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Matchday live

8:15 PM

That's a wrap

That's all from us here on Matchday Live, but keep an eye out for our Match Review page, online shortly on

It includes exclusive post-match reaction, all the best of social media and a full match report, with extended highlights available tomorrow.

Thanks for your support!

8:10 PM

A grey day for the Hornets


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8:05 PM

Mazzarri post-match

Walter Mazzarri spoke to BT Sport with Des Kelly after full-time:


"I don't really know [if I am happy]. After winning I am so disappointed to draw. At 1-1 they still pushed us so I'm not sure.


"I tend not to watch penalties.


"West Ham are a good team. It is a shame they scored from a counter-attack when we were winning.


"We will have to evaluate [Zarate]. It is unlucky for him. He was being the Zarate we know before he got the injury."

8:00 PM

Gomes speaks

Heurelho Gomes spoke to Premier League Productions after the Hornets draw with West Ham:


"I believe we played a good first-half but we have to play the whole game. We played better in the first-half but couldn't hold on for the rest of the game.


"I believe a draw was a fair result. Every game is very difficult in the Premier League. Overall I feel we deserved a point.


"Four points is great against West Ham, they are more experienced than us in the Premier League with a great coach, so four points is a great return for us."

7:45 PM

Both sides

Watford skipper Troy Deeney and West Ham's Andre Ayew spoke to BT Sport in a combined interview after the final whistle.


Deeney: "Both teams know there are teams behind us. It was a fair result. We had better of first-half, but they dominated the second-half.


"[On the penalty] I haven't missed one this year. I didn't realise manager doesn't look."


Ayew: "Troy said it right.  We couldn't play our game in the first-half. It's a fair result. Tough game. The Premier League has been difficult in the last few months."


Deeney : "Best wishes for Mauro from both teams for his recovery."

7:30 PM

FULL-TIME: Watford 1-1 West Ham

It's over at The Vic and the spoils are shared - a fair result. 

Troy Deeney scored from the spot inside three minutes to give Watford the lead before the break. 

The Hammers levelled through substitute Andre Ayew, and ended the game with ten men after Michail Antonio was shown a second yellow card for handball.

Isaac Success had a glorious chance to win it in the last second of the game but couldn't divert Deeney's header in at the back-post.

7:30 PM - 90 MIN


One final corner for the Hornets is whipped in by Cleverley. The ball pings around the penalty area before Deeney knocks the ball down for Success, who agonizingly manages to flick the ball wide...and that's full-time.


It should have been a last gasp winner there. So unlucky for Success.

7:28 PM


The moment Antonio was given his marching orders.

7:26 PM - 90 MIN

Substitution West Ham United




7:25 PM - 90 MIN

Additional time

THREE minutes added on here.

7:24 PM - 88 MIN


Britos powers in and heads Cleverley's corner just over. Hornets on top after the sending off!

7:21 PM - 86 MIN

Red card
Antonio (second yellow - handball)

7:18 PM - 83 MIN

Yellow card
Holebas (foul)

7:17 PM - 82 MIN


Watford FC




7:14 PM - 79 MIN

Yellow card
Doucoure (foul)

7:13 PM


Deeney blocks Randolph's attempted kick downfield.

7:09 PM - 73 MIN

Hammers Level

Antonio's shot strikes both posts, and sets up perfectly for substitute Ayew to tap in from eight yards.

No more than West Ham deserve. 

7:09 PM - 73 MIN



Watford FC Watford FC
1 - 1
West Ham United West Ham United
7:05 PM - 69 MIN

It should have been level

Cresswell whips a ball in behind the defence only for Antonio to head inches wide from close range. The Hornets are very lucky that wasn't an equaliser.

7:03 PM - 68 MIN

Yellow card
Cleverley (dissent)

7:00 PM - 65 MIN

Substitution West Ham United




6:59 PM - 65 MIN

Yellow card
Kouyate (foul)

6:57 PM - 60 MIN

Hornets sloppy

Watford just can't keep hold of the ball here and are having to deal with swathes of Hammers pressure as a result. 

Heurelho Gomes has kept the visitors out on two separate occasions since half-time, most recently flicking Fonte's header past the post.

6:53 PM


Tom Cleverley has been energetic in the centre for the Golden Boys.

6:47 PM - 52 MIN


Watford FC




6:41 PM - 46 MIN

We're back underway!

The second-half kicks-off and the Golden Boys are in the lead, come on you 'Orns!

6:35 PM


Mauro Zarate picked up a suspected knee injury in the first-half, and after a lengthy stoppage period he was replaced by Abdoulaye Doucoure.


We hope it's not as severe as it looked, as the tricky forward looked to have been enjoying the game against his former club. Get well soon Mauro!

6:25 PM

HALF-TIME: Watford 1-0 West Ham

Watford ahead at the break thanks to Troy Deeney's penalty on three minutes. 

A game that began at a frantic pace slowed dramatically midway through the half, the visitors with the lion share of possession and a couple of half chances. Improvement needed after the break. 

6:24 PM - 45 MIN

Yellow card
Antonio (foul)

6:23 PM - 45 MIN


Watford FC




6:15 PM - 45 MIN

Play stopped

Two minutes added on here.


Zarate is down and looks in some pain here as we approach half-time. It looks like a recurrence of the knock he took to his knee earlier in the game.

6:05 PM - 36 MIN

Yellow card
Janmaat (foul)

5:58 PM


Kouyate hauls Zarate over in the penalty area, with Referee Craig Pawson awarding a spot-kick.

5:51 PM - 22 MIN

Zarate down

Mauro Zarate was caught heavily by Sofiane Feghouli and needs some treatment. Battling on as it stands. 

