David Moyes’ West Ham reign began with a 2-0 defeat by upwardly mobile Watford at Vicarage Road.The Scot’s hopes of a winning start in his 500th Premier League game as a manager were dashed by goals in either half from Will Hughes and Richarlison that left his new club in the bottom three and the size of the task facing him even clearer.For the hosts, it was another energetic and clinical performance that highlighted why coach Marco Silva is coveted by Everton.
Moyes, appointed as Slaven Bilic’s successor on 7 November, can feel aggrieved at an unpunished handball in the build-up to Richarlison’s strike, and lost £25m striker Marko Arnautovic with a suspected broken thumb in the second half.But he will have to build on an improved second-half spell by the Hammers, who were spectacularly denied by Watford keeper Heurelho Gomes.5 live’s Football Daily podcast: Moyes ‘really disappointed with performance’It was an impressive return to winning ways for the Hornets, whose early-season momentum had stalled with defeats in their previous three games, and the victory moves them up a place to eighth in the table.Hughes, the 22-year-old £8m summer signing from Derby County, scored with his first attempt on goal in the top flight, latching on to Andre Gray’s scuffed effort and smashing it past Joe Hart.The England goalkeeper was also beaten by Richarlison, who was a constant threat, but did well to stop Adrian Mariappa’s header to deny Watford a third after an hour.
What next for Silva?Watford fans, not to mention Evertonians, will be keen to see whether Portuguese Silva pushes for a move to Goodison Park.The money on offer from the Toffees’ billionaire owner Farhad Moshiri may turn his head, but it would not be an easy decision to walk out on this promising squad, balanced with youth and experience and fuelled by shrewd recruitment.”My players work with me. They know my commitment,” he told Sky Sports. “My future is tomorrow, and starting to prepare for the next game.”Some things we cannot control. I know what is in my hands, and that is planning for the session tomorrow.”
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For Watford supporters concerned at the prospect of Silva leaving, there is some consolation: the scouting team that identified Richarlison from Fluminense in Brazil and decided to take a chance on Hughes, long-linked with a move to the top flight, will remain regardless of who sits in the dugout.Both players caught the eye against West Ham, who invested on more tested Premier League talent in Hart, Pablo Zabaleta and Arnautovic in the summer but are nine places below Watford in the table.Under former Italy international Andrea Carnevale, the Hornets have one of club football’s most envied scouting units, and owner Gino Pozzo has an equally sharp eye for managerial appointments.Losing Silva after only 13 games in charge would hurt, but it should not derail one of the league’s most impressively run clubs competing with those with far bigger budgets.Moyes faces tough task
Moyes is no stranger to clubs afflicted by unrest and ill feeling; during his Everton and Sunderland reigns, fans protested against the boards.On Sunday, some West Ham supporters brought banners demanding that owners David Sullivan and David Gold leave.Moyes’ appointment has not exactly thrilled them either, yet those prepared to give him a chance will have gleaned tangible improvements, even if the result was still miserable.Arnautovic, so far mistrusted by West Ham fans and still without a goal, appears to be ready to absorb Moyes’ statutory demand for hard work.The Austrian made 44 sprints at Vicarage Road, the second highest of any Hammer, and was denied only by Gomes’ remarkable double save.
