Dec 22 (Reuters) – WESTHAMUNITED 0 WATFORD 2
Watford brought West Ham United’s streak of Premier League success to an abrupt halt with a surprise 2-0 win at the London Stadium on Saturday thanks to a first-half Troy Deeney penalty and a late Gerard Deulofeu clincher.
Deeney tucked home his third goal of the season on the half-hour from the spot after Fabian Balbuena had bundled over Roberto Pereyra, the defender injuring himself so badly that he had to leave the field.
The goal had come during end-to-end fare as the Hammers had started to take control in search of a fifth successive league victory.
Lukasz Fabianski had saved his last three penalties but could do nothing to stop Deeney putting the visitors ahead, although the Polish goalkeeper did make a magnificent stop after the break to deny Abdoulaye Doucoure.
West Ham did most of the pressing, though, with Michail Antonio twice heading against the post after the break and Javier Hernandez squandering excellent chances before Deulofeu sealed victory three minutes from time with a sharp finish.
The Spaniard’s goal secured Watford their first away win for over two months and lifted them, temporarily at least, into the top six, three points clear of the Hammers.
(Reporting by Ian Chadband, editing by Ed Osmond)