5:45 PM


Deeney silences the opposition fans just minutes into the game.

5:43 PM - 14 MIN

Watford on top

The Hornets are creating plenty of chances here, with Jose Holebas the latest to try his luck against Randolph in the West Ham goal.

5:42 PM


Deeney buries it from the spot

5:40 PM - 10 MIN

Fast start

It's a lively game already at The Vic, great start under the lights!

5:35 PM - 4 MIN

Almost two!

Niang drives forward after picking up a loose ball and unleashes a fierce shot that rises just over the crossbar. Watford almost score two in two minutes.

5:32 PM

From the spot

Deeney puts the Hornets ahead with a cooly-taken penalty low into the left corner after Kouyate fouled Zarate in the area. What a start for the Golden Boys!

5:32 PM - 3 MIN


Deeney (penalty)

Watford FC Watford FC
1 - 0
West Ham United West Ham United
5:31 PM - 2 MIN


5:30 PM - 1 MIN

We're underway!

Great atmosphere inside The Vic! Come on you 'Orns! 

5:25 PM

Team Reminder


5:00 PM

Mazzarri speaks

Watford Head Coach Walter Mazzarri spoke pre-match to Des Kelly from BT Sport:


"We have trained very well. We know this opponent will be hard, but we are confident.


"Pre-game statistics will not change this result because West Ham are also doing well.


"All three are back in good condition but have not taken part in so many training sessions. The risk was if played all three then we would have to make at least one change."

4:45 PM

Line-up reaction



4:30 PM


Two changes for the Hornets from the defeat at Manchester United last time out.

Daryl Janmaat and Valon Behrami are in, while Craig Cathcart and Sebastian Prödl are only fit enough for the substitutes' bench after knocks.

The Hammers are unchanged from their draw with West Bromwich Albion last time out, Andy Carroll still on the treatment table for Slavan Bilić's men. 

HORNETS: Gomes (GK); Janmaat, Kaboul, Britos, Holebas; Capoue, Behrami, Cleverley; Niang, Zarate; Deeney.

Subs: Arlauskis (GK), Prödl, Success, Cathcart, Doucoure, Zuniga, Okaka.

HAMMERS: Randolph (GK); Kouyaté, Fonte, Reid, Cresswell; Noble, Obiang; Feghouli, Snodgrass, Lanzini, Antonio.

Subs: Adrian (GK); Collins, Ayew, Byram, Masuaku, Calleri, Fernandes. 


4:25 PM


These two know a thing or two about scoring goals...

4:20 PM


Will he start today? He's made a big impact since joining in January.

3:50 PM

Are you ready?

Team news in 40 minutes Hornets fans. Come on you 'Orns!

3:35 PM

Academy Day

Six academy graduates have been involved in the matchday squad so far this season; either making their debuts, being named on the bench or travelling with the squad as the 'spare man' in case a teammate gets injured in the warm-up.

 (Pictured from left to right) Andrew Eleftheriou, Brandon Mason, Rhyle Ovenden, Michael Folivi, Charlie Rowan and Carl Stewart.

3:25 PM

Man in the middle

Craig Pawson takes charge of the game today, his first trip to the Vic this season. 

3:15 PM

Don't forget...

You can pick up your copy of The Hornet from one of our official matchday programme sellers around Vicarage Road this evening.


This edition includes:

- An in-depth interview with Mauro Zarate as the Argentine prepares to face his former side.

- Former Hornet Scott Fitzgerald picks out his favourite moments in yellow in our 'Defining Moments' feature.

- Adrian Mariappa reveals his musical tastes and the worst dressed member of the squad in 'In The Hat'

- 'Watford Wire' keeps you up-to-date with all the Hornets news you might have missed.

- And as it is Academy Day here at the Vic, we have even more youth content this week, including words from our Head of Academy Chris McGuane.


3:05 PM

ICYMI: Mazzarri on injuries, objectives & West Ham

2:55 PM

Excited to be back in action?


Match day! #COYH #WatfordFC ⚽ ? ?

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2:45 PM

ICYMI: Goals and saves from training

2:35 PM

Yellow all over


2:25 PM

Then and Now

Valon Behrami played just over 60 times for West Ham, scoring five goals in two-and-a-half seasons in East London. Spells at Fiorentina, Napoli and Hamburg followed before moving to Watford in July 2015.


He helped the Hornets stay in the Premier League last season, before linking up again with his old Napoli boss Walter Mazzarri when he took over as Head Coach this summer.

2:15 PM

Instagram Snapshot


Junior hornet #watfordfc

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2:05 PM

Noble on Hornets

West Ham captain Mark Noble has spoken highly of Valon Behrami and Mauro Zarate - both of whom used to play for the Hammers - ahead of this evening's match against his former teammates.


“I’ve watched Watford a lot and they’re a good team, have good players and they’re good at home so we have to be really on it to get a result there.


“I’ve known Valon Behrami for years now and I’ve played against him many times. He’s a top geezer. I enjoyed his company at the club.


“Then obviously Mauro Zarate scored some really important goals for us and you can’t forget them. He’s got a lot of talent and we’re going to have to be aware of him.”

2:00 PM

Narrow loss for the U18s

The young Golden Boys lost out narrowly to Colchester United this morning

1:50 PM

All the vital info...

1:40 PM


Perfect placement from Troy Deeney last time Watford faced West Ham


1:30 PM

Welcome back to The Vic!

That was a long two weeks!

We're back at Vicarage Road for Premier League action as West Ham visit. Stay tuned for live updates throughout the day, with commentary from around 5pm (refresh your browser around then) via the listen live button.