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Watford 2 West Ham 0: David Moyes beaten and booed in baptism of fire

A manager who would like to leave against one desperate to stay and, with inevitable irony, it was want-away Marco Silva who claimed the victory for Watford as they condemned David Moyes to a desperate, hostile defeat in his first game in charge of West Ham United. This was Moyes’s 500th Premier League match as a manager and there was nothing to celebrate as the visiting fans turned on the club’s hierarchy and players with bitter chants of “Sack the board”, “You destroyed our club” and “You’re not fit to wear the shirt” as West Ham remain stuck in the relegation zone. And they do not look too good to go down on this evidence, while Friday’s home game against Leicester could turn ugly. They lost Marko Arnautovic to a suspected broken thumb while there were some shockingly poor performances, not least from striker Andy Carroll, who was substituted, with the West Ham fans turning on him as well. Carroll could, in fact, have been sent off after just 28 seconds for catching Watford debutant Marvin Zeegelaar with his elbow. Moyes, who is on an initial short-term contract to the season’s end, did not sugar-coat it afterwards and while there was an appeal for unity, there was also a blunt assessment of the underperforming players. “I think there are some players with big reputations who have disappointed and they need to show if that’s their reputation then why have they got it,” he said.  Moyes acknowledged the fans’ discontent and the “heat” being felt by Carroll. “I don’t know the history and all the other reasons for it,” he said of the chants towards the board. “I am thankful they [the fans] were supportive of me. But I have to say also that we need them now. We need a united club. I said to the players, it’s tough to play when the supporters are like that, but I understand their feelings. I think we did not do well enough in all the departments.” Watford supporters, meanwhile, sang “There’s only one Marco Silva” but they know Everton are trying to land the Portuguese, despite having two attempts to get him rebuffed, and that he fancies the move. “We want you to stay,” they added but Silva would prefer to go – although Watford, up to eighth in the table as they stopped a run of three successive defeats, are adamant they will not negotiate. Tough start: West Ham's David Moyes Credit: Reuters It is easy to see why Silva is in ­demand. The 40-year-old has quickly moulded a dynamic, hard-working, organised team – with the brilliant prospect Richarlison again impressive, although they were also indebted to another Brazilian, goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes, for a couple of outstanding saves despite their irrefutable dominance. Moyes will cling to that, but the undeniable truth is that despite those opportunities, either side of half-time, and also Christian ­Kabasele clearing a Manuel Lanzini shot off the line – with Watford two up – West Ham were by far the poorer team as they try to re-organise following the sacking of Slaven Bilic and the appointment of Moyes (having, by the way, made their own informal inquiry about Silva). There was no bounce for West Ham, while whatever the possibilities over Silva and his future, no one could accuse him or his team of being distracted, as he rightly pointed out. He has improved players, bought wisely and is hard-working, and so the appeal to Everton is obvious. Experience v promise: Mark Noble and Richarlison Credit: Getty Once Zeegelaar had gathered himself, the Dutch full-back was heavily involved in Watford’s opening goal as he broke down the right, combining with Richarlison and standing up a cross which was intended for Will Hughes. It was only half-cleared to Andre Gray who brought it down deftly enough but then miscued his shot. Still, it fell to Hughes who steered it into the net for his first goal for Watford and his first in the Premier League. In fact, it was his first shot in top-flight football. Defensively, though, it was a familiar shambles for West Ham. Watford were dominant but then, strangely, after Joe Hart had saved from Richarlison and Kiko Femenia had driven narrowly wide, it was West Ham who should have scored. Lanzini played the ball back to Mark Noble, his angled first-time pass found Cheikhou Kouyate who, through on goal, had his shot ­superbly blocked by Gomes before the ball trickled wide. Beating Spurs is Arsenal's Cup final 39:00 On half-time Gomes excelled himself with a brilliant double save as he scooped out Arnautovic’s bouncing header and then reacted quickly enough to push away his follow-up as the Austrian attempted to flick the ball past him. After half-time Arnautovic was involved again, cutting the ball back to Kouyate who skied it. West Ham, somehow, could have been level or even ahead but Watford had seen enough and took total control as Abdoulaye Doucoure drifted a first-time shot just past the post. Hart then rivalled Gomes with a fine save as he turned away a close-range header from Adrian Mariappa. A goal was coming and Hughes sprung it as he collected a headed clearance from Winston Reid and quickly sent the ball out to Richarlison, who sprinted into the penalty area, shifting to his left – and being allowed to do so by Reid – before driving a low shot that Hart could not keep out. Again, it was down to the goalkeeper’s weaker left-hand side. Unhappy Hammers: West Ham fans Credit: PA For the West Ham owners – David Sullivan and David Gold – and vice-chairman Karren Brady, the chants got even worse as they were individually targeted. It was game over. But this one is set to run and run for both clubs 5:57PM Full-time And that's that, a comfortable and well-deserved win for the hosts. Watford move up a place to eighth place in the table, while West Ham remain in 18th, a point off safety. Moyesy has much to ponder.  5:56PM 90+ 6 min Richarlison is close to his second and Watford's third, but his curling shot from inside the box is just wide. Silva then eats up a few seconds by replacing Gray with Carrillo.  5:53PM 90+4 min Will Hughes gets the Sky Sports MOM award. Toss up between him and Richarlison for me.   5:52PM 90+ 3 min Watford opt for "You're f****** s***' to goad their opponents. Keeping things nice and simple, much as their team have for most of this game.  5:50PM 90 min Eight minutes of added on time after that injury to Arnautovic.   5:48PM 90 min Watford seeing out the game well, and keeping their shape nicely to stem any possible West Ham fightback.  5:46PM 86 min The injured Femenya, who has been excellent up and down the Watford right, has been replaced by Holebas.  5:44PM 84 min Amazed the Watford fans haven't sung "you're getting sacked in the morning" to Moyes yet. Meanwhile Noble gets a booking for shoving Richarlison to the ground.  Hughes then comes off to a standing ovation to be replaced by Pereyra. A goal and an assist for the hugely impressive Hughes today.  5:41PM 81 min Watford lost their last game 3-2 having been 2-0 up at Everton, but the chances of a similar collapse here are looking more and more remote. West Ham not offering a great deal.  5:38PM 79 min "You destroyed our f****** club"...the West Ham fans are pretty upset with the club's board, and are making their feelings known.  Watford meanwhile spring forward again, and it takes a smart Cresswell clearance to cut out Richarlison's low cross.  Watford vs West Ham shots on goal 5:35PM 74 min So nearly a precious goal for West Ham, but Lanzini's goal-bound strike from around the penalty spot is blocked brilliantly by Kabasele on the line. The ball popped up onto Kabasele's hand after he made the block, but a penlaty would have been ridiculously harsh.  5:33PM 73 min Arnautovic says he feels ok to carry on, but Moyes opts to replace him with Masuaku.  5:29PM 70 min Arnautovic looks to be in absolute agony after landing awkwardly on his elbow. He's receiving treatment.  Richarlison breaks clear for Watford  5:27PM 67 min Speaking of things that have been coming, Carroll is replaced by Sakho. Arnautovic fires a shot well over soon after, before Doucoure draws a save from Hart with a low, fizzing shot from range.  5:24PM GOAL! Watford 2 West Ham 0 (Richarlison 64') Watford deservedly double their lead, and that could be the end for West Ham today.  Rarely has the expression "it's been coming" been so apt. Watford have been absolutely battering West Ham the last few minutes, and finally the pressure pays. Hughes canters forward from halfway - after a slight suspicion of handball to control the ball - and feeds Richarlison, who eases his way past Reid and shoots left-footed beyond Hart. Great work from Richarlison but Hart will be disappointed not to have done more than palm the ball on its way towards goal.  What have you got West Ham?  Watford 2 - 0 West Ham (Richarlison, 64 min) 5:23PM 63 min West Ham can't get out of their own half all of a sudden. It's been all Watford in the last five minutes.  5:21PM 60 min From the resulting corner, Hart makes an absolutely sensational fingertip save to keep out Mariappa's point-blank header.  West Ham are teetering on the brink all of a sudden. Watford desperately pushing for the killer second.  5:19PM 59 min Gray looks like he's about to make it 2-0 as he charges into the West Ham box, but Reid gets a block in to deflect the shot wide.   5:15PM 56 min More good pressure from Watford. This time it's Hughes who lets fly from range. A deflection softens the shot though, and it's an easy take for Hart.  5:14PM 54 min Watford so nearly double their lead, but Doucoure's curling effort from 25 yards out whistles just wide. Hart was completely rooted.  Abdoulaye Doucoure in action for Watford 5:12PM 52 min Another huge opportunity spurned by Kouyate. Arnautovic skips away from Britos down the right and pulls the ball back perfectly for Kouyate, who leans back and sends the chance well over. Really poor miss that.  5:11PM 51 min Femenia does superbly down the Watford right again, but his fizzed low centre is thumped wide by Gray. Cresswell is getting turned inside out by Femenia time and time again. He's not getting much protection from Lanzini to be fair.  5:08PM 48 min Oh dear, Carroll has just played an attempted pass to Cresswell straight out of his play. Not Carroll's day so far.  5:04PM 46 min No changes for either side at the break, and we're back under way.  5:02PM West Ham coming back into it towards the end of the half Watford vs West Ham shots on goal 4:54PM First-half summary An enjoyable first half saw Watford took an early lead and look like adding a second, before West Ham's late rally. After that five-minute passage at the end of the half, Moyes will be frustrated to be behind at the break, though Silva will feel his team are well worth their lead for the way they started.  The Watford wing-backs Femenia and debutant Zeegelaar have been particularly impressive, while Richarlison and Hughes have posed a threat further forward. For West Ham, Carroll has been a typically conspicuous performance, though that has mostly been down to his constant fouling and occasional Kamikaze back-passes. With plenty of meaty challenges flying around, it would be no surprise to see a red card for either team, and we should be in for a competitive second half.  Watford's Adrian Mariappa in action with West Ham United's Andy Carroll Credit: REUTERS 4:50PM 45+4 min Richarlison, who has been in a thorn in West Ham's side all half, cuts inside from the left and fires in a shot that is deflected just wide.  And that is the half-time whistle. Watford leading 1-0.  4:49PM 45+3 min How on earth has that stayed out? It's a triple save from Gomes to deny Arnautovic not once, not twice, but thrice. First the keeper palms away Arnautovic's header, then he springs up to block the rebound from close range, before holding on to a final attempt from an acute angle. West Ham have come alive in the last few minutes.  4:46PM 45 min Carroll is right in the thick of things again, and he's being told to calm down by referee Marriner after another mistimed tackle. Surely this can only end with Carroll being sent off or substituted for his own protection? Four minutes of added on time after the earlier injury to Zeegelaar.  4:44PM 44 min Watford flood forward on the break, but Hughes flicks Femenia's cross well over. Femenia did superbly to get past Cresswell and work the space for the cross.  4:43PM 43 min Huge chance for West Ham, by far their best of the fame so far. Cattoll, Lanzini and then Noble combine beautifully around the edge of the box to send Kouyate away. Gomes flies out of his goal though to deny the West Ham man. He really should have scored what was a pretty straightforward one on one.  Attempt Saved: Watford 1 - 0 West Ham (Cheikhou Kouyaté, 42 min) 4:41PM 41 min Obiang is the latest player to go into the book. This one is for a mistimed tackle on Hughes, as the Watford man turned away neatly again. Would not be at all surprised to see a red card today.  4:39PM 40 min It's slightly sad to see how off the pace the once-great Zabaleta looks these days. He's really struggling against Richarlison today, and he gives away a free-kick with a hopelessly late challenge on the Brazilian.  4:37PM 37 min Britos lamps a very ambitious 35-yard strike well over the bar. A truly terrible effort.  Watford vs West Ham shots on goal 4:36PM 36 min Arnautovic, sporting an uncharacteristically sensible haircut, goes into the book for a reckless challenge on Cleverley. The studs were showing, but it was only a one-footed challenge (an expression you rarely hear), so no real case for a red.  4:33PM 34 min Very close to a Watford second. First of all Richarlison has a decent effort saved by Hart from the edge of the box, before Femenia smashes the rebound just wide. West Ham on the ropes, Watford well on top.  "When did football management become so difficult?" 4:31PM 31 min From the resulting free-kick, Britos makes a crucial headed clearance from Cresswell's whipped-in delivery. Up the other end, Hughes plays a lovely flicked pass to Gray, but the striker's cross is easily collected by Hart. Hughes and Gray linking up nicely here.  4:29PM 29 min Britos booked for scything down Kouyate down the West Ham right.  4:29PM 28 min Off the ball challenge from Carroll, who shoves over Richarlison after the Brazilian had dispossessed him. It's just a yellow card, which is probably the right call. But what on earth was Carroll thinking? He's only just back from suspension as well, and could easily have been booked earlier for that elbow on Zeegelaar.  4:25PM 25 min There's a coming together in midfield between Noble and Cleverley. I feel like those two would have been a central midfield pairing in a 2008 'Predicted England XI for the 2018 World Cup'.  Will Hughes celebrates putting Watford 1-0 up 4:22PM 23 min Hughes shows some nifty footwork to work a yard of space and then plays a lovely through ball to Richarlison. The Brazilian is clipped by Zabaleta just inside the box, but Marriner waves away the penalty appeals.  4:20PM 20 min West Ham enjoying plenty of possession in the last few minutes, but they're doing little more than pumping diagonals up towards Andy Carroll that are being well dealt with by the Watford defence.  4:17PM 17 min Zeegelaar, as he did for the goal, getting forward well. The Dutchman has recovered well from that painful Carroll challenge early on, and is making a positive impression on day-boo.  4:15PM 15 min Watford fans and players are frustrated as Gray is poleaxed by Reid as he heads towards goal. Referee Andre Marriner says no foul. It was a borderline call.  4:13PM 13 min Almost an instant response from West ham, but Carroll's header from Zabaleta's cross lacks power and doesn't trouble Gomes.  4:11PM GOAL! Watford 1 West Ham 0 (Hughes 11') Watford score with their first attack, and it's a first Watford goal for Will Hughes. Zeegelaar whips in a cross from the left that Gray controls brilliantly, and though his attempted shot is badly scuffed, the ball lands perfectly for Hughes to sweep home with his left foot from about 10 yards out.  Nightmare start for Moyes, and West Ham have lost all six of the Premier League games in which they've fallen behind this season.  Watford 1 - 0 West Ham (Will Hughes, 11 min) 4:09PM 10 mins "Sack the board" sing the West Ham fans. That'll be tough to hear for the so-called "Dildo brothers".  4:08PM 8 min Comical start to the game from Carroll - he's now dug an elbow into Kabasele's ribs. The Watford defender is winded by the challenge looks fine to carry on. That one was a more honest challenge from Carroll to be fair.  4:05PM 6 min Carroll really needs to stop playing back-passes to his goalkeeper. He tried a costly one against Tottenham earlier in the season, and he plays a ropey one here that Joe Hart does well to deal with.  Zeegelaar thankfully is back on.  4:03PM 3 min Zeegelaar is off the pitch now receiving treatment having been laid low for a couple of minutes. Watford playing with 10 men temporarily.  4:02PM 1 min Six seconds into Zeegelaar's Premier League debut and he's on the floor with blood pouring from his head after being on the receiving end of a trademark Carroll elbow. No punishment for the West Ham striker. That could have been a yellow or even a red.  Welcome to the Premier League Zeegelaar.  4:00PM Kick-off Watford are set up in a 3-4-3 formation, with the Dutch summer signing Zeegelaar making his debut at left wing-back. West Ham are set up in a 4-3-3.  A reminder of the teams for this one: Watford: Gomes; Mariappa, Kabasele, Britos; Femenia, Cleverley, Doucoure, Zeegelaar; Hughes, Richarlison; Gray. Subs: Karnezis (GK), Prödl, Holebas, Capoue, Pereyra, Carrillo, Okaka. West Ham: Hart; Zabaleta, Reid, Ogbonna, Cresswell; Noble, Kouyate, Obiang; Arnautovic, Lanzini, Carroll.  Subs: Adrian, Masuaku, Rice, Fernandes, Quina, Sakho, Martinez.  3:57PM The teams are out Kick-off is just a few minutes away.  Moyes tells Sky Sports ahead of the match: “We’re ready to go. We’ve had a few training sessions this week and last week. Have we done everything we could? No. Have we had enough time with the players? No. “We’re a bit limited in what we can do. I’ve been saying ‘Let’s make sure we do the job right’ but [the players] need to take responsibility themselves. Most important is we want to be a team that doesn’t lose.” 3:52PM Pards is in the building Alan Pardew, sporting a slightly creepy beard, says in the Sky Sports studio that he would have taken the West Ham job if he'd have been offered it. He then grabs fellow pundit Odion Ighalo's arm quite aggressively, and holds onto it for just long enough to make things uncomfortable. No 'your mum' gags though thankfully.  3:37PM Moyes speaks The new West Ham manager says before the game: "Honestly the big thing is that the players have been good. They have responded."  Moyesy of course promised to make his players work until they cry at his West Ham unveiling a couple of weeks ago.  3:28PM What does it all mean? So that's two changes for Watford, as Zeegelaar comes in for his debut, while Mariappa also starts. Holebas and Carrillo drop to the bench, and Deeney remains suspended after his beef with Joe Allen.  For West Ham, Moyes makes three changes to the West Ham team that were beaten 4-1 by Liverpool last time out. Edimilson Fernandes (dropped), Andre Ayew (ill) and Javier Hernandez (injured on international duty) drop out, with Arnautovic, Carroll and Zabaleta coming into the team.  It looks as though West Ham are lined up in a 4-3-3 formation, with plenty of scope for Arnautovic to fizz crosses at Carroll's head.  Andy Carroll starts up front for West Ham 3:13PM Team news The teams are in, and they are as follows: Watford: Gomes; Mariappa, Kabasele, Britos; Femenia, Cleverley, Doucoure, Zeegelaar; Hughes, Richarlison; Gray. Subs: Karnezis (GK), Prödl, Holebas, Capoue, Pereyra, Carrillo, Okaka. West Ham: Hart; Zabaleta, Reid, Ogbonna, Cresswell; Noble, Kouyate, Obiang; Arnautovic, Lanzini, Carroll.  Subs: Adrian, Masuaku, Rice, Fernandes, Quina, Sakho, Martinez.  2:30PM Preamble Hello all, Welcome to our live coverage of today's Premier League match between Watford and West Ham. Typically, with it being a Premier League game, the focus is almost entirely on the managers.  In the claret and blue corner we have David Moyes, whose name I struggle to write out without instinctively adding the word "beleaguered" in front of it. Today is of course Moyes' first game in charge of West Ham after being given the job until the end of the season during the international break.  The appointment was met with exasperation by most West Ham supporters, who don't think the pessimistic Moe Szyslak lookalike is the man to bring back the glory days of mid-table finishes and the fabled "West Ham way".  Moyes' mission to restore the feelgood factor to the London Stadium starts today with a tricky looking trip to 9th-placed Watford. West Ham begin in 18th place and a point off safety. A win takes them to 15th or 16th and suddenly things are looking hopeful again. A defeat and we will likely see Moyes predicting a long, bleak winter for the team. In fact it being Moyes, he will likely reset West Ham's target to bettering Derby's record low Premier League points tally from a decade ago.  David Moyes takes charge of West Ham for the first time on Sunday Credit: Getty Images Over in the yellow corner, it's the suave Marco Silva, who looks like he should be cashing cheques on Wall Street in the 1980s. Despite Phil Thompson and Paul Merson's howls about Silva's appointment at Hull City last season, the Portuguese has made a very positive impression since arriving in England and is now wanted by Everton.  Watford have turned down two approaches from Everton in the last couple of weeks, but it's a story we probably haven't heard the end of. In the immediate term, Silva will be focused on ending his side's run of three defeats in a row.  My prediction for what it's worth is a 2-1 Watford win.  Team news to follow at 3pm...

Watford 2 West Ham 0: David Moyes beaten and booed in baptism of fire

A manager who would like to leave against one desperate to stay and, with inevitable irony, it was want-away Marco Silva who claimed the victory for Watford as they condemned David Moyes to a desperate, hostile defeat in his first game in charge of West Ham United. This was Moyes’s 500th Premier League match as a manager and there was nothing to celebrate as the visiting fans turned on the club’s hierarchy and players with bitter chants of “Sack the board”, “You destroyed our club” and “You’re not fit to wear the shirt” as West Ham remain stuck in the relegation zone. And they do not look too good to go down on this evidence, while Friday’s home game against Leicester could turn ugly. They lost Marko Arnautovic to a suspected broken thumb while there were some shockingly poor performances, not least from striker Andy Carroll, who was substituted, with the West Ham fans turning on him as well. Carroll could, in fact, have been sent off after just 28 seconds for catching Watford debutant Marvin Zeegelaar with his elbow. Moyes, who is on an initial short-term contract to the season’s end, did not sugar-coat it afterwards and while there was an appeal for unity, there was also a blunt assessment of the underperforming players. “I think there are some players with big reputations who have disappointed and they need to show if that’s their reputation then why have they got it,” he said.  Moyes acknowledged the fans’ discontent and the “heat” being felt by Carroll. “I don’t know the history and all the other reasons for it,” he said of the chants towards the board. “I am thankful they [the fans] were supportive of me. But I have to say also that we need them now. We need a united club. I said to the players, it’s tough to play when the supporters are like that, but I understand their feelings. I think we did not do well enough in all the departments.” Watford supporters, meanwhile, sang “There’s only one Marco Silva” but they know Everton are trying to land the Portuguese, despite having two attempts to get him rebuffed, and that he fancies the move. “We want you to stay,” they added but Silva would prefer to go – although Watford, up to eighth in the table as they stopped a run of three successive defeats, are adamant they will not negotiate. Tough start: West Ham's David Moyes Credit: Reuters It is easy to see why Silva is in ­demand. The 40-year-old has quickly moulded a dynamic, hard-working, organised team – with the brilliant prospect Richarlison again impressive, although they were also indebted to another Brazilian, goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes, for a couple of outstanding saves despite their irrefutable dominance. Moyes will cling to that, but the undeniable truth is that despite those opportunities, either side of half-time, and also Christian ­Kabasele clearing a Manuel Lanzini shot off the line – with Watford two up – West Ham were by far the poorer team as they try to re-organise following the sacking of Slaven Bilic and the appointment of Moyes (having, by the way, made their own informal inquiry about Silva). There was no bounce for West Ham, while whatever the possibilities over Silva and his future, no one could accuse him or his team of being distracted, as he rightly pointed out. He has improved players, bought wisely and is hard-working, and so the appeal to Everton is obvious. Experience v promise: Mark Noble and Richarlison Credit: Getty Once Zeegelaar had gathered himself, the Dutch full-back was heavily involved in Watford’s opening goal as he broke down the right, combining with Richarlison and standing up a cross which was intended for Will Hughes. It was only half-cleared to Andre Gray who brought it down deftly enough but then miscued his shot. Still, it fell to Hughes who steered it into the net for his first goal for Watford and his first in the Premier League. In fact, it was his first shot in top-flight football. Defensively, though, it was a familiar shambles for West Ham. Watford were dominant but then, strangely, after Joe Hart had saved from Richarlison and Kiko Femenia had driven narrowly wide, it was West Ham who should have scored. Lanzini played the ball back to Mark Noble, his angled first-time pass found Cheikhou Kouyate who, through on goal, had his shot ­superbly blocked by Gomes before the ball trickled wide. Beating Spurs is Arsenal's Cup final 39:00 On half-time Gomes excelled himself with a brilliant double save as he scooped out Arnautovic’s bouncing header and then reacted quickly enough to push away his follow-up as the Austrian attempted to flick the ball past him. After half-time Arnautovic was involved again, cutting the ball back to Kouyate who skied it. West Ham, somehow, could have been level or even ahead but Watford had seen enough and took total control as Abdoulaye Doucoure drifted a first-time shot just past the post. Hart then rivalled Gomes with a fine save as he turned away a close-range header from Adrian Mariappa. A goal was coming and Hughes sprung it as he collected a headed clearance from Winston Reid and quickly sent the ball out to Richarlison, who sprinted into the penalty area, shifting to his left – and being allowed to do so by Reid – before driving a low shot that Hart could not keep out. Again, it was down to the goalkeeper’s weaker left-hand side. Unhappy Hammers: West Ham fans Credit: PA For the West Ham owners – David Sullivan and David Gold – and vice-chairman Karren Brady, the chants got even worse as they were individually targeted. It was game over. But this one is set to run and run for both clubs 5:57PM Full-time And that's that, a comfortable and well-deserved win for the hosts. Watford move up a place to eighth place in the table, while West Ham remain in 18th, a point off safety. Moyesy has much to ponder.  5:56PM 90+ 6 min Richarlison is close to his second and Watford's third, but his curling shot from inside the box is just wide. Silva then eats up a few seconds by replacing Gray with Carrillo.  5:53PM 90+4 min Will Hughes gets the Sky Sports MOM award. Toss up between him and Richarlison for me.   5:52PM 90+ 3 min Watford opt for "You're f****** s***' to goad their opponents. Keeping things nice and simple, much as their team have for most of this game.  5:50PM 90 min Eight minutes of added on time after that injury to Arnautovic.   5:48PM 90 min Watford seeing out the game well, and keeping their shape nicely to stem any possible West Ham fightback.  5:46PM 86 min The injured Femenya, who has been excellent up and down the Watford right, has been replaced by Holebas.  5:44PM 84 min Amazed the Watford fans haven't sung "you're getting sacked in the morning" to Moyes yet. Meanwhile Noble gets a booking for shoving Richarlison to the ground.  Hughes then comes off to a standing ovation to be replaced by Pereyra. A goal and an assist for the hugely impressive Hughes today.  5:41PM 81 min Watford lost their last game 3-2 having been 2-0 up at Everton, but the chances of a similar collapse here are looking more and more remote. West Ham not offering a great deal.  5:38PM 79 min "You destroyed our f****** club"...the West Ham fans are pretty upset with the club's board, and are making their feelings known.  Watford meanwhile spring forward again, and it takes a smart Cresswell clearance to cut out Richarlison's low cross.  Watford vs West Ham shots on goal 5:35PM 74 min So nearly a precious goal for West Ham, but Lanzini's goal-bound strike from around the penalty spot is blocked brilliantly by Kabasele on the line. The ball popped up onto Kabasele's hand after he made the block, but a penlaty would have been ridiculously harsh.  5:33PM 73 min Arnautovic says he feels ok to carry on, but Moyes opts to replace him with Masuaku.  5:29PM 70 min Arnautovic looks to be in absolute agony after landing awkwardly on his elbow. He's receiving treatment.  Richarlison breaks clear for Watford  5:27PM 67 min Speaking of things that have been coming, Carroll is replaced by Sakho. Arnautovic fires a shot well over soon after, before Doucoure draws a save from Hart with a low, fizzing shot from range.  5:24PM GOAL! Watford 2 West Ham 0 (Richarlison 64') Watford deservedly double their lead, and that could be the end for West Ham today.  Rarely has the expression "it's been coming" been so apt. Watford have been absolutely battering West Ham the last few minutes, and finally the pressure pays. Hughes canters forward from halfway - after a slight suspicion of handball to control the ball - and feeds Richarlison, who eases his way past Reid and shoots left-footed beyond Hart. Great work from Richarlison but Hart will be disappointed not to have done more than palm the ball on its way towards goal.  What have you got West Ham?  Watford 2 - 0 West Ham (Richarlison, 64 min) 5:23PM 63 min West Ham can't get out of their own half all of a sudden. It's been all Watford in the last five minutes.  5:21PM 60 min From the resulting corner, Hart makes an absolutely sensational fingertip save to keep out Mariappa's point-blank header.  West Ham are teetering on the brink all of a sudden. Watford desperately pushing for the killer second.  5:19PM 59 min Gray looks like he's about to make it 2-0 as he charges into the West Ham box, but Reid gets a block in to deflect the shot wide.   5:15PM 56 min More good pressure from Watford. This time it's Hughes who lets fly from range. A deflection softens the shot though, and it's an easy take for Hart.  5:14PM 54 min Watford so nearly double their lead, but Doucoure's curling effort from 25 yards out whistles just wide. Hart was completely rooted.  Abdoulaye Doucoure in action for Watford 5:12PM 52 min Another huge opportunity spurned by Kouyate. Arnautovic skips away from Britos down the right and pulls the ball back perfectly for Kouyate, who leans back and sends the chance well over. Really poor miss that.  5:11PM 51 min Femenia does superbly down the Watford right again, but his fizzed low centre is thumped wide by Gray. Cresswell is getting turned inside out by Femenia time and time again. He's not getting much protection from Lanzini to be fair.  5:08PM 48 min Oh dear, Carroll has just played an attempted pass to Cresswell straight out of his play. Not Carroll's day so far.  5:04PM 46 min No changes for either side at the break, and we're back under way.  5:02PM West Ham coming back into it towards the end of the half Watford vs West Ham shots on goal 4:54PM First-half summary An enjoyable first half saw Watford took an early lead and look like adding a second, before West Ham's late rally. After that five-minute passage at the end of the half, Moyes will be frustrated to be behind at the break, though Silva will feel his team are well worth their lead for the way they started.  The Watford wing-backs Femenia and debutant Zeegelaar have been particularly impressive, while Richarlison and Hughes have posed a threat further forward. For West Ham, Carroll has been a typically conspicuous performance, though that has mostly been down to his constant fouling and occasional Kamikaze back-passes. With plenty of meaty challenges flying around, it would be no surprise to see a red card for either team, and we should be in for a competitive second half.  Watford's Adrian Mariappa in action with West Ham United's Andy Carroll Credit: REUTERS 4:50PM 45+4 min Richarlison, who has been in a thorn in West Ham's side all half, cuts inside from the left and fires in a shot that is deflected just wide.  And that is the half-time whistle. Watford leading 1-0.  4:49PM 45+3 min How on earth has that stayed out? It's a triple save from Gomes to deny Arnautovic not once, not twice, but thrice. First the keeper palms away Arnautovic's header, then he springs up to block the rebound from close range, before holding on to a final attempt from an acute angle. West Ham have come alive in the last few minutes.  4:46PM 45 min Carroll is right in the thick of things again, and he's being told to calm down by referee Marriner after another mistimed tackle. Surely this can only end with Carroll being sent off or substituted for his own protection? Four minutes of added on time after the earlier injury to Zeegelaar.  4:44PM 44 min Watford flood forward on the break, but Hughes flicks Femenia's cross well over. Femenia did superbly to get past Cresswell and work the space for the cross.  4:43PM 43 min Huge chance for West Ham, by far their best of the fame so far. Cattoll, Lanzini and then Noble combine beautifully around the edge of the box to send Kouyate away. Gomes flies out of his goal though to deny the West Ham man. He really should have scored what was a pretty straightforward one on one.  Attempt Saved: Watford 1 - 0 West Ham (Cheikhou Kouyaté, 42 min) 4:41PM 41 min Obiang is the latest player to go into the book. This one is for a mistimed tackle on Hughes, as the Watford man turned away neatly again. Would not be at all surprised to see a red card today.  4:39PM 40 min It's slightly sad to see how off the pace the once-great Zabaleta looks these days. He's really struggling against Richarlison today, and he gives away a free-kick with a hopelessly late challenge on the Brazilian.  4:37PM 37 min Britos lamps a very ambitious 35-yard strike well over the bar. A truly terrible effort.  Watford vs West Ham shots on goal 4:36PM 36 min Arnautovic, sporting an uncharacteristically sensible haircut, goes into the book for a reckless challenge on Cleverley. The studs were showing, but it was only a one-footed challenge (an expression you rarely hear), so no real case for a red.  4:33PM 34 min Very close to a Watford second. First of all Richarlison has a decent effort saved by Hart from the edge of the box, before Femenia smashes the rebound just wide. West Ham on the ropes, Watford well on top.  "When did football management become so difficult?" 4:31PM 31 min From the resulting free-kick, Britos makes a crucial headed clearance from Cresswell's whipped-in delivery. Up the other end, Hughes plays a lovely flicked pass to Gray, but the striker's cross is easily collected by Hart. Hughes and Gray linking up nicely here.  4:29PM 29 min Britos booked for scything down Kouyate down the West Ham right.  4:29PM 28 min Off the ball challenge from Carroll, who shoves over Richarlison after the Brazilian had dispossessed him. It's just a yellow card, which is probably the right call. But what on earth was Carroll thinking? He's only just back from suspension as well, and could easily have been booked earlier for that elbow on Zeegelaar.  4:25PM 25 min There's a coming together in midfield between Noble and Cleverley. I feel like those two would have been a central midfield pairing in a 2008 'Predicted England XI for the 2018 World Cup'.  Will Hughes celebrates putting Watford 1-0 up 4:22PM 23 min Hughes shows some nifty footwork to work a yard of space and then plays a lovely through ball to Richarlison. The Brazilian is clipped by Zabaleta just inside the box, but Marriner waves away the penalty appeals.  4:20PM 20 min West Ham enjoying plenty of possession in the last few minutes, but they're doing little more than pumping diagonals up towards Andy Carroll that are being well dealt with by the Watford defence.  4:17PM 17 min Zeegelaar, as he did for the goal, getting forward well. The Dutchman has recovered well from that painful Carroll challenge early on, and is making a positive impression on day-boo.  4:15PM 15 min Watford fans and players are frustrated as Gray is poleaxed by Reid as he heads towards goal. Referee Andre Marriner says no foul. It was a borderline call.  4:13PM 13 min Almost an instant response from West ham, but Carroll's header from Zabaleta's cross lacks power and doesn't trouble Gomes.  4:11PM GOAL! Watford 1 West Ham 0 (Hughes 11') Watford score with their first attack, and it's a first Watford goal for Will Hughes. Zeegelaar whips in a cross from the left that Gray controls brilliantly, and though his attempted shot is badly scuffed, the ball lands perfectly for Hughes to sweep home with his left foot from about 10 yards out.  Nightmare start for Moyes, and West Ham have lost all six of the Premier League games in which they've fallen behind this season.  Watford 1 - 0 West Ham (Will Hughes, 11 min) 4:09PM 10 mins "Sack the board" sing the West Ham fans. That'll be tough to hear for the so-called "Dildo brothers".  4:08PM 8 min Comical start to the game from Carroll - he's now dug an elbow into Kabasele's ribs. The Watford defender is winded by the challenge looks fine to carry on. That one was a more honest challenge from Carroll to be fair.  4:05PM 6 min Carroll really needs to stop playing back-passes to his goalkeeper. He tried a costly one against Tottenham earlier in the season, and he plays a ropey one here that Joe Hart does well to deal with.  Zeegelaar thankfully is back on.  4:03PM 3 min Zeegelaar is off the pitch now receiving treatment having been laid low for a couple of minutes. Watford playing with 10 men temporarily.  4:02PM 1 min Six seconds into Zeegelaar's Premier League debut and he's on the floor with blood pouring from his head after being on the receiving end of a trademark Carroll elbow. No punishment for the West Ham striker. That could have been a yellow or even a red.  Welcome to the Premier League Zeegelaar.  4:00PM Kick-off Watford are set up in a 3-4-3 formation, with the Dutch summer signing Zeegelaar making his debut at left wing-back. West Ham are set up in a 4-3-3.  A reminder of the teams for this one: Watford: Gomes; Mariappa, Kabasele, Britos; Femenia, Cleverley, Doucoure, Zeegelaar; Hughes, Richarlison; Gray. Subs: Karnezis (GK), Prödl, Holebas, Capoue, Pereyra, Carrillo, Okaka. West Ham: Hart; Zabaleta, Reid, Ogbonna, Cresswell; Noble, Kouyate, Obiang; Arnautovic, Lanzini, Carroll.  Subs: Adrian, Masuaku, Rice, Fernandes, Quina, Sakho, Martinez.  3:57PM The teams are out Kick-off is just a few minutes away.  Moyes tells Sky Sports ahead of the match: “We’re ready to go. We’ve had a few training sessions this week and last week. Have we done everything we could? No. Have we had enough time with the players? No. “We’re a bit limited in what we can do. I’ve been saying ‘Let’s make sure we do the job right’ but [the players] need to take responsibility themselves. Most important is we want to be a team that doesn’t lose.” 3:52PM Pards is in the building Alan Pardew, sporting a slightly creepy beard, says in the Sky Sports studio that he would have taken the West Ham job if he'd have been offered it. He then grabs fellow pundit Odion Ighalo's arm quite aggressively, and holds onto it for just long enough to make things uncomfortable. No 'your mum' gags though thankfully.  3:37PM Moyes speaks The new West Ham manager says before the game: "Honestly the big thing is that the players have been good. They have responded."  Moyesy of course promised to make his players work until they cry at his West Ham unveiling a couple of weeks ago.  3:28PM What does it all mean? So that's two changes for Watford, as Zeegelaar comes in for his debut, while Mariappa also starts. Holebas and Carrillo drop to the bench, and Deeney remains suspended after his beef with Joe Allen.  For West Ham, Moyes makes three changes to the West Ham team that were beaten 4-1 by Liverpool last time out. Edimilson Fernandes (dropped), Andre Ayew (ill) and Javier Hernandez (injured on international duty) drop out, with Arnautovic, Carroll and Zabaleta coming into the team.  It looks as though West Ham are lined up in a 4-3-3 formation, with plenty of scope for Arnautovic to fizz crosses at Carroll's head.  Andy Carroll starts up front for West Ham 3:13PM Team news The teams are in, and they are as follows: Watford: Gomes; Mariappa, Kabasele, Britos; Femenia, Cleverley, Doucoure, Zeegelaar; Hughes, Richarlison; Gray. Subs: Karnezis (GK), Prödl, Holebas, Capoue, Pereyra, Carrillo, Okaka. West Ham: Hart; Zabaleta, Reid, Ogbonna, Cresswell; Noble, Kouyate, Obiang; Arnautovic, Lanzini, Carroll.  Subs: Adrian, Masuaku, Rice, Fernandes, Quina, Sakho, Martinez.  2:30PM Preamble Hello all, Welcome to our live coverage of today's Premier League match between Watford and West Ham. Typically, with it being a Premier League game, the focus is almost entirely on the managers.  In the claret and blue corner we have David Moyes, whose name I struggle to write out without instinctively adding the word "beleaguered" in front of it. Today is of course Moyes' first game in charge of West Ham after being given the job until the end of the season during the international break.  The appointment was met with exasperation by most West Ham supporters, who don't think the pessimistic Moe Szyslak lookalike is the man to bring back the glory days of mid-table finishes and the fabled "West Ham way".  Moyes' mission to restore the feelgood factor to the London Stadium starts today with a tricky looking trip to 9th-placed Watford. West Ham begin in 18th place and a point off safety. A win takes them to 15th or 16th and suddenly things are looking hopeful again. A defeat and we will likely see Moyes predicting a long, bleak winter for the team. In fact it being Moyes, he will likely reset West Ham's target to bettering Derby's record low Premier League points tally from a decade ago.  David Moyes takes charge of West Ham for the first time on Sunday Credit: Getty Images Over in the yellow corner, it's the suave Marco Silva, who looks like he should be cashing cheques on Wall Street in the 1980s. Despite Phil Thompson and Paul Merson's howls about Silva's appointment at Hull City last season, the Portuguese has made a very positive impression since arriving in England and is now wanted by Everton.  Watford have turned down two approaches from Everton in the last couple of weeks, but it's a story we probably haven't heard the end of. In the immediate term, Silva will be focused on ending his side's run of three defeats in a row.  My prediction for what it's worth is a 2-1 Watford win.  Team news to follow at 3pm...

