5:50 PM: Unfortunately that’s it from us this evening here at the London Stadium as both managers have now finished speaking to us on the afternoon where goals from Javier Hernandez and Marko Arnautovic gave West Ham a crucial three points against Watford, as a result, the Hammers have stayed in 12th position in the Premier League bit go level on points with the Hornets, who have remained a place above in 11th.
Both of these teams will now have a weekend off due to the Fifth-Round of the FA Cup, when they return, the Irons travel to Liverpool and the Golden Boys play host to Everton. We would like to thank you for joining us on this Saturday, especially to those who have been with us for the full five or so hours, and for choosing our unrivalled coverage, please do stay across all of our platforms for our further reaction to today’s match. We will be back Live-Blogging next week, covering Moyes’ Pre-Liverpool Press Conference, so please do join us then, I’ve been your Host Reporter Luke Glanville live from London Stadium, thank you and goodnight.
On Arnautovic’s New Hair Cut:
“He kept a hat on yesterday for a while”.
On Antonio’s Assist:
“I think that might be his first assist of the season and it was a really important one”.
More On Arnautovic:
“He’s very difficult to play against, he done longer than he usually does today”.
On His Team’s Current Situation:
“The big thing is that we’ve got to try and get enough teams behind you”.
“We’re starting to get our injured players back”.
On Keeping A Clean Sheet:
“I think the big thing as well, sometimes it goes a miss, we’ve got a clean sheet as well”.
On The Achievement Of Downing The Hornets:
“You’ve got to remember this team just beat Chelsea 4-1 in midweek”.
On The Performance Of Arnautovic:
“You can see the impact he has for us, being a centre-forward has freed him up a wee bit”.
“He’s got to keep at it and he’s getting pushed all the way”.
5:27 PM: David Moyes has joined us, following his opposite number, live quotes to follow…………
On The Home Side’s First Goal:
“I think the Referee has very difficult work, I have no complaints”.
“I would like to see again, I haven’t a clear view”.
“I only saw Zeegelaar falling down, it’s not an excuse”.
More On His Side’s Showing:
“The first-half they dominated, they controlled the first-half”.
“We have chances to score, but not clear”.
“We had more possession in the second-half, we didn’t create clear chances”.
“I think we can do better, I’m sure”.
On The Fallout From His Team’s Last Match:
“Our last match against Chelsea showed us how we can get the three points”.
On His Team’s Performance:
“We tried in the second-half, it wasn’t possible”.
“They dominated the areas, both”.
5:14 PM: Javier Gracia has joined us to speak here post-match, live quotes to follow…………
5:15 PM: While we wait for Moyes and Gracia to arrive and address us here, why not head over to @MooreThanAClub on Twitter to vote for your Man of the Match?
5:10 PM: When the two bosses get here, the away followed by the home, we are expecting, we will have exclusive live quotes for you, so stay with us.
5:05 PM: I have arrived swiftly here in the Press Conference Room, where I’m waiting for the arrival of David Moyes and Javier Gracia.
4:55 PM: The Referee blows his full-time whistle and West Ham are back to winning ways here at London Stadium courtesy of Hernandez and Arnautovic strikes, stay with us for reaction from both managers in their Post-Match Press Conferences.
4:50 PM: Full-time: West Ham United 2-0 Watford.
90+2: The hosts are looking to see this one out now, 2-0.
90+1: Every screen up here in the Press Box has switched to Rugby, that’s a random one, ah, the game is back now.
90: Prodl is booked for a foul on Hugill, three minutes added on here.
90: A ball is played up-front to Holebas, he can’t control, that sums up the visitors’ evening.
89: The Hammers deal with a cross from Watford, we are almost into the final minute of normal time.
88: He is in the thick of it immediately, giving away a free-kick in the air.
87: Hugill is coming on for his home debut here, another goal-scorer in Hernandez makes way.
86: Rice is there to head away, the hosts now have a goal-kick.
86: The visitors win a corner, they have not given up hope of a comeback, they have another.
84: Adrian claims brilliantly to stop Deeney, the Spaniard has been a real force this afternoon.
83: The Claret & Blue Army are roused by Arnautovic not getting a free-kick, the Austrian will now leave the field to some ovation, Rice is the man coming on.
