By Johnny Edward:
Nigerian duo of Victor Moses and Emmanuel Emenike were second half substitutes for West Ham United who returned to winning ways after four consecutive draws in the Barclay English Premier League, defeating Odion Ighalo’s Watford 3-1 at Upton Park on Wednesday night.
Ighalo who bagged a brace in the Hornets 2-0 triumph at Vicarage Road in October last year was left out of the squad ahead of their FA Cup semi-final clash against Crystal Palace on Sunday.
The win was West Ham’s second in their last eight games against Watford in all competition.
The Hammers drew Chelsea, Crystal Palace, Arsenal and Leicester City but bounced back with a brace from Mark Noble and a strike from Andy Carroll to earn Slaven Bilic’s side their first win in six games.
Carroll opened scoring for the Hammers when he chipped the ball past Watford keeper Heurelho Gomes after he was picked out by Dmitri Payet in the 11th minute.
Noble doubled West Ham’s lead from the penalty spot after Jose Holebas clumsily brought down Chikhou Kouyate on the stroke of half time.
Noble bagged his brace in the encounter from the spot when he converted another penalty after Michail Antonio was fouled in the box by Abdi in the 58th minute.
Sebastian Proedl pulled one back for Watford in the 68th minute just after Moses and Emenike replaced Diafra Sakho in the 78th minute and Andy Carroll in the 87th minute of the encounter.
Troy Deeney who came on for Almen Abdi in the 76th minute missed a penalty in stoppage time of the encounter.