Watford 2 West Ham 0: David Moyes beaten and booed in baptism of fire

A manager who would like to leave against one desperate to stay and, with inevitable irony, it was want-away Marco Silva who claimed the victory for Watford as they condemned David Moyes to a desperate, hostile defeat in his first game in charge of West Ham United. This was Moyes’s 500th Premier League match as a manager and there was nothing to celebrate as the visiting fans turned on the club’s hierarchy and players with bitter chants of “Sack the board”, “You destroyed our club” and “You’re not fit to wear the shirt” as West Ham remain stuck in the relegation zone. And they do not look too good to go down on this evidence, while Friday’s home game against Leicester could turn ugly. They lost Marko Arnautovic to a suspected broken thumb while there were some shockingly poor performances, not least from striker Andy Carroll, who was substituted, with the West Ham fans turning on him as well. Carroll could, in fact, have been sent off after just 28 seconds for catching Watford debutant Marvin Zeegelaar with his elbow. Moyes, who is on an initial short-term contract to the season’s end, did not sugar-coat it afterwards and while there was an appeal for unity, there was also a blunt assessment of the underperforming players. “I think there are some players with big reputations who have disappointed and they need to show if that’s their reputation then why have they got it,” he said.  Moyes acknowledged the fans’ discontent and the “heat” being felt by Carroll. “I don’t know the history and all the other reasons for it,” he said of the chants towards the board. “I am thankful they [the fans] were supportive of me. But I have to say also that we need them now. We need a united club. I said to the players, it’s tough to play when the supporters are like that, but I understand their feelings. I think we did not do well enough in all the departments.” Watford supporters, meanwhile, sang “There’s only one Marco Silva” but they know Everton are trying to land the Portuguese, despite having two attempts to get him rebuffed, and that he fancies the move. “We want you to stay,” they added but Silva would prefer to go – although Watford, up to eighth in the table as they stopped a run of three successive defeats, are adamant they will not negotiate. Tough start: West Ham's David Moyes Credit: Reuters It is easy to see why Silva is in ­demand. The 40-year-old has quickly moulded a dynamic, hard-working, organised team – with the brilliant prospect Richarlison again impressive, although they were also indebted to another Brazilian, goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes, for a couple of outstanding saves despite their irrefutable dominance. Moyes will cling to that, but the undeniable truth is that despite those opportunities, either side of half-time, and also Christian ­Kabasele clearing a Manuel Lanzini shot off the line – with Watford two up – West Ham were by far the poorer team as they try to re-organise following the sacking of Slaven Bilic and the appointment of Moyes (having, by the way, made their own informal inquiry about Silva). There was no bounce for West Ham, while whatever the possibilities over Silva and his future, no one could accuse him or his team of being distracted, as he rightly pointed out. He has improved players, bought wisely and is hard-working, and so the appeal to Everton is obvious. Experience v promise: Mark Noble and Richarlison Credit: Getty Once Zeegelaar had gathered himself, the Dutch full-back was heavily involved in Watford’s opening goal as he broke down the right, combining with Richarlison and standing up a cross which was intended for Will Hughes. It was only half-cleared to Andre Gray who brought it down deftly enough but then miscued his shot. Still, it fell to Hughes who steered it into the net for his first goal for Watford and his first in the Premier League. In fact, it was his first shot in top-flight football. Defensively, though, it was a familiar shambles for West Ham. Watford were dominant but then, strangely, after Joe Hart had saved from Richarlison and Kiko Femenia had driven narrowly wide, it was West Ham who should have scored. Lanzini played the ball back to Mark Noble, his angled first-time pass found Cheikhou Kouyate who, through on goal, had his shot ­superbly blocked by Gomes before the ball trickled wide. Beating Spurs is Arsenal's Cup final 39:00 On half-time Gomes excelled himself with a brilliant double save as he scooped out Arnautovic’s bouncing header and then reacted quickly enough to push away his follow-up as the Austrian attempted to flick the ball past him. After half-time Arnautovic was involved again, cutting the ball back to Kouyate who skied it. West Ham, somehow, could have been level or even ahead but Watford had seen enough and took total control as Abdoulaye Doucoure drifted a first-time shot just past the post. Hart then rivalled Gomes with a fine save as he turned away a close-range header from Adrian Mariappa. A goal was coming and Hughes sprung it as he collected a headed clearance from Winston Reid and quickly sent the ball out to Richarlison, who sprinted into the penalty area, shifting to his left – and being allowed to do so by Reid – before driving a low shot that Hart could not keep out. Again, it was down to the goalkeeper’s weaker left-hand side. Unhappy Hammers: West Ham fans Credit: PA For the West Ham owners – David Sullivan and David Gold – and vice-chairman Karren Brady, the chants got even worse as they were individually targeted. It was game over. But this one is set to run and run for both clubs 5:57PM Full-time And that's that, a comfortable and well-deserved win for the hosts. Watford move up a place to eighth place in the table, while West Ham remain in 18th, a point off safety. Moyesy has much to ponder.  5:56PM 90+ 6 min Richarlison is close to his second and Watford's third, but his curling shot from inside the box is just wide. Silva then eats up a few seconds by replacing Gray with Carrillo.  5:53PM 90+4 min Will Hughes gets the Sky Sports MOM award. Toss up between him and Richarlison for me.   5:52PM 90+ 3 min Watford opt for "You're f****** s***' to goad their opponents. Keeping things nice and simple, much as their team have for most of this game.  5:50PM 90 min Eight minutes of added on time after that injury to Arnautovic.   5:48PM 90 min Watford seeing out the game well, and keeping their shape nicely to stem any possible West Ham fightback.  5:46PM 86 min The injured Femenya, who has been excellent up and down the Watford right, has been replaced by Holebas.  5:44PM 84 min Amazed the Watford fans haven't sung "you're getting sacked in the morning" to Moyes yet. Meanwhile Noble gets a booking for shoving Richarlison to the ground.  Hughes then comes off to a standing ovation to be replaced by Pereyra. A goal and an assist for the hugely impressive Hughes today.  5:41PM 81 min Watford lost their last game 3-2 having been 2-0 up at Everton, but the chances of a similar collapse here are looking more and more remote. West Ham not offering a great deal.  5:38PM 79 min "You destroyed our f****** club"...the West Ham fans are pretty upset with the club's board, and are making their feelings known.  Watford meanwhile spring forward again, and it takes a smart Cresswell clearance to cut out Richarlison's low cross.  Watford vs West Ham shots on goal 5:35PM 74 min So nearly a precious goal for West Ham, but Lanzini's goal-bound strike from around the penalty spot is blocked brilliantly by Kabasele on the line. The ball popped up onto Kabasele's hand after he made the block, but a penlaty would have been ridiculously harsh.  5:33PM 73 min Arnautovic says he feels ok to carry on, but Moyes opts to replace him with Masuaku.  5:29PM 70 min Arnautovic looks to be in absolute agony after landing awkwardly on his elbow. He's receiving treatment.  Richarlison breaks clear for Watford  5:27PM 67 min Speaking of things that have been coming, Carroll is replaced by Sakho. Arnautovic fires a shot well over soon after, before Doucoure draws a save from Hart with a low, fizzing shot from range.  5:24PM GOAL! Watford 2 West Ham 0 (Richarlison 64') Watford deservedly double their lead, and that could be the end for West Ham today.  Rarely has the expression "it's been coming" been so apt. Watford have been absolutely battering West Ham the last few minutes, and finally the pressure pays. Hughes canters forward from halfway - after a slight suspicion of handball to control the ball - and feeds Richarlison, who eases his way past Reid and shoots left-footed beyond Hart. Great work from Richarlison but Hart will be disappointed not to have done more than palm the ball on its way towards goal.  What have you got West Ham?  Watford 2 - 0 West Ham (Richarlison, 64 min) 5:23PM 63 min West Ham can't get out of their own half all of a sudden. It's been all Watford in the last five minutes.  5:21PM 60 min From the resulting corner, Hart makes an absolutely sensational fingertip save to keep out Mariappa's point-blank header.  West Ham are teetering on the brink all of a sudden. Watford desperately pushing for the killer second.  5:19PM 59 min Gray looks like he's about to make it 2-0 as he charges into the West Ham box, but Reid gets a block in to deflect the shot wide.   5:15PM 56 min More good pressure from Watford. This time it's Hughes who lets fly from range. A deflection softens the shot though, and it's an easy take for Hart.  5:14PM 54 min Watford so nearly double their lead, but Doucoure's curling effort from 25 yards out whistles just wide. Hart was completely rooted.  Abdoulaye Doucoure in action for Watford 5:12PM 52 min Another huge opportunity spurned by Kouyate. Arnautovic skips away from Britos down the right and pulls the ball back perfectly for Kouyate, who leans back and sends the chance well over. Really poor miss that.  5:11PM 51 min Femenia does superbly down the Watford right again, but his fizzed low centre is thumped wide by Gray. Cresswell is getting turned inside out by Femenia time and time again. He's not getting much protection from Lanzini to be fair.  5:08PM 48 min Oh dear, Carroll has just played an attempted pass to Cresswell straight out of his play. Not Carroll's day so far.  5:04PM 46 min No changes for either side at the break, and we're back under way.  5:02PM West Ham coming back into it towards the end of the half Watford vs West Ham shots on goal 4:54PM First-half summary An enjoyable first half saw Watford took an early lead and look like adding a second, before West Ham's late rally. After that five-minute passage at the end of the half, Moyes will be frustrated to be behind at the break, though Silva will feel his team are well worth their lead for the way they started.  The Watford wing-backs Femenia and debutant Zeegelaar have been particularly impressive, while Richarlison and Hughes have posed a threat further forward. For West Ham, Carroll has been a typically conspicuous performance, though that has mostly been down to his constant fouling and occasional Kamikaze back-passes. With plenty of meaty challenges flying around, it would be no surprise to see a red card for either team, and we should be in for a competitive second half.  Watford's Adrian Mariappa in action with West Ham United's Andy Carroll Credit: REUTERS 4:50PM 45+4 min Richarlison, who has been in a thorn in West Ham's side all half, cuts inside from the left and fires in a shot that is deflected just wide.  And that is the half-time whistle. Watford leading 1-0.  4:49PM 45+3 min How on earth has that stayed out? It's a triple save from Gomes to deny Arnautovic not once, not twice, but thrice. First the keeper palms away Arnautovic's header, then he springs up to block the rebound from close range, before holding on to a final attempt from an acute angle. West Ham have come alive in the last few minutes.  4:46PM 45 min Carroll is right in the thick of things again, and he's being told to calm down by referee Marriner after another mistimed tackle. Surely this can only end with Carroll being sent off or substituted for his own protection? Four minutes of added on time after the earlier injury to Zeegelaar.  4:44PM 44 min Watford flood forward on the break, but Hughes flicks Femenia's cross well over. Femenia did superbly to get past Cresswell and work the space for the cross.  4:43PM 43 min Huge chance for West Ham, by far their best of the fame so far. Cattoll, Lanzini and then Noble combine beautifully around the edge of the box to send Kouyate away. Gomes flies out of his goal though to deny the West Ham man. He really should have scored what was a pretty straightforward one on one.  Attempt Saved: Watford 1 - 0 West Ham (Cheikhou Kouyaté, 42 min) 4:41PM 41 min Obiang is the latest player to go into the book. This one is for a mistimed tackle on Hughes, as the Watford man turned away neatly again. Would not be at all surprised to see a red card today.  4:39PM 40 min It's slightly sad to see how off the pace the once-great Zabaleta looks these days. He's really struggling against Richarlison today, and he gives away a free-kick with a hopelessly late challenge on the Brazilian.  4:37PM 37 min Britos lamps a very ambitious 35-yard strike well over the bar. A truly terrible effort.  Watford vs West Ham shots on goal 4:36PM 36 min Arnautovic, sporting an uncharacteristically sensible haircut, goes into the book for a reckless challenge on Cleverley. The studs were showing, but it was only a one-footed challenge (an expression you rarely hear), so no real case for a red.  4:33PM 34 min Very close to a Watford second. First of all Richarlison has a decent effort saved by Hart from the edge of the box, before Femenia smashes the rebound just wide. West Ham on the ropes, Watford well on top.  "When did football management become so difficult?" 4:31PM 31 min From the resulting free-kick, Britos makes a crucial headed clearance from Cresswell's whipped-in delivery. Up the other end, Hughes plays a lovely flicked pass to Gray, but the striker's cross is easily collected by Hart. Hughes and Gray linking up nicely here.  4:29PM 29 min Britos booked for scything down Kouyate down the West Ham right.  4:29PM 28 min Off the ball challenge from Carroll, who shoves over Richarlison after the Brazilian had dispossessed him. It's just a yellow card, which is probably the right call. But what on earth was Carroll thinking? He's only just back from suspension as well, and could easily have been booked earlier for that elbow on Zeegelaar.  4:25PM 25 min There's a coming together in midfield between Noble and Cleverley. I feel like those two would have been a central midfield pairing in a 2008 'Predicted England XI for the 2018 World Cup'.  Will Hughes celebrates putting Watford 1-0 up 4:22PM 23 min Hughes shows some nifty footwork to work a yard of space and then plays a lovely through ball to Richarlison. The Brazilian is clipped by Zabaleta just inside the box, but Marriner waves away the penalty appeals.  4:20PM 20 min West Ham enjoying plenty of possession in the last few minutes, but they're doing little more than pumping diagonals up towards Andy Carroll that are being well dealt with by the Watford defence.  4:17PM 17 min Zeegelaar, as he did for the goal, getting forward well. The Dutchman has recovered well from that painful Carroll challenge early on, and is making a positive impression on day-boo.  4:15PM 15 min Watford fans and players are frustrated as Gray is poleaxed by Reid as he heads towards goal. Referee Andre Marriner says no foul. It was a borderline call.  4:13PM 13 min Almost an instant response from West ham, but Carroll's header from Zabaleta's cross lacks power and doesn't trouble Gomes.  4:11PM GOAL! Watford 1 West Ham 0 (Hughes 11') Watford score with their first attack, and it's a first Watford goal for Will Hughes. Zeegelaar whips in a cross from the left that Gray controls brilliantly, and though his attempted shot is badly scuffed, the ball lands perfectly for Hughes to sweep home with his left foot from about 10 yards out.  Nightmare start for Moyes, and West Ham have lost all six of the Premier League games in which they've fallen behind this season.  Watford 1 - 0 West Ham (Will Hughes, 11 min) 4:09PM 10 mins "Sack the board" sing the West Ham fans. That'll be tough to hear for the so-called "Dildo brothers".  4:08PM 8 min Comical start to the game from Carroll - he's now dug an elbow into Kabasele's ribs. The Watford defender is winded by the challenge looks fine to carry on. That one was a more honest challenge from Carroll to be fair.  4:05PM 6 min Carroll really needs to stop playing back-passes to his goalkeeper. He tried a costly one against Tottenham earlier in the season, and he plays a ropey one here that Joe Hart does well to deal with.  Zeegelaar thankfully is back on.  4:03PM 3 min Zeegelaar is off the pitch now receiving treatment having been laid low for a couple of minutes. Watford playing with 10 men temporarily.  4:02PM 1 min Six seconds into Zeegelaar's Premier League debut and he's on the floor with blood pouring from his head after being on the receiving end of a trademark Carroll elbow. No punishment for the West Ham striker. That could have been a yellow or even a red.  Welcome to the Premier League Zeegelaar.  4:00PM Kick-off Watford are set up in a 3-4-3 formation, with the Dutch summer signing Zeegelaar making his debut at left wing-back. West Ham are set up in a 4-3-3.  A reminder of the teams for this one: Watford: Gomes; Mariappa, Kabasele, Britos; Femenia, Cleverley, Doucoure, Zeegelaar; Hughes, Richarlison; Gray. Subs: Karnezis (GK), Prödl, Holebas, Capoue, Pereyra, Carrillo, Okaka. West Ham: Hart; Zabaleta, Reid, Ogbonna, Cresswell; Noble, Kouyate, Obiang; Arnautovic, Lanzini, Carroll.  Subs: Adrian, Masuaku, Rice, Fernandes, Quina, Sakho, Martinez.  3:57PM The teams are out Kick-off is just a few minutes away.  Moyes tells Sky Sports ahead of the match: “We’re ready to go. We’ve had a few training sessions this week and last week. Have we done everything we could? No. Have we had enough time with the players? No. “We’re a bit limited in what we can do. I’ve been saying ‘Let’s make sure we do the job right’ but [the players] need to take responsibility themselves. Most important is we want to be a team that doesn’t lose.” 3:52PM Pards is in the building Alan Pardew, sporting a slightly creepy beard, says in the Sky Sports studio that he would have taken the West Ham job if he'd have been offered it. He then grabs fellow pundit Odion Ighalo's arm quite aggressively, and holds onto it for just long enough to make things uncomfortable. No 'your mum' gags though thankfully.  3:37PM Moyes speaks The new West Ham manager says before the game: "Honestly the big thing is that the players have been good. They have responded."  Moyesy of course promised to make his players work until they cry at his West Ham unveiling a couple of weeks ago.  3:28PM What does it all mean? So that's two changes for Watford, as Zeegelaar comes in for his debut, while Mariappa also starts. Holebas and Carrillo drop to the bench, and Deeney remains suspended after his beef with Joe Allen.  For West Ham, Moyes makes three changes to the West Ham team that were beaten 4-1 by Liverpool last time out. Edimilson Fernandes (dropped), Andre Ayew (ill) and Javier Hernandez (injured on international duty) drop out, with Arnautovic, Carroll and Zabaleta coming into the team.  It looks as though West Ham are lined up in a 4-3-3 formation, with plenty of scope for Arnautovic to fizz crosses at Carroll's head.  Andy Carroll starts up front for West Ham 3:13PM Team news The teams are in, and they are as follows: Watford: Gomes; Mariappa, Kabasele, Britos; Femenia, Cleverley, Doucoure, Zeegelaar; Hughes, Richarlison; Gray. Subs: Karnezis (GK), Prödl, Holebas, Capoue, Pereyra, Carrillo, Okaka. West Ham: Hart; Zabaleta, Reid, Ogbonna, Cresswell; Noble, Kouyate, Obiang; Arnautovic, Lanzini, Carroll.  Subs: Adrian, Masuaku, Rice, Fernandes, Quina, Sakho, Martinez.  2:30PM Preamble Hello all, Welcome to our live coverage of today's Premier League match between Watford and West Ham. Typically, with it being a Premier League game, the focus is almost entirely on the managers.  In the claret and blue corner we have David Moyes, whose name I struggle to write out without instinctively adding the word "beleaguered" in front of it. Today is of course Moyes' first game in charge of West Ham after being given the job until the end of the season during the international break.  The appointment was met with exasperation by most West Ham supporters, who don't think the pessimistic Moe Szyslak lookalike is the man to bring back the glory days of mid-table finishes and the fabled "West Ham way".  Moyes' mission to restore the feelgood factor to the London Stadium starts today with a tricky looking trip to 9th-placed Watford. West Ham begin in 18th place and a point off safety. A win takes them to 15th or 16th and suddenly things are looking hopeful again. A defeat and we will likely see Moyes predicting a long, bleak winter for the team. In fact it being Moyes, he will likely reset West Ham's target to bettering Derby's record low Premier League points tally from a decade ago.  David Moyes takes charge of West Ham for the first time on Sunday Credit: Getty Images Over in the yellow corner, it's the suave Marco Silva, who looks like he should be cashing cheques on Wall Street in the 1980s. Despite Phil Thompson and Paul Merson's howls about Silva's appointment at Hull City last season, the Portuguese has made a very positive impression since arriving in England and is now wanted by Everton.  Watford have turned down two approaches from Everton in the last couple of weeks, but it's a story we probably haven't heard the end of. In the immediate term, Silva will be focused on ending his side's run of three defeats in a row.  My prediction for what it's worth is a 2-1 Watford win.  Team news to follow at 3pm...

