Media Player Ratings- How did West Ham’s players fare in the defeat against Watford?

West Ham’s ambitions of claiming a fifth victory on the bounce were dashed by Javi Gracia’s Watford, who upset the Hammers 2-0 at the London Stadium. Most pundits had expected Manuel Pellegrini’s side to continue their winning run going at home, especially against a Watford side that had won only twice in 20 on the road prior to this game, but goals from Troy Deeney and Gerard Deulofeu condemned the Hammers to their first defeat of the month.

West Ham were unchanged from the side that had beaten Fulham while Watford made only one change, bringing back Etienne Capoue from suspension in place of former West Ham youngster Domingos Quina. Carroll and Diangana were again used off the bench, but there were no minutes for Spanish medio Pedro Obiang, with Pellegrini forced into bringing Italian defender Angelo Ogbonna on after Fabian Balbuena’s first half knee injury.

West Ham certainly had their chances- Michail Antonio hit the woodwork twice; Javier Hernandez had atleast three chances, one of which was a sitter, but unlike their previous game against Fulham, were not able to make them count. Watford could’ve probably won by more had Fabianski not saved well from Doucoure and Deeney in the second half, which explains the Polish keeper being rated as the best Hammer on the field for this fixture in the ratings below. Robert Snodgrass and Declan Rice were the next best rated West Ham players according to the media, while Hernandez and Balbuena had games to forget.

The Hammers’ next fixture is away at a Southampton side who have won back to back games under new manager Ralph Hasenhuttl.


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