82: Gray is introduced for the visitors, coming off is Richarlison.
81: Adrian has two more easy saves to make, he will be hoping to keep his clean sheet.
80: We are into the final ten and the mood is jubilant amongst the home supporters.
79: Adrian catches at one end, while goal-scorer Arnautovic is pulled back for a foul at the other.
78: The corner goes short Cresswell drives in, the ball collides off two Hornets and falls to the Austrian, he can’t miss and is back with a bang! Surely that is the three points wrapped up for the Irons with just over ten minutes left!
78: GOAL!! Arnautovic!! 2-0!!
77: Arnautovic puts a cracker of a cross in, it is nodded out for a corner.
76: Prodl gets his head to it, while Moyes makes his first change, Byram is on for Mario.
75: Richarlison forces a corner off Ogbonna, 15 minutes to go here, 1-0.
74: Doucoure finds space on the left again, his cross ends up on the roof of the net as Deulofeu is replaced by Lukebakio.
73: The away side clear and counter, Richarlison sees his ball nodded away.
72: Hernandez gets clean-through twice and twice he is denied, Noble finally wins a corner, what chances.
71: Doucoure gets in and Noble does very well to earn a goal-kick.
70: The visitors have had the better of this second-half, it remains 1-0 with 20 minutes remaining.
69: A ball comes into the West Ham area, it gets through and Cresswell clears.
68: Antonio’s poor touch gifts it back to Gracia’s men as the danger looks over, Collins heads away, however.
67: Superb Zabaleta work creates a chance, the away team break in the aftermatch and Ogbonna eventually gets rid of it, nervous moments for the home fans.
66: An ambitious Golden Boys effort flies well wide of the target.
65: Janmaat is the first to cross for Watford, one more comes in and Adrian catches.
64: Arnautovic battles well to find Kouyate, his cross is easily cleared.
63: Deeney gets in but the flag is up for offside, he is not very happy with that.
63: Antonio breaks but his final pass lets him down.
61: The visitors are enjoying the better of this second period so far, can they equalise?
60: Adrian is forced to save directly from the corner, pressure is relieved after Pereyra’s poor ball, he came on a short while ago.
59: Holebas is about to take but the Referee pulls it back.
59: Ogbonna blocks Deilofeu once again, corner.
57: We apologise for the slight lack of updates, this Laptop is struggling to keep up with the action, Gracia’s men have a near-side throw-in.
56: Deulofeu hits one and Adrian saves very well, he claims another delivery in the moments that follow.
54: Action at both ends, but now the away side have a dangerous free-kick.
53: A genius Arnautovic run gets a corner, it’s floated in, Kouyate nods across, yet one more corner.
52: Arnautovic lays off Mario, he fails to control, as does Hernandez moments later, and Kouyate follows him by scuffing a volley well wide.
52: Holebas crosses and Collins volleys away, the hosts break.
51: Cresswell slips to give Gracia’s men the first corner of this half.
50: Ogbonna can’t quite find Antonio over the top, close once more.
49: Arnautovic is so very nearly played through, end-to-end stuff here.
49: It comes in and is scrambled away, the Hammers rid more danger.
47: Antonio is jeered for a foul throw, while the Hornets now have a forward free-kick.
46: Both teams enjoying spells on the ball early, no goalmouth action as of yet.
45: Deeney gets the second-half underway, we are off!
4:00 PM: A Steak Pie in the Press lounge at half-time and we are back with you for this second period, will the Hammers be able to hold onto their slim lead? We will find out.
3:47 PM: Half-time: West Ham United 1-0 Watford.
45: Just one minute added on at the end of this half.
44: Zabaleta picks up the first yellow card for fouling Richarlison, a tactical foul.
43: Antonio gets into a threatening area, his effort is soon blocked though.
43: The hosts defend well to ward off an attack, they can now counter.
41: Seeing replays of the goal on my monitor, Chicharito was delighted after slotting that one home.
40: Mario gets a throw under pressure, great defensive work there.
39: The Mexico man now has three in four League matches, putting the hosts ahead deservedly here.
38: That was coming, moments after an Arnautovic miss, Antonio gets down the left and finds Chicharito free to nod home easily, the Hammers lead just before the break!