Watford 2 West Ham 0: David Moyes beaten and booed in baptism of fire

A manager who would like to leave against one desperate to stay and, with inevitable irony, it was want-away Marco Silva who claimed the victory for Watford as they condemned David Moyes to a desperate, hostile defeat in his first game in charge of West Ham United. This was Moyes’s 500th Premier League match as a manager and there was nothing to celebrate as the visiting fans turned on the club’s hierarchy and players with bitter chants of “Sack the board”, “You destroyed our club” and “You’re not fit to wear the shirt” as West Ham remain stuck in the relegation zone. And they do not look too good to go down on this evidence, while Friday’s home game against Leicester could turn ugly. They lost Marko Arnautovic to a suspected broken thumb while there were some shockingly poor performances, not least from striker Andy Carroll, who was substituted, with the West Ham fans turning on him as well. Carroll could, in fact, have been sent off after just 28 seconds for catching Watford debutant Marvin Zeegelaar with his elbow. Moyes, who is on an initial short-term contract to the season’s end, did not sugar-coat it afterwards and while there was an appeal for unity, there was also a blunt assessment of the underperforming players. “I think there are some players with big reputations who have disappointed and they need to show if that’s their reputation then why have they got it,” he said.  Moyes acknowledged the fans’ discontent and the “heat” being felt by Carroll. “I don’t know the history and all the other reasons for it,” he said of the chants towards the board. “I am thankful they [the fans] were supportive of me. But I have to say also that we need them now. We need a united club. I said to the players, it’s tough to play when the supporters are like that, but I understand their feelings. I think we did not do well enough in all the departments.” Watford supporters, meanwhile, sang “There’s only one Marco Silva” but they know Everton are trying to land the Portuguese, despite having two attempts to get him rebuffed, and that he fancies the move. “We want you to stay,” they added but Silva would prefer to go – although Watford, up to eighth in the table as they stopped a run of three successive defeats, are adamant they will not negotiate. Tough start: West Ham's David Moyes Credit: Reuters It is easy to see why Silva is in ­demand. The 40-year-old has quickly moulded a dynamic, hard-working, organised team – with the brilliant prospect Richarlison again impressive, although they were also indebted to another Brazilian, goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes, for a couple of outstanding saves despite their irrefutable dominance. Moyes will cling to that, but the undeniable truth is that despite those opportunities, either side of half-time, and also Christian ­Kabasele clearing a Manuel Lanzini shot off the line – with Watford two up – West Ham were by far the poorer team as they try to re-organise following the sacking of Slaven Bilic and the appointment of Moyes (having, by the way, made their own informal inquiry about Silva). There was no bounce for West Ham, while whatever the possibilities over Silva and his future, no one could accuse him or his team of being distracted, as he rightly pointed out. He has improved players, bought wisely and is hard-working, and so the appeal to Everton is obvious. Experience v promise: Mark Noble and Richarlison Credit: Getty Once Zeegelaar had gathered himself, the Dutch full-back was heavily involved in Watford’s opening goal as he broke down the right, combining with Richarlison and standing up a cross which was intended for Will Hughes. It was only half-cleared to Andre Gray who brought it down deftly enough but then miscued his shot. Still, it fell to Hughes who steered it into the net for his first goal for Watford and his first in the Premier League. In fact, it was his first shot in top-flight football. Defensively, though, it was a familiar shambles for West Ham. Watford were dominant but then, strangely, after Joe Hart had saved from Richarlison and Kiko Femenia had driven narrowly wide, it was West Ham who should have scored. Lanzini played the ball back to Mark Noble, his angled first-time pass found Cheikhou Kouyate who, through on goal, had his shot ­superbly blocked by Gomes before the ball trickled wide. Beating Spurs is Arsenal's Cup final 39:00 On half-time Gomes excelled himself with a brilliant double save as he scooped out Arnautovic’s bouncing header and then reacted quickly enough to push away his follow-up as the Austrian attempted to flick the ball past him. After half-time Arnautovic was involved again, cutting the ball back to Kouyate who skied it. West Ham, somehow, could have been level or even ahead but Watford had seen enough and took total control as Abdoulaye Doucoure drifted a first-time shot just past the post. Hart then rivalled Gomes with a fine save as he turned away a close-range header from Adrian Mariappa. A goal was coming and Hughes sprung it as he collected a headed clearance from Winston Reid and quickly sent the ball out to Richarlison, who sprinted into the penalty area, shifting to his left – and being allowed to do so by Reid – before driving a low shot that Hart could not keep out. Again, it was down to the goalkeeper’s weaker left-hand side. Unhappy Hammers: West Ham fans Credit: PA For the West Ham owners – David Sullivan and David Gold – and vice-chairman Karren Brady, the chants got even worse as they were individually targeted. It was game over. But this one is set to run and run for both clubs 5:57PM Full-time And that's that, a comfortable and well-deserved win for the hosts. Watford move up a place to eighth place in the table, while West Ham remain in 18th, a point off safety. Moyesy has much to ponder.  5:56PM 90+ 6 min Richarlison is close to his second and Watford's third, but his curling shot from inside the box is just wide. Silva then eats up a few seconds by replacing Gray with Carrillo.  5:53PM 90+4 min Will Hughes gets the Sky Sports MOM award. Toss up between him and Richarlison for me.   5:52PM 90+ 3 min Watford opt for "You're f****** s***' to goad their opponents. Keeping things nice and simple, much as their team have for most of this game.  5:50PM 90 min Eight minutes of added on time after that injury to Arnautovic.   5:48PM 90 min Watford seeing out the game well, and keeping their shape nicely to stem any possible West Ham fightback.  5:46PM 86 min The injured Femenya, who has been excellent up and down the Watford right, has been replaced by Holebas.  5:44PM 84 min Amazed the Watford fans haven't sung "you're getting sacked in the morning" to Moyes yet. Meanwhile Noble gets a booking for shoving Richarlison to the ground.  Hughes then comes off to a standing ovation to be replaced by Pereyra. A goal and an assist for the hugely impressive Hughes today.  5:41PM 81 min Watford lost their last game 3-2 having been 2-0 up at Everton, but the chances of a similar collapse here are looking more and more remote. West Ham not offering a great deal.  5:38PM 79 min "You destroyed our f****** club"...the West Ham fans are pretty upset with the club's board, and are making their feelings known.  Watford meanwhile spring forward again, and it takes a smart Cresswell clearance to cut out Richarlison's low cross.  Watford vs West Ham shots on goal 5:35PM 74 min So nearly a precious goal for West Ham, but Lanzini's goal-bound strike from around the penalty spot is blocked brilliantly by Kabasele on the line. The ball popped up onto Kabasele's hand after he made the block, but a penlaty would have been ridiculously harsh.  5:33PM 73 min Arnautovic says he feels ok to carry on, but Moyes opts to replace him with Masuaku.  5:29PM 70 min Arnautovic looks to be in absolute agony after landing awkwardly on his elbow. He's receiving treatment.  Richarlison breaks clear for Watford  5:27PM 67 min Speaking of things that have been coming, Carroll is replaced by Sakho. Arnautovic fires a shot well over soon after, before Doucoure draws a save from Hart with a low, fizzing shot from range.  5:24PM GOAL! Watford 2 West Ham 0 (Richarlison 64') Watford deservedly double their lead, and that could be the end for West Ham today.  Rarely has the expression "it's been coming" been so apt. Watford have been absolutely battering West Ham the last few minutes, and finally the pressure pays. Hughes canters forward from halfway - after a slight suspicion of handball to control the ball - and feeds Richarlison, who eases his way past Reid and shoots left-footed beyond Hart. Great work from Richarlison but Hart will be disappointed not to have done more than palm the ball on its way towards goal.  What have you got West Ham?  Watford 2 - 0 West Ham (Richarlison, 64 min) 5:23PM 63 min West Ham can't get out of their own half all of a sudden. It's been all Watford in the last five minutes.  5:21PM 60 min From the resulting corner, Hart makes an absolutely sensational fingertip save to keep out Mariappa's point-blank header.  West Ham are teetering on the brink all of a sudden. Watford desperately pushing for the killer second.  5:19PM 59 min Gray looks like he's about to make it 2-0 as he charges into the West Ham box, but Reid gets a block in to deflect the shot wide.   5:15PM 56 min More good pressure from Watford. This time it's Hughes who lets fly from range. A deflection softens the shot though, and it's an easy take for Hart.  5:14PM 54 min Watford so nearly double their lead, but Doucoure's curling effort from 25 yards out whistles just wide. Hart was completely rooted.  Abdoulaye Doucoure in action for Watford 5:12PM 52 min Another huge opportunity spurned by Kouyate. Arnautovic skips away from Britos down the right and pulls the ball back perfectly for Kouyate, who leans back and sends the chance well over. Really poor miss that.  5:11PM 51 min Femenia does superbly down the Watford right again, but his fizzed low centre is thumped wide by Gray. Cresswell is getting turned inside out by Femenia time and time again. He's not getting much protection from Lanzini to be fair.  5:08PM 48 min Oh dear, Carroll has just played an attempted pass to Cresswell straight out of his play. Not Carroll's day so far.  5:04PM 46 min No changes for either side at the break, and we're back under way.  5:02PM West Ham coming back into it towards the end of the half Watford vs West Ham shots on goal 4:54PM First-half summary An enjoyable first half saw Watford took an early lead and look like adding a second, before West Ham's late rally. After that five-minute passage at the end of the half, Moyes will be frustrated to be behind at the break, though Silva will feel his team are well worth their lead for the way they started.  The Watford wing-backs Femenia and debutant Zeegelaar have been particularly impressive, while Richarlison and Hughes have posed a threat further forward. For West Ham, Carroll has been a typically conspicuous performance, though that has mostly been down to his constant fouling and occasional Kamikaze back-passes. With plenty of meaty challenges flying around, it would be no surprise to see a red card for either team, and we should be in for a competitive second half.  Watford's Adrian Mariappa in action with West Ham United's Andy Carroll Credit: REUTERS 4:50PM 45+4 min Richarlison, who has been in a thorn in West Ham's side all half, cuts inside from the left and fires in a shot that is deflected just wide.  And that is the half-time whistle. Watford leading 1-0.  4:49PM 45+3 min How on earth has that stayed out? It's a triple save from Gomes to deny Arnautovic not once, not twice, but thrice. First the keeper palms away Arnautovic's header, then he springs up to block the rebound from close range, before holding on to a final attempt from an acute angle. West Ham have come alive in the last few minutes.  4:46PM 45 min Carroll is right in the thick of things again, and he's being told to calm down by referee Marriner after another mistimed tackle. Surely this can only end with Carroll being sent off or substituted for his own protection? Four minutes of added on time after the earlier injury to Zeegelaar.  4:44PM 44 min Watford flood forward on the break, but Hughes flicks Femenia's cross well over. Femenia did superbly to get past Cresswell and work the space for the cross.  4:43PM 43 min Huge chance for West Ham, by far their best of the fame so far. Cattoll, Lanzini and then Noble combine beautifully around the edge of the box to send Kouyate away. Gomes flies out of his goal though to deny the West Ham man. He really should have scored what was a pretty straightforward one on one.  Attempt Saved: Watford 1 - 0 West Ham (Cheikhou Kouyaté, 42 min) 4:41PM 41 min Obiang is the latest player to go into the book. This one is for a mistimed tackle on Hughes, as the Watford man turned away neatly again. Would not be at all surprised to see a red card today.  4:39PM 40 min It's slightly sad to see how off the pace the once-great Zabaleta looks these days. He's really struggling against Richarlison today, and he gives away a free-kick with a hopelessly late challenge on the Brazilian.  4:37PM 37 min Britos lamps a very ambitious 35-yard strike well over the bar. A truly terrible effort.  Watford vs West Ham shots on goal 4:36PM 36 min Arnautovic, sporting an uncharacteristically sensible haircut, goes into the book for a reckless challenge on Cleverley. The studs were showing, but it was only a one-footed challenge (an expression you rarely hear), so no real case for a red.  4:33PM 34 min Very close to a Watford second. First of all Richarlison has a decent effort saved by Hart from the edge of the box, before Femenia smashes the rebound just wide. West Ham on the ropes, Watford well on top.  "When did football management become so difficult?" 4:31PM 31 min From the resulting free-kick, Britos makes a crucial headed clearance from Cresswell's whipped-in delivery. Up the other end, Hughes plays a lovely flicked pass to Gray, but the striker's cross is easily collected by Hart. Hughes and Gray linking up nicely here.  4:29PM 29 min Britos booked for scything down Kouyate down the West Ham right.  4:29PM 28 min Off the ball challenge from Carroll, who shoves over Richarlison after the Brazilian had dispossessed him. It's just a yellow card, which is probably the right call. But what on earth was Carroll thinking? He's only just back from suspension as well, and could easily have been booked earlier for that elbow on Zeegelaar.  4:25PM 25 min There's a coming together in midfield between Noble and Cleverley. I feel like those two would have been a central midfield pairing in a 2008 'Predicted England XI for the 2018 World Cup'.  Will Hughes celebrates putting Watford 1-0 up 4:22PM 23 min Hughes shows some nifty footwork to work a yard of space and then plays a lovely through ball to Richarlison. The Brazilian is clipped by Zabaleta just inside the box, but Marriner waves away the penalty appeals.  4:20PM 20 min West Ham enjoying plenty of possession in the last few minutes, but they're doing little more than pumping diagonals up towards Andy Carroll that are being well dealt with by the Watford defence.  4:17PM 17 min Zeegelaar, as he did for the goal, getting forward well. The Dutchman has recovered well from that painful Carroll challenge early on, and is making a positive impression on day-boo.  4:15PM 15 min Watford fans and players are frustrated as Gray is poleaxed by Reid as he heads towards goal. Referee Andre Marriner says no foul. It was a borderline call.  4:13PM 13 min Almost an instant response from West ham, but Carroll's header from Zabaleta's cross lacks power and doesn't trouble Gomes.  4:11PM GOAL! Watford 1 West Ham 0 (Hughes 11') Watford score with their first attack, and it's a first Watford goal for Will Hughes. Zeegelaar whips in a cross from the left that Gray controls brilliantly, and though his attempted shot is badly scuffed, the ball lands perfectly for Hughes to sweep home with his left foot from about 10 yards out.  Nightmare start for Moyes, and West Ham have lost all six of the Premier League games in which they've fallen behind this season.  Watford 1 - 0 West Ham (Will Hughes, 11 min) 4:09PM 10 mins "Sack the board" sing the West Ham fans. That'll be tough to hear for the so-called "Dildo brothers".  4:08PM 8 min Comical start to the game from Carroll - he's now dug an elbow into Kabasele's ribs. The Watford defender is winded by the challenge looks fine to carry on. That one was a more honest challenge from Carroll to be fair.  4:05PM 6 min Carroll really needs to stop playing back-passes to his goalkeeper. He tried a costly one against Tottenham earlier in the season, and he plays a ropey one here that Joe Hart does well to deal with.  Zeegelaar thankfully is back on.  4:03PM 3 min Zeegelaar is off the pitch now receiving treatment having been laid low for a couple of minutes. Watford playing with 10 men temporarily.  4:02PM 1 min Six seconds into Zeegelaar's Premier League debut and he's on the floor with blood pouring from his head after being on the receiving end of a trademark Carroll elbow. No punishment for the West Ham striker. That could have been a yellow or even a red.  Welcome to the Premier League Zeegelaar.  4:00PM Kick-off Watford are set up in a 3-4-3 formation, with the Dutch summer signing Zeegelaar making his debut at left wing-back. West Ham are set up in a 4-3-3.  A reminder of the teams for this one: Watford: Gomes; Mariappa, Kabasele, Britos; Femenia, Cleverley, Doucoure, Zeegelaar; Hughes, Richarlison; Gray. Subs: Karnezis (GK), Prödl, Holebas, Capoue, Pereyra, Carrillo, Okaka. West Ham: Hart; Zabaleta, Reid, Ogbonna, Cresswell; Noble, Kouyate, Obiang; Arnautovic, Lanzini, Carroll.  Subs: Adrian, Masuaku, Rice, Fernandes, Quina, Sakho, Martinez.  3:57PM The teams are out Kick-off is just a few minutes away.  Moyes tells Sky Sports ahead of the match: “We’re ready to go. We’ve had a few training sessions this week and last week. Have we done everything we could? No. Have we had enough time with the players? No. “We’re a bit limited in what we can do. I’ve been saying ‘Let’s make sure we do the job right’ but [the players] need to take responsibility themselves. Most important is we want to be a team that doesn’t lose.” 3:52PM Pards is in the building Alan Pardew, sporting a slightly creepy beard, says in the Sky Sports studio that he would have taken the West Ham job if he'd have been offered it. He then grabs fellow pundit Odion Ighalo's arm quite aggressively, and holds onto it for just long enough to make things uncomfortable. No 'your mum' gags though thankfully.  3:37PM Moyes speaks The new West Ham manager says before the game: "Honestly the big thing is that the players have been good. They have responded."  Moyesy of course promised to make his players work until they cry at his West Ham unveiling a couple of weeks ago.  3:28PM What does it all mean? So that's two changes for Watford, as Zeegelaar comes in for his debut, while Mariappa also starts. Holebas and Carrillo drop to the bench, and Deeney remains suspended after his beef with Joe Allen.  For West Ham, Moyes makes three changes to the West Ham team that were beaten 4-1 by Liverpool last time out. Edimilson Fernandes (dropped), Andre Ayew (ill) and Javier Hernandez (injured on international duty) drop out, with Arnautovic, Carroll and Zabaleta coming into the team.  It looks as though West Ham are lined up in a 4-3-3 formation, with plenty of scope for Arnautovic to fizz crosses at Carroll's head.  Andy Carroll starts up front for West Ham 3:13PM Team news The teams are in, and they are as follows: Watford: Gomes; Mariappa, Kabasele, Britos; Femenia, Cleverley, Doucoure, Zeegelaar; Hughes, Richarlison; Gray. Subs: Karnezis (GK), Prödl, Holebas, Capoue, Pereyra, Carrillo, Okaka. West Ham: Hart; Zabaleta, Reid, Ogbonna, Cresswell; Noble, Kouyate, Obiang; Arnautovic, Lanzini, Carroll.  Subs: Adrian, Masuaku, Rice, Fernandes, Quina, Sakho, Martinez.  2:30PM Preamble Hello all, Welcome to our live coverage of today's Premier League match between Watford and West Ham. Typically, with it being a Premier League game, the focus is almost entirely on the managers.  In the claret and blue corner we have David Moyes, whose name I struggle to write out without instinctively adding the word "beleaguered" in front of it. Today is of course Moyes' first game in charge of West Ham after being given the job until the end of the season during the international break.  The appointment was met with exasperation by most West Ham supporters, who don't think the pessimistic Moe Szyslak lookalike is the man to bring back the glory days of mid-table finishes and the fabled "West Ham way".  Moyes' mission to restore the feelgood factor to the London Stadium starts today with a tricky looking trip to 9th-placed Watford. West Ham begin in 18th place and a point off safety. A win takes them to 15th or 16th and suddenly things are looking hopeful again. A defeat and we will likely see Moyes predicting a long, bleak winter for the team. In fact it being Moyes, he will likely reset West Ham's target to bettering Derby's record low Premier League points tally from a decade ago.  David Moyes takes charge of West Ham for the first time on Sunday Credit: Getty Images Over in the yellow corner, it's the suave Marco Silva, who looks like he should be cashing cheques on Wall Street in the 1980s. Despite Phil Thompson and Paul Merson's howls about Silva's appointment at Hull City last season, the Portuguese has made a very positive impression since arriving in England and is now wanted by Everton.  Watford have turned down two approaches from Everton in the last couple of weeks, but it's a story we probably haven't heard the end of. In the immediate term, Silva will be focused on ending his side's run of three defeats in a row.  My prediction for what it's worth is a 2-1 Watford win.  Team news to follow at 3pm...

Watford 2 West Ham 0: David Moyes beaten and booed in baptism of fire

A manager who would like to leave against one desperate to stay and, with inevitable irony, it was want-away Marco Silva who claimed the victory for Watford as they condemned David Moyes to a desperate, hostile defeat in his first game in charge of West Ham United. This was Moyes’s 500th Premier League match as a manager and there was nothing to celebrate as the visiting fans turned on the club’s hierarchy and players with bitter chants of “Sack the board”, “You destroyed our club” and “You’re not fit to wear the shirt” as West Ham remain stuck in the relegation zone. And they do not look too good to go down on this evidence, while Friday’s home game against Leicester could turn ugly. They lost Marko Arnautovic to a suspected broken thumb while there were some shockingly poor performances, not least from striker Andy Carroll, who was substituted, with the West Ham fans turning on him as well. Carroll could, in fact, have been sent off after just 28 seconds for catching Watford debutant Marvin Zeegelaar with his elbow. Moyes, who is on an initial short-term contract to the season’s end, did not sugar-coat it afterwards and while there was an appeal for unity, there was also a blunt assessment of the underperforming players. “I think there are some players with big reputations who have disappointed and they need to show if that’s their reputation then why have they got it,” he said.  Moyes acknowledged the fans’ discontent and the “heat” being felt by Carroll. “I don’t know the history and all the other reasons for it,” he said of the chants towards the board. “I am thankful they [the fans] were supportive of me. But I have to say also that we need them now. We need a united club. I said to the players, it’s tough to play when the supporters are like that, but I understand their feelings. I think we did not do well enough in all the departments.” Watford supporters, meanwhile, sang “There’s only one Marco Silva” but they know Everton are trying to land the Portuguese, despite having two attempts to get him rebuffed, and that he fancies the move. “We want you to stay,” they added but Silva would prefer to go – although Watford, up to eighth in the table as they stopped a run of three successive defeats, are adamant they will not negotiate. Tough start: West Ham's David Moyes Credit: Reuters It is easy to see why Silva is in ­demand. The 40-year-old has quickly moulded a dynamic, hard-working, organised team – with the brilliant prospect Richarlison again impressive, although they were also indebted to another Brazilian, goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes, for a couple of outstanding saves despite their irrefutable dominance. Moyes will cling to that, but the undeniable truth is that despite those opportunities, either side of half-time, and also Christian ­Kabasele clearing a Manuel Lanzini shot off the line – with Watford two up – West Ham were by far the poorer team as they try to re-organise following the sacking of Slaven Bilic and the appointment of Moyes (having, by the way, made their own informal inquiry about Silva). There was no bounce for West Ham, while whatever the possibilities over Silva and his future, no one could accuse him or his team of being distracted, as he rightly pointed out. He has improved players, bought wisely and is hard-working, and so the appeal to Everton is obvious. Experience v promise: Mark Noble and Richarlison Credit: Getty Once Zeegelaar had gathered himself, the Dutch full-back was heavily involved in Watford’s opening goal as he broke down the right, combining with Richarlison and standing up a cross which was intended for Will Hughes. It was only half-cleared to Andre Gray who brought it down deftly enough but then miscued his shot. Still, it fell to Hughes who steered it into the net for his first goal for Watford and his first in the Premier League. In fact, it was his first shot in top-flight football. Defensively, though, it was a familiar shambles for West Ham. Watford were dominant but then, strangely, after Joe Hart had saved from Richarlison and Kiko Femenia had driven narrowly wide, it was West Ham who should have scored. Lanzini played the ball back to Mark Noble, his angled first-time pass found Cheikhou Kouyate who, through on goal, had his shot ­superbly blocked by Gomes before the ball trickled wide. Beating Spurs is Arsenal's Cup final 39:00 On half-time Gomes excelled himself with a brilliant double save as he scooped out Arnautovic’s bouncing header and then reacted quickly enough to push away his follow-up as the Austrian attempted to flick the ball past him. After half-time Arnautovic was involved again, cutting the ball back to Kouyate who skied it. West Ham, somehow, could have been level or even ahead but Watford had seen enough and took total control as Abdoulaye Doucoure drifted a first-time shot just past the post. Hart then rivalled Gomes with a fine save as he turned away a close-range header from Adrian Mariappa. A goal was coming and Hughes sprung it as he collected a headed clearance from Winston Reid and quickly sent the ball out to Richarlison, who sprinted into the penalty area, shifting to his left – and being allowed to do so by Reid – before driving a low shot that Hart could not keep out. Again, it was down to the goalkeeper’s weaker left-hand side. Unhappy Hammers: West Ham fans Credit: PA For the West Ham owners – David Sullivan and David Gold – and vice-chairman Karren Brady, the chants got even worse as they were individually targeted. It was game over. But this one is set to run and run for both clubs 5:57PM Full-time And that's that, a comfortable and well-deserved win for the hosts. Watford move up a place to eighth place in the table, while West Ham remain in 18th, a point off safety. Moyesy has much to ponder.  5:56PM 90+ 6 min Richarlison is close to his second and Watford's third, but his curling shot from inside the box is just wide. Silva then eats up a few seconds by replacing Gray with Carrillo.  5:53PM 90+4 min Will Hughes gets the Sky Sports MOM award. Toss up between him and Richarlison for me.   5:52PM 90+ 3 min Watford opt for "You're f****** s***' to goad their opponents. Keeping things nice and simple, much as their team have for most of this game.  5:50PM 90 min Eight minutes of added on time after that injury to Arnautovic.   5:48PM 90 min Watford seeing out the game well, and keeping their shape nicely to stem any possible West Ham fightback.  5:46PM 86 min The injured Femenya, who has been excellent up and down the Watford right, has been replaced by Holebas.  5:44PM 84 min Amazed the Watford fans haven't sung "you're getting sacked in the morning" to Moyes yet. Meanwhile Noble gets a booking for shoving Richarlison to the ground.  Hughes then comes off to a standing ovation to be replaced by Pereyra. A goal and an assist for the hugely impressive Hughes today.  5:41PM 81 min Watford lost their last game 3-2 having been 2-0 up at Everton, but the chances of a similar collapse here are looking more and more remote. West Ham not offering a great deal.  5:38PM 79 min "You destroyed our f****** club"...the West Ham fans are pretty upset with the club's board, and are making their feelings known.  Watford meanwhile spring forward again, and it takes a smart Cresswell clearance to cut out Richarlison's low cross.  Watford vs West Ham shots on goal 5:35PM 74 min So nearly a precious goal for West Ham, but Lanzini's goal-bound strike from around the penalty spot is blocked brilliantly by Kabasele on the line. The ball popped up onto Kabasele's hand after he made the block, but a penlaty would have been ridiculously harsh.  5:33PM 73 min Arnautovic says he feels ok to carry on, but Moyes opts to replace him with Masuaku.  5:29PM 70 min Arnautovic looks to be in absolute agony after landing awkwardly on his elbow. He's receiving treatment.  Richarlison breaks clear for Watford  5:27PM 67 min Speaking of things that have been coming, Carroll is replaced by Sakho. Arnautovic fires a shot well over soon after, before Doucoure draws a save from Hart with a low, fizzing shot from range.  5:24PM GOAL! Watford 2 West Ham 0 (Richarlison 64') Watford deservedly double their lead, and that could be the end for West Ham today.  Rarely has the expression "it's been coming" been so apt. Watford have been absolutely battering West Ham the last few minutes, and finally the pressure pays. Hughes canters forward from halfway - after a slight suspicion of handball to control the ball - and feeds Richarlison, who eases his way past Reid and shoots left-footed beyond Hart. Great work from Richarlison but Hart will be disappointed not to have done more than palm the ball on its way towards goal.  What have you got West Ham?  Watford 2 - 0 West Ham (Richarlison, 64 min) 5:23PM 63 min West Ham can't get out of their own half all of a sudden. It's been all Watford in the last five minutes.  5:21PM 60 min From the resulting corner, Hart makes an absolutely sensational fingertip save to keep out Mariappa's point-blank header.  West Ham are teetering on the brink all of a sudden. Watford desperately pushing for the killer second.  5:19PM 59 min Gray looks like he's about to make it 2-0 as he charges into the West Ham box, but Reid gets a block in to deflect the shot wide.   5:15PM 56 min More good pressure from Watford. This time it's Hughes who lets fly from range. A deflection softens the shot though, and it's an easy take for Hart.  5:14PM 54 min Watford so nearly double their lead, but Doucoure's curling effort from 25 yards out whistles just wide. Hart was completely rooted.  Abdoulaye Doucoure in action for Watford 5:12PM 52 min Another huge opportunity spurned by Kouyate. Arnautovic skips away from Britos down the right and pulls the ball back perfectly for Kouyate, who leans back and sends the chance well over. Really poor miss that.  5:11PM 51 min Femenia does superbly down the Watford right again, but his fizzed low centre is thumped wide by Gray. Cresswell is getting turned inside out by Femenia time and time again. He's not getting much protection from Lanzini to be fair.  5:08PM 48 min Oh dear, Carroll has just played an attempted pass to Cresswell straight out of his play. Not Carroll's day so far.  5:04PM 46 min No changes for either side at the break, and we're back under way.  5:02PM West Ham coming back into it towards the end of the half Watford vs West Ham shots on goal 4:54PM First-half summary An enjoyable first half saw Watford took an early lead and look like adding a second, before West Ham's late rally. After that five-minute passage at the end of the half, Moyes will be frustrated to be behind at the break, though Silva will feel his team are well worth their lead for the way they started.  The Watford wing-backs Femenia and debutant Zeegelaar have been particularly impressive, while Richarlison and Hughes have posed a threat further forward. For West Ham, Carroll has been a typically conspicuous performance, though that has mostly been down to his constant fouling and occasional Kamikaze back-passes. With plenty of meaty challenges flying around, it would be no surprise to see a red card for either team, and we should be in for a competitive second half.  Watford's Adrian Mariappa in action with West Ham United's Andy Carroll Credit: REUTERS 4:50PM 45+4 min Richarlison, who has been in a thorn in West Ham's side all half, cuts inside from the left and fires in a shot that is deflected just wide.  And that is the half-time whistle. Watford leading 1-0.  4:49PM 45+3 min How on earth has that stayed out? It's a triple save from Gomes to deny Arnautovic not once, not twice, but thrice. First the keeper palms away Arnautovic's header, then he springs up to block the rebound from close range, before holding on to a final attempt from an acute angle. West Ham have come alive in the last few minutes.  4:46PM 45 min Carroll is right in the thick of things again, and he's being told to calm down by referee Marriner after another mistimed tackle. Surely this can only end with Carroll being sent off or substituted for his own protection? Four minutes of added on time after the earlier injury to Zeegelaar.  4:44PM 44 min Watford flood forward on the break, but Hughes flicks Femenia's cross well over. Femenia did superbly to get past Cresswell and work the space for the cross.  4:43PM 43 min Huge chance for West Ham, by far their best of the fame so far. Cattoll, Lanzini and then Noble combine beautifully around the edge of the box to send Kouyate away. Gomes flies out of his goal though to deny the West Ham man. He really should have scored what was a pretty straightforward one on one.  Attempt Saved: Watford 1 - 0 West Ham (Cheikhou Kouyaté, 42 min) 4:41PM 41 min Obiang is the latest player to go into the book. This one is for a mistimed tackle on Hughes, as the Watford man turned away neatly again. Would not be at all surprised to see a red card today.  4:39PM 40 min It's slightly sad to see how off the pace the once-great Zabaleta looks these days. He's really struggling against Richarlison today, and he gives away a free-kick with a hopelessly late challenge on the Brazilian.  4:37PM 37 min Britos lamps a very ambitious 35-yard strike well over the bar. A truly terrible effort.  Watford vs West Ham shots on goal 4:36PM 36 min Arnautovic, sporting an uncharacteristically sensible haircut, goes into the book for a reckless challenge on Cleverley. The studs were showing, but it was only a one-footed challenge (an expression you rarely hear), so no real case for a red.  4:33PM 34 min Very close to a Watford second. First of all Richarlison has a decent effort saved by Hart from the edge of the box, before Femenia smashes the rebound just wide. West Ham on the ropes, Watford well on top.  "When did football management become so difficult?" 4:31PM 31 min From the resulting free-kick, Britos makes a crucial headed clearance from Cresswell's whipped-in delivery. Up the other end, Hughes plays a lovely flicked pass to Gray, but the striker's cross is easily collected by Hart. Hughes and Gray linking up nicely here.  4:29PM 29 min Britos booked for scything down Kouyate down the West Ham right.  4:29PM 28 min Off the ball challenge from Carroll, who shoves over Richarlison after the Brazilian had dispossessed him. It's just a yellow card, which is probably the right call. But what on earth was Carroll thinking? He's only just back from suspension as well, and could easily have been booked earlier for that elbow on Zeegelaar.  4:25PM 25 min There's a coming together in midfield between Noble and Cleverley. I feel like those two would have been a central midfield pairing in a 2008 'Predicted England XI for the 2018 World Cup'.  Will Hughes celebrates putting Watford 1-0 up 4:22PM 23 min Hughes shows some nifty footwork to work a yard of space and then plays a lovely through ball to Richarlison. The Brazilian is clipped by Zabaleta just inside the box, but Marriner waves away the penalty appeals.  4:20PM 20 min West Ham enjoying plenty of possession in the last few minutes, but they're doing little more than pumping diagonals up towards Andy Carroll that are being well dealt with by the Watford defence.  4:17PM 17 min Zeegelaar, as he did for the goal, getting forward well. The Dutchman has recovered well from that painful Carroll challenge early on, and is making a positive impression on day-boo.  4:15PM 15 min Watford fans and players are frustrated as Gray is poleaxed by Reid as he heads towards goal. Referee Andre Marriner says no foul. It was a borderline call.  4:13PM 13 min Almost an instant response from West ham, but Carroll's header from Zabaleta's cross lacks power and doesn't trouble Gomes.  4:11PM GOAL! Watford 1 West Ham 0 (Hughes 11') Watford score with their first attack, and it's a first Watford goal for Will Hughes. Zeegelaar whips in a cross from the left that Gray controls brilliantly, and though his attempted shot is badly scuffed, the ball lands perfectly for Hughes to sweep home with his left foot from about 10 yards out.  Nightmare start for Moyes, and West Ham have lost all six of the Premier League games in which they've fallen behind this season.  Watford 1 - 0 West Ham (Will Hughes, 11 min) 4:09PM 10 mins "Sack the board" sing the West Ham fans. That'll be tough to hear for the so-called "Dildo brothers".  4:08PM 8 min Comical start to the game from Carroll - he's now dug an elbow into Kabasele's ribs. The Watford defender is winded by the challenge looks fine to carry on. That one was a more honest challenge from Carroll to be fair.  4:05PM 6 min Carroll really needs to stop playing back-passes to his goalkeeper. He tried a costly one against Tottenham earlier in the season, and he plays a ropey one here that Joe Hart does well to deal with.  Zeegelaar thankfully is back on.  4:03PM 3 min Zeegelaar is off the pitch now receiving treatment having been laid low for a couple of minutes. Watford playing with 10 men temporarily.  4:02PM 1 min Six seconds into Zeegelaar's Premier League debut and he's on the floor with blood pouring from his head after being on the receiving end of a trademark Carroll elbow. No punishment for the West Ham striker. That could have been a yellow or even a red.  Welcome to the Premier League Zeegelaar.  4:00PM Kick-off Watford are set up in a 3-4-3 formation, with the Dutch summer signing Zeegelaar making his debut at left wing-back. West Ham are set up in a 4-3-3.  A reminder of the teams for this one: Watford: Gomes; Mariappa, Kabasele, Britos; Femenia, Cleverley, Doucoure, Zeegelaar; Hughes, Richarlison; Gray. Subs: Karnezis (GK), Prödl, Holebas, Capoue, Pereyra, Carrillo, Okaka. West Ham: Hart; Zabaleta, Reid, Ogbonna, Cresswell; Noble, Kouyate, Obiang; Arnautovic, Lanzini, Carroll.  Subs: Adrian, Masuaku, Rice, Fernandes, Quina, Sakho, Martinez.  3:57PM The teams are out Kick-off is just a few minutes away.  Moyes tells Sky Sports ahead of the match: “We’re ready to go. We’ve had a few training sessions this week and last week. Have we done everything we could? No. Have we had enough time with the players? No. “We’re a bit limited in what we can do. I’ve been saying ‘Let’s make sure we do the job right’ but [the players] need to take responsibility themselves. Most important is we want to be a team that doesn’t lose.” 3:52PM Pards is in the building Alan Pardew, sporting a slightly creepy beard, says in the Sky Sports studio that he would have taken the West Ham job if he'd have been offered it. He then grabs fellow pundit Odion Ighalo's arm quite aggressively, and holds onto it for just long enough to make things uncomfortable. No 'your mum' gags though thankfully.  3:37PM Moyes speaks The new West Ham manager says before the game: "Honestly the big thing is that the players have been good. They have responded."  Moyesy of course promised to make his players work until they cry at his West Ham unveiling a couple of weeks ago.  3:28PM What does it all mean? So that's two changes for Watford, as Zeegelaar comes in for his debut, while Mariappa also starts. Holebas and Carrillo drop to the bench, and Deeney remains suspended after his beef with Joe Allen.  For West Ham, Moyes makes three changes to the West Ham team that were beaten 4-1 by Liverpool last time out. Edimilson Fernandes (dropped), Andre Ayew (ill) and Javier Hernandez (injured on international duty) drop out, with Arnautovic, Carroll and Zabaleta coming into the team.  It looks as though West Ham are lined up in a 4-3-3 formation, with plenty of scope for Arnautovic to fizz crosses at Carroll's head.  Andy Carroll starts up front for West Ham 3:13PM Team news The teams are in, and they are as follows: Watford: Gomes; Mariappa, Kabasele, Britos; Femenia, Cleverley, Doucoure, Zeegelaar; Hughes, Richarlison; Gray. Subs: Karnezis (GK), Prödl, Holebas, Capoue, Pereyra, Carrillo, Okaka. West Ham: Hart; Zabaleta, Reid, Ogbonna, Cresswell; Noble, Kouyate, Obiang; Arnautovic, Lanzini, Carroll.  Subs: Adrian, Masuaku, Rice, Fernandes, Quina, Sakho, Martinez.  2:30PM Preamble Hello all, Welcome to our live coverage of today's Premier League match between Watford and West Ham. Typically, with it being a Premier League game, the focus is almost entirely on the managers.  In the claret and blue corner we have David Moyes, whose name I struggle to write out without instinctively adding the word "beleaguered" in front of it. Today is of course Moyes' first game in charge of West Ham after being given the job until the end of the season during the international break.  The appointment was met with exasperation by most West Ham supporters, who don't think the pessimistic Moe Szyslak lookalike is the man to bring back the glory days of mid-table finishes and the fabled "West Ham way".  Moyes' mission to restore the feelgood factor to the London Stadium starts today with a tricky looking trip to 9th-placed Watford. West Ham begin in 18th place and a point off safety. A win takes them to 15th or 16th and suddenly things are looking hopeful again. A defeat and we will likely see Moyes predicting a long, bleak winter for the team. In fact it being Moyes, he will likely reset West Ham's target to bettering Derby's record low Premier League points tally from a decade ago.  David Moyes takes charge of West Ham for the first time on Sunday Credit: Getty Images Over in the yellow corner, it's the suave Marco Silva, who looks like he should be cashing cheques on Wall Street in the 1980s. Despite Phil Thompson and Paul Merson's howls about Silva's appointment at Hull City last season, the Portuguese has made a very positive impression since arriving in England and is now wanted by Everton.  Watford have turned down two approaches from Everton in the last couple of weeks, but it's a story we probably haven't heard the end of. In the immediate term, Silva will be focused on ending his side's run of three defeats in a row.  My prediction for what it's worth is a 2-1 Watford win.  Team news to follow at 3pm...