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If Moyes can lift the spirits of previously influential players such as Mark Noble – the veteran’s smart pass to Cheikhou Kouyate should have brought a second-half goal – it will help.”We have had a lot of changes in the last few weeks and the international break didn’t help us or the new manager,” said Noble.”When you start having a go at each other and speaking behind each other’s backs, it becomes hard.”The chances West Ham created suggest they can pull away from danger. But restoring fragile belief is one of Moyes’ more urgent tasks.Man of the match – Abdoulaye Doucoure
What next?West Ham host Leicester City on Friday (20:00 GMT) Moyes’ first home match in charge, while Watford travel to Newcastle United on Saturday (15:00). Day of happy firsts for Hughes – the key statsWill Hughes scored with his first shot in Premier League football, in his third gameHughes scored and assisted in a league game for the first timeOnly in 2010-11 had West Ham accrued fewer points (8) after their first 12 games of a Premier League campaign than this season (9)The Hammers have conceded 25 goals in their first 12 league games this season, their joint highest at this stage of a Premier League campaign (level with 2001-02)David Moyes became the fourth manager to manage 500 Premier League games, after Alex Ferguson, Arsene Wenger and Harry RedknappAndre Gray has registered two assists in his past two Premier League games, as many as in his previous 40Richarlison has been directly involved in seven Premier League goals this season (5 goals, 2 assists), three more than any other Watford player; his strike against West Ham was his first goal at Vicarage RoadLine-upsMatch StatsLive TextLine-upsWatford1Gomes6Mariappa27Kabasele3BritosBooked at 29mins21FemeníaSubstituted forHolebasat 86’minutes8Cleverley16Doucouré22Zeegelaar19HughesSubstituted forPereyraat 84’minutes11Richarlison18GraySubstituted forCarrilloat 90+7’minutesSubstitutes5Prödl25Holebas28Carrillo29Capoue30Karnezis33Okaka37PereyraWest Ham25Hart5Zabaleta2Reid21Ogbonna3Cresswell8Kouyaté16NobleBooked at 83mins14ObiangBooked at 41mins7ArnautovicBooked at 35minsSubstituted forMasuakuat 74’minutes9CarrollBooked at 28minsSubstituted forSakhoat 65’minutes10LanziniSubstitutes13Adrián15Sakho26Masuaku29Martínez31Fernandes36Quina41RiceReferee:Andre MarrinerAttendance:20,018Match StatsHome TeamWatfordAway TeamWest HamPossessionHome59%Away41%ShotsHome17Away10Shots on TargetHome7Away6CornersHome3Away1FoulsHome13Away10Live TextPosted at Match ends, Watford 2, West Ham United 0.Full TimePosted at 90’+9′ Second Half ends, Watford 2, West Ham United 0.Posted at 90’+7′ Richarlison (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.Posted at 90’+7′ Foul by Mark Noble (West Ham United).SubstitutionPosted at 90’+7′ Substitution, Watford. André Carrillo replaces Andre Gray.Posted at 90’+6′ Attempt missed. Richarlison (Watford) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Marvin Zeegelaar.Posted at 90’+5′ Foul by Adrian Mariappa (Watford).Posted at 90’+5′ Arthur Masuaku (West Ham United) wins a free kick on the left wing.Posted at 90’+4′ Attempt missed. Winston Reid (West Ham United) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Manuel Lanzini with a cross following a set piece situation.Posted at 90’+3′ Foul by Marvin Zeegelaar (Watford).Posted at 90’+3′ Manuel Lanzini (West Ham United) wins a free kick on the right wing.SubstitutionPosted at 86′ Substitution, Watford. José Holebas replaces Kiko Femenía because of an injury.Posted at 86′ Delay over. They are ready to continue.Posted at 85′ Delay in match Kiko Femenía (Watford) because of an injury.SubstitutionPosted at 84′ Substitution, Watford. Roberto Pereyra replaces Will Hughes.BookingPosted at 83′ Mark Noble (West Ham United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.Posted at 83′ Richarlison (Watford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.Posted at 83′ Foul by Mark Noble (West Ham United).Posted at 82′ Foul by Abdoulaye Doucouré (Watford).Posted at 82′ Manuel Lanzini (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.Posted at 79′ Attempt saved. Tom Cleverley (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.Posted at 79′ Corner, Watford. Conceded by Mark Noble.Posted at 78′ Corner, Watford. Conceded by Aaron Cresswell.Posted at 78′ Abdoulaye Doucouré (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.Posted at 78′ Foul by Winston Reid (West Ham United).Posted at 77′ Foul by Tom Cleverley (Watford).Posted at 77′ Pedro Obiang (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.Posted at 74′ Attempt blocked. Manuel Lanzini (West Ham United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Arthur Masuaku with a cross.SubstitutionPosted at 74′ Substitution, West Ham United. Arthur Masuaku replaces Marko Arnautovic because of an injury.Posted at 74′ Delay over. They are ready to continue.Posted at 69′ Delay in match Marko Arnautovic (West Ham United) because of an injury.Posted at 69′ Foul by Marvin Zeegelaar (Watford).Posted at 69′ Marko Arnautovic (West Ham United) wins a free kick on the right wing.Posted at 69′ Foul by Andre Gray (Watford).Posted at 69′ Angelo Ogbonna (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.Posted at 68′ Offside, West Ham United. Joe Hart tries a through ball, but Diafra Sakho is caught offside.Posted at 67′ Attempt saved. Abdoulaye Doucouré (Watford) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Andre Gray.Posted at 66′ Attempt missed. Marko Arnautovic (West Ham United) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Pablo Zabaleta.Posted at 66′ Foul by Tom Cleverley (Watford).Posted at 66′ Pedro Obiang (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.Show more updatesgoal
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