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West Ham's collapse vs. Watford leaves Bilic with plenty of problems

Despite welcoming back key players West Ham were stunned by a clinical Watford side, who came back from two goals down to win 4-2. The Hammers have lost three of the first four league games this season and, especially defensively, there seems much to be concerned about.

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The first 40 minutes were what West Ham fans have become accustomed to, with Dmitri Payet running the show and quick, potent football being played.


To be 2-0 up at home against Watford and lose 4-2 is a poor show, especially given how comfortable West Ham looked as they took a two-goal lead. The defending was beyond atrocious and Slaven Bilic has plenty to ponder.

Manager rating out of 10

6 -- In terms of selection there is not much to criticise Bilic about. This was the team 99 percent of supporters would have chosen and should have been good enough to beat Watford.

Player Ratings (1-10; 10=best. Players introduced after 70 minutes get no rating):

GK Adrian, 5 -- Poor. Not commanding and should have done better with at least a couple of the goals he conceded.

DF Sam Byram, 4 -- Watford knew the weak link in the West Ham side and focused many of their attacks down Byram's side. Not for the first time he looked out of his depth.

DF James Collins, 4 -- Having been so solid over the last 12 months, Collins looked mistake-prone and generally all over the place.

DF Winston Reid, 5 -- Always seemed a few seconds behind the play as his focus and anticipation was too often too slow.

DF Arthur Masuaku, 7 -- In the first half he was magnificent, too much for Watford to handle as he burst forward and linked up well with the midfield. Sadly this didn't continue in the second period.

Michail Antonio looked set to be the West Ham hero but Watford's comeback stunned the hosts.

MF Mark Noble, 4 -- Not for the first time this season Noble looked poor. His passing was lacking and he was caught in possession far too many times.

MF Cheikhou Kouyate, 5 -- While he made a few good challenges in the opening 30 minutes he just seemed to disappear from the game thereafter. For a player with such presence that was a disappointment.

MF Manuel Lanzini, 5 -- Much was expected of his return to the team but he never truly got going and, in the second half when West Ham needed a cool head, he was found lacking composure with his passing far too many times.

FW Dmitri Payet , 7 -- Playing on the left, Payet started his first match of the season and created both goals. The "rabona" assist for the second goal was quite remarkable and a real piece of class. However, he failed to get on the ball enough in the second half and Watford marked him out of the game.

FW Michail Antonio, 8 -- A further two goals takes his tally for the season to four and he was the bright spot of an otherwise frustrating afternoon. He continues to show what a dangerous winger he is.

FW Simone Zaza, 4 -- On his West Ham debut much was expected from Zaza but his display left a lot to be desired.


FW Jonathan Calleri, 4 -- Came on for Noble to bolster the attack in the search for a way back into the game, but never looked as though he would offer anything.

FW Ashley Fletcher, NR -- On for the ailing Zaza but couldn't manage to get himself into the game.

MF Gokhan Tore, NR -- Looked a little sharper than in his previous displays but still doesn't warrant a starting place ahead.


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