37: GOAL!! Hernandez!! 1-0!!
35: A Hornets ball comes in, Antonio and Ogbonna get in each other’s way but clear, West Ham now have a well-positioned free-kick.
34: West Ham fans are not happy with Kouyate not getting a free-kick, loud jeers once more.
33: A manic few moments continue with Zabaleta’s block, while Arnautovic almost gets through, close.
32: Doucoure has a go, Adrian is able to keep out the strong shot, just about.
31: Mario whips it in, Hernandez nods it home, the Linesman flags for offside, no goal.
29: Duelofeu and Cresswell clash after he goes down easy, Mario wins a free-kick on this near flank at the other end.
28: Kouyate looks to have won the ball, the Referee has other ideas, Watford free-kick.
27: As I type, Chicharito wins one more free-kick, though little is made of it.
26: The Hornets clear and break, it is stopped and Hernandez is played in long, the offside flag was up, however.
26: Cresswell gets two chances to deliver, the East Londoners now have an advanced free-kick.
25: Hernandez wins a corner on the near side, he has been bright.
24: Antonio pressures well to get himself a throw after Cresswell’s ball, Kouyate’s delivery is too deep.
23: Hernandez is almost away but he committed a foul earlier, this game has just died down a little.
22: Richarlison gets in once more, he can’t control and it’s Adrian’s.
21: Antonio gives away a free-kick in his own half, the visitors take it too quickly for Scott’s liking.
20: Deeney chases a loose ball, Adrian gets there first, both keepers have been busy here.
19: Richarlison is played in behind, Adrian hesitates before hoofing the ball into touch.
18: There is a pullback for Richarlison he scuffs an effort and the hosts rid the danger.
17: The ‘Orns look dangerous on the left, Collins puts the ball out for a corner.
16: The ball is strong, but Graham Scott pulls play back for a foul.
15: With 15 gone, both teams could be in the lead here, it remains 0-0 as the Irons win another corner.
14: End-to-end, Adrian catches a delivery as Kouyate’s work wins the home side a throw right below me.
13: Arnautovic has looked lively on his return as he plays Hernandez in, his cross is too close to the keeper though.
12: Cresswell’s delivery is headed away, the Hammers just can’t keep it, Hornets throw.
12: Kouyate wins another on the near side.
11: Arnautovic dances into the box to set Mario free, the keeper somehow saves his effort, corner.
10: Deeney looks to play Deulefeu in, but Adrian smashes the ball away.
9: Antonio breaks down the left at speed, his cross is too weak but that was excellent play.
7: Adrian saves very well from Mariappa’s header, the danger is cleared.
7: Watford register an effort going forward, Capoue’s shot is deflected for a corner.
6: Mario has a delivery blocked, the hosts have started the better team here.
5: Arnautovic whips one in after some neat play, the keeper claims the dangerous ball.
4: Some pressure from the visitors fizzles out, goal-kick.
3: The home supporters are making themselves heard early on, the visiting fans reply with chants of their own as Collins clears a cross.
2: Arnautovic bursts forward and looks for Hernandez, the ball is cleared for a throw.
2: Mario breaks but sees his cross cut out, great pace there.
1: Four attackers for the hosts today, including the returning Arnautovic and his new hair style, a quiet start here.
3:01 PM: After a minute’s silence to honour the late Vic Keeble, Hernandez gets the game underway and we are off!!
2:57 PM: The two teams have walked out onto the pitch to an electric chorus of “Bubbles” and kick-off is upon us here in this London derby.
2:50 PM: A little reminder if you’re just joining us, kick-off is a mere ten minutes away here at London Stadium in this Premier League clash between the Irons and the ‘Orns, live text commentary is coming right up, stay with us.
2:45 PM: The rain is falling once again here in Stratford and boy is it cold? But the good news is that kick-off is now very close and it won’t be very long until we find out who, if any, will pick up a vital three points in the fight for survival this afternoon.
2:40 PM: It’s now time to head over to @MooreThanAClub on Twitter to cast your late score predictions by voting in our Poll, kick-off is fast approaching.
2:35 PM: There appears to be a problem for Hornets Skipper Troy Deeney here, he is receiving treatment while his teammates warm up, we will keep you updated in the situation.
