Watford 1-3 West Ham United: Sebastien Haller’s second-half brace secures points

Watford 1-3 West Ham United: Sebastien Haller’s second-half brace secures points

Record signing Sebastien Haller scored twice as West Ham consigned Watford to a third consecutive Premier League defeat this term.

The French striker, who arrived from Eintracht Frankfurt in a deal worth up to £45m this summer, opened his West Ham account with a tap-in from Felipe Anderson’s cut-back.

And he then acrobatically turned the ball home with an overhead kick from three yards after following up from a corner.

Mark Noble’s third-minute penalty set West Ham on their way to their first win of the season after Manuel Lanzini had been fouled by Abdoulaye Doucoure.

But Watford responded to level with a well-worked Andre Gray goal, with the forward drilling home a right-foot shot from Will Hughes’ pass.

However the Hornets were punished for their wastefulness in front of goal with just three of their 23 shots on target.

Javi Gracia’s side, who sit bottom of the table, have now lost seven successive games in all competitions for the first time since 1999, while West Ham’s victory sees them climb to 13th.

Reversal of fortunes for Watford

At the same stage last term Watford had collected nine points after an impressive start, but a pointless return this time around represents a complete reversal of fortune.

While they did at least register their first goal of the campaign, manager Gracia appears to have problems at both ends of the pitch to contend with.

Despite creating a multitude of opportunities, Gray’s 17th-minute strike was all they had to show for their endeavour.

Gerard Deulofeu’s influence as a creator was a plus, but he cannot be relied upon to be the prolific forward the club need to improve on last term’s 11th-place finish.

The former Barcelona man had seven shots on goal, with only a close-range strike that hit the West Ham crossbar finding the target.

It was a chance, alongside Will Hughes’ extraordinary miss from a yard out after Gray had squared the ball with the score at 1-1, that summed up the hosts’ lack of potency in attack.

At the other end, the presence of Haller, Felipe Anderson and Manuel Lanzini provided too much power, pace and guile for the Watford defence to cope with.

Gracia’s side now face a challenging sequence of fixtures – with a home game against Arsenal sandwiched between trips to Newcastle and reigning champions Manchester City – having shipped 41 goals in their last 18 matches.

More to follow.

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Match ends, Watford 1, West Ham United 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Watford 1, West Ham United 3.

Domingos Quina (Watford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Issa Diop (West Ham United).

Foul by Domingos Quina (Watford).

Michail Antonio (West Ham United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Etienne Capoue (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right following a set piece situation.

Danny Welbeck (Watford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ryan Fredericks (West Ham United).

Substitution

Substitution, West Ham United. Carlos Sánchez replaces Manuel Lanzini.

Substitution

Substitution, Watford. Domingos Quina replaces Tom Cleverley.

Attempt missed. Andre Gray (Watford) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high. Assisted by Tom Cleverley with a headed pass following a corner.

Corner, Watford. Conceded by Issa Diop.

Attempt missed. Arthur Masuaku (West Ham United) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Manuel Lanzini.

Attempt saved. Abdoulaye Doucouré (Watford) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Tom Cleverley.

Attempt blocked. Ismaila Sarr (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Danny Welbeck.

Attempt saved. Pablo Fornals (West Ham United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Michail Antonio with a cross.

Etienne Capoue (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Sébastien Haller (West Ham United).

Attempt missed. Tom Cleverley (Watford) left footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Abdoulaye Doucouré.

Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Craig Cathcart.

Substitution

Substitution, West Ham United. Pablo Fornals replaces Felipe Anderson.

Ismaila Sarr (Watford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Felipe Anderson (West Ham United).

Booking

Angelo Ogbonna (West Ham United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Danny Welbeck (Watford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Angelo Ogbonna (West Ham United).

Substitution

Substitution, Watford. Danny Welbeck replaces Gerard Deulofeu.

Substitution

Substitution, Watford. Ismaila Sarr replaces Will Hughes.

Goal!

Goal! Watford 1, West Ham United 3. Sébastien Haller (West Ham United) right footed shot from very close range to the top right corner following a corner.

Attempt saved. Michail Antonio (West Ham United) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Manuel Lanzini with a cross.

Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Craig Dawson.

Attempt saved. Michail Antonio (West Ham United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Felipe Anderson with a cross.

Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Etienne Capoue.

Foul by Craig Cathcart (Watford).

Sébastien Haller (West Ham United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt blocked. Felipe Anderson (West Ham United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Arthur Masuaku.

Corner, Watford. Conceded by Ryan Fredericks.

Attempt missed. Andre Gray (Watford) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Gerard Deulofeu with a cross following a set piece situation.

Etienne Capoue (Watford) wins a free kick on the right wing.

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