The Hammers registered their first win of the the new season by beating Watford 3-1 at Vicarage Road.
West Ham started the match strongly by taking the lead courtesy of a penalty from Mark Noble. However, Watford equalised thanks to Andre Gray who cashed in on a pass from Will Hughes in the 17th minute.
The first half ended 1-1 and in the second half, Watford had a good chance to take the lead but Hughes failed to score from Gray’s pass.
West Ham restored the lead in the 64th minute thanks to Sebastien Haller who netted his first Premier League goal. Just 9 minutes later, the Frenchman netted his second of the match to put the Hammers 3-1 ahead.
Manuel Pellegrini’s side are currently 13th in the league table after today’s win. They next take on Newport County in the FA Cup on Tuesday before playing Norwich City.
Now, we will take a look at four findings from today’s match.
5. Noble shines in midfield
15 years back on this very day, Mark Noble made his debut for the Hammers against Southend United.
15 years on, the 32-year-old put in a fine performance and scored the penalty that put West Ham in front. A lot will be expected from Noble as Pellegrini’s side will hope to finish as high as they can this season.
4. Rice impresses in the heart of defence
The 19-year old put in a fine showing in central defence today, making life hard for the Watford attackers. Provided Rice keeps on producing similar performances for the rest of the season, he might even find a place in England’s squad for Euro 2020.
3. Issa Diop keeps Deulofeu at bay
Whenever Watford play, a lot is expected from Gerard Deulofeu. However, the Spaniard was unable to do much damage to the Hammers thanks to Diop.
The Frenchman made a fine block early in the match to deny Deulofeu and prevented him from being much of a threat throughout the entirety of the
A much improved performance from the Hammers
Pellegrini’s side began this season poorly with a 5-0 drubbing against Manchester City. They then drew 1-1 with Brighton at the Amex.
However, we saw a much improved performance from the Hammers today. Solid in attack and resilient at the back, West Ham were all in all exceptional today.
Many more performances like this will be expected from the London club as the season progresses.
Sebastien Haller announces himself in the Premier League
The club’s record signing did not make much of an impact against Manchester City and Brighton. However, he was sensational today, scoring twice.
Haller who scored 20 goals and provided 12 assists for Eintracht Frankfurt last season, will hope to score many more goals this year. Provided he keeps on scoring at a good rate, West Ham’s £45m signing could earn a call-up to the France national team
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