Watford 2 West Ham 0: David Moyes beaten and booed in baptism of fire

A manager who would like to leave against one desperate to stay and, with inevitable irony, it was want-away Marco Silva who claimed the victory for Watford as they condemned David Moyes to a desperate, hostile defeat in his first game in charge of West Ham United. This was Moyes’s 500th Premier League match as a manager and there was nothing to celebrate as the visiting fans turned on the club’s hierarchy and players with bitter chants of “Sack the board”, “You destroyed our club” and “You’re not fit to wear the shirt” as West Ham remain stuck in the relegation zone. And they do not look too good to go down on this evidence, while Friday’s home game against Leicester could turn ugly. They lost Marko Arnautovic to a suspected broken thumb while there were some shockingly poor performances, not least from striker Andy Carroll, who was substituted, with the West Ham fans turning on him as well. Carroll could, in fact, have been sent off after just 28 seconds for catching Watford debutant Marvin Zeegelaar with his elbow. Moyes, who is on an initial short-term contract to the season’s end, did not sugar-coat it afterwards and while there was an appeal for unity, there was also a blunt assessment of the underperforming players. “I think there are some players with big reputations who have disappointed and they need to show if that’s their reputation then why have they got it,” he said.  Moyes acknowledged the fans’ discontent and the “heat” being felt by Carroll. “I don’t know the history and all the other reasons for it,” he said of the chants towards the board. “I am thankful they [the fans] were supportive of me. But I have to say also that we need them now. We need a united club. I said to the players, it’s tough to play when the supporters are like that, but I understand their feelings. I think we did not do well enough in all the departments.” Watford supporters, meanwhile, sang “There’s only one Marco Silva” but they know Everton are trying to land the Portuguese, despite having two attempts to get him rebuffed, and that he fancies the move. “We want you to stay,” they added but Silva would prefer to go – although Watford, up to eighth in the table as they stopped a run of three successive defeats, are adamant they will not negotiate. Tough start: West Ham's David Moyes Credit: Reuters It is easy to see why Silva is in ­demand. The 40-year-old has quickly moulded a dynamic, hard-working, organised team – with the brilliant prospect Richarlison again impressive, although they were also indebted to another Brazilian, goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes, for a couple of outstanding saves despite their irrefutable dominance. Moyes will cling to that, but the undeniable truth is that despite those opportunities, either side of half-time, and also Christian ­Kabasele clearing a Manuel Lanzini shot off the line – with Watford two up – West Ham were by far the poorer team as they try to re-organise following the sacking of Slaven Bilic and the appointment of Moyes (having, by the way, made their own informal inquiry about Silva). There was no bounce for West Ham, while whatever the possibilities over Silva and his future, no one could accuse him or his team of being distracted, as he rightly pointed out. He has improved players, bought wisely and is hard-working, and so the appeal to Everton is obvious. Experience v promise: Mark Noble and Richarlison Credit: Getty Once Zeegelaar had gathered himself, the Dutch full-back was heavily involved in Watford’s opening goal as he broke down the right, combining with Richarlison and standing up a cross which was intended for Will Hughes. It was only half-cleared to Andre Gray who brought it down deftly enough but then miscued his shot. Still, it fell to Hughes who steered it into the net for his first goal for Watford and his first in the Premier League. In fact, it was his first shot in top-flight football. Defensively, though, it was a familiar shambles for West Ham. Watford were dominant but then, strangely, after Joe Hart had saved from Richarlison and Kiko Femenia had driven narrowly wide, it was West Ham who should have scored. Lanzini played the ball back to Mark Noble, his angled first-time pass found Cheikhou Kouyate who, through on goal, had his shot ­superbly blocked by Gomes before the ball trickled wide. Hammer hand: Marko Arnautovic of West Ham United is injured as Marvin Zeegelaar of Watford treads on his hand Credit: Getty On half-time Gomes excelled himself with a brilliant double save as he scooped out Arnautovic’s bouncing header and then reacted quickly enough to push away his follow-up as the Austrian attempted to flick the ball past him. After half-time Arnautovic was involved again, cutting the ball back to Kouyate who skied it. West Ham, somehow, could have been level or even ahead but Watford had seen enough and took total control as Abdoulaye Doucoure drifted a first-time shot just past the post. Hart then rivalled Gomes with a fine save as he turned away a close-range header from Adrian Mariappa. A goal was coming and Hughes sprung it as he collected a headed clearance from Winston Reid and quickly sent the ball out to Richarlison, who sprinted into the penalty area, shifting to his left – and being allowed to do so by Reid – before driving a low shot that Hart could not keep out. Again, it was down to the goalkeeper’s weaker left-hand side. Unhappy Hammers: West Ham fans Credit: PA For the West Ham owners – David Sullivan and David Gold – and vice-chairman Karren Brady, the chants got even worse as they were individually targeted. It was game over. But this one is set to run and run for both clubs 5:57PM Full-time And that's that, a comfortable and well-deserved win for the hosts. Watford move up a place to eighth place in the table, while West Ham remain in 18th, a point off safety. Moyesy has much to ponder.  5:56PM 90+ 6 min Richarlison is close to his second and Watford's third, but his curling shot from inside the box is just wide. Silva then eats up a few seconds by replacing Gray with Carrillo.  5:53PM 90+4 min Will Hughes gets the Sky Sports MOM award. Toss up between him and Richarlison for me.   5:52PM 90+ 3 min Watford opt for "You're f****** s***' to goad their opponents. Keeping things nice and simple, much as their team have for most of this game.  5:50PM 90 min Eight minutes of added on time after that injury to Arnautovic.   5:48PM 90 min Watford seeing out the game well, and keeping their shape nicely to stem any possible West Ham fightback.  5:46PM 86 min The injured Femenya, who has been excellent up and down the Watford right, has been replaced by Holebas.  5:44PM 84 min Amazed the Watford fans haven't sung "you're getting sacked in the morning" to Moyes yet. Meanwhile Noble gets a booking for shoving Richarlison to the ground.  Hughes then comes off to a standing ovation to be replaced by Pereyra. A goal and an assist for the hugely impressive Hughes today.  5:41PM 81 min Watford lost their last game 3-2 having been 2-0 up at Everton, but the chances of a similar collapse here are looking more and more remote. West Ham not offering a great deal.  5:38PM 79 min "You destroyed our f****** club"...the West Ham fans are pretty upset with the club's board, and are making their feelings known.  Watford meanwhile spring forward again, and it takes a smart Cresswell clearance to cut out Richarlison's low cross.  Watford vs West Ham shots on goal 5:35PM 74 min So nearly a precious goal for West Ham, but Lanzini's goal-bound strike from around the penalty spot is blocked brilliantly by Kabasele on the line. The ball popped up onto Kabasele's hand after he made the block, but a penlaty would have been ridiculously harsh.  5:33PM 73 min Arnautovic says he feels ok to carry on, but Moyes opts to replace him with Masuaku.  5:29PM 70 min Arnautovic looks to be in absolute agony after landing awkwardly on his elbow. He's receiving treatment.  Richarlison breaks clear for Watford  5:27PM 67 min Speaking of things that have been coming, Carroll is replaced by Sakho. Arnautovic fires a shot well over soon after, before Doucoure draws a save from Hart with a low, fizzing shot from range.  5:24PM GOAL! Watford 2 West Ham 0 (Richarlison 64') Watford deservedly double their lead, and that could be the end for West Ham today.  Rarely has the expression "it's been coming" been so apt. Watford have been absolutely battering West Ham the last few minutes, and finally the pressure pays. Hughes canters forward from halfway - after a slight suspicion of handball to control the ball - and feeds Richarlison, who eases his way past Reid and shoots left-footed beyond Hart. Great work from Richarlison but Hart will be disappointed not to have done more than palm the ball on its way towards goal.  What have you got West Ham?  Watford 2 - 0 West Ham (Richarlison, 64 min) 5:23PM 63 min West Ham can't get out of their own half all of a sudden. It's been all Watford in the last five minutes.  5:21PM 60 min From the resulting corner, Hart makes an absolutely sensational fingertip save to keep out Mariappa's point-blank header.  West Ham are teetering on the brink all of a sudden. Watford desperately pushing for the killer second.  5:19PM 59 min Gray looks like he's about to make it 2-0 as he charges into the West Ham box, but Reid gets a block in to deflect the shot wide.   5:15PM 56 min More good pressure from Watford. This time it's Hughes who lets fly from range. A deflection softens the shot though, and it's an easy take for Hart.  5:14PM 54 min Watford so nearly double their lead, but Doucoure's curling effort from 25 yards out whistles just wide. Hart was completely rooted.  Abdoulaye Doucoure in action for Watford 5:12PM 52 min Another huge opportunity spurned by Kouyate. Arnautovic skips away from Britos down the right and pulls the ball back perfectly for Kouyate, who leans back and sends the chance well over. Really poor miss that.  5:11PM 51 min Femenia does superbly down the Watford right again, but his fizzed low centre is thumped wide by Gray. Cresswell is getting turned inside out by Femenia time and time again. He's not getting much protection from Lanzini to be fair.  5:08PM 48 min Oh dear, Carroll has just played an attempted pass to Cresswell straight out of his play. Not Carroll's day so far.  5:04PM 46 min No changes for either side at the break, and we're back under way.  5:02PM West Ham coming back into it towards the end of the half Watford vs West Ham shots on goal 4:54PM First-half summary An enjoyable first half saw Watford took an early lead and look like adding a second, before West Ham's late rally. After that five-minute passage at the end of the half, Moyes will be frustrated to be behind at the break, though Silva will feel his team are well worth their lead for the way they started.  The Watford wing-backs Femenia and debutant Zeegelaar have been particularly impressive, while Richarlison and Hughes have posed a threat further forward. For West Ham, Carroll has been a typically conspicuous performance, though that has mostly been down to his constant fouling and occasional Kamikaze back-passes. With plenty of meaty challenges flying around, it would be no surprise to see a red card for either team, and we should be in for a competitive second half.  Watford's Adrian Mariappa in action with West Ham United's Andy Carroll Credit: REUTERS 4:50PM 45+4 min Richarlison, who has been in a thorn in West Ham's side all half, cuts inside from the left and fires in a shot that is deflected just wide.  And that is the half-time whistle. Watford leading 1-0.  4:49PM 45+3 min How on earth has that stayed out? It's a triple save from Gomes to deny Arnautovic not once, not twice, but thrice. First the keeper palms away Arnautovic's header, then he springs up to block the rebound from close range, before holding on to a final attempt from an acute angle. West Ham have come alive in the last few minutes.  4:46PM 45 min Carroll is right in the thick of things again, and he's being told to calm down by referee Marriner after another mistimed tackle. Surely this can only end with Carroll being sent off or substituted for his own protection? Four minutes of added on time after the earlier injury to Zeegelaar.  4:44PM 44 min Watford flood forward on the break, but Hughes flicks Femenia's cross well over. Femenia did superbly to get past Cresswell and work the space for the cross.  4:43PM 43 min Huge chance for West Ham, by far their best of the fame so far. Cattoll, Lanzini and then Noble combine beautifully around the edge of the box to send Kouyate away. Gomes flies out of his goal though to deny the West Ham man. He really should have scored what was a pretty straightforward one on one.  Attempt Saved: Watford 1 - 0 West Ham (Cheikhou Kouyaté, 42 min) 4:41PM 41 min Obiang is the latest player to go into the book. This one is for a mistimed tackle on Hughes, as the Watford man turned away neatly again. Would not be at all surprised to see a red card today.  4:39PM 40 min It's slightly sad to see how off the pace the once-great Zabaleta looks these days. He's really struggling against Richarlison today, and he gives away a free-kick with a hopelessly late challenge on the Brazilian.  4:37PM 37 min Britos lamps a very ambitious 35-yard strike well over the bar. A truly terrible effort.  Watford vs West Ham shots on goal 4:36PM 36 min Arnautovic, sporting an uncharacteristically sensible haircut, goes into the book for a reckless challenge on Cleverley. The studs were showing, but it was only a one-footed challenge (an expression you rarely hear), so no real case for a red.  4:33PM 34 min Very close to a Watford second. First of all Richarlison has a decent effort saved by Hart from the edge of the box, before Femenia smashes the rebound just wide. West Ham on the ropes, Watford well on top.  "When did football management become so difficult?" 4:31PM 31 min From the resulting free-kick, Britos makes a crucial headed clearance from Cresswell's whipped-in delivery. Up the other end, Hughes plays a lovely flicked pass to Gray, but the striker's cross is easily collected by Hart. Hughes and Gray linking up nicely here.  4:29PM 29 min Britos booked for scything down Kouyate down the West Ham right.  4:29PM 28 min Off the ball challenge from Carroll, who shoves over Richarlison after the Brazilian had dispossessed him. It's just a yellow card, which is probably the right call. But what on earth was Carroll thinking? He's only just back from suspension as well, and could easily have been booked earlier for that elbow on Zeegelaar.  4:25PM 25 min There's a coming together in midfield between Noble and Cleverley. I feel like those two would have been a central midfield pairing in a 2008 'Predicted England XI for the 2018 World Cup'.  Will Hughes celebrates putting Watford 1-0 up 4:22PM 23 min Hughes shows some nifty footwork to work a yard of space and then plays a lovely through ball to Richarlison. The Brazilian is clipped by Zabaleta just inside the box, but Marriner waves away the penalty appeals.  4:20PM 20 min West Ham enjoying plenty of possession in the last few minutes, but they're doing little more than pumping diagonals up towards Andy Carroll that are being well dealt with by the Watford defence.  4:17PM 17 min Zeegelaar, as he did for the goal, getting forward well. The Dutchman has recovered well from that painful Carroll challenge early on, and is making a positive impression on day-boo.  4:15PM 15 min Watford fans and players are frustrated as Gray is poleaxed by Reid as he heads towards goal. Referee Andre Marriner says no foul. It was a borderline call.  4:13PM 13 min Almost an instant response from West ham, but Carroll's header from Zabaleta's cross lacks power and doesn't trouble Gomes.  4:11PM GOAL! Watford 1 West Ham 0 (Hughes 11') Watford score with their first attack, and it's a first Watford goal for Will Hughes. Zeegelaar whips in a cross from the left that Gray controls brilliantly, and though his attempted shot is badly scuffed, the ball lands perfectly for Hughes to sweep home with his left foot from about 10 yards out.  Nightmare start for Moyes, and West Ham have lost all six of the Premier League games in which they've fallen behind this season.  Watford 1 - 0 West Ham (Will Hughes, 11 min) 4:09PM 10 mins "Sack the board" sing the West Ham fans. That'll be tough to hear for the so-called "Dildo brothers".  4:08PM 8 min Comical start to the game from Carroll - he's now dug an elbow into Kabasele's ribs. The Watford defender is winded by the challenge looks fine to carry on. That one was a more honest challenge from Carroll to be fair.  4:05PM 6 min Carroll really needs to stop playing back-passes to his goalkeeper. He tried a costly one against Tottenham earlier in the season, and he plays a ropey one here that Joe Hart does well to deal with.  Zeegelaar thankfully is back on.  4:03PM 3 min Zeegelaar is off the pitch now receiving treatment having been laid low for a couple of minutes. Watford playing with 10 men temporarily.  4:02PM 1 min Six seconds into Zeegelaar's Premier League debut and he's on the floor with blood pouring from his head after being on the receiving end of a trademark Carroll elbow. No punishment for the West Ham striker. That could have been a yellow or even a red.  Welcome to the Premier League Zeegelaar.  4:00PM Kick-off Watford are set up in a 3-4-3 formation, with the Dutch summer signing Zeegelaar making his debut at left wing-back. West Ham are set up in a 4-3-3.  A reminder of the teams for this one: Watford: Gomes; Mariappa, Kabasele, Britos; Femenia, Cleverley, Doucoure, Zeegelaar; Hughes, Richarlison; Gray. Subs: Karnezis (GK), Prödl, Holebas, Capoue, Pereyra, Carrillo, Okaka. West Ham: Hart; Zabaleta, Reid, Ogbonna, Cresswell; Noble, Kouyate, Obiang; Arnautovic, Lanzini, Carroll.  Subs: Adrian, Masuaku, Rice, Fernandes, Quina, Sakho, Martinez.  3:57PM The teams are out Kick-off is just a few minutes away.  Moyes tells Sky Sports ahead of the match: “We’re ready to go. We’ve had a few training sessions this week and last week. Have we done everything we could? No. Have we had enough time with the players? No. “We’re a bit limited in what we can do. I’ve been saying ‘Let’s make sure we do the job right’ but [the players] need to take responsibility themselves. Most important is we want to be a team that doesn’t lose.” 3:52PM Pards is in the building Alan Pardew, sporting a slightly creepy beard, says in the Sky Sports studio that he would have taken the West Ham job if he'd have been offered it. He then grabs fellow pundit Odion Ighalo's arm quite aggressively, and holds onto it for just long enough to make things uncomfortable. No 'your mum' gags though thankfully.  3:37PM Moyes speaks The new West Ham manager says before the game: "Honestly the big thing is that the players have been good. They have responded."  Moyesy of course promised to make his players work until they cry at his West Ham unveiling a couple of weeks ago.  3:28PM What does it all mean? So that's two changes for Watford, as Zeegelaar comes in for his debut, while Mariappa also starts. Holebas and Carrillo drop to the bench, and Deeney remains suspended after his beef with Joe Allen.  For West Ham, Moyes makes three changes to the West Ham team that were beaten 4-1 by Liverpool last time out. Edimilson Fernandes (dropped), Andre Ayew (ill) and Javier Hernandez (injured on international duty) drop out, with Arnautovic, Carroll and Zabaleta coming into the team.  It looks as though West Ham are lined up in a 4-3-3 formation, with plenty of scope for Arnautovic to fizz crosses at Carroll's head.  Andy Carroll starts up front for West Ham 3:13PM Team news The teams are in, and they are as follows: Watford: Gomes; Mariappa, Kabasele, Britos; Femenia, Cleverley, Doucoure, Zeegelaar; Hughes, Richarlison; Gray. Subs: Karnezis (GK), Prödl, Holebas, Capoue, Pereyra, Carrillo, Okaka. West Ham: Hart; Zabaleta, Reid, Ogbonna, Cresswell; Noble, Kouyate, Obiang; Arnautovic, Lanzini, Carroll.  Subs: Adrian, Masuaku, Rice, Fernandes, Quina, Sakho, Martinez.  2:30PM Preamble Hello all, Welcome to our live coverage of today's Premier League match between Watford and West Ham. Typically, with it being a Premier League game, the focus is almost entirely on the managers.  In the claret and blue corner we have David Moyes, whose name I struggle to write out without instinctively adding the word "beleaguered" in front of it. Today is of course Moyes' first game in charge of West Ham after being given the job until the end of the season during the international break.  The appointment was met with exasperation by most West Ham supporters, who don't think the pessimistic Moe Szyslak lookalike is the man to bring back the glory days of mid-table finishes and the fabled "West Ham way".  Moyes' mission to restore the feelgood factor to the London Stadium starts today with a tricky looking trip to 9th-placed Watford. West Ham begin in 18th place and a point off safety. A win takes them to 15th or 16th and suddenly things are looking hopeful again. A defeat and we will likely see Moyes predicting a long, bleak winter for the team. In fact it being Moyes, he will likely reset West Ham's target to bettering Derby's record low Premier League points tally from a decade ago.  David Moyes takes charge of West Ham for the first time on Sunday Credit: Getty Images Over in the yellow corner, it's the suave Marco Silva, who looks like he should be cashing cheques on Wall Street in the 1980s. Despite Phil Thompson and Paul Merson's howls about Silva's appointment at Hull City last season, the Portuguese has made a very positive impression since arriving in England and is now wanted by Everton.  Watford have turned down two approaches from Everton in the last couple of weeks, but it's a story we probably haven't heard the end of. In the immediate term, Silva will be focused on ending his side's run of three defeats in a row.  My prediction for what it's worth is a 2-1 Watford win.  Team news to follow at 3pm...

Watford 2 West Ham 0: David Moyes beaten and booed in baptism of fire

A manager who would like to leave against one desperate to stay and, with inevitable irony, it was want-away Marco Silva who claimed the victory for Watford as they condemned David Moyes to a desperate, hostile defeat in his first game in charge of West Ham United. This was Moyes’s 500th Premier League match as a manager and there was nothing to celebrate as the visiting fans turned on the club’s hierarchy and players with bitter chants of “Sack the board”, “You destroyed our club” and “You’re not fit to wear the shirt” as West Ham remain stuck in the relegation zone. And they do not look too good to go down on this evidence, while Friday’s home game against Leicester could turn ugly. They lost Marko Arnautovic to a suspected broken thumb while there were some shockingly poor performances, not least from striker Andy Carroll, who was substituted, with the West Ham fans turning on him as well. Carroll could, in fact, have been sent off after just 28 seconds for catching Watford debutant Marvin Zeegelaar with his elbow. Moyes, who is on an initial short-term contract to the season’s end, did not sugar-coat it afterwards and while there was an appeal for unity, there was also a blunt assessment of the underperforming players. “I think there are some players with big reputations who have disappointed and they need to show if that’s their reputation then why have they got it,” he said.  Moyes acknowledged the fans’ discontent and the “heat” being felt by Carroll. “I don’t know the history and all the other reasons for it,” he said of the chants towards the board. “I am thankful they [the fans] were supportive of me. But I have to say also that we need them now. We need a united club. I said to the players, it’s tough to play when the supporters are like that, but I understand their feelings. I think we did not do well enough in all the departments.” Watford supporters, meanwhile, sang “There’s only one Marco Silva” but they know Everton are trying to land the Portuguese, despite having two attempts to get him rebuffed, and that he fancies the move. “We want you to stay,” they added but Silva would prefer to go – although Watford, up to eighth in the table as they stopped a run of three successive defeats, are adamant they will not negotiate. Tough start: West Ham's David Moyes Credit: Reuters It is easy to see why Silva is in ­demand. The 40-year-old has quickly moulded a dynamic, hard-working, organised team – with the brilliant prospect Richarlison again impressive, although they were also indebted to another Brazilian, goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes, for a couple of outstanding saves despite their irrefutable dominance. Moyes will cling to that, but the undeniable truth is that despite those opportunities, either side of half-time, and also Christian ­Kabasele clearing a Manuel Lanzini shot off the line – with Watford two up – West Ham were by far the poorer team as they try to re-organise following the sacking of Slaven Bilic and the appointment of Moyes (having, by the way, made their own informal inquiry about Silva). There was no bounce for West Ham, while whatever the possibilities over Silva and his future, no one could accuse him or his team of being distracted, as he rightly pointed out. He has improved players, bought wisely and is hard-working, and so the appeal to Everton is obvious. Experience v promise: Mark Noble and Richarlison Credit: Getty Once Zeegelaar had gathered himself, the Dutch full-back was heavily involved in Watford’s opening goal as he broke down the right, combining with Richarlison and standing up a cross which was intended for Will Hughes. It was only half-cleared to Andre Gray who brought it down deftly enough but then miscued his shot. Still, it fell to Hughes who steered it into the net for his first goal for Watford and his first in the Premier League. In fact, it was his first shot in top-flight football. Defensively, though, it was a familiar shambles for West Ham. Watford were dominant but then, strangely, after Joe Hart had saved from Richarlison and Kiko Femenia had driven narrowly wide, it was West Ham who should have scored. Lanzini played the ball back to Mark Noble, his angled first-time pass found Cheikhou Kouyate who, through on goal, had his shot ­superbly blocked by Gomes before the ball trickled wide. Beating Spurs is Arsenal's Cup final 39:00 On half-time Gomes excelled himself with a brilliant double save as he scooped out Arnautovic’s bouncing header and then reacted quickly enough to push away his follow-up as the Austrian attempted to flick the ball past him. After half-time Arnautovic was involved again, cutting the ball back to Kouyate who skied it. West Ham, somehow, could have been level or even ahead but Watford had seen enough and took total control as Abdoulaye Doucoure drifted a first-time shot just past the post. Hart then rivalled Gomes with a fine save as he turned away a close-range header from Adrian Mariappa. A goal was coming and Hughes sprung it as he collected a headed clearance from Winston Reid and quickly sent the ball out to Richarlison, who sprinted into the penalty area, shifting to his left – and being allowed to do so by Reid – before driving a low shot that Hart could not keep out. Again, it was down to the goalkeeper’s weaker left-hand side. Unhappy Hammers: West Ham fans Credit: PA For the West Ham owners – David Sullivan and David Gold – and vice-chairman Karren Brady, the chants got even worse as they were individually targeted. It was game over. But this one is set to run and run for both clubs 5:57PM Full-time And that's that, a comfortable and well-deserved win for the hosts. Watford move up a place to eighth place in the table, while West Ham remain in 18th, a point off safety. Moyesy has much to ponder.  5:56PM 90+ 6 min Richarlison is close to his second and Watford's third, but his curling shot from inside the box is just wide. Silva then eats up a few seconds by replacing Gray with Carrillo.  5:53PM 90+4 min Will Hughes gets the Sky Sports MOM award. Toss up between him and Richarlison for me.   5:52PM 90+ 3 min Watford opt for "You're f****** s***' to goad their opponents. Keeping things nice and simple, much as their team have for most of this game.  5:50PM 90 min Eight minutes of added on time after that injury to Arnautovic.   5:48PM 90 min Watford seeing out the game well, and keeping their shape nicely to stem any possible West Ham fightback.  5:46PM 86 min The injured Femenya, who has been excellent up and down the Watford right, has been replaced by Holebas.  5:44PM 84 min Amazed the Watford fans haven't sung "you're getting sacked in the morning" to Moyes yet. Meanwhile Noble gets a booking for shoving Richarlison to the ground.  Hughes then comes off to a standing ovation to be replaced by Pereyra. A goal and an assist for the hugely impressive Hughes today.  5:41PM 81 min Watford lost their last game 3-2 having been 2-0 up at Everton, but the chances of a similar collapse here are looking more and more remote. West Ham not offering a great deal.  5:38PM 79 min "You destroyed our f****** club"...the West Ham fans are pretty upset with the club's board, and are making their feelings known.  Watford meanwhile spring forward again, and it takes a smart Cresswell clearance to cut out Richarlison's low cross.  Watford vs West Ham shots on goal 5:35PM 74 min So nearly a precious goal for West Ham, but Lanzini's goal-bound strike from around the penalty spot is blocked brilliantly by Kabasele on the line. The ball popped up onto Kabasele's hand after he made the block, but a penlaty would have been ridiculously harsh.  5:33PM 73 min Arnautovic says he feels ok to carry on, but Moyes opts to replace him with Masuaku.  5:29PM 70 min Arnautovic looks to be in absolute agony after landing awkwardly on his elbow. He's receiving treatment.  Richarlison breaks clear for Watford  5:27PM 67 min Speaking of things that have been coming, Carroll is replaced by Sakho. Arnautovic fires a shot well over soon after, before Doucoure draws a save from Hart with a low, fizzing shot from range.  5:24PM GOAL! Watford 2 West Ham 0 (Richarlison 64') Watford deservedly double their lead, and that could be the end for West Ham today.  Rarely has the expression "it's been coming" been so apt. Watford have been absolutely battering West Ham the last few minutes, and finally the pressure pays. Hughes canters forward from halfway - after a slight suspicion of handball to control the ball - and feeds Richarlison, who eases his way past Reid and shoots left-footed beyond Hart. Great work from Richarlison but Hart will be disappointed not to have done more than palm the ball on its way towards goal.  What have you got West Ham?  Watford 2 - 0 West Ham (Richarlison, 64 min) 5:23PM 63 min West Ham can't get out of their own half all of a sudden. It's been all Watford in the last five minutes.  5:21PM 60 min From the resulting corner, Hart makes an absolutely sensational fingertip save to keep out Mariappa's point-blank header.  West Ham are teetering on the brink all of a sudden. Watford desperately pushing for the killer second.  5:19PM 59 min Gray looks like he's about to make it 2-0 as he charges into the West Ham box, but Reid gets a block in to deflect the shot wide.   5:15PM 56 min More good pressure from Watford. This time it's Hughes who lets fly from range. A deflection softens the shot though, and it's an easy take for Hart.  5:14PM 54 min Watford so nearly double their lead, but Doucoure's curling effort from 25 yards out whistles just wide. Hart was completely rooted.  Abdoulaye Doucoure in action for Watford 5:12PM 52 min Another huge opportunity spurned by Kouyate. Arnautovic skips away from Britos down the right and pulls the ball back perfectly for Kouyate, who leans back and sends the chance well over. Really poor miss that.  5:11PM 51 min Femenia does superbly down the Watford right again, but his fizzed low centre is thumped wide by Gray. Cresswell is getting turned inside out by Femenia time and time again. He's not getting much protection from Lanzini to be fair.  5:08PM 48 min Oh dear, Carroll has just played an attempted pass to Cresswell straight out of his play. Not Carroll's day so far.  5:04PM 46 min No changes for either side at the break, and we're back under way.  5:02PM West Ham coming back into it towards the end of the half Watford vs West Ham shots on goal 4:54PM First-half summary An enjoyable first half saw Watford took an early lead and look like adding a second, before West Ham's late rally. After that five-minute passage at the end of the half, Moyes will be frustrated to be behind at the break, though Silva will feel his team are well worth their lead for the way they started.  The Watford wing-backs Femenia and debutant Zeegelaar have been particularly impressive, while Richarlison and Hughes have posed a threat further forward. For West Ham, Carroll has been a typically conspicuous performance, though that has mostly been down to his constant fouling and occasional Kamikaze back-passes. With plenty of meaty challenges flying around, it would be no surprise to see a red card for either team, and we should be in for a competitive second half.  Watford's Adrian Mariappa in action with West Ham United's Andy Carroll Credit: REUTERS 4:50PM 45+4 min Richarlison, who has been in a thorn in West Ham's side all half, cuts inside from the left and fires in a shot that is deflected just wide.  And that is the half-time whistle. Watford leading 1-0.  4:49PM 45+3 min How on earth has that stayed out? It's a triple save from Gomes to deny Arnautovic not once, not twice, but thrice. First the keeper palms away Arnautovic's header, then he springs up to block the rebound from close range, before holding on to a final attempt from an acute angle. West Ham have come alive in the last few minutes.  4:46PM 45 min Carroll is right in the thick of things again, and he's being told to calm down by referee Marriner after another mistimed tackle. Surely this can only end with Carroll being sent off or substituted for his own protection? Four minutes of added on time after the earlier injury to Zeegelaar.  4:44PM 44 min Watford flood forward on the break, but Hughes flicks Femenia's cross well over. Femenia did superbly to get past Cresswell and work the space for the cross.  4:43PM 43 min Huge chance for West Ham, by far their best of the fame so far. Cattoll, Lanzini and then Noble combine beautifully around the edge of the box to send Kouyate away. Gomes flies out of his goal though to deny the West Ham man. He really should have scored what was a pretty straightforward one on one.  Attempt Saved: Watford 1 - 0 West Ham (Cheikhou Kouyaté, 42 min) 4:41PM 41 min Obiang is the latest player to go into the book. This one is for a mistimed tackle on Hughes, as the Watford man turned away neatly again. Would not be at all surprised to see a red card today.  4:39PM 40 min It's slightly sad to see how off the pace the once-great Zabaleta looks these days. He's really struggling against Richarlison today, and he gives away a free-kick with a hopelessly late challenge on the Brazilian.  4:37PM 37 min Britos lamps a very ambitious 35-yard strike well over the bar. A truly terrible effort.  Watford vs West Ham shots on goal 4:36PM 36 min Arnautovic, sporting an uncharacteristically sensible haircut, goes into the book for a reckless challenge on Cleverley. The studs were showing, but it was only a one-footed challenge (an expression you rarely hear), so no real case for a red.  4:33PM 34 min Very close to a Watford second. First of all Richarlison has a decent effort saved by Hart from the edge of the box, before Femenia smashes the rebound just wide. West Ham on the ropes, Watford well on top.  "When did football management become so difficult?" 4:31PM 31 min From the resulting free-kick, Britos makes a crucial headed clearance from Cresswell's whipped-in delivery. Up the other end, Hughes plays a lovely flicked pass to Gray, but the striker's cross is easily collected by Hart. Hughes and Gray linking up nicely here.  4:29PM 29 min Britos booked for scything down Kouyate down the West Ham right.  4:29PM 28 min Off the ball challenge from Carroll, who shoves over Richarlison after the Brazilian had dispossessed him. It's just a yellow card, which is probably the right call. But what on earth was Carroll thinking? He's only just back from suspension as well, and could easily have been booked earlier for that elbow on Zeegelaar.  4:25PM 25 min There's a coming together in midfield between Noble and Cleverley. I feel like those two would have been a central midfield pairing in a 2008 'Predicted England XI for the 2018 World Cup'.  Will Hughes celebrates putting Watford 1-0 up 4:22PM 23 min Hughes shows some nifty footwork to work a yard of space and then plays a lovely through ball to Richarlison. The Brazilian is clipped by Zabaleta just inside the box, but Marriner waves away the penalty appeals.  4:20PM 20 min West Ham enjoying plenty of possession in the last few minutes, but they're doing little more than pumping diagonals up towards Andy Carroll that are being well dealt with by the Watford defence.  4:17PM 17 min Zeegelaar, as he did for the goal, getting forward well. The Dutchman has recovered well from that painful Carroll challenge early on, and is making a positive impression on day-boo.  4:15PM 15 min Watford fans and players are frustrated as Gray is poleaxed by Reid as he heads towards goal. Referee Andre Marriner says no foul. It was a borderline call.  4:13PM 13 min Almost an instant response from West ham, but Carroll's header from Zabaleta's cross lacks power and doesn't trouble Gomes.  4:11PM GOAL! Watford 1 West Ham 0 (Hughes 11') Watford score with their first attack, and it's a first Watford goal for Will Hughes. Zeegelaar whips in a cross from the left that Gray controls brilliantly, and though his attempted shot is badly scuffed, the ball lands perfectly for Hughes to sweep home with his left foot from about 10 yards out.  Nightmare start for Moyes, and West Ham have lost all six of the Premier League games in which they've fallen behind this season.  Watford 1 - 0 West Ham (Will Hughes, 11 min) 4:09PM 10 mins "Sack the board" sing the West Ham fans. That'll be tough to hear for the so-called "Dildo brothers".  4:08PM 8 min Comical start to the game from Carroll - he's now dug an elbow into Kabasele's ribs. The Watford defender is winded by the challenge looks fine to carry on. That one was a more honest challenge from Carroll to be fair.  4:05PM 6 min Carroll really needs to stop playing back-passes to his goalkeeper. He tried a costly one against Tottenham earlier in the season, and he plays a ropey one here that Joe Hart does well to deal with.  Zeegelaar thankfully is back on.  4:03PM 3 min Zeegelaar is off the pitch now receiving treatment having been laid low for a couple of minutes. Watford playing with 10 men temporarily.  4:02PM 1 min Six seconds into Zeegelaar's Premier League debut and he's on the floor with blood pouring from his head after being on the receiving end of a trademark Carroll elbow. No punishment for the West Ham striker. That could have been a yellow or even a red.  Welcome to the Premier League Zeegelaar.  4:00PM Kick-off Watford are set up in a 3-4-3 formation, with the Dutch summer signing Zeegelaar making his debut at left wing-back. West Ham are set up in a 4-3-3.  A reminder of the teams for this one: Watford: Gomes; Mariappa, Kabasele, Britos; Femenia, Cleverley, Doucoure, Zeegelaar; Hughes, Richarlison; Gray. Subs: Karnezis (GK), Prödl, Holebas, Capoue, Pereyra, Carrillo, Okaka. West Ham: Hart; Zabaleta, Reid, Ogbonna, Cresswell; Noble, Kouyate, Obiang; Arnautovic, Lanzini, Carroll.  Subs: Adrian, Masuaku, Rice, Fernandes, Quina, Sakho, Martinez.  3:57PM The teams are out Kick-off is just a few minutes away.  Moyes tells Sky Sports ahead of the match: “We’re ready to go. We’ve had a few training sessions this week and last week. Have we done everything we could? No. Have we had enough time with the players? No. “We’re a bit limited in what we can do. I’ve been saying ‘Let’s make sure we do the job right’ but [the players] need to take responsibility themselves. Most important is we want to be a team that doesn’t lose.” 3:52PM Pards is in the building Alan Pardew, sporting a slightly creepy beard, says in the Sky Sports studio that he would have taken the West Ham job if he'd have been offered it. He then grabs fellow pundit Odion Ighalo's arm quite aggressively, and holds onto it for just long enough to make things uncomfortable. No 'your mum' gags though thankfully.  3:37PM Moyes speaks The new West Ham manager says before the game: "Honestly the big thing is that the players have been good. They have responded."  Moyesy of course promised to make his players work until they cry at his West Ham unveiling a couple of weeks ago.  3:28PM What does it all mean? So that's two changes for Watford, as Zeegelaar comes in for his debut, while Mariappa also starts. Holebas and Carrillo drop to the bench, and Deeney remains suspended after his beef with Joe Allen.  For West Ham, Moyes makes three changes to the West Ham team that were beaten 4-1 by Liverpool last time out. Edimilson Fernandes (dropped), Andre Ayew (ill) and Javier Hernandez (injured on international duty) drop out, with Arnautovic, Carroll and Zabaleta coming into the team.  It looks as though West Ham are lined up in a 4-3-3 formation, with plenty of scope for Arnautovic to fizz crosses at Carroll's head.  Andy Carroll starts up front for West Ham 3:13PM Team news The teams are in, and they are as follows: Watford: Gomes; Mariappa, Kabasele, Britos; Femenia, Cleverley, Doucoure, Zeegelaar; Hughes, Richarlison; Gray. Subs: Karnezis (GK), Prödl, Holebas, Capoue, Pereyra, Carrillo, Okaka. West Ham: Hart; Zabaleta, Reid, Ogbonna, Cresswell; Noble, Kouyate, Obiang; Arnautovic, Lanzini, Carroll.  Subs: Adrian, Masuaku, Rice, Fernandes, Quina, Sakho, Martinez.  2:30PM Preamble Hello all, Welcome to our live coverage of today's Premier League match between Watford and West Ham. Typically, with it being a Premier League game, the focus is almost entirely on the managers.  In the claret and blue corner we have David Moyes, whose name I struggle to write out without instinctively adding the word "beleaguered" in front of it. Today is of course Moyes' first game in charge of West Ham after being given the job until the end of the season during the international break.  The appointment was met with exasperation by most West Ham supporters, who don't think the pessimistic Moe Szyslak lookalike is the man to bring back the glory days of mid-table finishes and the fabled "West Ham way".  Moyes' mission to restore the feelgood factor to the London Stadium starts today with a tricky looking trip to 9th-placed Watford. West Ham begin in 18th place and a point off safety. A win takes them to 15th or 16th and suddenly things are looking hopeful again. A defeat and we will likely see Moyes predicting a long, bleak winter for the team. In fact it being Moyes, he will likely reset West Ham's target to bettering Derby's record low Premier League points tally from a decade ago.  David Moyes takes charge of West Ham for the first time on Sunday Credit: Getty Images Over in the yellow corner, it's the suave Marco Silva, who looks like he should be cashing cheques on Wall Street in the 1980s. Despite Phil Thompson and Paul Merson's howls about Silva's appointment at Hull City last season, the Portuguese has made a very positive impression since arriving in England and is now wanted by Everton.  Watford have turned down two approaches from Everton in the last couple of weeks, but it's a story we probably haven't heard the end of. In the immediate term, Silva will be focused on ending his side's run of three defeats in a row.  My prediction for what it's worth is a 2-1 Watford win.  Team news to follow at 3pm...

