Watford ended a three game losing run in the Premier League as they beat West Ham United 2-0 at Vicarage Road.

Will Hughes’ first Hornets goal gave the home side the lead with just 11 minutes played and Richarlison made sure of the points with a second after half-time.

Watford owed much to the excellence of Heurelho Gomes as the Brazilian stopper made a string of superb stops to keep his side in control with the score at 1-0.

Here’s how Watford’s players got on in the much-needed win which leaves them eighth in the table.

Heurelho Gomes – 8.5

Watford Observer:

Produced three world class saves at the end of the first half to ensure Watford went in with a 1-0 lead at the break.

His double stop to deny Marko Arnautovic was particularly impressive as he initially reacted to a deflected header before sticking out a leg to deny the rebound.

Christian Kabasele – 7.5

Made a superb clearance off the line as he recovered to block Manuel Lanzini’s effort with the score at 2-0. Intervention prevented the Hammers grabbing a route back into the game.

Distribution from the back was also exemplary and he rarely wasted a pass when looking to kick start Watford attacks.

Adrian Mariappa – 6.5

Sloppy on the ball at times but a largely solid display from the centre-back. Outjumped in the first half by Andy Carroll for the forward’s first half header.

In fairness, he isn’t the first and won’t be the last defender to be beaten in the air by Carroll.

Unfortunate not to score with a header which forced Joe Hart into a stunning save in the second period.

Miguel Britos – 5.5

Watford Observer:

Very wasteful in possession as he repeatedly gave the ball away, particularly in the first half. Was brushed aside early in the second period by Arnautovic.

The mistake really should have led to a goal as West Ham’s number seven squared for Cheikhou Kouyate who blazed over when completely unmarked in the box.

Kiko Femenia – 7.5

The Spaniard’s link up play with Hughes in the first period was a pleasure to watch and he provided a constant attacking threat.

Has really grown in stature since his summer arrival and the right wing-back role is now his own.

Abdoulaye Doucoure – 7

Typically powerful display from the box-to-box midfielder as he helped set the tempo for Watford’s attacks. Kept the ball well and was unlucky not to score with a fine curling effort in the second half.

Tom Cleverley – 7

Watford Observer:

Like Doucoure, the former Manchester United man was pivotal in keeping Watford on the front foot.

A ten minute spell in the second half epitomised a fine display as he and Doucoure won every ball and Watford were eventually able to make the most of the period to score their second.

Marvin Zeegelaar – 7.5

The forgotten man for much of the season, Zeegelaar enjoyed a debut to remember as he performed well in both defence and attack.

His cross led to the Watford opener and staked a genuine claim to be Watford’s regular starter at as left wing-back, considering Jose Holebas’ struggles in recent weeks.

Will Hughes – 8.5

Marked his first Premier League start at Vicarage Road with a well taken goal, swivelling in the box to fire home first-time.

Confidence grew from the early strike and he was Watford’s main creative outlet for much of the game. Added a second half assist to a fine individual display in the second half.

Andre Gray – 7

Another promising display from a player who is beginning to settle to life at Vicarage Road.

He was among the Hornets best players at Everton a fortnight ago and worked hard at the point of Watford’s attack once again.

Failed to get on the scoresheet but played an important role in the Watford opener as his shot fell to Hughes to score.

Richarlison – 7.5

Watford Observer:

Took his fifth Watford goal well as he scored for the first time at Vicarage Road to seal the points for his side.

Always looked to be a mismatch with Pablo Zabaleta and had the beating of the Argentine defender throughout the match.


Jose Holebas – N/A

Came on for with six minutes to play after Femenia suffered a late injury.

Roberto Pereyra – N/A

Great to see a player of Pereyra’s talent back in the side even if his cameo appearance was fleeting.

Andre Carrillo – N/A

Played a matter of minutes at the end of the game and had little chance to impress.