West Ham ended a run of four consecutive Premier League wins with defeat to Watford at the London Stadium.
Troy Deeney scored from the penalty spot after half an hour, with Fabian Balbuena gifting the Hornets a spot-kick. Gerard Deulofeu scored a second for the visitors minutes before full-time.
Failure to win prevented the Hammers from jumping into the top half of the table, with Watford, who were level on points with West Ham before the game, now sitting in 7th place to West Ham’s 12th.
The Hammers will now face Southampton and Burnley before the end of the calendar year, and will be hoping to end the year on a high.
Here is how we rated West Ham’s players from this afternoon’s game.
Lukasz Fabianski - 7
The Polish stopper was unfortunate to be on the losing side, having made several high level saves throughout the match.
Pablo Zabaleta - 6
Really struggled to deal with Roberto Pereyra on Watford’s left, and was beaten too often.
Issa Diop - 5
Began the game very shaky and sloppy in possession, and grew into the game as it progressed. Not enough to better his rating, however.
Fabian Balbuena - 3
Gave away a penalty, was turned over more than once and was clumsy on the ball – all in the 35 minutes before he went off injured for Angelo Ogbonna. Not one to remember.
Arthur Masuaku - 5
Won his tackles frequently enough, but never inspired confidence and always looked as if a mistake was in the offing.
Declan Rice - 6
Was involved and got himself about a bit, but didn’t match up to the physical challenge posed by Watford’s midfielders. Was too defensive to create opportunities.
Mark Noble - 5
Couldn’t find his footing in midfield and after a failed attempt at playing from width, was withdrawn for Andy Carroll.
Robert Snodgrass - 6
Started brightly, although the Scotsman couldn’t operate in the pockets of space he’s used to. Faded in the second as the game began to drag.
Felipe Anderson - 6
Opposite of Snodgrass. Wasn’t influential in the first 45 but grew with the game, but couldn’t do enough to spark his side into gear.
Michail Antonio - 5
Constant running put Watford under pressure often, but his crossing was often lacking. Missed a sitter late on.
Javier Hernandez - 5
Nothing went right for him, so one to put to the back of his mind and move on from.