Watford 2 West Ham 0: David Moyes beaten and booed in baptism of fire

A manager who would like to leave against one desperate to stay and, with inevitable irony, it was want-away Marco Silva who claimed the victory for Watford as they condemned David Moyes to a desperate, hostile defeat in his first game in charge of West Ham United. This was Moyes’s 500th Premier League match as a manager and there was nothing to celebrate as the visiting fans turned on the club’s hierarchy and players with bitter chants of “Sack the board”, “You destroyed our club” and “You’re not fit to wear the shirt” as West Ham remain stuck in the relegation zone. And they do not look too good to go down on this evidence, while Friday’s home game against Leicester could turn ugly. They lost Marko Arnautovic to a suspected broken thumb while there were some shockingly poor performances, not least from striker Andy Carroll, who was substituted, with the West Ham fans turning on him as well. Carroll could, in fact, have been sent off after just 28 seconds for catching Watford debutant Marvin Zeegelaar with his elbow. Moyes, who is on an initial short-term contract to the season’s end, did not sugar-coat it afterwards and while there was an appeal for unity, there was also a blunt assessment of the underperforming players. “I think there are some players with big reputations who have disappointed and they need to show if that’s their reputation then why have they got it,” he said.  Moyes acknowledged the fans’ discontent and the “heat” being felt by Carroll. “I don’t know the history and all the other reasons for it,” he said of the chants towards the board. “I am thankful they [the fans] were supportive of me. But I have to say also that we need them now. We need a united club. I said to the players, it’s tough to play when the supporters are like that, but I understand their feelings. I think we did not do well enough in all the departments.” Watford supporters, meanwhile, sang “There’s only one Marco Silva” but they know Everton are trying to land the Portuguese, despite having two attempts to get him rebuffed, and that he fancies the move. “We want you to stay,” they added but Silva would prefer to go – although Watford, up to eighth in the table as they stopped a run of three successive defeats, are adamant they will not negotiate. Tough start: West Ham's David Moyes Credit: Reuters It is easy to see why Silva is in ­demand. The 40-year-old has quickly moulded a dynamic, hard-working, organised team – with the brilliant prospect Richarlison again impressive, although they were also indebted to another Brazilian, goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes, for a couple of outstanding saves despite their irrefutable dominance. Moyes will cling to that, but the undeniable truth is that despite those opportunities, either side of half-time, and also Christian ­Kabasele clearing a Manuel Lanzini shot off the line – with Watford two up – West Ham were by far the poorer team as they try to re-organise following the sacking of Slaven Bilic and the appointment of Moyes (having, by the way, made their own informal inquiry about Silva). There was no bounce for West Ham, while whatever the possibilities over Silva and his future, no one could accuse him or his team of being distracted, as he rightly pointed out. He has improved players, bought wisely and is hard-working, and so the appeal to Everton is obvious. Experience v promise: Mark Noble and Richarlison Credit: Getty Once Zeegelaar had gathered himself, the Dutch full-back was heavily involved in Watford’s opening goal as he broke down the right, combining with Richarlison and standing up a cross which was intended for Will Hughes. It was only half-cleared to Andre Gray who brought it down deftly enough but then miscued his shot. Still, it fell to Hughes who steered it into the net for his first goal for Watford and his first in the Premier League. In fact, it was his first shot in top-flight football. Defensively, though, it was a familiar shambles for West Ham. Watford were dominant but then, strangely, after Joe Hart had saved from Richarlison and Kiko Femenia had driven narrowly wide, it was West Ham who should have scored. Lanzini played the ball back to Mark Noble, his angled first-time pass found Cheikhou Kouyate who, through on goal, had his shot ­superbly blocked by Gomes before the ball trickled wide. Beating Spurs is Arsenal's Cup final 39:00 On half-time Gomes excelled himself with a brilliant double save as he scooped out Arnautovic’s bouncing header and then reacted quickly enough to push away his follow-up as the Austrian attempted to flick the ball past him. After half-time Arnautovic was involved again, cutting the ball back to Kouyate who skied it. West Ham, somehow, could have been level or even ahead but Watford had seen enough and took total control as Abdoulaye Doucoure drifted a first-time shot just past the post. Hart then rivalled Gomes with a fine save as he turned away a close-range header from Adrian Mariappa. A goal was coming and Hughes sprung it as he collected a headed clearance from Winston Reid and quickly sent the ball out to Richarlison, who sprinted into the penalty area, shifting to his left – and being allowed to do so by Reid – before driving a low shot that Hart could not keep out. Again, it was down to the goalkeeper’s weaker left-hand side. Unhappy Hammers: West Ham fans Credit: PA For the West Ham owners – David Sullivan and David Gold – and vice-chairman Karren Brady, the chants got even worse as they were individually targeted. It was game over. But this one is set to run and run for both clubs 5:57PM Full-time And that's that, a comfortable and well-deserved win for the hosts. Watford move up a place to eighth place in the table, while West Ham remain in 18th, a point off safety. Moyesy has much to ponder.  5:56PM 90+ 6 min Richarlison is close to his second and Watford's third, but his curling shot from inside the box is just wide. Silva then eats up a few seconds by replacing Gray with Carrillo.  5:53PM 90+4 min Will Hughes gets the Sky Sports MOM award. Toss up between him and Richarlison for me.   5:52PM 90+ 3 min Watford opt for "You're f****** s***' to goad their opponents. Keeping things nice and simple, much as their team have for most of this game.  5:50PM 90 min Eight minutes of added on time after that injury to Arnautovic.   5:48PM 90 min Watford seeing out the game well, and keeping their shape nicely to stem any possible West Ham fightback.  5:46PM 86 min The injured Femenya, who has been excellent up and down the Watford right, has been replaced by Holebas.  5:44PM 84 min Amazed the Watford fans haven't sung "you're getting sacked in the morning" to Moyes yet. Meanwhile Noble gets a booking for shoving Richarlison to the ground.  Hughes then comes off to a standing ovation to be replaced by Pereyra. A goal and an assist for the hugely impressive Hughes today.  5:41PM 81 min Watford lost their last game 3-2 having been 2-0 up at Everton, but the chances of a similar collapse here are looking more and more remote. West Ham not offering a great deal.  5:38PM 79 min "You destroyed our f****** club"...the West Ham fans are pretty upset with the club's board, and are making their feelings known.  Watford meanwhile spring forward again, and it takes a smart Cresswell clearance to cut out Richarlison's low cross.  Watford vs West Ham shots on goal 5:35PM 74 min So nearly a precious goal for West Ham, but Lanzini's goal-bound strike from around the penalty spot is blocked brilliantly by Kabasele on the line. The ball popped up onto Kabasele's hand after he made the block, but a penlaty would have been ridiculously harsh.  5:33PM 73 min Arnautovic says he feels ok to carry on, but Moyes opts to replace him with Masuaku.  5:29PM 70 min Arnautovic looks to be in absolute agony after landing awkwardly on his elbow. He's receiving treatment.  Richarlison breaks clear for Watford  5:27PM 67 min Speaking of things that have been coming, Carroll is replaced by Sakho. Arnautovic fires a shot well over soon after, before Doucoure draws a save from Hart with a low, fizzing shot from range.  5:24PM GOAL! Watford 2 West Ham 0 (Richarlison 64') Watford deservedly double their lead, and that could be the end for West Ham today.  Rarely has the expression "it's been coming" been so apt. Watford have been absolutely battering West Ham the last few minutes, and finally the pressure pays. Hughes canters forward from halfway - after a slight suspicion of handball to control the ball - and feeds Richarlison, who eases his way past Reid and shoots left-footed beyond Hart. Great work from Richarlison but Hart will be disappointed not to have done more than palm the ball on its way towards goal.  What have you got West Ham?  Watford 2 - 0 West Ham (Richarlison, 64 min) 5:23PM 63 min West Ham can't get out of their own half all of a sudden. It's been all Watford in the last five minutes.  5:21PM 60 min From the resulting corner, Hart makes an absolutely sensational fingertip save to keep out Mariappa's point-blank header.  West Ham are teetering on the brink all of a sudden. Watford desperately pushing for the killer second.  5:19PM 59 min Gray looks like he's about to make it 2-0 as he charges into the West Ham box, but Reid gets a block in to deflect the shot wide.   5:15PM 56 min More good pressure from Watford. This time it's Hughes who lets fly from range. A deflection softens the shot though, and it's an easy take for Hart.  5:14PM 54 min Watford so nearly double their lead, but Doucoure's curling effort from 25 yards out whistles just wide. Hart was completely rooted.  Abdoulaye Doucoure in action for Watford 5:12PM 52 min Another huge opportunity spurned by Kouyate. Arnautovic skips away from Britos down the right and pulls the ball back perfectly for Kouyate, who leans back and sends the chance well over. Really poor miss that.  5:11PM 51 min Femenia does superbly down the Watford right again, but his fizzed low centre is thumped wide by Gray. Cresswell is getting turned inside out by Femenia time and time again. He's not getting much protection from Lanzini to be fair.  5:08PM 48 min Oh dear, Carroll has just played an attempted pass to Cresswell straight out of his play. Not Carroll's day so far.  5:04PM 46 min No changes for either side at the break, and we're back under way.  5:02PM West Ham coming back into it towards the end of the half Watford vs West Ham shots on goal 4:54PM First-half summary An enjoyable first half saw Watford took an early lead and look like adding a second, before West Ham's late rally. After that five-minute passage at the end of the half, Moyes will be frustrated to be behind at the break, though Silva will feel his team are well worth their lead for the way they started.  The Watford wing-backs Femenia and debutant Zeegelaar have been particularly impressive, while Richarlison and Hughes have posed a threat further forward. For West Ham, Carroll has been a typically conspicuous performance, though that has mostly been down to his constant fouling and occasional Kamikaze back-passes. With plenty of meaty challenges flying around, it would be no surprise to see a red card for either team, and we should be in for a competitive second half.  Watford's Adrian Mariappa in action with West Ham United's Andy Carroll Credit: REUTERS 4:50PM 45+4 min Richarlison, who has been in a thorn in West Ham's side all half, cuts inside from the left and fires in a shot that is deflected just wide.  And that is the half-time whistle. Watford leading 1-0.  4:49PM 45+3 min How on earth has that stayed out? It's a triple save from Gomes to deny Arnautovic not once, not twice, but thrice. First the keeper palms away Arnautovic's header, then he springs up to block the rebound from close range, before holding on to a final attempt from an acute angle. West Ham have come alive in the last few minutes.  4:46PM 45 min Carroll is right in the thick of things again, and he's being told to calm down by referee Marriner after another mistimed tackle. Surely this can only end with Carroll being sent off or substituted for his own protection? Four minutes of added on time after the earlier injury to Zeegelaar.  4:44PM 44 min Watford flood forward on the break, but Hughes flicks Femenia's cross well over. Femenia did superbly to get past Cresswell and work the space for the cross.  4:43PM 43 min Huge chance for West Ham, by far their best of the fame so far. Cattoll, Lanzini and then Noble combine beautifully around the edge of the box to send Kouyate away. Gomes flies out of his goal though to deny the West Ham man. He really should have scored what was a pretty straightforward one on one.  Attempt Saved: Watford 1 - 0 West Ham (Cheikhou Kouyaté, 42 min) 4:41PM 41 min Obiang is the latest player to go into the book. This one is for a mistimed tackle on Hughes, as the Watford man turned away neatly again. Would not be at all surprised to see a red card today.  4:39PM 40 min It's slightly sad to see how off the pace the once-great Zabaleta looks these days. He's really struggling against Richarlison today, and he gives away a free-kick with a hopelessly late challenge on the Brazilian.  4:37PM 37 min Britos lamps a very ambitious 35-yard strike well over the bar. A truly terrible effort.  Watford vs West Ham shots on goal 4:36PM 36 min Arnautovic, sporting an uncharacteristically sensible haircut, goes into the book for a reckless challenge on Cleverley. The studs were showing, but it was only a one-footed challenge (an expression you rarely hear), so no real case for a red.  4:33PM 34 min Very close to a Watford second. First of all Richarlison has a decent effort saved by Hart from the edge of the box, before Femenia smashes the rebound just wide. West Ham on the ropes, Watford well on top.  "When did football management become so difficult?" 4:31PM 31 min From the resulting free-kick, Britos makes a crucial headed clearance from Cresswell's whipped-in delivery. Up the other end, Hughes plays a lovely flicked pass to Gray, but the striker's cross is easily collected by Hart. Hughes and Gray linking up nicely here.  4:29PM 29 min Britos booked for scything down Kouyate down the West Ham right.  4:29PM 28 min Off the ball challenge from Carroll, who shoves over Richarlison after the Brazilian had dispossessed him. It's just a yellow card, which is probably the right call. But what on earth was Carroll thinking? He's only just back from suspension as well, and could easily have been booked earlier for that elbow on Zeegelaar.  4:25PM 25 min There's a coming together in midfield between Noble and Cleverley. I feel like those two would have been a central midfield pairing in a 2008 'Predicted England XI for the 2018 World Cup'.  Will Hughes celebrates putting Watford 1-0 up 4:22PM 23 min Hughes shows some nifty footwork to work a yard of space and then plays a lovely through ball to Richarlison. The Brazilian is clipped by Zabaleta just inside the box, but Marriner waves away the penalty appeals.  4:20PM 20 min West Ham enjoying plenty of possession in the last few minutes, but they're doing little more than pumping diagonals up towards Andy Carroll that are being well dealt with by the Watford defence.  4:17PM 17 min Zeegelaar, as he did for the goal, getting forward well. The Dutchman has recovered well from that painful Carroll challenge early on, and is making a positive impression on day-boo.  4:15PM 15 min Watford fans and players are frustrated as Gray is poleaxed by Reid as he heads towards goal. Referee Andre Marriner says no foul. It was a borderline call.  4:13PM 13 min Almost an instant response from West ham, but Carroll's header from Zabaleta's cross lacks power and doesn't trouble Gomes.  4:11PM GOAL! Watford 1 West Ham 0 (Hughes 11') Watford score with their first attack, and it's a first Watford goal for Will Hughes. Zeegelaar whips in a cross from the left that Gray controls brilliantly, and though his attempted shot is badly scuffed, the ball lands perfectly for Hughes to sweep home with his left foot from about 10 yards out.  Nightmare start for Moyes, and West Ham have lost all six of the Premier League games in which they've fallen behind this season.  Watford 1 - 0 West Ham (Will Hughes, 11 min) 4:09PM 10 mins "Sack the board" sing the West Ham fans. That'll be tough to hear for the so-called "Dildo brothers".  4:08PM 8 min Comical start to the game from Carroll - he's now dug an elbow into Kabasele's ribs. The Watford defender is winded by the challenge looks fine to carry on. That one was a more honest challenge from Carroll to be fair.  4:05PM 6 min Carroll really needs to stop playing back-passes to his goalkeeper. He tried a costly one against Tottenham earlier in the season, and he plays a ropey one here that Joe Hart does well to deal with.  Zeegelaar thankfully is back on.  4:03PM 3 min Zeegelaar is off the pitch now receiving treatment having been laid low for a couple of minutes. Watford playing with 10 men temporarily.  4:02PM 1 min Six seconds into Zeegelaar's Premier League debut and he's on the floor with blood pouring from his head after being on the receiving end of a trademark Carroll elbow. No punishment for the West Ham striker. That could have been a yellow or even a red.  Welcome to the Premier League Zeegelaar.  4:00PM Kick-off Watford are set up in a 3-4-3 formation, with the Dutch summer signing Zeegelaar making his debut at left wing-back. West Ham are set up in a 4-3-3.  A reminder of the teams for this one: Watford: Gomes; Mariappa, Kabasele, Britos; Femenia, Cleverley, Doucoure, Zeegelaar; Hughes, Richarlison; Gray. Subs: Karnezis (GK), Prödl, Holebas, Capoue, Pereyra, Carrillo, Okaka. West Ham: Hart; Zabaleta, Reid, Ogbonna, Cresswell; Noble, Kouyate, Obiang; Arnautovic, Lanzini, Carroll.  Subs: Adrian, Masuaku, Rice, Fernandes, Quina, Sakho, Martinez.  3:57PM The teams are out Kick-off is just a few minutes away.  Moyes tells Sky Sports ahead of the match: “We’re ready to go. We’ve had a few training sessions this week and last week. Have we done everything we could? No. Have we had enough time with the players? No. “We’re a bit limited in what we can do. I’ve been saying ‘Let’s make sure we do the job right’ but [the players] need to take responsibility themselves. Most important is we want to be a team that doesn’t lose.” 3:52PM Pards is in the building Alan Pardew, sporting a slightly creepy beard, says in the Sky Sports studio that he would have taken the West Ham job if he'd have been offered it. He then grabs fellow pundit Odion Ighalo's arm quite aggressively, and holds onto it for just long enough to make things uncomfortable. No 'your mum' gags though thankfully.  3:37PM Moyes speaks The new West Ham manager says before the game: "Honestly the big thing is that the players have been good. They have responded."  Moyesy of course promised to make his players work until they cry at his West Ham unveiling a couple of weeks ago.  3:28PM What does it all mean? So that's two changes for Watford, as Zeegelaar comes in for his debut, while Mariappa also starts. Holebas and Carrillo drop to the bench, and Deeney remains suspended after his beef with Joe Allen.  For West Ham, Moyes makes three changes to the West Ham team that were beaten 4-1 by Liverpool last time out. Edimilson Fernandes (dropped), Andre Ayew (ill) and Javier Hernandez (injured on international duty) drop out, with Arnautovic, Carroll and Zabaleta coming into the team.  It looks as though West Ham are lined up in a 4-3-3 formation, with plenty of scope for Arnautovic to fizz crosses at Carroll's head.  Andy Carroll starts up front for West Ham 3:13PM Team news The teams are in, and they are as follows: Watford: Gomes; Mariappa, Kabasele, Britos; Femenia, Cleverley, Doucoure, Zeegelaar; Hughes, Richarlison; Gray. Subs: Karnezis (GK), Prödl, Holebas, Capoue, Pereyra, Carrillo, Okaka. West Ham: Hart; Zabaleta, Reid, Ogbonna, Cresswell; Noble, Kouyate, Obiang; Arnautovic, Lanzini, Carroll.  Subs: Adrian, Masuaku, Rice, Fernandes, Quina, Sakho, Martinez.  2:30PM Preamble Hello all, Welcome to our live coverage of today's Premier League match between Watford and West Ham. Typically, with it being a Premier League game, the focus is almost entirely on the managers.  In the claret and blue corner we have David Moyes, whose name I struggle to write out without instinctively adding the word "beleaguered" in front of it. Today is of course Moyes' first game in charge of West Ham after being given the job until the end of the season during the international break.  The appointment was met with exasperation by most West Ham supporters, who don't think the pessimistic Moe Szyslak lookalike is the man to bring back the glory days of mid-table finishes and the fabled "West Ham way".  Moyes' mission to restore the feelgood factor to the London Stadium starts today with a tricky looking trip to 9th-placed Watford. West Ham begin in 18th place and a point off safety. A win takes them to 15th or 16th and suddenly things are looking hopeful again. A defeat and we will likely see Moyes predicting a long, bleak winter for the team. In fact it being Moyes, he will likely reset West Ham's target to bettering Derby's record low Premier League points tally from a decade ago.  David Moyes takes charge of West Ham for the first time on Sunday Credit: Getty Images Over in the yellow corner, it's the suave Marco Silva, who looks like he should be cashing cheques on Wall Street in the 1980s. Despite Phil Thompson and Paul Merson's howls about Silva's appointment at Hull City last season, the Portuguese has made a very positive impression since arriving in England and is now wanted by Everton.  Watford have turned down two approaches from Everton in the last couple of weeks, but it's a story we probably haven't heard the end of. In the immediate term, Silva will be focused on ending his side's run of three defeats in a row.  My prediction for what it's worth is a 2-1 Watford win.  Team news to follow at 3pm...

