David Moyes lost his first match as West Ham United’s manager by two-goals-to-nothing to Watford in an action-packed game played at Vicarage Road.
The first goal of the match was scored by former Derby County youngster Will Hughes in the eleventh minute of the game. Huge, who acquitted himself well at the centre of the mid-field in today’s game, showed quick thinking and composure when he curled into the net the ball that fell to his front as a melee broke out in the Hammers’s eighteen yard box.
Hughes was on hand to give Richarlson the vital pass that led to the Brazilian scoring the home team’s second and final goal of the game.
In spite of the goal West Ham conceded in the first half of the match, the game was balanced. Both sides showed great tactical organizations both in their defensive and offensive play.
The result of the match would have been different were it not of the heroics of Watford’s goalkeeper Heurelho Gomez. The veteran Brazilian goalkeeper made stunning saves from the close-range efforts of Cheikhou Kouyate and Marko Arnautovic.
Watford dominated the second half of the match with their unremitting attacks on the opponent, so much so that Andy Carrol fell back on several occasions to use his aerial prowess to defend against the crosses that were flying into his eighteen yard box.
The general play of Hughes gave an idea of the caliber of player he will blossom into in a few years time in the absence of any lengthy injury.
Watford were so organized in the midfield and the full back positions that they successfully prevented the Hammers from playing to the strength of Andy Carrol by preventing their players from sending crosses from the flanks into their eighteen yard box.
Richarlison was another Watford’s player who lit up the game with his inventiveness. The Brazilian, who has now scored five goals in his inaugural season in the Premiership, was a sheer delight to behold with the purposeful way he went about his attacking duty. And should he continue to give classy performances on constant basis, it won’t be long before the richer clubs start scrambling for his signature.
In spite of West Ham’s loss today, there were signs in their game that suggest that if they take in the ideas of Moyes swiftly and complement it with hard work in training sessions there would be improvements in their future matches.