adrian in goal with Joe Hart ineligible against his parent club, and the Spaniard came up big on multiple occasions.

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West Ham defended quite well throughout the first half, with Man City holding over 70% possession but hardly finding a shot on net, while the Hammers didn’t simply park the bus but instead pushed forward hard when they were able to win the ball.

In the seventh minute, Antonio nearly had the opener as Cheikhou Kouyate flicked on a corner at the near post and it floated perfectly to the far post but it was just out of reach of the Hammers striker. City had their best chance of the first half as David Silva ripped a shot from outside the box that deflected off a defender’s back, but Adrian was there to acrobatically tip it over the bar.

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West Ham, surprisingly the better side in the first half, eventually earned a stunning opener just a few minutes before the halftime whistle. The Hammers took a short corner that allowed Aaron Cresswell to work some more space, and his cross reached the head of Ogbonna who struck it magnificently to dispatch the game’s first goal past Ederson.

After halftime, Pep Guardiola brought on Gabriel Jesus to keep the ball in West Ham’s half, and the change worked to perfection. The Brazilian made a stellar run through the right side of the box and he fed Nicolas Otamendi in front of net for the equalizer before the hour mark.

The league leaders pummeled the West Ham back line the entire second half searching for a winner. Adrian was required again to deny Jesus with 20 minutes to go, while Raheem Sterling whiffed on an absolute sitter at the right post.

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With City pouring men forward, it was only a matter of time. In the 83rd minute, Kevin De Bruyne lofted a ball towards a host of streaking City attackers, and David Silva met it at the back post with a fabulously ugly finish, having to throw his foot at the ball under pressure from the defender, and he connected for the winner.

The win gives City an eight point lead at the top of the Premier League table, and their 13th straight victory in league play equals the Premier League record. West Ham, meanwhile, suffers its fourth defeat in its last five matches and remains in the relegation zone, three points from safety.