2:30 PM: The London Stadium is filling up nicely here and the atmosphere is building, another capacity crowd is expected and I’m sure they will be very vocal in under 30 minutes’ time.
2:25 PM: Both sets of players are out to stretch their legs here, they will be taking the field once more in just over 30 minutes for kick-off.
2:20 PM: With just 40 minutes remaining until we get underway here at London Stadium in this hugely-important fixture, it is set to be a bold, attacking match with both teams opting for a more forward approach with their Xls, the last meeting here wasn’t short of goal in any respect, the away side taking home all three points that day in September 2016 with a 2-4 triumph.
2:15 PM: Hornets boss Javier Gracia has made no alterations from his first win in charge in Hertfordshire, a Monday Night Football thrashing of Chelsea, unchanged.
2:10 PM: Here is this afternoon’s full teamsheet, including the visitors’ starting Xl.
2:03 PM: That’s two changes from the defeat to Brighton & Hove Albion for David Moyes, crucial attackers Marko Arnautovic and Michail Antonio return to the team in place of Sam Byram and Declan Rice, while new signing Patrice Evra is on the substitutes’ bench.
2:00 PM: West Ham United starting Xl to face Watford: Adrian (GK), Zabaleta, Collins, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Noble (C), Kouyate, Arnautovic, Mario, Antonio, Hernandez.
Substitutes: Hart (GK), Rice, Fonte, Cullen, Byram, Evra, Hugill.
1:55 PM: Just five minutes remain until we find out how David Moyes and Javier Gracia have set out their two teams, stay with us to find out right here.
1:45 PM: The stunning London Stadium scene is set here with just over an hour until kick-off.
1:40 PM: It’s now time to check out some interesting statistics which I’m sure will wet your appetite for what is in store over the next few hours:
- West Ham United and Watford have met 74 times in competitive Football.
- The first encounter came in 1898, a whopping 120 years ago.
- The Hammers have only won once in the last five playings of this fixture.
- In that time, the Hornets have triumphed on three occasions.
1:35 PM: We now have under 30 minutes until the first word of team news here in Stratford, while we wait, why not check out my Match Preview for this key Premier League encounter? Find it below.
1:30 PM: I would like to raise my own score prediction, bearing in mind the fact that I guessed right last time out, below. And if you want to cast your own predictions, head over to @MooreThanAClub on Twitter and let us know.
Luke Glanville: West Ham United 2-2 Watford.
1:25 PM: Now, you may remember earlier I promised some score predictions from those around me here in the Press Lounge, and I’d like to think I haven’t disappointed after a charming chat with club great George Parris, here is what he reckons about this afternoon’s match:
George Parris: West Ham United 2-1 Watford.
1:20 PM: So, now that we have been well and truly fed here at London Stadium, attention can start to turn to footballing matters, plenty of nostalgia on the Matchday Programme as the club reaches its 125th anniversary and we remember prolific former striker Vic Keeble who sadly passed away last week.
1:15 PM: But, no problems at all with today’s Pudding, Salted Caramel Tart to cool the taste buds down after that one.
1:10 PM: A delicious Main Course of Chilli Beef, Nachos, Rice and Dips here in the Press Lounge, just what is needed on a cold day like today, I apologise for the lack of visuals of that, please do find me on Twitter for that picture, we have had some technical issues uploading that one.
1:05 PM: Here is what this afternoon’s Match Accreditation looks like, I have made that B1 spot my own in recent weeks.
1:00 PM: Good afternoon from a drizzly and cold London Stadium where we have arrived in the Press Lounge to bring you live and exclusive build-up, text commentary and reaction from today’s Premier League clash between West Ham United and Watford, I’m your Host Reporter Luke Glanville and I would like to firstly thank you very much for joining us and choosing us this afternoon, you can follow me on Twitter @Glanville_Luke and the Site @MooreThanAClub.
You won’t want to miss any of this Live Blog today, it won’t dissapoint for sure, we will be beinging you first word of team news in aeround an hour’s time ahead of or 3 PM GMT kick-off here in Stratford, between now and then, we will have plenty of exciting build-up for you, including, we hope, some score predictions from the ex-players and Journalistic personalities that surround me here in the Press Lounge, plus plenty more looking ahead to today’s key clash, don’t go anywhere.