Published: Mon, May 13, 2019
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Watford vs. West Ham United - Football Match Report

Watford vs. West Ham United - Football Match Report

West Ham finished the season strong, thumping Watford 4-1 at Vicarage Road thanks to a brace from Mark Noble and goals from Marko Arnautovic and Manuel Lanzini.

With a win, the Hammers will overtake the Hornets and secure at least a top-10 finish and will finish ninth should Chelsea defeat Leicester City.

"Watford have had a brilliant season". The Hornets began the campaign with a 100% record from their first four games, and while form of that exact magnitude has not quite been maintained, they have been consistent and measured in amassing the club's best-ever Premier League points tally.

West Ham was now firmly in the ascendancy, and it was soon 4-1.

Troy Deeney and Gerard Deulofeu share the Watford team lead with 11 goals over all competitions, and each scored against West Ham earlier this season.

"We have one game left and we are only focused on that", defender Adrian Mariappa told Watford's official website. We know it will be an equal game - the first game we won but it was very equal. "We are the only team outside of the big six playing for a title".

With an end-of-season vibe in the stands, this was always going to be the sideshow to the main event of the FA Cup final next weekend but 10-man Watford spectacularly imploded against West Ham United to gift Manuel Pellegrini's side a top-half finish at their expense.

"I don't think they will be distracted by the final".

"We hope, in the same way that when we bought him, that he can play [a full] season and of course that will change our team. It is a day to enjoy and making the last effort to win the trophy - but the next game is the most important one".

Like his counterpart, Pellegrini is determined to earn a finish in the top half of the table, and believes such an achievement would be a mark of the progression of the club over the last nine months.

Wilshere has only made seven Premier League appearances for West Ham since joining the club on a free transfer from Arsenal last summer, with two different ankle injuries keeping the central midfielder out of action.

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