Date: 12th September 2016 at 2:47pm
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West Ham’s stuttering start to the season continued as they allowed a two goal lead to slip against a plucky Watford side.

The Hammers looked to have the three points secured after Dimitri Payet and Michail Antonio twice combined to go 2-0 up after 33 minutes. However, Watford were level by half time thanks to Odion Ighalo and a delightful Troy Deeney finish.

Walter Mazzari’s Hornets then took advantage of a shaky West Ham performance in the second half to end up clinical 4-2 winners.

West Ham:

Adrian – 3

The Hammers keeper was involved in a calamitous mix up with James Collins for Watford’s equaliser, and he arguably could have done better for Holebas’ fourth goal.

Sam Byram – 5

Substituted as Slaven Bilic attempted to get back into the game, Byram didn’t do anything in particular to stake his claim for a competitive right back spot at the London Stadium.

James Collins – 3

Poor communication with Adrian gifted Troy Deeney the opportunity for Watford’s second, and the Welsh international failed to command his defence in a poor second half performance.

Arthur Masuaku – 5

The left-back was ineffective, despite promising displays before Saturday’s defeat.

Winston Reid – 4

Another Hammers’ defender who was bullied by Watford’s attack.

Cheikyhou Kouyate – 5

The hard-tackler lost the midfield battle, when control was needed either side of half-time.

Mark Noble – 5

Like Kouyate, the West Ham captain was nowhere to be seen when leadership was needed. A weak performance was shown with his 69th minute substitution for Callieri.

Manuel Lanzini – 6

Lanzini looked dangerous in an attacking midfield role. Hammers fans will be hoping for more of the same as the midfield man continues his return from injury.

Dimitri Payet – 8

A perfect corner for West Ham’s first, and an incredible rabona cross for their second. His contribution deserved to be on the winning side.

Michail Antonio – 8

Antonio celebrated his recent England call-up with two well-taken headers. His prolific form is one of the only bright sparks of West Ham’s inconsistent start.

Simone Zaza – 6

A bright start, including an overhead through-ball to Antonio early on, but Zaza faded as the match wore on.

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