West Ham fight back to beat Watford

Mark Noble, Tomas Soucek and Michail Antonio of West Ham United appeal for a penalty which is later given after a VAR check during the Premier League match between Watford and West Ham United at Vicarage Road on December 28, 2021 in Watford, England.

West Ham ended their recent run of poor form by coming from behind to overwhelm struggling Watford at Vicarage Road.

The Hammers had gone into the game with just one win in seven games - a run that had seen them seemingly slip out of top-four contention.

It looked like the slump was going to continue when Emmanuel Dennis knocked the ball past Craig Dawson in the fourth minute before firing a superb strike into the top corner.

West Ham initially struggled to impose themselves but improved as the half wore on and then shocked the Hornets with two goals in two minutes.

First, Jarrod Bowen picked out Tomas Soucek and the midfielder equalised in the 27th minute with a first-time finish before Said Benrahma put the visitors ahead with a deflected strike.

West Ham ensured there was no way back for the hosts when Mark Noble converted a second-half penalty, awarded after a VAR review for a poor challenge inside the box on Bowen, who himself had just had a goal ruled out for a foul in the build up.

The excellent Bowen was again involved as the visitors sealed the success in injury time, cutting the ball back for Nikola Vlasic to side-foot home his first goal for the club.

Victory means David Moyes' side move up to fifth in the Premier League, four points off the top four, while Watford - who were booed off at full time - are 17th and two points outside of the relegation zone following a third successive home defeat.

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