West Ham 2-4 Watford: Hornets stunning comeback sees Hammers melt down

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  • Ruthless Ighalo the difference maker
  • Adrian struggles in loss
  • Mazzarri gets first Hornets win

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.

Odion Ighalo, Jose Holebas, and Troy Deeney also scored for the Hornets, while Dimitri Payet found Michail Antonio for two first half goals.

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.