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24th August 2019- Premier League, Watford 1 West Ham United 3

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Match Report: Watford 1-3 West Ham United

Gray: “We Can’t Sit Down & Sulk”

Gracia: “We Need To Find Our Balance”

Cleverley: “We Weren’t Clinical Enough”

Highlights: Watford 1-3 West Ham United

Winless Watford face West Ham United in the Premier League

West Ham United send Watford to third straight defeat at start of season

Watford vs West Ham United: Javi Gracia left to rue shortcomings at both ends

Watford players rated after home defeat to West Ham United

A selection of images from Watford’s defeat to West Ham United

Tom Cleverley wants Watford players to hold themselves accountable after West Ham United defeat

Andre Gray wants Watford to forget last season and move on

The Hornets shot themselves in the foot inside two minutes when Abdoulaye Doucoure caught Manuel Lanzini in the box, and Mark Noble stepped up to slot home from the spot on his 350th Premier League appearance.

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 finding the target.

Only Hughes will know how he did not improve that ratio when, in the 55th minute, he met Gray’s fizzed centre at the far post after the striker had skipped around Lukasz Fabianski. It was a sitter but, perhaps seeing the ball late, Hughes turned it wide from a matter of inches.

Reprieved, West Ham recovered some of the momentum they had at the start of the game and quickly punished the hosts for their failures in front of goal when Haller restored the Hammers’ lead in the 64th minute, turning home Felipe Anderson’s low cross. Haller’s second then came eight minutes later after Michail Antonio met Lanzini’s corner with a header that Ben Foster tipped onto the bar with the French striker reacting well to head home the rebound from close range.

We’ve played indisputably the best football we’ve played this season, and we’ve lost by two clear goals.  For the first time since promotion, we’re in trouble.

The post-match mood was sombre.  As last week against Everton, we faced a team that we could and should have beaten, but we were undone by our lack of clinical finishing and the generosity of our defence.  Dawson is getting a lot of criticism, but he was left exposed by Femenía who certainly adds to our attacking options but is so often missing in defence.  I was encouraged by a lot of the forward play but, too often, the players wait for the perfect sight of goal and end up losing out to a defender.

24th August 2004- League Cup First Round, Watford 1 Cambridge United 0

Two forced changes from Saturday’s fabulous win at Leicester saw a first start of the season for Ashley Young, while Jay DeMerit, the recent signing from Northwood and my American girlfriend’s new favourite player, started at centre half. In fact, DeMerit’s unfussy and calm display alongside Coxy was a relative highlight of a mind-numbingly boring first half, while Young failed to shine until the closing stages of the game when he moved to the right-hand side.

I’ll spare you the ramblings of a match report, or anything as in-depth as that, because (to be honest) I don’t really remember much that’s specific. Plus I spent most of the night wondering why I felt like I had motion sickness when the closest I’d been to any sort of water in the past two days was about five miles (up). “Must be the air,” as my Mum said afterwards…bless!

24th August 1999- Premier League, Watford 0 Aston Villa 1

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BBC SportDefender Mark Delaney scored his first goal for Aston Villa as the Midlands side saw off Graham Taylor’s Watford to move alongside Manchester United at the top of the Premiership.

BSAD imageBSAD report: Watching Watford last night was like sticking your head in a jet engine and blasting all your worries away. It felt bloody fantastic.  Yeah, we lost. I know.  We were also, I’d argue, as magnificent as we’ve been at any point in the last couple of years.

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Taken from the programme on 14th September 1999- League Cup Second Round First Leg, Watford 2 Wigan Athletic 0

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Taken from the programme on 16th September 2006- Premier League, Watford 0 Aston Villa 0

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24th August 1996-New Division Two, Watford 0 Millwall 2

Kenny Jackett’s first programme notes as Watford Manager.

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BSAD imageBSAD report:There are some matches for which you just can’t wait to write a match report – maybe a player’s done so well that you feel the need to tell everyone who wasn’t at the game, maybe there was a fantastic goal that you have to describe, or maybe the team simply won in a confident, competent fashion. You ought to have guessed by now that this is not one of those matches.

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