West Ham United 3-1 Watford

West Ham United eased to victory over a preoccupied Watford team as they kept their push for a European spot.

Match Reports: West Ham United 3-1 WatfordMatch Reports: West Ham United 3-1 Watford

With Wembley on the horizon and seven changes to the Watford side from the weekend, it was easy pickings throughout the game for West Ham as they sailed home to victory at the Boleyn Ground.

The Hammers opened the scoring on 10 minutes when Andy Carroll rose to poke the ball home from six yards out after getting inbetween two defenders from a Dimitri Payet cross.

The score was doubled on the stroke of half time when Mark Noble scored from the penalty spot after Jose Holebas had bundled over Diafra Sakho inside the box.

The Hammers captain then scored his second from the spot eight minutes after the break, firing his effort straight down the middle, West Ham having been awarded a second penalty after Michail Antonio was brought down by Almen Abdi.

Watford grabbed a goal back on 64 minutes when Sebastian Prodl hooked the ball home from inside the area with a half volley after a Steve Berghuis free-kick.

The visitors then found themselves down to ten men in injury time when Nordin Amrabat was sent off for receiving his second caution of the game. Things went from bad to worse for the Hornets when Troy Deeney had a penalty saved deep into stoppage time, Hammers keeper Adrian guessing right.

It was anything but convincing from Watford with the multiple changes before the game not helping their cause but credit will be given to West Ham who played well and looked good value for their victory.

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