Taking the sting out – Watford 1, Hammers 1

Ayew

I cannot stand the BT Sport 5.30pm kick off. Just far too late and delays my entire evening.

This was looking to be a very frustrating game, Kouyate giving away a penalty in the first two minutes. Deeney scores, Hammers 1-0 down and already an uphill struggle. Face palm and the dread that we were just going to settle for being on the back foot.

Snodgrass and Feghouli being the most industrious in the first half,  but let’s be honest we were wasteful. The chances we had could have meant we could 2-1 up…..but the lack.of apparent quality was summed up.by Lanzini who has.a.chabce of a free kick and just hoofed it into row Z.

The second half was a half of chances, but once again we just could not hit a cows backside with a banjo. Really wasteful, from Antonio, Lanzini and Snodgrass…..we should have buried Watford with the amount of possession and effort.

I was getting very very edgy…..and just wondered why Ayew was sitting on the bench, and Antonio being the featured striker. I didn’t get the choice of bench, but thankfully there was relief all around when Snodgrass was subbed for Ayew and the latter got his goal from  a double post rebound via Antonio.  1-1 and I think it was the least we deserved.

Speaking of which – Antonio red card? Harsh…….but should he have kept his hands to himself?

I am worried about the stop start season from Andy Carroll.  What we are clearly  lacking is that striker, but I don’t get why we are not playing an out and out attack from the start. Rumour has it that AC is trying to be offloaded for being the new Darren Anderton. As much as I rate AC, I can see that happening – he is yet to finish a full season and we need a striker who can do this. Offers from China may be tempting to him along with all the rehab he could wish for. This summer, a top quality striker (sorry Andre A) has to be a priority.

Chelski awaits at the next home game – my ticket is up for grabs on the Ticket Exchange if anyone is interested – Area 248, Row 57………….will AC start (or actually be fit?)

Spare also a thought for ex Hammer Mauro Zarate who suffered a bad knee injury during the game. Recover well.

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic speaking to BBC Sport: “Considering we were in good form and how well we played today, especially in second half, it’s two points dropped.

“On the other hand, considering we are playing away against a good team and we conceded an early goal, there’s always a danger you will concede a second then you can lose the game.

“If you ask me which team today showed more quality in every department, especially on the ball, that was [us], especially in the second half. I told the guys we have to give them some credit.”

Watford: Gomes; Janmaat (Cathcart 52), Kaboul, Britos, Holebas; Cleverley, Behrami, Capoue; Zarate (Doucoure 45), Deeney, Niang (Success 82)

Subs not used: Arlauskis, Prodl, Zuniga, Okaka

Bookings: Janmaat, Cleverley, Holebas

West Ham: Randolph; Kouyate, Fonte, Reid, Cresswell; Obiang, Noble; Feghouli, Lanzini (Fernandes 90), Snodgrass (Ayew 65); Antonio

Subs not used: Adrian, Byram, Masuaku, Collins, Calleri

Bookings: Antonio, Kouyate

Red Card: Antonio

Referee: Craig Pawson

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