Like him or loathe him you cannot begrudge David Moyes' moment of joy, the much maligned Hammers manager, often portrayed as a cartoon zombie, 'ressurected' the fettid and rotting cadava of a team that he inherited from the previous 'daddy of them all' zombie on watch Manuel Pllegrini. There were two exceptions to the bloated imbalanced squad that Moyes had to motivate and mould after taking over the club's management for the second time, his two acquisitions during the January transfer window, Jarred Bowen and Tomas Soucek.
Bowen and Soucek both put in comprehensively solid performances during the Irons 3-1 crucial Barclays Premier League victory over fellow relegation strugglers Watford, the midfielder and winger are nailed on starters in the Hammers first team and played as if they were always meant to be there, with the former having set up a spectacular header for the latter who added to Antonio's well taken strike.
Speaking of the spectacular, the much sought after Declan Rice probably added a couple of Mill to his valuation with a dominant display capped of with a 'worldie' 33 yard belter of a goal that will give Foster nightmares for some time to come! Rice's goal followed a Michail Antonio opener which was swiftly added to by Soukec's goal.
3-0 up before half time was a gratifying score line, but a portent of what was to come was when a 'Nigel Pearson hair dryered squad' took to the field in the second half and promptly scored the sort of goal that teams with a distinct goal advantage tend to concede, as did West Ham. Suddenly all the euphoria evaporated, and memories of the 4-3 defeat to Wimbledon after leading 3-0 at half time came flooding back, fortunately heads didn't drop and David Moyes' team rallied to the cause and saw out a convincing, albeit nervous victory over a Watford team that virtually guaranteed another season, hopefully less traumatic, in the Barclays Premier League.
Almost lost in the hussle and bustle of the second half, was an effort on goal by Sebastian Haller, who had repaced the industrious Bowen, which with almost his first touch would have been a truly spectacular goal, unfortunatley Foster saved extremely well from the Irons record signing.
For a battling Watford team the prospect looks bleak, as soon as their goal scorer, captain and talisman Troy Deeney, had to leave the field due to a persistent knee issue, the visitors looked doomed, they face an away trip to Manchester City and the a final home game against Arsenal.
We did mention in a previous article that West Ham could end up confirming or consigning all three of the teams eventually relegated in three of their last four matches. Bournemouth and Vila would need to win their remaining two games by a twelve or fifteen goal margin respectively to halt Hammers top flight tenure so...Another season like the last will be too much to bare for many fans, particularly those of a nervous disposition, another year, another fear. C.O.Y.I - Ed