Watford 2 West Ham 0: David Moyes beaten and booed in baptism of fire

A manager who would like to leave against one desperate to stay and, with inevitable irony, it was want-away Marco Silva who claimed the victory for Watford as they condemned David Moyes to a desperate, hostile defeat in his first game in charge of West Ham United. This was Moyes’s 500th Premier League match as a manager and there was nothing to celebrate as the visiting fans turned on the club’s hierarchy and players with bitter chants of “Sack the board”, “You destroyed our club” and “You’re not fit to wear the shirt” as West Ham remain stuck in the relegation zone. And they do not look too good to go down on this evidence, while Friday’s home game against Leicester could turn ugly. They lost Marko Arnautovic to a suspected broken thumb while there were some shockingly poor performances, not least from striker Andy Carroll, who was substituted, with the West Ham fans turning on him as well. Carroll could, in fact, have been sent off after just 28 seconds for catching Watford debutant Marvin Zeegelaar with his elbow. Moyes, who is on an initial short-term contract to the season’s end, did not sugar-coat it afterwards and while there was an appeal for unity, there was also a blunt assessment of the underperforming players. “I think there are some players with big reputations who have disappointed and they need to show if that’s their reputation then why have they got it,” he said.  Moyes acknowledged the fans’ discontent and the “heat” being felt by Carroll. “I don’t know the history and all the other reasons for it,” he said of the chants towards the board. “I am thankful they [the fans] were supportive of me. But I have to say also that we need them now. We need a united club. I said to the players, it’s tough to play when the supporters are like that, but I understand their feelings. I think we did not do well enough in all the departments.” Watford supporters, meanwhile, sang “There’s only one Marco Silva” but they know Everton are trying to land the Portuguese, despite having two attempts to get him rebuffed, and that he fancies the move. “We want you to stay,” they added but Silva would prefer to go – although Watford, up to eighth in the table as they stopped a run of three successive defeats, are adamant they will not negotiate. Tough start: West Ham's David Moyes Credit: Reuters It is easy to see why Silva is in ­demand. The 40-year-old has quickly moulded a dynamic, hard-working, organised team – with the brilliant prospect Richarlison again impressive, although they were also indebted to another Brazilian, goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes, for a couple of outstanding saves despite their irrefutable dominance. Moyes will cling to that, but the undeniable truth is that despite those opportunities, either side of half-time, and also Christian ­Kabasele clearing a Manuel Lanzini shot off the line – with Watford two up – West Ham were by far the poorer team as they try to re-organise following the sacking of Slaven Bilic and the appointment of Moyes (having, by the way, made their own informal inquiry about Silva). There was no bounce for West Ham, while whatever the possibilities over Silva and his future, no one could accuse him or his team of being distracted, as he rightly pointed out. He has improved players, bought wisely and is hard-working, and so the appeal to Everton is obvious. Experience v promise: Mark Noble and Richarlison Credit: Getty Once Zeegelaar had gathered himself, the Dutch full-back was heavily involved in Watford’s opening goal as he broke down the right, combining with Richarlison and standing up a cross which was intended for Will Hughes. It was only half-cleared to Andre Gray who brought it down deftly enough but then miscued his shot. Still, it fell to Hughes who steered it into the net for his first goal for Watford and his first in the Premier League. In fact, it was his first shot in top-flight football. Defensively, though, it was a familiar shambles for West Ham. Watford were dominant but then, strangely, after Joe Hart had saved from Richarlison and Kiko Femenia had driven narrowly wide, it was West Ham who should have scored. Lanzini played the ball back to Mark Noble, his angled first-time pass found Cheikhou Kouyate who, through on goal, had his shot ­superbly blocked by Gomes before the ball trickled wide. Beating Spurs is Arsenal's Cup final 39:00 On half-time Gomes excelled himself with a brilliant double save as he scooped out Arnautovic’s bouncing header and then reacted quickly enough to push away his follow-up as the Austrian attempted to flick the ball past him. After half-time Arnautovic was involved again, cutting the ball back to Kouyate who skied it. West Ham, somehow, could have been level or even ahead but Watford had seen enough and took total control as Abdoulaye Doucoure drifted a first-time shot just past the post. Hart then rivalled Gomes with a fine save as he turned away a close-range header from Adrian Mariappa. A goal was coming and Hughes sprung it as he collected a headed clearance from Winston Reid and quickly sent the ball out to Richarlison, who sprinted into the penalty area, shifting to his left – and being allowed to do so by Reid – before driving a low shot that Hart could not keep out. Again, it was down to the goalkeeper’s weaker left-hand side. Unhappy Hammers: West Ham fans Credit: PA For the West Ham owners – David Sullivan and David Gold – and vice-chairman Karren Brady, the chants got even worse as they were individually targeted. It was game over. But this one is set to run and run for both clubs 5:57PM Full-time And that's that, a comfortable and well-deserved win for the hosts. Watford move up a place to eighth place in the table, while West Ham remain in 18th, a point off safety. Moyesy has much to ponder.  5:56PM 90+ 6 min Richarlison is close to his second and Watford's third, but his curling shot from inside the box is just wide. Silva then eats up a few seconds by replacing Gray with Carrillo.  5:53PM 90+4 min Will Hughes gets the Sky Sports MOM award. Toss up between him and Richarlison for me.   5:52PM 90+ 3 min Watford opt for "You're f****** s***' to goad their opponents. Keeping things nice and simple, much as their team have for most of this game.  5:50PM 90 min Eight minutes of added on time after that injury to Arnautovic.   5:48PM 90 min Watford seeing out the game well, and keeping their shape nicely to stem any possible West Ham fightback.  5:46PM 86 min The injured Femenya, who has been excellent up and down the Watford right, has been replaced by Holebas.  5:44PM 84 min Amazed the Watford fans haven't sung "you're getting sacked in the morning" to Moyes yet. Meanwhile Noble gets a booking for shoving Richarlison to the ground.  Hughes then comes off to a standing ovation to be replaced by Pereyra. A goal and an assist for the hugely impressive Hughes today.  5:41PM 81 min Watford lost their last game 3-2 having been 2-0 up at Everton, but the chances of a similar collapse here are looking more and more remote. West Ham not offering a great deal.  5:38PM 79 min "You destroyed our f****** club"...the West Ham fans are pretty upset with the club's board, and are making their feelings known.  Watford meanwhile spring forward again, and it takes a smart Cresswell clearance to cut out Richarlison's low cross.  Watford vs West Ham shots on goal 5:35PM 74 min So nearly a precious goal for West Ham, but Lanzini's goal-bound strike from around the penalty spot is blocked brilliantly by Kabasele on the line. The ball popped up onto Kabasele's hand after he made the block, but a penlaty would have been ridiculously harsh.  5:33PM 73 min Arnautovic says he feels ok to carry on, but Moyes opts to replace him with Masuaku.  5:29PM 70 min Arnautovic looks to be in absolute agony after landing awkwardly on his elbow. He's receiving treatment.  Richarlison breaks clear for Watford  5:27PM 67 min Speaking of things that have been coming, Carroll is replaced by Sakho. Arnautovic fires a shot well over soon after, before Doucoure draws a save from Hart with a low, fizzing shot from range.  5:24PM GOAL! Watford 2 West Ham 0 (Richarlison 64') Watford deservedly double their lead, and that could be the end for West Ham today.  Rarely has the expression "it's been coming" been so apt. Watford have been absolutely battering West Ham the last few minutes, and finally the pressure pays. Hughes canters forward from halfway - after a slight suspicion of handball to control the ball - and feeds Richarlison, who eases his way past Reid and shoots left-footed beyond Hart. Great work from Richarlison but Hart will be disappointed not to have done more than palm the ball on its way towards goal.  What have you got West Ham?  Watford 2 - 0 West Ham (Richarlison, 64 min) 5:23PM 63 min West Ham can't get out of their own half all of a sudden. It's been all Watford in the last five minutes.  5:21PM 60 min From the resulting corner, Hart makes an absolutely sensational fingertip save to keep out Mariappa's point-blank header.  West Ham are teetering on the brink all of a sudden. Watford desperately pushing for the killer second.  5:19PM 59 min Gray looks like he's about to make it 2-0 as he charges into the West Ham box, but Reid gets a block in to deflect the shot wide.   5:15PM 56 min More good pressure from Watford. This time it's Hughes who lets fly from range. A deflection softens the shot though, and it's an easy take for Hart.  5:14PM 54 min Watford so nearly double their lead, but Doucoure's curling effort from 25 yards out whistles just wide. Hart was completely rooted.  Abdoulaye Doucoure in action for Watford 5:12PM 52 min Another huge opportunity spurned by Kouyate. Arnautovic skips away from Britos down the right and pulls the ball back perfectly for Kouyate, who leans back and sends the chance well over. Really poor miss that.  5:11PM 51 min Femenia does superbly down the Watford right again, but his fizzed low centre is thumped wide by Gray. Cresswell is getting turned inside out by Femenia time and time again. He's not getting much protection from Lanzini to be fair.  5:08PM 48 min Oh dear, Carroll has just played an attempted pass to Cresswell straight out of his play. Not Carroll's day so far.  5:04PM 46 min No changes for either side at the break, and we're back under way.  5:02PM West Ham coming back into it towards the end of the half Watford vs West Ham shots on goal 4:54PM First-half summary An enjoyable first half saw Watford took an early lead and look like adding a second, before West Ham's late rally. After that five-minute passage at the end of the half, Moyes will be frustrated to be behind at the break, though Silva will feel his team are well worth their lead for the way they started.  The Watford wing-backs Femenia and debutant Zeegelaar have been particularly impressive, while Richarlison and Hughes have posed a threat further forward. For West Ham, Carroll has been a typically conspicuous performance, though that has mostly been down to his constant fouling and occasional Kamikaze back-passes. With plenty of meaty challenges flying around, it would be no surprise to see a red card for either team, and we should be in for a competitive second half.  Watford's Adrian Mariappa in action with West Ham United's Andy Carroll Credit: REUTERS 4:50PM 45+4 min Richarlison, who has been in a thorn in West Ham's side all half, cuts inside from the left and fires in a shot that is deflected just wide.  And that is the half-time whistle. Watford leading 1-0.  4:49PM 45+3 min How on earth has that stayed out? It's a triple save from Gomes to deny Arnautovic not once, not twice, but thrice. First the keeper palms away Arnautovic's header, then he springs up to block the rebound from close range, before holding on to a final attempt from an acute angle. West Ham have come alive in the last few minutes.  4:46PM 45 min Carroll is right in the thick of things again, and he's being told to calm down by referee Marriner after another mistimed tackle. Surely this can only end with Carroll being sent off or substituted for his own protection? Four minutes of added on time after the earlier injury to Zeegelaar.  4:44PM 44 min Watford flood forward on the break, but Hughes flicks Femenia's cross well over. Femenia did superbly to get past Cresswell and work the space for the cross.  4:43PM 43 min Huge chance for West Ham, by far their best of the fame so far. Cattoll, Lanzini and then Noble combine beautifully around the edge of the box to send Kouyate away. Gomes flies out of his goal though to deny the West Ham man. He really should have scored what was a pretty straightforward one on one.  Attempt Saved: Watford 1 - 0 West Ham (Cheikhou Kouyaté, 42 min) 4:41PM 41 min Obiang is the latest player to go into the book. This one is for a mistimed tackle on Hughes, as the Watford man turned away neatly again. Would not be at all surprised to see a red card today.  4:39PM 40 min It's slightly sad to see how off the pace the once-great Zabaleta looks these days. He's really struggling against Richarlison today, and he gives away a free-kick with a hopelessly late challenge on the Brazilian.  4:37PM 37 min Britos lamps a very ambitious 35-yard strike well over the bar. A truly terrible effort.  Watford vs West Ham shots on goal 4:36PM 36 min Arnautovic, sporting an uncharacteristically sensible haircut, goes into the book for a reckless challenge on Cleverley. The studs were showing, but it was only a one-footed challenge (an expression you rarely hear), so no real case for a red.  4:33PM 34 min Very close to a Watford second. First of all Richarlison has a decent effort saved by Hart from the edge of the box, before Femenia smashes the rebound just wide. West Ham on the ropes, Watford well on top.  "When did football management become so difficult?" 4:31PM 31 min From the resulting free-kick, Britos makes a crucial headed clearance from Cresswell's whipped-in delivery. Up the other end, Hughes plays a lovely flicked pass to Gray, but the striker's cross is easily collected by Hart. Hughes and Gray linking up nicely here.  4:29PM 29 min Britos booked for scything down Kouyate down the West Ham right.  4:29PM 28 min Off the ball challenge from Carroll, who shoves over Richarlison after the Brazilian had dispossessed him. It's just a yellow card, which is probably the right call. But what on earth was Carroll thinking? He's only just back from suspension as well, and could easily have been booked earlier for that elbow on Zeegelaar.  4:25PM 25 min There's a coming together in midfield between Noble and Cleverley. I feel like those two would have been a central midfield pairing in a 2008 'Predicted England XI for the 2018 World Cup'.  Will Hughes celebrates putting Watford 1-0 up 4:22PM 23 min Hughes shows some nifty footwork to work a yard of space and then plays a lovely through ball to Richarlison. The Brazilian is clipped by Zabaleta just inside the box, but Marriner waves away the penalty appeals.  4:20PM 20 min West Ham enjoying plenty of possession in the last few minutes, but they're doing little more than pumping diagonals up towards Andy Carroll that are being well dealt with by the Watford defence.  4:17PM 17 min Zeegelaar, as he did for the goal, getting forward well. The Dutchman has recovered well from that painful Carroll challenge early on, and is making a positive impression on day-boo.  4:15PM 15 min Watford fans and players are frustrated as Gray is poleaxed by Reid as he heads towards goal. Referee Andre Marriner says no foul. It was a borderline call.  4:13PM 13 min Almost an instant response from West ham, but Carroll's header from Zabaleta's cross lacks power and doesn't trouble Gomes.  4:11PM GOAL! Watford 1 West Ham 0 (Hughes 11') Watford score with their first attack, and it's a first Watford goal for Will Hughes. Zeegelaar whips in a cross from the left that Gray controls brilliantly, and though his attempted shot is badly scuffed, the ball lands perfectly for Hughes to sweep home with his left foot from about 10 yards out.  Nightmare start for Moyes, and West Ham have lost all six of the Premier League games in which they've fallen behind this season.  Watford 1 - 0 West Ham (Will Hughes, 11 min) 4:09PM 10 mins "Sack the board" sing the West Ham fans. That'll be tough to hear for the so-called "Dildo brothers".  4:08PM 8 min Comical start to the game from Carroll - he's now dug an elbow into Kabasele's ribs. The Watford defender is winded by the challenge looks fine to carry on. That one was a more honest challenge from Carroll to be fair.  4:05PM 6 min Carroll really needs to stop playing back-passes to his goalkeeper. He tried a costly one against Tottenham earlier in the season, and he plays a ropey one here that Joe Hart does well to deal with.  Zeegelaar thankfully is back on.  4:03PM 3 min Zeegelaar is off the pitch now receiving treatment having been laid low for a couple of minutes. Watford playing with 10 men temporarily.  4:02PM 1 min Six seconds into Zeegelaar's Premier League debut and he's on the floor with blood pouring from his head after being on the receiving end of a trademark Carroll elbow. No punishment for the West Ham striker. That could have been a yellow or even a red.  Welcome to the Premier League Zeegelaar.  4:00PM Kick-off Watford are set up in a 3-4-3 formation, with the Dutch summer signing Zeegelaar making his debut at left wing-back. West Ham are set up in a 4-3-3.  A reminder of the teams for this one: Watford: Gomes; Mariappa, Kabasele, Britos; Femenia, Cleverley, Doucoure, Zeegelaar; Hughes, Richarlison; Gray. Subs: Karnezis (GK), Prödl, Holebas, Capoue, Pereyra, Carrillo, Okaka. West Ham: Hart; Zabaleta, Reid, Ogbonna, Cresswell; Noble, Kouyate, Obiang; Arnautovic, Lanzini, Carroll.  Subs: Adrian, Masuaku, Rice, Fernandes, Quina, Sakho, Martinez.  3:57PM The teams are out Kick-off is just a few minutes away.  Moyes tells Sky Sports ahead of the match: “We’re ready to go. We’ve had a few training sessions this week and last week. Have we done everything we could? No. Have we had enough time with the players? No. “We’re a bit limited in what we can do. I’ve been saying ‘Let’s make sure we do the job right’ but [the players] need to take responsibility themselves. Most important is we want to be a team that doesn’t lose.” 3:52PM Pards is in the building Alan Pardew, sporting a slightly creepy beard, says in the Sky Sports studio that he would have taken the West Ham job if he'd have been offered it. He then grabs fellow pundit Odion Ighalo's arm quite aggressively, and holds onto it for just long enough to make things uncomfortable. No 'your mum' gags though thankfully.  3:37PM Moyes speaks The new West Ham manager says before the game: "Honestly the big thing is that the players have been good. They have responded."  Moyesy of course promised to make his players work until they cry at his West Ham unveiling a couple of weeks ago.  3:28PM What does it all mean? So that's two changes for Watford, as Zeegelaar comes in for his debut, while Mariappa also starts. Holebas and Carrillo drop to the bench, and Deeney remains suspended after his beef with Joe Allen.  For West Ham, Moyes makes three changes to the West Ham team that were beaten 4-1 by Liverpool last time out. Edimilson Fernandes (dropped), Andre Ayew (ill) and Javier Hernandez (injured on international duty) drop out, with Arnautovic, Carroll and Zabaleta coming into the team.  It looks as though West Ham are lined up in a 4-3-3 formation, with plenty of scope for Arnautovic to fizz crosses at Carroll's head.  Andy Carroll starts up front for West Ham 3:13PM Team news The teams are in, and they are as follows: Watford: Gomes; Mariappa, Kabasele, Britos; Femenia, Cleverley, Doucoure, Zeegelaar; Hughes, Richarlison; Gray. Subs: Karnezis (GK), Prödl, Holebas, Capoue, Pereyra, Carrillo, Okaka. West Ham: Hart; Zabaleta, Reid, Ogbonna, Cresswell; Noble, Kouyate, Obiang; Arnautovic, Lanzini, Carroll.  Subs: Adrian, Masuaku, Rice, Fernandes, Quina, Sakho, Martinez.  2:30PM Preamble Hello all, Welcome to our live coverage of today's Premier League match between Watford and West Ham. Typically, with it being a Premier League game, the focus is almost entirely on the managers.  In the claret and blue corner we have David Moyes, whose name I struggle to write out without instinctively adding the word "beleaguered" in front of it. Today is of course Moyes' first game in charge of West Ham after being given the job until the end of the season during the international break.  The appointment was met with exasperation by most West Ham supporters, who don't think the pessimistic Moe Szyslak lookalike is the man to bring back the glory days of mid-table finishes and the fabled "West Ham way".  Moyes' mission to restore the feelgood factor to the London Stadium starts today with a tricky looking trip to 9th-placed Watford. West Ham begin in 18th place and a point off safety. A win takes them to 15th or 16th and suddenly things are looking hopeful again. A defeat and we will likely see Moyes predicting a long, bleak winter for the team. In fact it being Moyes, he will likely reset West Ham's target to bettering Derby's record low Premier League points tally from a decade ago.  David Moyes takes charge of West Ham for the first time on Sunday Credit: Getty Images Over in the yellow corner, it's the suave Marco Silva, who looks like he should be cashing cheques on Wall Street in the 1980s. Despite Phil Thompson and Paul Merson's howls about Silva's appointment at Hull City last season, the Portuguese has made a very positive impression since arriving in England and is now wanted by Everton.  Watford have turned down two approaches from Everton in the last couple of weeks, but it's a story we probably haven't heard the end of. In the immediate term, Silva will be focused on ending his side's run of three defeats in a row.  My prediction for what it's worth is a 2-1 Watford win.  Team news to follow at 3pm...

Watford 2 West Ham 0: David Moyes beaten and booed in baptism of fire

A manager who would like to leave against one desperate to stay and, with inevitable irony, it was want-away Marco Silva who claimed the victory for Watford as they condemned David Moyes to a desperate, hostile defeat in his first game in charge of West Ham United. This was Moyes’s 500th Premier League match as a manager and there was nothing to celebrate as the visiting fans turned on the club’s hierarchy and players with bitter chants of “Sack the board”, “You destroyed our club” and “You’re not fit to wear the shirt” as West Ham remain stuck in the relegation zone. And they do not look too good to go down on this evidence, while Friday’s home game against Leicester could turn ugly. They lost Marko Arnautovic to a suspected broken thumb while there were some shockingly poor performances, not least from striker Andy Carroll, who was substituted, with the West Ham fans turning on him as well. Carroll could, in fact, have been sent off after just 28 seconds for catching Watford debutant Marvin Zeegelaar with his elbow. Moyes, who is on an initial short-term contract to the season’s end, did not sugar-coat it afterwards and while there was an appeal for unity, there was also a blunt assessment of the underperforming players. “I think there are some players with big reputations who have disappointed and they need to show if that’s their reputation then why have they got it,” he said.  Moyes acknowledged the fans’ discontent and the “heat” being felt by Carroll. “I don’t know the history and all the other reasons for it,” he said of the chants towards the board. “I am thankful they [the fans] were supportive of me. But I have to say also that we need them now. We need a united club. I said to the players, it’s tough to play when the supporters are like that, but I understand their feelings. I think we did not do well enough in all the departments.” Watford supporters, meanwhile, sang “There’s only one Marco Silva” but they know Everton are trying to land the Portuguese, despite having two attempts to get him rebuffed, and that he fancies the move. “We want you to stay,” they added but Silva would prefer to go – although Watford, up to eighth in the table as they stopped a run of three successive defeats, are adamant they will not negotiate. Tough start: West Ham's David Moyes Credit: Reuters It is easy to see why Silva is in ­demand. The 40-year-old has quickly moulded a dynamic, hard-working, organised team – with the brilliant prospect Richarlison again impressive, although they were also indebted to another Brazilian, goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes, for a couple of outstanding saves despite their irrefutable dominance. Moyes will cling to that, but the undeniable truth is that despite those opportunities, either side of half-time, and also Christian ­Kabasele clearing a Manuel Lanzini shot off the line – with Watford two up – West Ham were by far the poorer team as they try to re-organise following the sacking of Slaven Bilic and the appointment of Moyes (having, by the way, made their own informal inquiry about Silva). There was no bounce for West Ham, while whatever the possibilities over Silva and his future, no one could accuse him or his team of being distracted, as he rightly pointed out. He has improved players, bought wisely and is hard-working, and so the appeal to Everton is obvious. Experience v promise: Mark Noble and Richarlison Credit: Getty Once Zeegelaar had gathered himself, the Dutch full-back was heavily involved in Watford’s opening goal as he broke down the right, combining with Richarlison and standing up a cross which was intended for Will Hughes. It was only half-cleared to Andre Gray who brought it down deftly enough but then miscued his shot. Still, it fell to Hughes who steered it into the net for his first goal for Watford and his first in the Premier League. In fact, it was his first shot in top-flight football. Defensively, though, it was a familiar shambles for West Ham. Watford were dominant but then, strangely, after Joe Hart had saved from Richarlison and Kiko Femenia had driven narrowly wide, it was West Ham who should have scored. Lanzini played the ball back to Mark Noble, his angled first-time pass found Cheikhou Kouyate who, through on goal, had his shot ­superbly blocked by Gomes before the ball trickled wide. Beating Spurs is Arsenal's Cup final 39:00 On half-time Gomes excelled himself with a brilliant double save as he scooped out Arnautovic’s bouncing header and then reacted quickly enough to push away his follow-up as the Austrian attempted to flick the ball past him. After half-time Arnautovic was involved again, cutting the ball back to Kouyate who skied it. West Ham, somehow, could have been level or even ahead but Watford had seen enough and took total control as Abdoulaye Doucoure drifted a first-time shot just past the post. Hart then rivalled Gomes with a fine save as he turned away a close-range header from Adrian Mariappa. A goal was coming and Hughes sprung it as he collected a headed clearance from Winston Reid and quickly sent the ball out to Richarlison, who sprinted into the penalty area, shifting to his left – and being allowed to do so by Reid – before driving a low shot that Hart could not keep out. Again, it was down to the goalkeeper’s weaker left-hand side. Unhappy Hammers: West Ham fans Credit: PA For the West Ham owners – David Sullivan and David Gold – and vice-chairman Karren Brady, the chants got even worse as they were individually targeted. It was game over. But this one is set to run and run for both clubs 5:57PM Full-time And that's that, a comfortable and well-deserved win for the hosts. Watford move up a place to eighth place in the table, while West Ham remain in 18th, a point off safety. Moyesy has much to ponder.  5:56PM 90+ 6 min Richarlison is close to his second and Watford's third, but his curling shot from inside the box is just wide. Silva then eats up a few seconds by replacing Gray with Carrillo.  5:53PM 90+4 min Will Hughes gets the Sky Sports MOM award. Toss up between him and Richarlison for me.   5:52PM 90+ 3 min Watford opt for "You're f****** s***' to goad their opponents. Keeping things nice and simple, much as their team have for most of this game.  5:50PM 90 min Eight minutes of added on time after that injury to Arnautovic.   5:48PM 90 min Watford seeing out the game well, and keeping their shape nicely to stem any possible West Ham fightback.  5:46PM 86 min The injured Femenya, who has been excellent up and down the Watford right, has been replaced by Holebas.  5:44PM 84 min Amazed the Watford fans haven't sung "you're getting sacked in the morning" to Moyes yet. Meanwhile Noble gets a booking for shoving Richarlison to the ground.  Hughes then comes off to a standing ovation to be replaced by Pereyra. A goal and an assist for the hugely impressive Hughes today.  5:41PM 81 min Watford lost their last game 3-2 having been 2-0 up at Everton, but the chances of a similar collapse here are looking more and more remote. West Ham not offering a great deal.  5:38PM 79 min "You destroyed our f****** club"...the West Ham fans are pretty upset with the club's board, and are making their feelings known.  Watford meanwhile spring forward again, and it takes a smart Cresswell clearance to cut out Richarlison's low cross.  Watford vs West Ham shots on goal 5:35PM 74 min So nearly a precious goal for West Ham, but Lanzini's goal-bound strike from around the penalty spot is blocked brilliantly by Kabasele on the line. The ball popped up onto Kabasele's hand after he made the block, but a penlaty would have been ridiculously harsh.  5:33PM 73 min Arnautovic says he feels ok to carry on, but Moyes opts to replace him with Masuaku.  5:29PM 70 min Arnautovic looks to be in absolute agony after landing awkwardly on his elbow. He's receiving treatment.  Richarlison breaks clear for Watford  5:27PM 67 min Speaking of things that have been coming, Carroll is replaced by Sakho. Arnautovic fires a shot well over soon after, before Doucoure draws a save from Hart with a low, fizzing shot from range.  5:24PM GOAL! Watford 2 West Ham 0 (Richarlison 64') Watford deservedly double their lead, and that could be the end for West Ham today.  Rarely has the expression "it's been coming" been so apt. Watford have been absolutely battering West Ham the last few minutes, and finally the pressure pays. Hughes canters forward from halfway - after a slight suspicion of handball to control the ball - and feeds Richarlison, who eases his way past Reid and shoots left-footed beyond Hart. Great work from Richarlison but Hart will be disappointed not to have done more than palm the ball on its way towards goal.  What have you got West Ham?  Watford 2 - 0 West Ham (Richarlison, 64 min) 5:23PM 63 min West Ham can't get out of their own half all of a sudden. It's been all Watford in the last five minutes.  5:21PM 60 min From the resulting corner, Hart makes an absolutely sensational fingertip save to keep out Mariappa's point-blank header.  West Ham are teetering on the brink all of a sudden. Watford desperately pushing for the killer second.  5:19PM 59 min Gray looks like he's about to make it 2-0 as he charges into the West Ham box, but Reid gets a block in to deflect the shot wide.   5:15PM 56 min More good pressure from Watford. This time it's Hughes who lets fly from range. A deflection softens the shot though, and it's an easy take for Hart.  5:14PM 54 min Watford so nearly double their lead, but Doucoure's curling effort from 25 yards out whistles just wide. Hart was completely rooted.  Abdoulaye Doucoure in action for Watford 5:12PM 52 min Another huge opportunity spurned by Kouyate. Arnautovic skips away from Britos down the right and pulls the ball back perfectly for Kouyate, who leans back and sends the chance well over. Really poor miss that.  5:11PM 51 min Femenia does superbly down the Watford right again, but his fizzed low centre is thumped wide by Gray. Cresswell is getting turned inside out by Femenia time and time again. He's not getting much protection from Lanzini to be fair.  5:08PM 48 min Oh dear, Carroll has just played an attempted pass to Cresswell straight out of his play. Not Carroll's day so far.  5:04PM 46 min No changes for either side at the break, and we're back under way.  5:02PM West Ham coming back into it towards the end of the half Watford vs West Ham shots on goal 4:54PM First-half summary An enjoyable first half saw Watford took an early lead and look like adding a second, before West Ham's late rally. After that five-minute passage at the end of the half, Moyes will be frustrated to be behind at the break, though Silva will feel his team are well worth their lead for the way they started.  The Watford wing-backs Femenia and debutant Zeegelaar have been particularly impressive, while Richarlison and Hughes have posed a threat further forward. For West Ham, Carroll has been a typically conspicuous performance, though that has mostly been down to his constant fouling and occasional Kamikaze back-passes. With plenty of meaty challenges flying around, it would be no surprise to see a red card for either team, and we should be in for a competitive second half.  Watford's Adrian Mariappa in action with West Ham United's Andy Carroll Credit: REUTERS 4:50PM 45+4 min Richarlison, who has been in a thorn in West Ham's side all half, cuts inside from the left and fires in a shot that is deflected just wide.  And that is the half-time whistle. Watford leading 1-0.  4:49PM 45+3 min How on earth has that stayed out? It's a triple save from Gomes to deny Arnautovic not once, not twice, but thrice. First the keeper palms away Arnautovic's header, then he springs up to block the rebound from close range, before holding on to a final attempt from an acute angle. West Ham have come alive in the last few minutes.  4:46PM 45 min Carroll is right in the thick of things again, and he's being told to calm down by referee Marriner after another mistimed tackle. Surely this can only end with Carroll being sent off or substituted for his own protection? Four minutes of added on time after the earlier injury to Zeegelaar.  4:44PM 44 min Watford flood forward on the break, but Hughes flicks Femenia's cross well over. Femenia did superbly to get past Cresswell and work the space for the cross.  4:43PM 43 min Huge chance for West Ham, by far their best of the fame so far. Cattoll, Lanzini and then Noble combine beautifully around the edge of the box to send Kouyate away. Gomes flies out of his goal though to deny the West Ham man. He really should have scored what was a pretty straightforward one on one.  Attempt Saved: Watford 1 - 0 West Ham (Cheikhou Kouyaté, 42 min) 4:41PM 41 min Obiang is the latest player to go into the book. This one is for a mistimed tackle on Hughes, as the Watford man turned away neatly again. Would not be at all surprised to see a red card today.  4:39PM 40 min It's slightly sad to see how off the pace the once-great Zabaleta looks these days. He's really struggling against Richarlison today, and he gives away a free-kick with a hopelessly late challenge on the Brazilian.  4:37PM 37 min Britos lamps a very ambitious 35-yard strike well over the bar. A truly terrible effort.  Watford vs West Ham shots on goal 4:36PM 36 min Arnautovic, sporting an uncharacteristically sensible haircut, goes into the book for a reckless challenge on Cleverley. The studs were showing, but it was only a one-footed challenge (an expression you rarely hear), so no real case for a red.  4:33PM 34 min Very close to a Watford second. First of all Richarlison has a decent effort saved by Hart from the edge of the box, before Femenia smashes the rebound just wide. West Ham on the ropes, Watford well on top.  "When did football management become so difficult?" 4:31PM 31 min From the resulting free-kick, Britos makes a crucial headed clearance from Cresswell's whipped-in delivery. Up the other end, Hughes plays a lovely flicked pass to Gray, but the striker's cross is easily collected by Hart. Hughes and Gray linking up nicely here.  4:29PM 29 min Britos booked for scything down Kouyate down the West Ham right.  4:29PM 28 min Off the ball challenge from Carroll, who shoves over Richarlison after the Brazilian had dispossessed him. It's just a yellow card, which is probably the right call. But what on earth was Carroll thinking? He's only just back from suspension as well, and could easily have been booked earlier for that elbow on Zeegelaar.  4:25PM 25 min There's a coming together in midfield between Noble and Cleverley. I feel like those two would have been a central midfield pairing in a 2008 'Predicted England XI for the 2018 World Cup'.  Will Hughes celebrates putting Watford 1-0 up 4:22PM 23 min Hughes shows some nifty footwork to work a yard of space and then plays a lovely through ball to Richarlison. The Brazilian is clipped by Zabaleta just inside the box, but Marriner waves away the penalty appeals.  4:20PM 20 min West Ham enjoying plenty of possession in the last few minutes, but they're doing little more than pumping diagonals up towards Andy Carroll that are being well dealt with by the Watford defence.  4:17PM 17 min Zeegelaar, as he did for the goal, getting forward well. The Dutchman has recovered well from that painful Carroll challenge early on, and is making a positive impression on day-boo.  4:15PM 15 min Watford fans and players are frustrated as Gray is poleaxed by Reid as he heads towards goal. Referee Andre Marriner says no foul. It was a borderline call.  4:13PM 13 min Almost an instant response from West ham, but Carroll's header from Zabaleta's cross lacks power and doesn't trouble Gomes.  4:11PM GOAL! Watford 1 West Ham 0 (Hughes 11') Watford score with their first attack, and it's a first Watford goal for Will Hughes. Zeegelaar whips in a cross from the left that Gray controls brilliantly, and though his attempted shot is badly scuffed, the ball lands perfectly for Hughes to sweep home with his left foot from about 10 yards out.  Nightmare start for Moyes, and West Ham have lost all six of the Premier League games in which they've fallen behind this season.  Watford 1 - 0 West Ham (Will Hughes, 11 min) 4:09PM 10 mins "Sack the board" sing the West Ham fans. That'll be tough to hear for the so-called "Dildo brothers".  4:08PM 8 min Comical start to the game from Carroll - he's now dug an elbow into Kabasele's ribs. The Watford defender is winded by the challenge looks fine to carry on. That one was a more honest challenge from Carroll to be fair.  4:05PM 6 min Carroll really needs to stop playing back-passes to his goalkeeper. He tried a costly one against Tottenham earlier in the season, and he plays a ropey one here that Joe Hart does well to deal with.  Zeegelaar thankfully is back on.  4:03PM 3 min Zeegelaar is off the pitch now receiving treatment having been laid low for a couple of minutes. Watford playing with 10 men temporarily.  4:02PM 1 min Six seconds into Zeegelaar's Premier League debut and he's on the floor with blood pouring from his head after being on the receiving end of a trademark Carroll elbow. No punishment for the West Ham striker. That could have been a yellow or even a red.  Welcome to the Premier League Zeegelaar.  4:00PM Kick-off Watford are set up in a 3-4-3 formation, with the Dutch summer signing Zeegelaar making his debut at left wing-back. West Ham are set up in a 4-3-3.  A reminder of the teams for this one: Watford: Gomes; Mariappa, Kabasele, Britos; Femenia, Cleverley, Doucoure, Zeegelaar; Hughes, Richarlison; Gray. Subs: Karnezis (GK), Prödl, Holebas, Capoue, Pereyra, Carrillo, Okaka. West Ham: Hart; Zabaleta, Reid, Ogbonna, Cresswell; Noble, Kouyate, Obiang; Arnautovic, Lanzini, Carroll.  Subs: Adrian, Masuaku, Rice, Fernandes, Quina, Sakho, Martinez.  3:57PM The teams are out Kick-off is just a few minutes away.  Moyes tells Sky Sports ahead of the match: “We’re ready to go. We’ve had a few training sessions this week and last week. Have we done everything we could? No. Have we had enough time with the players? No. “We’re a bit limited in what we can do. I’ve been saying ‘Let’s make sure we do the job right’ but [the players] need to take responsibility themselves. Most important is we want to be a team that doesn’t lose.” 3:52PM Pards is in the building Alan Pardew, sporting a slightly creepy beard, says in the Sky Sports studio that he would have taken the West Ham job if he'd have been offered it. He then grabs fellow pundit Odion Ighalo's arm quite aggressively, and holds onto it for just long enough to make things uncomfortable. No 'your mum' gags though thankfully.  3:37PM Moyes speaks The new West Ham manager says before the game: "Honestly the big thing is that the players have been good. They have responded."  Moyesy of course promised to make his players work until they cry at his West Ham unveiling a couple of weeks ago.  3:28PM What does it all mean? So that's two changes for Watford, as Zeegelaar comes in for his debut, while Mariappa also starts. Holebas and Carrillo drop to the bench, and Deeney remains suspended after his beef with Joe Allen.  For West Ham, Moyes makes three changes to the West Ham team that were beaten 4-1 by Liverpool last time out. Edimilson Fernandes (dropped), Andre Ayew (ill) and Javier Hernandez (injured on international duty) drop out, with Arnautovic, Carroll and Zabaleta coming into the team.  It looks as though West Ham are lined up in a 4-3-3 formation, with plenty of scope for Arnautovic to fizz crosses at Carroll's head.  Andy Carroll starts up front for West Ham 3:13PM Team news The teams are in, and they are as follows: Watford: Gomes; Mariappa, Kabasele, Britos; Femenia, Cleverley, Doucoure, Zeegelaar; Hughes, Richarlison; Gray. Subs: Karnezis (GK), Prödl, Holebas, Capoue, Pereyra, Carrillo, Okaka. West Ham: Hart; Zabaleta, Reid, Ogbonna, Cresswell; Noble, Kouyate, Obiang; Arnautovic, Lanzini, Carroll.  Subs: Adrian, Masuaku, Rice, Fernandes, Quina, Sakho, Martinez.  2:30PM Preamble Hello all, Welcome to our live coverage of today's Premier League match between Watford and West Ham. Typically, with it being a Premier League game, the focus is almost entirely on the managers.  In the claret and blue corner we have David Moyes, whose name I struggle to write out without instinctively adding the word "beleaguered" in front of it. Today is of course Moyes' first game in charge of West Ham after being given the job until the end of the season during the international break.  The appointment was met with exasperation by most West Ham supporters, who don't think the pessimistic Moe Szyslak lookalike is the man to bring back the glory days of mid-table finishes and the fabled "West Ham way".  Moyes' mission to restore the feelgood factor to the London Stadium starts today with a tricky looking trip to 9th-placed Watford. West Ham begin in 18th place and a point off safety. A win takes them to 15th or 16th and suddenly things are looking hopeful again. A defeat and we will likely see Moyes predicting a long, bleak winter for the team. In fact it being Moyes, he will likely reset West Ham's target to bettering Derby's record low Premier League points tally from a decade ago.  David Moyes takes charge of West Ham for the first time on Sunday Credit: Getty Images Over in the yellow corner, it's the suave Marco Silva, who looks like he should be cashing cheques on Wall Street in the 1980s. Despite Phil Thompson and Paul Merson's howls about Silva's appointment at Hull City last season, the Portuguese has made a very positive impression since arriving in England and is now wanted by Everton.  Watford have turned down two approaches from Everton in the last couple of weeks, but it's a story we probably haven't heard the end of. In the immediate term, Silva will be focused on ending his side's run of three defeats in a row.  My prediction for what it's worth is a 2-1 Watford win.  Team news to follow at 3pm...

