- Unhappy debut for Moyes
- Hart, Gomes make wild saves
- Hughes scores early
- Richarlison adds insurance
Will Hughes and Richarlison scored on either side of half time to lift Watford to a 2-0 win over visiting West Ham on Sunday at Vicarage Road.
It’s a debut loss for new Irons boss David Moyes, whose club remains in the Premier League’s 18th position.
Watford rises to eighth, with 18 points.
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West Ham looked bright and industrious in the first 10 minutes, yet Watford had a lead in the 11th.
Andre Gray whiffed on a shot, and the ball bobbled to Hughes for an advantageous finish.
Watford was on the back foot for much of the latter stages in the first half. A slick one-touch endeavor ended with Heurelho Gomes getting a piece of Cheikhou Kouyate‘s low shot.
Gomes then twice denied Marko Arnautovic, the first an incredible leg save.
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Kouyate and Abdoulaye Doucoure traded chances early in the second half, with neither on frame.
Andre Gray and Doucoure worked a fine 58th minute chance, with Winston Reid‘s slight deflection stopping Gray from curling inside the far post. Joe Hart made a terrific save as Watford then pressed off the ensuing corner kick.
Richarlison put it away, essentially, with a 64th minute goal. Hughes handled the ball in the run-up, but the Brazilian’s finish was electrifying.
It’s Richarlison’s fifth PL goal of the season, matching his half-season total with Fluminese.
Christian Kabasele blocked a Lanzini rip off the line in the 74th minute as the Irons kept battling for an unlikely comeback.