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Etienne Capoue‘s 53rd minute goal completed a huge comeback for Watford, who overturned a two-goal deficit to pick up a 4-2 away win at West Ham United.
The win was the first for Watford boss Walter Mazzarri. Their four points are one more than 17th place West Ham.
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The second minute saw Heurelho Gomes under duress, as the Watford keeper made a sweeping leg save through traffic and parried a second out for a corner.
At the other end, Odion Ighalo raced down the left side but bent a shot off the outside of net. Bright start.
That’s when Antonio turned Dimitri Payet’s corner past a diving Gomes to give West Ham the lead, then dropping onto the turf to do the “Dolphin” in celebration.
Daryl Janmaat then nearly passed a West Ham cross into his own goal before Ighalo missed a clear goal-scoring opportunity.
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Payet worked Britos ragged, using a Rabona cross to find Antonio for a diving header. It was 2-0, at Watford looked cooked.
Ighalo then embarrassed Scott Byram with a bevy of 1v1 moves before his shots careened off James Collins‘ knee to make it 2-1 in the 41st minute.
Collins and Adrian had a nightmare at the back end, and Deeney chipped the keeper to tie it in the third minute of first half stoppage.
Capoue made it 3-2 when he lashed a left-footed shot off the near post and behind Adrian, completing a good bit of team play from Watford.
And Holebas piled misery on the hosts, dispossessing Payet and then getting on the end of a 1-2 with Ighalo. His shot should’ve been better handled by Adrian.