Watford 2 West Ham 0: David Moyes beaten and booed in baptism of fire

A manager who would like to leave against one desperate to stay and, with inevitable irony, it was want-away Marco Silva who claimed the victory for Watford as they condemned David Moyes to a desperate, hostile defeat in his first game in charge of West Ham United. This was Moyes’s 500th Premier League match as a manager and there was nothing to celebrate as the visiting fans turned on the club’s hierarchy and players with bitter chants of “Sack the board”, “You destroyed our club” and “You’re not fit to wear the shirt” as West Ham remain stuck in the relegation zone. And they do not look too good to go down on this evidence, while Friday’s home game against Leicester could turn ugly. They lost Marko Arnautovic to a suspected broken thumb while there were some shockingly poor performances, not least from striker Andy Carroll, who was substituted, with the West Ham fans turning on him as well. Carroll could, in fact, have been sent off after just 28 seconds for catching Watford debutant Marvin Zeegelaar with his elbow. Moyes, who is on an initial short-term contract to the season’s end, did not sugar-coat it afterwards and while there was an appeal for unity, there was also a blunt assessment of the underperforming players. “I think there are some players with big reputations who have disappointed and they need to show if that’s their reputation then why have they got it,” he said.  Moyes acknowledged the fans’ discontent and the “heat” being felt by Carroll. “I don’t know the history and all the other reasons for it,” he said of the chants towards the board. “I am thankful they [the fans] were supportive of me. But I have to say also that we need them now. We need a united club. I said to the players, it’s tough to play when the supporters are like that, but I understand their feelings. I think we did not do well enough in all the departments.” Watford supporters, meanwhile, sang “There’s only one Marco Silva” but they know Everton are trying to land the Portuguese, despite having two attempts to get him rebuffed, and that he fancies the move. “We want you to stay,” they added but Silva would prefer to go – although Watford, up to eighth in the table as they stopped a run of three successive defeats, are adamant they will not negotiate. Tough start: West Ham's David Moyes Credit: Reuters It is easy to see why Silva is in ­demand. The 40-year-old has quickly moulded a dynamic, hard-working, organised team – with the brilliant prospect Richarlison again impressive, although they were also indebted to another Brazilian, goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes, for a couple of outstanding saves despite their irrefutable dominance. Moyes will cling to that, but the undeniable truth is that despite those opportunities, either side of half-time, and also Christian ­Kabasele clearing a Manuel Lanzini shot off the line – with Watford two up – West Ham were by far the poorer team as they try to re-organise following the sacking of Slaven Bilic and the appointment of Moyes (having, by the way, made their own informal inquiry about Silva). There was no bounce for West Ham, while whatever the possibilities over Silva and his future, no one could accuse him or his team of being distracted, as he rightly pointed out. He has improved players, bought wisely and is hard-working, and so the appeal to Everton is obvious. Experience v promise: Mark Noble and Richarlison Credit: Getty Once Zeegelaar had gathered himself, the Dutch full-back was heavily involved in Watford’s opening goal as he broke down the right, combining with Richarlison and standing up a cross which was intended for Will Hughes. It was only half-cleared to Andre Gray who brought it down deftly enough but then miscued his shot. Still, it fell to Hughes who steered it into the net for his first goal for Watford and his first in the Premier League. In fact, it was his first shot in top-flight football. Defensively, though, it was a familiar shambles for West Ham. Watford were dominant but then, strangely, after Joe Hart had saved from Richarlison and Kiko Femenia had driven narrowly wide, it was West Ham who should have scored. Lanzini played the ball back to Mark Noble, his angled first-time pass found Cheikhou Kouyate who, through on goal, had his shot ­superbly blocked by Gomes before the ball trickled wide. Beating Spurs is Arsenal's Cup final 39:00 On half-time Gomes excelled himself with a brilliant double save as he scooped out Arnautovic’s bouncing header and then reacted quickly enough to push away his follow-up as the Austrian attempted to flick the ball past him. After half-time Arnautovic was involved again, cutting the ball back to Kouyate who skied it. West Ham, somehow, could have been level or even ahead but Watford had seen enough and took total control as Abdoulaye Doucoure drifted a first-time shot just past the post. Hart then rivalled Gomes with a fine save as he turned away a close-range header from Adrian Mariappa. A goal was coming and Hughes sprung it as he collected a headed clearance from Winston Reid and quickly sent the ball out to Richarlison, who sprinted into the penalty area, shifting to his left – and being allowed to do so by Reid – before driving a low shot that Hart could not keep out. Again, it was down to the goalkeeper’s weaker left-hand side. Unhappy Hammers: West Ham fans Credit: PA For the West Ham owners – David Sullivan and David Gold – and vice-chairman Karren Brady, the chants got even worse as they were individually targeted. It was game over. But this one is set to run and run for both clubs 5:57PM Full-time And that's that, a comfortable and well-deserved win for the hosts. Watford move up a place to eighth place in the table, while West Ham remain in 18th, a point off safety. Moyesy has much to ponder.  5:56PM 90+ 6 min Richarlison is close to his second and Watford's third, but his curling shot from inside the box is just wide. Silva then eats up a few seconds by replacing Gray with Carrillo.  5:53PM 90+4 min Will Hughes gets the Sky Sports MOM award. Toss up between him and Richarlison for me.   5:52PM 90+ 3 min Watford opt for "You're f****** s***' to goad their opponents. Keeping things nice and simple, much as their team have for most of this game.  5:50PM 90 min Eight minutes of added on time after that injury to Arnautovic.   5:48PM 90 min Watford seeing out the game well, and keeping their shape nicely to stem any possible West Ham fightback.  5:46PM 86 min The injured Femenya, who has been excellent up and down the Watford right, has been replaced by Holebas.  5:44PM 84 min Amazed the Watford fans haven't sung "you're getting sacked in the morning" to Moyes yet. Meanwhile Noble gets a booking for shoving Richarlison to the ground.  Hughes then comes off to a standing ovation to be replaced by Pereyra. A goal and an assist for the hugely impressive Hughes today.  5:41PM 81 min Watford lost their last game 3-2 having been 2-0 up at Everton, but the chances of a similar collapse here are looking more and more remote. West Ham not offering a great deal.  5:38PM 79 min "You destroyed our f****** club"...the West Ham fans are pretty upset with the club's board, and are making their feelings known.  Watford meanwhile spring forward again, and it takes a smart Cresswell clearance to cut out Richarlison's low cross.  Watford vs West Ham shots on goal 5:35PM 74 min So nearly a precious goal for West Ham, but Lanzini's goal-bound strike from around the penalty spot is blocked brilliantly by Kabasele on the line. The ball popped up onto Kabasele's hand after he made the block, but a penlaty would have been ridiculously harsh.  5:33PM 73 min Arnautovic says he feels ok to carry on, but Moyes opts to replace him with Masuaku.  5:29PM 70 min Arnautovic looks to be in absolute agony after landing awkwardly on his elbow. He's receiving treatment.  Richarlison breaks clear for Watford  5:27PM 67 min Speaking of things that have been coming, Carroll is replaced by Sakho. Arnautovic fires a shot well over soon after, before Doucoure draws a save from Hart with a low, fizzing shot from range.  5:24PM GOAL! Watford 2 West Ham 0 (Richarlison 64') Watford deservedly double their lead, and that could be the end for West Ham today.  Rarely has the expression "it's been coming" been so apt. Watford have been absolutely battering West Ham the last few minutes, and finally the pressure pays. Hughes canters forward from halfway - after a slight suspicion of handball to control the ball - and feeds Richarlison, who eases his way past Reid and shoots left-footed beyond Hart. Great work from Richarlison but Hart will be disappointed not to have done more than palm the ball on its way towards goal.  What have you got West Ham?  Watford 2 - 0 West Ham (Richarlison, 64 min) 5:23PM 63 min West Ham can't get out of their own half all of a sudden. It's been all Watford in the last five minutes.  5:21PM 60 min From the resulting corner, Hart makes an absolutely sensational fingertip save to keep out Mariappa's point-blank header.  West Ham are teetering on the brink all of a sudden. Watford desperately pushing for the killer second.  5:19PM 59 min Gray looks like he's about to make it 2-0 as he charges into the West Ham box, but Reid gets a block in to deflect the shot wide.   5:15PM 56 min More good pressure from Watford. This time it's Hughes who lets fly from range. A deflection softens the shot though, and it's an easy take for Hart.  5:14PM 54 min Watford so nearly double their lead, but Doucoure's curling effort from 25 yards out whistles just wide. Hart was completely rooted.  Abdoulaye Doucoure in action for Watford 5:12PM 52 min Another huge opportunity spurned by Kouyate. Arnautovic skips away from Britos down the right and pulls the ball back perfectly for Kouyate, who leans back and sends the chance well over. Really poor miss that.  5:11PM 51 min Femenia does superbly down the Watford right again, but his fizzed low centre is thumped wide by Gray. Cresswell is getting turned inside out by Femenia time and time again. He's not getting much protection from Lanzini to be fair.  5:08PM 48 min Oh dear, Carroll has just played an attempted pass to Cresswell straight out of his play. Not Carroll's day so far.  5:04PM 46 min No changes for either side at the break, and we're back under way.  5:02PM West Ham coming back into it towards the end of the half Watford vs West Ham shots on goal 4:54PM First-half summary An enjoyable first half saw Watford took an early lead and look like adding a second, before West Ham's late rally. After that five-minute passage at the end of the half, Moyes will be frustrated to be behind at the break, though Silva will feel his team are well worth their lead for the way they started.  The Watford wing-backs Femenia and debutant Zeegelaar have been particularly impressive, while Richarlison and Hughes have posed a threat further forward. For West Ham, Carroll has been a typically conspicuous performance, though that has mostly been down to his constant fouling and occasional Kamikaze back-passes. With plenty of meaty challenges flying around, it would be no surprise to see a red card for either team, and we should be in for a competitive second half.  Watford's Adrian Mariappa in action with West Ham United's Andy Carroll Credit: REUTERS 4:50PM 45+4 min Richarlison, who has been in a thorn in West Ham's side all half, cuts inside from the left and fires in a shot that is deflected just wide.  And that is the half-time whistle. Watford leading 1-0.  4:49PM 45+3 min How on earth has that stayed out? It's a triple save from Gomes to deny Arnautovic not once, not twice, but thrice. First the keeper palms away Arnautovic's header, then he springs up to block the rebound from close range, before holding on to a final attempt from an acute angle. West Ham have come alive in the last few minutes.  4:46PM 45 min Carroll is right in the thick of things again, and he's being told to calm down by referee Marriner after another mistimed tackle. Surely this can only end with Carroll being sent off or substituted for his own protection? Four minutes of added on time after the earlier injury to Zeegelaar.  4:44PM 44 min Watford flood forward on the break, but Hughes flicks Femenia's cross well over. Femenia did superbly to get past Cresswell and work the space for the cross.  4:43PM 43 min Huge chance for West Ham, by far their best of the fame so far. Cattoll, Lanzini and then Noble combine beautifully around the edge of the box to send Kouyate away. Gomes flies out of his goal though to deny the West Ham man. He really should have scored what was a pretty straightforward one on one.  Attempt Saved: Watford 1 - 0 West Ham (Cheikhou Kouyaté, 42 min) 4:41PM 41 min Obiang is the latest player to go into the book. This one is for a mistimed tackle on Hughes, as the Watford man turned away neatly again. Would not be at all surprised to see a red card today.  4:39PM 40 min It's slightly sad to see how off the pace the once-great Zabaleta looks these days. He's really struggling against Richarlison today, and he gives away a free-kick with a hopelessly late challenge on the Brazilian.  4:37PM 37 min Britos lamps a very ambitious 35-yard strike well over the bar. A truly terrible effort.  Watford vs West Ham shots on goal 4:36PM 36 min Arnautovic, sporting an uncharacteristically sensible haircut, goes into the book for a reckless challenge on Cleverley. The studs were showing, but it was only a one-footed challenge (an expression you rarely hear), so no real case for a red.  4:33PM 34 min Very close to a Watford second. First of all Richarlison has a decent effort saved by Hart from the edge of the box, before Femenia smashes the rebound just wide. West Ham on the ropes, Watford well on top.  "When did football management become so difficult?" 4:31PM 31 min From the resulting free-kick, Britos makes a crucial headed clearance from Cresswell's whipped-in delivery. Up the other end, Hughes plays a lovely flicked pass to Gray, but the striker's cross is easily collected by Hart. Hughes and Gray linking up nicely here.  4:29PM 29 min Britos booked for scything down Kouyate down the West Ham right.  4:29PM 28 min Off the ball challenge from Carroll, who shoves over Richarlison after the Brazilian had dispossessed him. It's just a yellow card, which is probably the right call. But what on earth was Carroll thinking? He's only just back from suspension as well, and could easily have been booked earlier for that elbow on Zeegelaar.  4:25PM 25 min There's a coming together in midfield between Noble and Cleverley. I feel like those two would have been a central midfield pairing in a 2008 'Predicted England XI for the 2018 World Cup'.  Will Hughes celebrates putting Watford 1-0 up 4:22PM 23 min Hughes shows some nifty footwork to work a yard of space and then plays a lovely through ball to Richarlison. The Brazilian is clipped by Zabaleta just inside the box, but Marriner waves away the penalty appeals.  4:20PM 20 min West Ham enjoying plenty of possession in the last few minutes, but they're doing little more than pumping diagonals up towards Andy Carroll that are being well dealt with by the Watford defence.  4:17PM 17 min Zeegelaar, as he did for the goal, getting forward well. The Dutchman has recovered well from that painful Carroll challenge early on, and is making a positive impression on day-boo.  4:15PM 15 min Watford fans and players are frustrated as Gray is poleaxed by Reid as he heads towards goal. Referee Andre Marriner says no foul. It was a borderline call.  4:13PM 13 min Almost an instant response from West ham, but Carroll's header from Zabaleta's cross lacks power and doesn't trouble Gomes.  4:11PM GOAL! Watford 1 West Ham 0 (Hughes 11') Watford score with their first attack, and it's a first Watford goal for Will Hughes. Zeegelaar whips in a cross from the left that Gray controls brilliantly, and though his attempted shot is badly scuffed, the ball lands perfectly for Hughes to sweep home with his left foot from about 10 yards out.  Nightmare start for Moyes, and West Ham have lost all six of the Premier League games in which they've fallen behind this season.  Watford 1 - 0 West Ham (Will Hughes, 11 min) 4:09PM 10 mins "Sack the board" sing the West Ham fans. That'll be tough to hear for the so-called "Dildo brothers".  4:08PM 8 min Comical start to the game from Carroll - he's now dug an elbow into Kabasele's ribs. The Watford defender is winded by the challenge looks fine to carry on. That one was a more honest challenge from Carroll to be fair.  4:05PM 6 min Carroll really needs to stop playing back-passes to his goalkeeper. He tried a costly one against Tottenham earlier in the season, and he plays a ropey one here that Joe Hart does well to deal with.  Zeegelaar thankfully is back on.  4:03PM 3 min Zeegelaar is off the pitch now receiving treatment having been laid low for a couple of minutes. Watford playing with 10 men temporarily.  4:02PM 1 min Six seconds into Zeegelaar's Premier League debut and he's on the floor with blood pouring from his head after being on the receiving end of a trademark Carroll elbow. No punishment for the West Ham striker. That could have been a yellow or even a red.  Welcome to the Premier League Zeegelaar.  4:00PM Kick-off Watford are set up in a 3-4-3 formation, with the Dutch summer signing Zeegelaar making his debut at left wing-back. West Ham are set up in a 4-3-3.  A reminder of the teams for this one: Watford: Gomes; Mariappa, Kabasele, Britos; Femenia, Cleverley, Doucoure, Zeegelaar; Hughes, Richarlison; Gray. Subs: Karnezis (GK), Prödl, Holebas, Capoue, Pereyra, Carrillo, Okaka. West Ham: Hart; Zabaleta, Reid, Ogbonna, Cresswell; Noble, Kouyate, Obiang; Arnautovic, Lanzini, Carroll.  Subs: Adrian, Masuaku, Rice, Fernandes, Quina, Sakho, Martinez.  3:57PM The teams are out Kick-off is just a few minutes away.  Moyes tells Sky Sports ahead of the match: “We’re ready to go. We’ve had a few training sessions this week and last week. Have we done everything we could? No. Have we had enough time with the players? No. “We’re a bit limited in what we can do. I’ve been saying ‘Let’s make sure we do the job right’ but [the players] need to take responsibility themselves. Most important is we want to be a team that doesn’t lose.” 3:52PM Pards is in the building Alan Pardew, sporting a slightly creepy beard, says in the Sky Sports studio that he would have taken the West Ham job if he'd have been offered it. He then grabs fellow pundit Odion Ighalo's arm quite aggressively, and holds onto it for just long enough to make things uncomfortable. No 'your mum' gags though thankfully.  3:37PM Moyes speaks The new West Ham manager says before the game: "Honestly the big thing is that the players have been good. They have responded."  Moyesy of course promised to make his players work until they cry at his West Ham unveiling a couple of weeks ago.  3:28PM What does it all mean? So that's two changes for Watford, as Zeegelaar comes in for his debut, while Mariappa also starts. Holebas and Carrillo drop to the bench, and Deeney remains suspended after his beef with Joe Allen.  For West Ham, Moyes makes three changes to the West Ham team that were beaten 4-1 by Liverpool last time out. Edimilson Fernandes (dropped), Andre Ayew (ill) and Javier Hernandez (injured on international duty) drop out, with Arnautovic, Carroll and Zabaleta coming into the team.  It looks as though West Ham are lined up in a 4-3-3 formation, with plenty of scope for Arnautovic to fizz crosses at Carroll's head.  Andy Carroll starts up front for West Ham 3:13PM Team news The teams are in, and they are as follows: Watford: Gomes; Mariappa, Kabasele, Britos; Femenia, Cleverley, Doucoure, Zeegelaar; Hughes, Richarlison; Gray. Subs: Karnezis (GK), Prödl, Holebas, Capoue, Pereyra, Carrillo, Okaka. West Ham: Hart; Zabaleta, Reid, Ogbonna, Cresswell; Noble, Kouyate, Obiang; Arnautovic, Lanzini, Carroll.  Subs: Adrian, Masuaku, Rice, Fernandes, Quina, Sakho, Martinez.  2:30PM Preamble Hello all, Welcome to our live coverage of today's Premier League match between Watford and West Ham. Typically, with it being a Premier League game, the focus is almost entirely on the managers.  In the claret and blue corner we have David Moyes, whose name I struggle to write out without instinctively adding the word "beleaguered" in front of it. Today is of course Moyes' first game in charge of West Ham after being given the job until the end of the season during the international break.  The appointment was met with exasperation by most West Ham supporters, who don't think the pessimistic Moe Szyslak lookalike is the man to bring back the glory days of mid-table finishes and the fabled "West Ham way".  Moyes' mission to restore the feelgood factor to the London Stadium starts today with a tricky looking trip to 9th-placed Watford. West Ham begin in 18th place and a point off safety. A win takes them to 15th or 16th and suddenly things are looking hopeful again. A defeat and we will likely see Moyes predicting a long, bleak winter for the team. In fact it being Moyes, he will likely reset West Ham's target to bettering Derby's record low Premier League points tally from a decade ago.  David Moyes takes charge of West Ham for the first time on Sunday Credit: Getty Images Over in the yellow corner, it's the suave Marco Silva, who looks like he should be cashing cheques on Wall Street in the 1980s. Despite Phil Thompson and Paul Merson's howls about Silva's appointment at Hull City last season, the Portuguese has made a very positive impression since arriving in England and is now wanted by Everton.  Watford have turned down two approaches from Everton in the last couple of weeks, but it's a story we probably haven't heard the end of. In the immediate term, Silva will be focused on ending his side's run of three defeats in a row.  My prediction for what it's worth is a 2-1 Watford win.  Team news to follow at 3pm...

Watford 2 West Ham 0: David Moyes beaten and booed in baptism of fire

A manager who would like to leave against one desperate to stay and, with inevitable irony, it was want-away Marco Silva who claimed the victory for Watford as they condemned David Moyes to a desperate, hostile defeat in his first game in charge of West Ham United. This was Moyes’s 500th Premier League match as a manager and there was nothing to celebrate as the visiting fans turned on the club’s hierarchy and players with bitter chants of “Sack the board”, “You destroyed our club” and “You’re not fit to wear the shirt” as West Ham remain stuck in the relegation zone. And they do not look too good to go down on this evidence, while Friday’s home game against Leicester could turn ugly. They lost Marko Arnautovic to a suspected broken thumb while there were some shockingly poor performances, not least from striker Andy Carroll, who was substituted, with the West Ham fans turning on him as well. Carroll could, in fact, have been sent off after just 28 seconds for catching Watford debutant Marvin Zeegelaar with his elbow. Moyes, who is on an initial short-term contract to the season’s end, did not sugar-coat it afterwards and while there was an appeal for unity, there was also a blunt assessment of the underperforming players. “I think there are some players with big reputations who have disappointed and they need to show if that’s their reputation then why have they got it,” he said.  Moyes acknowledged the fans’ discontent and the “heat” being felt by Carroll. “I don’t know the history and all the other reasons for it,” he said of the chants towards the board. “I am thankful they [the fans] were supportive of me. But I have to say also that we need them now. We need a united club. I said to the players, it’s tough to play when the supporters are like that, but I understand their feelings. I think we did not do well enough in all the departments.” Watford supporters, meanwhile, sang “There’s only one Marco Silva” but they know Everton are trying to land the Portuguese, despite having two attempts to get him rebuffed, and that he fancies the move. “We want you to stay,” they added but Silva would prefer to go – although Watford, up to eighth in the table as they stopped a run of three successive defeats, are adamant they will not negotiate. Tough start: West Ham's David Moyes Credit: Reuters It is easy to see why Silva is in ­demand. The 40-year-old has quickly moulded a dynamic, hard-working, organised team – with the brilliant prospect Richarlison again impressive, although they were also indebted to another Brazilian, goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes, for a couple of outstanding saves despite their irrefutable dominance. Moyes will cling to that, but the undeniable truth is that despite those opportunities, either side of half-time, and also Christian ­Kabasele clearing a Manuel Lanzini shot off the line – with Watford two up – West Ham were by far the poorer team as they try to re-organise following the sacking of Slaven Bilic and the appointment of Moyes (having, by the way, made their own informal inquiry about Silva). There was no bounce for West Ham, while whatever the possibilities over Silva and his future, no one could accuse him or his team of being distracted, as he rightly pointed out. He has improved players, bought wisely and is hard-working, and so the appeal to Everton is obvious. Experience v promise: Mark Noble and Richarlison Credit: Getty Once Zeegelaar had gathered himself, the Dutch full-back was heavily involved in Watford’s opening goal as he broke down the right, combining with Richarlison and standing up a cross which was intended for Will Hughes. It was only half-cleared to Andre Gray who brought it down deftly enough but then miscued his shot. Still, it fell to Hughes who steered it into the net for his first goal for Watford and his first in the Premier League. In fact, it was his first shot in top-flight football. Defensively, though, it was a familiar shambles for West Ham. Watford were dominant but then, strangely, after Joe Hart had saved from Richarlison and Kiko Femenia had driven narrowly wide, it was West Ham who should have scored. Lanzini played the ball back to Mark Noble, his angled first-time pass found Cheikhou Kouyate who, through on goal, had his shot ­superbly blocked by Gomes before the ball trickled wide. Beating Spurs is Arsenal's Cup final 39:00 On half-time Gomes excelled himself with a brilliant double save as he scooped out Arnautovic’s bouncing header and then reacted quickly enough to push away his follow-up as the Austrian attempted to flick the ball past him. After half-time Arnautovic was involved again, cutting the ball back to Kouyate who skied it. West Ham, somehow, could have been level or even ahead but Watford had seen enough and took total control as Abdoulaye Doucoure drifted a first-time shot just past the post. Hart then rivalled Gomes with a fine save as he turned away a close-range header from Adrian Mariappa. A goal was coming and Hughes sprung it as he collected a headed clearance from Winston Reid and quickly sent the ball out to Richarlison, who sprinted into the penalty area, shifting to his left – and being allowed to do so by Reid – before driving a low shot that Hart could not keep out. Again, it was down to the goalkeeper’s weaker left-hand side. Unhappy Hammers: West Ham fans Credit: PA For the West Ham owners – David Sullivan and David Gold – and vice-chairman Karren Brady, the chants got even worse as they were individually targeted. It was game over. But this one is set to run and run for both clubs 5:57PM Full-time And that's that, a comfortable and well-deserved win for the hosts. Watford move up a place to eighth place in the table, while West Ham remain in 18th, a point off safety. Moyesy has much to ponder.  5:56PM 90+ 6 min Richarlison is close to his second and Watford's third, but his curling shot from inside the box is just wide. Silva then eats up a few seconds by replacing Gray with Carrillo.  5:53PM 90+4 min Will Hughes gets the Sky Sports MOM award. Toss up between him and Richarlison for me.   5:52PM 90+ 3 min Watford opt for "You're f****** s***' to goad their opponents. Keeping things nice and simple, much as their team have for most of this game.  5:50PM 90 min Eight minutes of added on time after that injury to Arnautovic.   5:48PM 90 min Watford seeing out the game well, and keeping their shape nicely to stem any possible West Ham fightback.  5:46PM 86 min The injured Femenya, who has been excellent up and down the Watford right, has been replaced by Holebas.  5:44PM 84 min Amazed the Watford fans haven't sung "you're getting sacked in the morning" to Moyes yet. Meanwhile Noble gets a booking for shoving Richarlison to the ground.  Hughes then comes off to a standing ovation to be replaced by Pereyra. A goal and an assist for the hugely impressive Hughes today.  5:41PM 81 min Watford lost their last game 3-2 having been 2-0 up at Everton, but the chances of a similar collapse here are looking more and more remote. West Ham not offering a great deal.  5:38PM 79 min "You destroyed our f****** club"...the West Ham fans are pretty upset with the club's board, and are making their feelings known.  Watford meanwhile spring forward again, and it takes a smart Cresswell clearance to cut out Richarlison's low cross.  Watford vs West Ham shots on goal 5:35PM 74 min So nearly a precious goal for West Ham, but Lanzini's goal-bound strike from around the penalty spot is blocked brilliantly by Kabasele on the line. The ball popped up onto Kabasele's hand after he made the block, but a penlaty would have been ridiculously harsh.  5:33PM 73 min Arnautovic says he feels ok to carry on, but Moyes opts to replace him with Masuaku.  5:29PM 70 min Arnautovic looks to be in absolute agony after landing awkwardly on his elbow. He's receiving treatment.  Richarlison breaks clear for Watford  5:27PM 67 min Speaking of things that have been coming, Carroll is replaced by Sakho. Arnautovic fires a shot well over soon after, before Doucoure draws a save from Hart with a low, fizzing shot from range.  5:24PM GOAL! Watford 2 West Ham 0 (Richarlison 64') Watford deservedly double their lead, and that could be the end for West Ham today.  Rarely has the expression "it's been coming" been so apt. Watford have been absolutely battering West Ham the last few minutes, and finally the pressure pays. Hughes canters forward from halfway - after a slight suspicion of handball to control the ball - and feeds Richarlison, who eases his way past Reid and shoots left-footed beyond Hart. Great work from Richarlison but Hart will be disappointed not to have done more than palm the ball on its way towards goal.  What have you got West Ham?  Watford 2 - 0 West Ham (Richarlison, 64 min) 5:23PM 63 min West Ham can't get out of their own half all of a sudden. It's been all Watford in the last five minutes.  5:21PM 60 min From the resulting corner, Hart makes an absolutely sensational fingertip save to keep out Mariappa's point-blank header.  West Ham are teetering on the brink all of a sudden. Watford desperately pushing for the killer second.  5:19PM 59 min Gray looks like he's about to make it 2-0 as he charges into the West Ham box, but Reid gets a block in to deflect the shot wide.   5:15PM 56 min More good pressure from Watford. This time it's Hughes who lets fly from range. A deflection softens the shot though, and it's an easy take for Hart.  5:14PM 54 min Watford so nearly double their lead, but Doucoure's curling effort from 25 yards out whistles just wide. Hart was completely rooted.  Abdoulaye Doucoure in action for Watford 5:12PM 52 min Another huge opportunity spurned by Kouyate. Arnautovic skips away from Britos down the right and pulls the ball back perfectly for Kouyate, who leans back and sends the chance well over. Really poor miss that.  5:11PM 51 min Femenia does superbly down the Watford right again, but his fizzed low centre is thumped wide by Gray. Cresswell is getting turned inside out by Femenia time and time again. He's not getting much protection from Lanzini to be fair.  5:08PM 48 min Oh dear, Carroll has just played an attempted pass to Cresswell straight out of his play. Not Carroll's day so far.  5:04PM 46 min No changes for either side at the break, and we're back under way.  5:02PM West Ham coming back into it towards the end of the half Watford vs West Ham shots on goal 4:54PM First-half summary An enjoyable first half saw Watford took an early lead and look like adding a second, before West Ham's late rally. After that five-minute passage at the end of the half, Moyes will be frustrated to be behind at the break, though Silva will feel his team are well worth their lead for the way they started.  The Watford wing-backs Femenia and debutant Zeegelaar have been particularly impressive, while Richarlison and Hughes have posed a threat further forward. For West Ham, Carroll has been a typically conspicuous performance, though that has mostly been down to his constant fouling and occasional Kamikaze back-passes. With plenty of meaty challenges flying around, it would be no surprise to see a red card for either team, and we should be in for a competitive second half.  Watford's Adrian Mariappa in action with West Ham United's Andy Carroll Credit: REUTERS 4:50PM 45+4 min Richarlison, who has been in a thorn in West Ham's side all half, cuts inside from the left and fires in a shot that is deflected just wide.  And that is the half-time whistle. Watford leading 1-0.  4:49PM 45+3 min How on earth has that stayed out? It's a triple save from Gomes to deny Arnautovic not once, not twice, but thrice. First the keeper palms away Arnautovic's header, then he springs up to block the rebound from close range, before holding on to a final attempt from an acute angle. West Ham have come alive in the last few minutes.  4:46PM 45 min Carroll is right in the thick of things again, and he's being told to calm down by referee Marriner after another mistimed tackle. Surely this can only end with Carroll being sent off or substituted for his own protection? Four minutes of added on time after the earlier injury to Zeegelaar.  4:44PM 44 min Watford flood forward on the break, but Hughes flicks Femenia's cross well over. Femenia did superbly to get past Cresswell and work the space for the cross.  4:43PM 43 min Huge chance for West Ham, by far their best of the fame so far. Cattoll, Lanzini and then Noble combine beautifully around the edge of the box to send Kouyate away. Gomes flies out of his goal though to deny the West Ham man. He really should have scored what was a pretty straightforward one on one.  Attempt Saved: Watford 1 - 0 West Ham (Cheikhou Kouyaté, 42 min) 4:41PM 41 min Obiang is the latest player to go into the book. This one is for a mistimed tackle on Hughes, as the Watford man turned away neatly again. Would not be at all surprised to see a red card today.  4:39PM 40 min It's slightly sad to see how off the pace the once-great Zabaleta looks these days. He's really struggling against Richarlison today, and he gives away a free-kick with a hopelessly late challenge on the Brazilian.  4:37PM 37 min Britos lamps a very ambitious 35-yard strike well over the bar. A truly terrible effort.  Watford vs West Ham shots on goal 4:36PM 36 min Arnautovic, sporting an uncharacteristically sensible haircut, goes into the book for a reckless challenge on Cleverley. The studs were showing, but it was only a one-footed challenge (an expression you rarely hear), so no real case for a red.  4:33PM 34 min Very close to a Watford second. First of all Richarlison has a decent effort saved by Hart from the edge of the box, before Femenia smashes the rebound just wide. West Ham on the ropes, Watford well on top.  "When did football management become so difficult?" 4:31PM 31 min From the resulting free-kick, Britos makes a crucial headed clearance from Cresswell's whipped-in delivery. Up the other end, Hughes plays a lovely flicked pass to Gray, but the striker's cross is easily collected by Hart. Hughes and Gray linking up nicely here.  4:29PM 29 min Britos booked for scything down Kouyate down the West Ham right.  4:29PM 28 min Off the ball challenge from Carroll, who shoves over Richarlison after the Brazilian had dispossessed him. It's just a yellow card, which is probably the right call. But what on earth was Carroll thinking? He's only just back from suspension as well, and could easily have been booked earlier for that elbow on Zeegelaar.  4:25PM 25 min There's a coming together in midfield between Noble and Cleverley. I feel like those two would have been a central midfield pairing in a 2008 'Predicted England XI for the 2018 World Cup'.  Will Hughes celebrates putting Watford 1-0 up 4:22PM 23 min Hughes shows some nifty footwork to work a yard of space and then plays a lovely through ball to Richarlison. The Brazilian is clipped by Zabaleta just inside the box, but Marriner waves away the penalty appeals.  4:20PM 20 min West Ham enjoying plenty of possession in the last few minutes, but they're doing little more than pumping diagonals up towards Andy Carroll that are being well dealt with by the Watford defence.  4:17PM 17 min Zeegelaar, as he did for the goal, getting forward well. The Dutchman has recovered well from that painful Carroll challenge early on, and is making a positive impression on day-boo.  4:15PM 15 min Watford fans and players are frustrated as Gray is poleaxed by Reid as he heads towards goal. Referee Andre Marriner says no foul. It was a borderline call.  4:13PM 13 min Almost an instant response from West ham, but Carroll's header from Zabaleta's cross lacks power and doesn't trouble Gomes.  4:11PM GOAL! Watford 1 West Ham 0 (Hughes 11') Watford score with their first attack, and it's a first Watford goal for Will Hughes. Zeegelaar whips in a cross from the left that Gray controls brilliantly, and though his attempted shot is badly scuffed, the ball lands perfectly for Hughes to sweep home with his left foot from about 10 yards out.  Nightmare start for Moyes, and West Ham have lost all six of the Premier League games in which they've fallen behind this season.  Watford 1 - 0 West Ham (Will Hughes, 11 min) 4:09PM 10 mins "Sack the board" sing the West Ham fans. That'll be tough to hear for the so-called "Dildo brothers".  4:08PM 8 min Comical start to the game from Carroll - he's now dug an elbow into Kabasele's ribs. The Watford defender is winded by the challenge looks fine to carry on. That one was a more honest challenge from Carroll to be fair.  4:05PM 6 min Carroll really needs to stop playing back-passes to his goalkeeper. He tried a costly one against Tottenham earlier in the season, and he plays a ropey one here that Joe Hart does well to deal with.  Zeegelaar thankfully is back on.  4:03PM 3 min Zeegelaar is off the pitch now receiving treatment having been laid low for a couple of minutes. Watford playing with 10 men temporarily.  4:02PM 1 min Six seconds into Zeegelaar's Premier League debut and he's on the floor with blood pouring from his head after being on the receiving end of a trademark Carroll elbow. No punishment for the West Ham striker. That could have been a yellow or even a red.  Welcome to the Premier League Zeegelaar.  4:00PM Kick-off Watford are set up in a 3-4-3 formation, with the Dutch summer signing Zeegelaar making his debut at left wing-back. West Ham are set up in a 4-3-3.  A reminder of the teams for this one: Watford: Gomes; Mariappa, Kabasele, Britos; Femenia, Cleverley, Doucoure, Zeegelaar; Hughes, Richarlison; Gray. Subs: Karnezis (GK), Prödl, Holebas, Capoue, Pereyra, Carrillo, Okaka. West Ham: Hart; Zabaleta, Reid, Ogbonna, Cresswell; Noble, Kouyate, Obiang; Arnautovic, Lanzini, Carroll.  Subs: Adrian, Masuaku, Rice, Fernandes, Quina, Sakho, Martinez.  3:57PM The teams are out Kick-off is just a few minutes away.  Moyes tells Sky Sports ahead of the match: “We’re ready to go. We’ve had a few training sessions this week and last week. Have we done everything we could? No. Have we had enough time with the players? No. “We’re a bit limited in what we can do. I’ve been saying ‘Let’s make sure we do the job right’ but [the players] need to take responsibility themselves. Most important is we want to be a team that doesn’t lose.” 3:52PM Pards is in the building Alan Pardew, sporting a slightly creepy beard, says in the Sky Sports studio that he would have taken the West Ham job if he'd have been offered it. He then grabs fellow pundit Odion Ighalo's arm quite aggressively, and holds onto it for just long enough to make things uncomfortable. No 'your mum' gags though thankfully.  3:37PM Moyes speaks The new West Ham manager says before the game: "Honestly the big thing is that the players have been good. They have responded."  Moyesy of course promised to make his players work until they cry at his West Ham unveiling a couple of weeks ago.  3:28PM What does it all mean? So that's two changes for Watford, as Zeegelaar comes in for his debut, while Mariappa also starts. Holebas and Carrillo drop to the bench, and Deeney remains suspended after his beef with Joe Allen.  For West Ham, Moyes makes three changes to the West Ham team that were beaten 4-1 by Liverpool last time out. Edimilson Fernandes (dropped), Andre Ayew (ill) and Javier Hernandez (injured on international duty) drop out, with Arnautovic, Carroll and Zabaleta coming into the team.  It looks as though West Ham are lined up in a 4-3-3 formation, with plenty of scope for Arnautovic to fizz crosses at Carroll's head.  Andy Carroll starts up front for West Ham 3:13PM Team news The teams are in, and they are as follows: Watford: Gomes; Mariappa, Kabasele, Britos; Femenia, Cleverley, Doucoure, Zeegelaar; Hughes, Richarlison; Gray. Subs: Karnezis (GK), Prödl, Holebas, Capoue, Pereyra, Carrillo, Okaka. West Ham: Hart; Zabaleta, Reid, Ogbonna, Cresswell; Noble, Kouyate, Obiang; Arnautovic, Lanzini, Carroll.  Subs: Adrian, Masuaku, Rice, Fernandes, Quina, Sakho, Martinez.  2:30PM Preamble Hello all, Welcome to our live coverage of today's Premier League match between Watford and West Ham. Typically, with it being a Premier League game, the focus is almost entirely on the managers.  In the claret and blue corner we have David Moyes, whose name I struggle to write out without instinctively adding the word "beleaguered" in front of it. Today is of course Moyes' first game in charge of West Ham after being given the job until the end of the season during the international break.  The appointment was met with exasperation by most West Ham supporters, who don't think the pessimistic Moe Szyslak lookalike is the man to bring back the glory days of mid-table finishes and the fabled "West Ham way".  Moyes' mission to restore the feelgood factor to the London Stadium starts today with a tricky looking trip to 9th-placed Watford. West Ham begin in 18th place and a point off safety. A win takes them to 15th or 16th and suddenly things are looking hopeful again. A defeat and we will likely see Moyes predicting a long, bleak winter for the team. In fact it being Moyes, he will likely reset West Ham's target to bettering Derby's record low Premier League points tally from a decade ago.  David Moyes takes charge of West Ham for the first time on Sunday Credit: Getty Images Over in the yellow corner, it's the suave Marco Silva, who looks like he should be cashing cheques on Wall Street in the 1980s. Despite Phil Thompson and Paul Merson's howls about Silva's appointment at Hull City last season, the Portuguese has made a very positive impression since arriving in England and is now wanted by Everton.  Watford have turned down two approaches from Everton in the last couple of weeks, but it's a story we probably haven't heard the end of. In the immediate term, Silva will be focused on ending his side's run of three defeats in a row.  My prediction for what it's worth is a 2-1 Watford win.  Team news to follow at 3pm...

