12152017

Moyes loses at Watford in first game as West Ham boss

Watford's Will Hughes holds off Mark Noble of West Ham

Watford’s Will Hughes holds off Mark Noble

David Moyes’ West Ham reign began with a 2-0 Premier League defeat by upwardly mobile Watford at Vicarage Road.

The Scot’s hopes of a winning start in his 500th game as a manager were dashed by goals in either half from Will Hughes and Richarlison that left his new club in the bottom three and the size of the task facing him even clearer.

For the hosts, it was another energetic and clinical performance that highlighted why coach Marco Silva is coveted by Everton.

Moyes can feel aggrieved at an unpunished handball in the build-up to Richarlison’s strike, and lost £25m striker Marko Arnautovic with a suspected broken hand in the second half.

But he will have to build on an improved second-half spell by the Hammers, who were spectacularly denied by Watford keeper Heurelho Gomes.

It was an impressive return to winning ways for the Hornets, whose early-season momentum had stalled with defeats in their previous three games, and the victory moves them up a place to eighth in the table.

Hughes, the 22-year-old £8m summer signing from Derby County, scored with his first attempt on goal in the top flight, latching on to Andre Gray’s scuffed effort and smashing it past Joe Hart.

The England goalkeeper was also beaten by Richarlison, who was a constant threat, but did well to stop Adrian Mariappa’s header to deny Watford a third after an hour.

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Match ends, Watford 2, West Ham United 0.

Second Half ends, Watford 2, West Ham United 0.

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

Foul by Mark Noble (West Ham United).

Substitution, Watford. André Carrillo replaces Andre Gray.

Attempt missed. Richarlison (Watford) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Marvin Zeegelaar.

Foul by Adrian Mariappa (Watford).

Arthur Masuaku (West Ham United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Winston Reid (West Ham United) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Manuel Lanzini with a cross following a set piece situation.

Foul by Marvin Zeegelaar (Watford).

Manuel Lanzini (West Ham United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution, Watford. José Holebas replaces Kiko Femenía because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Kiko Femenía (Watford) because of an injury.

Substitution, Watford. Roberto Pereyra replaces Will Hughes.

Mark Noble (West Ham United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Mark Noble (West Ham United).

Foul by Abdoulaye Doucouré (Watford).

Manuel Lanzini (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Tom Cleverley (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Corner, Watford. Conceded by Mark Noble.

Corner, Watford. Conceded by Aaron Cresswell.

Abdoulaye Doucouré (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Winston Reid (West Ham United).

Foul by Tom Cleverley (Watford).

Pedro Obiang (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Manuel Lanzini (West Ham United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Arthur Masuaku with a cross.

Substitution, West Ham United. Arthur Masuaku replaces Marko Arnautovic because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Marko Arnautovic (West Ham United) because of an injury.

Foul by Marvin Zeegelaar (Watford).

Marko Arnautovic (West Ham United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Andre Gray (Watford).

Angelo Ogbonna (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, West Ham United. Joe Hart tries a through ball, but Diafra Sakho is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Abdoulaye Doucouré (Watford) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Andre Gray.

Attempt missed. Marko Arnautovic (West Ham United) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Pablo Zabaleta.

Foul by Tom Cleverley (Watford).

Pedro Obiang (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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