West Ham boss Moyes sets sights on top ten after Watford win

Doug Mendoza
February 11, 2018

Watford manager Javi Gracia felt Hernandez may have shoved defender Marvin Zeegelaar before he headed the opener.

Evra can not solve that on his own but the Frenchman's return to these shores three and a half years after he called time on a hugely successful spell at Manchester United brings clear benefits: experience, a winning mentality and, perhaps most significantly, the guarantee of a player desperate to prove a point. The former Manchester United and Everton boss has certainly improved their results and guided the club out of the bottom three.

While West Ham continue to sit in 12th spot in the Premier League standings, they now have 30 points to their name and a lead of five points over the relegation zone.

The Hammers have won only one of their 13 league matches this season against teams now above them in the table (D6, L6), 1-0 at home to Chelsea on 9 December.

Moyes certainly needs them back to add more quality in the final third while the club this week made the surprise signing of left-back Patrice Evra until the end of the season. Back then, Watford were eighth and warding off Everton's interest in Marco Silva, whilst West Ham were 18th.

Gerard Deulofeu, the star of Monday's 4-1 thrashing of defending champions Chelsea, was again Watford's most risky player and his dipping 25-yard free kick forced Adrian into a diving save.

"We needed them back".

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West Ham are [2.6] favourites for this match but that looks too short to appeal.

The Hornets won their opening three Premier League away matches of the season but have since only managed one victory and five points from 10 games (W1, D2, L7).

Watford are well worth consideration at [3.05] to claim back-to-back wins.

The victory, and performance, proved just how far West Ham have come under David Moyes, whose first game in charge was a dispiriting 2-0 defeat to the same opposition in November. And with the FA 5th Round being next week, West Ham will have a two week break before facing off against Liverpool at Anfield on February 24. Watford also drew their last away game at Stoke so the stalemate has to be considered.

And with their next meaningful foray forward West Ham grabbed an advantage.

Watford started brightly and almost took an early lead after eight minutes - Adrian Mariappa forcing Adrian into a smart save with a header from Jose Holebas's cross.

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