Watford 2 West Ham 0: David Moyes beaten and booed in baptism of fire

A manager who would like to leave against one desperate to stay and, with inevitable irony, it was want-away Marco Silva who claimed the victory for Watford as they condemned David Moyes to a desperate, hostile defeat in his first game in charge of West Ham United. This was Moyes’s 500th Premier League match as a manager and there was nothing to celebrate as the visiting fans turned on the club’s hierarchy and players with bitter chants of “Sack the board”, “You destroyed our club” and “You’re not fit to wear the shirt” as West Ham remain stuck in the relegation zone. And they do not look too good to go down on this evidence, while Friday’s home game against Leicester could turn ugly. They lost Marko Arnautovic to a suspected broken thumb while there were some shockingly poor performances, not least from striker Andy Carroll, who was substituted, with the West Ham fans turning on him as well. Carroll could, in fact, have been sent off after just 28 seconds for catching Watford debutant Marvin Zeegelaar with his elbow. Moyes, who is on an initial short-term contract to the season’s end, did not sugar-coat it afterwards and while there was an appeal for unity, there was also a blunt assessment of the underperforming players. “I think there are some players with big reputations who have disappointed and they need to show if that’s their reputation then why have they got it,” he said.  Moyes acknowledged the fans’ discontent and the “heat” being felt by Carroll. “I don’t know the history and all the other reasons for it,” he said of the chants towards the board. “I am thankful they [the fans] were supportive of me. But I have to say also that we need them now. We need a united club. I said to the players, it’s tough to play when the supporters are like that, but I understand their feelings. I think we did not do well enough in all the departments.” Watford supporters, meanwhile, sang “There’s only one Marco Silva” but they know Everton are trying to land the Portuguese, despite having two attempts to get him rebuffed, and that he fancies the move. “We want you to stay,” they added but Silva would prefer to go – although Watford, up to eighth in the table as they stopped a run of three successive defeats, are adamant they will not negotiate. Tough start: West Ham's David Moyes Credit: Reuters It is easy to see why Silva is in ­demand. The 40-year-old has quickly moulded a dynamic, hard-working, organised team – with the brilliant prospect Richarlison again impressive, although they were also indebted to another Brazilian, goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes, for a couple of outstanding saves despite their irrefutable dominance. Moyes will cling to that, but the undeniable truth is that despite those opportunities, either side of half-time, and also Christian ­Kabasele clearing a Manuel Lanzini shot off the line – with Watford two up – West Ham were by far the poorer team as they try to re-organise following the sacking of Slaven Bilic and the appointment of Moyes (having, by the way, made their own informal inquiry about Silva). There was no bounce for West Ham, while whatever the possibilities over Silva and his future, no one could accuse him or his team of being distracted, as he rightly pointed out. He has improved players, bought wisely and is hard-working, and so the appeal to Everton is obvious. Experience v promise: Mark Noble and Richarlison Credit: Getty Once Zeegelaar had gathered himself, the Dutch full-back was heavily involved in Watford’s opening goal as he broke down the right, combining with Richarlison and standing up a cross which was intended for Will Hughes. It was only half-cleared to Andre Gray who brought it down deftly enough but then miscued his shot. Still, it fell to Hughes who steered it into the net for his first goal for Watford and his first in the Premier League. In fact, it was his first shot in top-flight football. Defensively, though, it was a familiar shambles for West Ham. Watford were dominant but then, strangely, after Joe Hart had saved from Richarlison and Kiko Femenia had driven narrowly wide, it was West Ham who should have scored. Lanzini played the ball back to Mark Noble, his angled first-time pass found Cheikhou Kouyate who, through on goal, had his shot ­superbly blocked by Gomes before the ball trickled wide. Beating Spurs is Arsenal's Cup final 39:00 On half-time Gomes excelled himself with a brilliant double save as he scooped out Arnautovic’s bouncing header and then reacted quickly enough to push away his follow-up as the Austrian attempted to flick the ball past him. After half-time Arnautovic was involved again, cutting the ball back to Kouyate who skied it. West Ham, somehow, could have been level or even ahead but Watford had seen enough and took total control as Abdoulaye Doucoure drifted a first-time shot just past the post. Hart then rivalled Gomes with a fine save as he turned away a close-range header from Adrian Mariappa. A goal was coming and Hughes sprung it as he collected a headed clearance from Winston Reid and quickly sent the ball out to Richarlison, who sprinted into the penalty area, shifting to his left – and being allowed to do so by Reid – before driving a low shot that Hart could not keep out. Again, it was down to the goalkeeper’s weaker left-hand side. Unhappy Hammers: West Ham fans Credit: PA For the West Ham owners – David Sullivan and David Gold – and vice-chairman Karren Brady, the chants got even worse as they were individually targeted. It was game over. But this one is set to run and run for both clubs 5:57PM Full-time And that's that, a comfortable and well-deserved win for the hosts. Watford move up a place to eighth place in the table, while West Ham remain in 18th, a point off safety. Moyesy has much to ponder.  5:56PM 90+ 6 min Richarlison is close to his second and Watford's third, but his curling shot from inside the box is just wide. Silva then eats up a few seconds by replacing Gray with Carrillo.  5:53PM 90+4 min Will Hughes gets the Sky Sports MOM award. Toss up between him and Richarlison for me.   5:52PM 90+ 3 min Watford opt for "You're f****** s***' to goad their opponents. Keeping things nice and simple, much as their team have for most of this game.  5:50PM 90 min Eight minutes of added on time after that injury to Arnautovic.   5:48PM 90 min Watford seeing out the game well, and keeping their shape nicely to stem any possible West Ham fightback.  5:46PM 86 min The injured Femenya, who has been excellent up and down the Watford right, has been replaced by Holebas.  5:44PM 84 min Amazed the Watford fans haven't sung "you're getting sacked in the morning" to Moyes yet. Meanwhile Noble gets a booking for shoving Richarlison to the ground.  Hughes then comes off to a standing ovation to be replaced by Pereyra. A goal and an assist for the hugely impressive Hughes today.  5:41PM 81 min Watford lost their last game 3-2 having been 2-0 up at Everton, but the chances of a similar collapse here are looking more and more remote. West Ham not offering a great deal.  5:38PM 79 min "You destroyed our f****** club"...the West Ham fans are pretty upset with the club's board, and are making their feelings known.  Watford meanwhile spring forward again, and it takes a smart Cresswell clearance to cut out Richarlison's low cross.  Watford vs West Ham shots on goal 5:35PM 74 min So nearly a precious goal for West Ham, but Lanzini's goal-bound strike from around the penalty spot is blocked brilliantly by Kabasele on the line. The ball popped up onto Kabasele's hand after he made the block, but a penlaty would have been ridiculously harsh.  5:33PM 73 min Arnautovic says he feels ok to carry on, but Moyes opts to replace him with Masuaku.  5:29PM 70 min Arnautovic looks to be in absolute agony after landing awkwardly on his elbow. He's receiving treatment.  Richarlison breaks clear for Watford  5:27PM 67 min Speaking of things that have been coming, Carroll is replaced by Sakho. Arnautovic fires a shot well over soon after, before Doucoure draws a save from Hart with a low, fizzing shot from range.  5:24PM GOAL! Watford 2 West Ham 0 (Richarlison 64') Watford deservedly double their lead, and that could be the end for West Ham today.  Rarely has the expression "it's been coming" been so apt. Watford have been absolutely battering West Ham the last few minutes, and finally the pressure pays. Hughes canters forward from halfway - after a slight suspicion of handball to control the ball - and feeds Richarlison, who eases his way past Reid and shoots left-footed beyond Hart. Great work from Richarlison but Hart will be disappointed not to have done more than palm the ball on its way towards goal.  What have you got West Ham?  Watford 2 - 0 West Ham (Richarlison, 64 min) 5:23PM 63 min West Ham can't get out of their own half all of a sudden. It's been all Watford in the last five minutes.  5:21PM 60 min From the resulting corner, Hart makes an absolutely sensational fingertip save to keep out Mariappa's point-blank header.  West Ham are teetering on the brink all of a sudden. Watford desperately pushing for the killer second.  5:19PM 59 min Gray looks like he's about to make it 2-0 as he charges into the West Ham box, but Reid gets a block in to deflect the shot wide.   5:15PM 56 min More good pressure from Watford. This time it's Hughes who lets fly from range. A deflection softens the shot though, and it's an easy take for Hart.  5:14PM 54 min Watford so nearly double their lead, but Doucoure's curling effort from 25 yards out whistles just wide. Hart was completely rooted.  Abdoulaye Doucoure in action for Watford 5:12PM 52 min Another huge opportunity spurned by Kouyate. Arnautovic skips away from Britos down the right and pulls the ball back perfectly for Kouyate, who leans back and sends the chance well over. Really poor miss that.  5:11PM 51 min Femenia does superbly down the Watford right again, but his fizzed low centre is thumped wide by Gray. Cresswell is getting turned inside out by Femenia time and time again. He's not getting much protection from Lanzini to be fair.  5:08PM 48 min Oh dear, Carroll has just played an attempted pass to Cresswell straight out of his play. Not Carroll's day so far.  5:04PM 46 min No changes for either side at the break, and we're back under way.  5:02PM West Ham coming back into it towards the end of the half Watford vs West Ham shots on goal 4:54PM First-half summary An enjoyable first half saw Watford took an early lead and look like adding a second, before West Ham's late rally. After that five-minute passage at the end of the half, Moyes will be frustrated to be behind at the break, though Silva will feel his team are well worth their lead for the way they started.  The Watford wing-backs Femenia and debutant Zeegelaar have been particularly impressive, while Richarlison and Hughes have posed a threat further forward. For West Ham, Carroll has been a typically conspicuous performance, though that has mostly been down to his constant fouling and occasional Kamikaze back-passes. With plenty of meaty challenges flying around, it would be no surprise to see a red card for either team, and we should be in for a competitive second half.  Watford's Adrian Mariappa in action with West Ham United's Andy Carroll Credit: REUTERS 4:50PM 45+4 min Richarlison, who has been in a thorn in West Ham's side all half, cuts inside from the left and fires in a shot that is deflected just wide.  And that is the half-time whistle. Watford leading 1-0.  4:49PM 45+3 min How on earth has that stayed out? It's a triple save from Gomes to deny Arnautovic not once, not twice, but thrice. First the keeper palms away Arnautovic's header, then he springs up to block the rebound from close range, before holding on to a final attempt from an acute angle. West Ham have come alive in the last few minutes.  4:46PM 45 min Carroll is right in the thick of things again, and he's being told to calm down by referee Marriner after another mistimed tackle. Surely this can only end with Carroll being sent off or substituted for his own protection? Four minutes of added on time after the earlier injury to Zeegelaar.  4:44PM 44 min Watford flood forward on the break, but Hughes flicks Femenia's cross well over. Femenia did superbly to get past Cresswell and work the space for the cross.  4:43PM 43 min Huge chance for West Ham, by far their best of the fame so far. Cattoll, Lanzini and then Noble combine beautifully around the edge of the box to send Kouyate away. Gomes flies out of his goal though to deny the West Ham man. He really should have scored what was a pretty straightforward one on one.  Attempt Saved: Watford 1 - 0 West Ham (Cheikhou Kouyaté, 42 min) 4:41PM 41 min Obiang is the latest player to go into the book. This one is for a mistimed tackle on Hughes, as the Watford man turned away neatly again. Would not be at all surprised to see a red card today.  4:39PM 40 min It's slightly sad to see how off the pace the once-great Zabaleta looks these days. He's really struggling against Richarlison today, and he gives away a free-kick with a hopelessly late challenge on the Brazilian.  4:37PM 37 min Britos lamps a very ambitious 35-yard strike well over the bar. A truly terrible effort.  Watford vs West Ham shots on goal 4:36PM 36 min Arnautovic, sporting an uncharacteristically sensible haircut, goes into the book for a reckless challenge on Cleverley. The studs were showing, but it was only a one-footed challenge (an expression you rarely hear), so no real case for a red.  4:33PM 34 min Very close to a Watford second. First of all Richarlison has a decent effort saved by Hart from the edge of the box, before Femenia smashes the rebound just wide. West Ham on the ropes, Watford well on top.  "When did football management become so difficult?" 4:31PM 31 min From the resulting free-kick, Britos makes a crucial headed clearance from Cresswell's whipped-in delivery. Up the other end, Hughes plays a lovely flicked pass to Gray, but the striker's cross is easily collected by Hart. Hughes and Gray linking up nicely here.  4:29PM 29 min Britos booked for scything down Kouyate down the West Ham right.  4:29PM 28 min Off the ball challenge from Carroll, who shoves over Richarlison after the Brazilian had dispossessed him. It's just a yellow card, which is probably the right call. But what on earth was Carroll thinking? He's only just back from suspension as well, and could easily have been booked earlier for that elbow on Zeegelaar.  4:25PM 25 min There's a coming together in midfield between Noble and Cleverley. I feel like those two would have been a central midfield pairing in a 2008 'Predicted England XI for the 2018 World Cup'.  Will Hughes celebrates putting Watford 1-0 up 4:22PM 23 min Hughes shows some nifty footwork to work a yard of space and then plays a lovely through ball to Richarlison. The Brazilian is clipped by Zabaleta just inside the box, but Marriner waves away the penalty appeals.  4:20PM 20 min West Ham enjoying plenty of possession in the last few minutes, but they're doing little more than pumping diagonals up towards Andy Carroll that are being well dealt with by the Watford defence.  4:17PM 17 min Zeegelaar, as he did for the goal, getting forward well. The Dutchman has recovered well from that painful Carroll challenge early on, and is making a positive impression on day-boo.  4:15PM 15 min Watford fans and players are frustrated as Gray is poleaxed by Reid as he heads towards goal. Referee Andre Marriner says no foul. It was a borderline call.  4:13PM 13 min Almost an instant response from West ham, but Carroll's header from Zabaleta's cross lacks power and doesn't trouble Gomes.  4:11PM GOAL! Watford 1 West Ham 0 (Hughes 11') Watford score with their first attack, and it's a first Watford goal for Will Hughes. Zeegelaar whips in a cross from the left that Gray controls brilliantly, and though his attempted shot is badly scuffed, the ball lands perfectly for Hughes to sweep home with his left foot from about 10 yards out.  Nightmare start for Moyes, and West Ham have lost all six of the Premier League games in which they've fallen behind this season.  Watford 1 - 0 West Ham (Will Hughes, 11 min) 4:09PM 10 mins "Sack the board" sing the West Ham fans. That'll be tough to hear for the so-called "Dildo brothers".  4:08PM 8 min Comical start to the game from Carroll - he's now dug an elbow into Kabasele's ribs. The Watford defender is winded by the challenge looks fine to carry on. That one was a more honest challenge from Carroll to be fair.  4:05PM 6 min Carroll really needs to stop playing back-passes to his goalkeeper. He tried a costly one against Tottenham earlier in the season, and he plays a ropey one here that Joe Hart does well to deal with.  Zeegelaar thankfully is back on.  4:03PM 3 min Zeegelaar is off the pitch now receiving treatment having been laid low for a couple of minutes. Watford playing with 10 men temporarily.  4:02PM 1 min Six seconds into Zeegelaar's Premier League debut and he's on the floor with blood pouring from his head after being on the receiving end of a trademark Carroll elbow. No punishment for the West Ham striker. That could have been a yellow or even a red.  Welcome to the Premier League Zeegelaar.  4:00PM Kick-off Watford are set up in a 3-4-3 formation, with the Dutch summer signing Zeegelaar making his debut at left wing-back. West Ham are set up in a 4-3-3.  A reminder of the teams for this one: Watford: Gomes; Mariappa, Kabasele, Britos; Femenia, Cleverley, Doucoure, Zeegelaar; Hughes, Richarlison; Gray. Subs: Karnezis (GK), Prödl, Holebas, Capoue, Pereyra, Carrillo, Okaka. West Ham: Hart; Zabaleta, Reid, Ogbonna, Cresswell; Noble, Kouyate, Obiang; Arnautovic, Lanzini, Carroll.  Subs: Adrian, Masuaku, Rice, Fernandes, Quina, Sakho, Martinez.  3:57PM The teams are out Kick-off is just a few minutes away.  Moyes tells Sky Sports ahead of the match: “We’re ready to go. We’ve had a few training sessions this week and last week. Have we done everything we could? No. Have we had enough time with the players? No. “We’re a bit limited in what we can do. I’ve been saying ‘Let’s make sure we do the job right’ but [the players] need to take responsibility themselves. Most important is we want to be a team that doesn’t lose.” 3:52PM Pards is in the building Alan Pardew, sporting a slightly creepy beard, says in the Sky Sports studio that he would have taken the West Ham job if he'd have been offered it. He then grabs fellow pundit Odion Ighalo's arm quite aggressively, and holds onto it for just long enough to make things uncomfortable. No 'your mum' gags though thankfully.  3:37PM Moyes speaks The new West Ham manager says before the game: "Honestly the big thing is that the players have been good. They have responded."  Moyesy of course promised to make his players work until they cry at his West Ham unveiling a couple of weeks ago.  3:28PM What does it all mean? So that's two changes for Watford, as Zeegelaar comes in for his debut, while Mariappa also starts. Holebas and Carrillo drop to the bench, and Deeney remains suspended after his beef with Joe Allen.  For West Ham, Moyes makes three changes to the West Ham team that were beaten 4-1 by Liverpool last time out. Edimilson Fernandes (dropped), Andre Ayew (ill) and Javier Hernandez (injured on international duty) drop out, with Arnautovic, Carroll and Zabaleta coming into the team.  It looks as though West Ham are lined up in a 4-3-3 formation, with plenty of scope for Arnautovic to fizz crosses at Carroll's head.  Andy Carroll starts up front for West Ham 3:13PM Team news The teams are in, and they are as follows: Watford: Gomes; Mariappa, Kabasele, Britos; Femenia, Cleverley, Doucoure, Zeegelaar; Hughes, Richarlison; Gray. Subs: Karnezis (GK), Prödl, Holebas, Capoue, Pereyra, Carrillo, Okaka. West Ham: Hart; Zabaleta, Reid, Ogbonna, Cresswell; Noble, Kouyate, Obiang; Arnautovic, Lanzini, Carroll.  Subs: Adrian, Masuaku, Rice, Fernandes, Quina, Sakho, Martinez.  2:30PM Preamble Hello all, Welcome to our live coverage of today's Premier League match between Watford and West Ham. Typically, with it being a Premier League game, the focus is almost entirely on the managers.  In the claret and blue corner we have David Moyes, whose name I struggle to write out without instinctively adding the word "beleaguered" in front of it. Today is of course Moyes' first game in charge of West Ham after being given the job until the end of the season during the international break.  The appointment was met with exasperation by most West Ham supporters, who don't think the pessimistic Moe Szyslak lookalike is the man to bring back the glory days of mid-table finishes and the fabled "West Ham way".  Moyes' mission to restore the feelgood factor to the London Stadium starts today with a tricky looking trip to 9th-placed Watford. West Ham begin in 18th place and a point off safety. A win takes them to 15th or 16th and suddenly things are looking hopeful again. A defeat and we will likely see Moyes predicting a long, bleak winter for the team. In fact it being Moyes, he will likely reset West Ham's target to bettering Derby's record low Premier League points tally from a decade ago.  David Moyes takes charge of West Ham for the first time on Sunday Credit: Getty Images Over in the yellow corner, it's the suave Marco Silva, who looks like he should be cashing cheques on Wall Street in the 1980s. Despite Phil Thompson and Paul Merson's howls about Silva's appointment at Hull City last season, the Portuguese has made a very positive impression since arriving in England and is now wanted by Everton.  Watford have turned down two approaches from Everton in the last couple of weeks, but it's a story we probably haven't heard the end of. In the immediate term, Silva will be focused on ending his side's run of three defeats in a row.  My prediction for what it's worth is a 2-1 Watford win.  Team news to follow at 3pm...

Watford 2 West Ham 0: David Moyes beaten and booed in baptism of fire

A manager who would like to leave against one desperate to stay and, with inevitable irony, it was want-away Marco Silva who claimed the victory for Watford as they condemned David Moyes to a desperate, hostile defeat in his first game in charge of West Ham United. This was Moyes’s 500th Premier League match as a manager and there was nothing to celebrate as the visiting fans turned on the club’s hierarchy and players with bitter chants of “Sack the board”, “You destroyed our club” and “You’re not fit to wear the shirt” as West Ham remain stuck in the relegation zone. And they do not look too good to go down on this evidence, while Friday’s home game against Leicester could turn ugly. They lost Marko Arnautovic to a suspected broken thumb while there were some shockingly poor performances, not least from striker Andy Carroll, who was substituted, with the West Ham fans turning on him as well. Carroll could, in fact, have been sent off after just 28 seconds for catching Watford debutant Marvin Zeegelaar with his elbow. Moyes, who is on an initial short-term contract to the season’s end, did not sugar-coat it afterwards and while there was an appeal for unity, there was also a blunt assessment of the underperforming players. “I think there are some players with big reputations who have disappointed and they need to show if that’s their reputation then why have they got it,” he said.  Moyes acknowledged the fans’ discontent and the “heat” being felt by Carroll. “I don’t know the history and all the other reasons for it,” he said of the chants towards the board. “I am thankful they [the fans] were supportive of me. But I have to say also that we need them now. We need a united club. I said to the players, it’s tough to play when the supporters are like that, but I understand their feelings. I think we did not do well enough in all the departments.” Watford supporters, meanwhile, sang “There’s only one Marco Silva” but they know Everton are trying to land the Portuguese, despite having two attempts to get him rebuffed, and that he fancies the move. “We want you to stay,” they added but Silva would prefer to go – although Watford, up to eighth in the table as they stopped a run of three successive defeats, are adamant they will not negotiate. Tough start: West Ham's David Moyes Credit: Reuters It is easy to see why Silva is in ­demand. The 40-year-old has quickly moulded a dynamic, hard-working, organised team – with the brilliant prospect Richarlison again impressive, although they were also indebted to another Brazilian, goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes, for a couple of outstanding saves despite their irrefutable dominance. Moyes will cling to that, but the undeniable truth is that despite those opportunities, either side of half-time, and also Christian ­Kabasele clearing a Manuel Lanzini shot off the line – with Watford two up – West Ham were by far the poorer team as they try to re-organise following the sacking of Slaven Bilic and the appointment of Moyes (having, by the way, made their own informal inquiry about Silva). There was no bounce for West Ham, while whatever the possibilities over Silva and his future, no one could accuse him or his team of being distracted, as he rightly pointed out. He has improved players, bought wisely and is hard-working, and so the appeal to Everton is obvious. Experience v promise: Mark Noble and Richarlison Credit: Getty Once Zeegelaar had gathered himself, the Dutch full-back was heavily involved in Watford’s opening goal as he broke down the right, combining with Richarlison and standing up a cross which was intended for Will Hughes. It was only half-cleared to Andre Gray who brought it down deftly enough but then miscued his shot. Still, it fell to Hughes who steered it into the net for his first goal for Watford and his first in the Premier League. In fact, it was his first shot in top-flight football. Defensively, though, it was a familiar shambles for West Ham. Watford were dominant but then, strangely, after Joe Hart had saved from Richarlison and Kiko Femenia had driven narrowly wide, it was West Ham who should have scored. Lanzini played the ball back to Mark Noble, his angled first-time pass found Cheikhou Kouyate who, through on goal, had his shot ­superbly blocked by Gomes before the ball trickled wide. Beating Spurs is Arsenal's Cup final 39:00 On half-time Gomes excelled himself with a brilliant double save as he scooped out Arnautovic’s bouncing header and then reacted quickly enough to push away his follow-up as the Austrian attempted to flick the ball past him. After half-time Arnautovic was involved again, cutting the ball back to Kouyate who skied it. West Ham, somehow, could have been level or even ahead but Watford had seen enough and took total control as Abdoulaye Doucoure drifted a first-time shot just past the post. Hart then rivalled Gomes with a fine save as he turned away a close-range header from Adrian Mariappa. A goal was coming and Hughes sprung it as he collected a headed clearance from Winston Reid and quickly sent the ball out to Richarlison, who sprinted into the penalty area, shifting to his left – and being allowed to do so by Reid – before driving a low shot that Hart could not keep out. Again, it was down to the goalkeeper’s weaker left-hand side. Unhappy Hammers: West Ham fans Credit: PA For the West Ham owners – David Sullivan and David Gold – and vice-chairman Karren Brady, the chants got even worse as they were individually targeted. It was game over. But this one is set to run and run for both clubs 5:57PM Full-time And that's that, a comfortable and well-deserved win for the hosts. Watford move up a place to eighth place in the table, while West Ham remain in 18th, a point off safety. Moyesy has much to ponder.  5:56PM 90+ 6 min Richarlison is close to his second and Watford's third, but his curling shot from inside the box is just wide. Silva then eats up a few seconds by replacing Gray with Carrillo.  5:53PM 90+4 min Will Hughes gets the Sky Sports MOM award. Toss up between him and Richarlison for me.   5:52PM 90+ 3 min Watford opt for "You're f****** s***' to goad their opponents. Keeping things nice and simple, much as their team have for most of this game.  5:50PM 90 min Eight minutes of added on time after that injury to Arnautovic.   5:48PM 90 min Watford seeing out the game well, and keeping their shape nicely to stem any possible West Ham fightback.  5:46PM 86 min The injured Femenya, who has been excellent up and down the Watford right, has been replaced by Holebas.  5:44PM 84 min Amazed the Watford fans haven't sung "you're getting sacked in the morning" to Moyes yet. Meanwhile Noble gets a booking for shoving Richarlison to the ground.  Hughes then comes off to a standing ovation to be replaced by Pereyra. A goal and an assist for the hugely impressive Hughes today.  5:41PM 81 min Watford lost their last game 3-2 having been 2-0 up at Everton, but the chances of a similar collapse here are looking more and more remote. West Ham not offering a great deal.  5:38PM 79 min "You destroyed our f****** club"...the West Ham fans are pretty upset with the club's board, and are making their feelings known.  Watford meanwhile spring forward again, and it takes a smart Cresswell clearance to cut out Richarlison's low cross.  Watford vs West Ham shots on goal 5:35PM 74 min So nearly a precious goal for West Ham, but Lanzini's goal-bound strike from around the penalty spot is blocked brilliantly by Kabasele on the line. The ball popped up onto Kabasele's hand after he made the block, but a penlaty would have been ridiculously harsh.  5:33PM 73 min Arnautovic says he feels ok to carry on, but Moyes opts to replace him with Masuaku.  5:29PM 70 min Arnautovic looks to be in absolute agony after landing awkwardly on his elbow. He's receiving treatment.  Richarlison breaks clear for Watford  5:27PM 67 min Speaking of things that have been coming, Carroll is replaced by Sakho. Arnautovic fires a shot well over soon after, before Doucoure draws a save from Hart with a low, fizzing shot from range.  5:24PM GOAL! Watford 2 West Ham 0 (Richarlison 64') Watford deservedly double their lead, and that could be the end for West Ham today.  Rarely has the expression "it's been coming" been so apt. Watford have been absolutely battering West Ham the last few minutes, and finally the pressure pays. Hughes canters forward from halfway - after a slight suspicion of handball to control the ball - and feeds Richarlison, who eases his way past Reid and shoots left-footed beyond Hart. Great work from Richarlison but Hart will be disappointed not to have done more than palm the ball on its way towards goal.  What have you got West Ham?  Watford 2 - 0 West Ham (Richarlison, 64 min) 5:23PM 63 min West Ham can't get out of their own half all of a sudden. It's been all Watford in the last five minutes.  5:21PM 60 min From the resulting corner, Hart makes an absolutely sensational fingertip save to keep out Mariappa's point-blank header.  West Ham are teetering on the brink all of a sudden. Watford desperately pushing for the killer second.  5:19PM 59 min Gray looks like he's about to make it 2-0 as he charges into the West Ham box, but Reid gets a block in to deflect the shot wide.   5:15PM 56 min More good pressure from Watford. This time it's Hughes who lets fly from range. A deflection softens the shot though, and it's an easy take for Hart.  5:14PM 54 min Watford so nearly double their lead, but Doucoure's curling effort from 25 yards out whistles just wide. Hart was completely rooted.  Abdoulaye Doucoure in action for Watford 5:12PM 52 min Another huge opportunity spurned by Kouyate. Arnautovic skips away from Britos down the right and pulls the ball back perfectly for Kouyate, who leans back and sends the chance well over. Really poor miss that.  5:11PM 51 min Femenia does superbly down the Watford right again, but his fizzed low centre is thumped wide by Gray. Cresswell is getting turned inside out by Femenia time and time again. He's not getting much protection from Lanzini to be fair.  5:08PM 48 min Oh dear, Carroll has just played an attempted pass to Cresswell straight out of his play. Not Carroll's day so far.  5:04PM 46 min No changes for either side at the break, and we're back under way.  5:02PM West Ham coming back into it towards the end of the half Watford vs West Ham shots on goal 4:54PM First-half summary An enjoyable first half saw Watford took an early lead and look like adding a second, before West Ham's late rally. After that five-minute passage at the end of the half, Moyes will be frustrated to be behind at the break, though Silva will feel his team are well worth their lead for the way they started.  The Watford wing-backs Femenia and debutant Zeegelaar have been particularly impressive, while Richarlison and Hughes have posed a threat further forward. For West Ham, Carroll has been a typically conspicuous performance, though that has mostly been down to his constant fouling and occasional Kamikaze back-passes. With plenty of meaty challenges flying around, it would be no surprise to see a red card for either team, and we should be in for a competitive second half.  Watford's Adrian Mariappa in action with West Ham United's Andy Carroll Credit: REUTERS 4:50PM 45+4 min Richarlison, who has been in a thorn in West Ham's side all half, cuts inside from the left and fires in a shot that is deflected just wide.  And that is the half-time whistle. Watford leading 1-0.  4:49PM 45+3 min How on earth has that stayed out? It's a triple save from Gomes to deny Arnautovic not once, not twice, but thrice. First the keeper palms away Arnautovic's header, then he springs up to block the rebound from close range, before holding on to a final attempt from an acute angle. West Ham have come alive in the last few minutes.  4:46PM 45 min Carroll is right in the thick of things again, and he's being told to calm down by referee Marriner after another mistimed tackle. Surely this can only end with Carroll being sent off or substituted for his own protection? Four minutes of added on time after the earlier injury to Zeegelaar.  4:44PM 44 min Watford flood forward on the break, but Hughes flicks Femenia's cross well over. Femenia did superbly to get past Cresswell and work the space for the cross.  4:43PM 43 min Huge chance for West Ham, by far their best of the fame so far. Cattoll, Lanzini and then Noble combine beautifully around the edge of the box to send Kouyate away. Gomes flies out of his goal though to deny the West Ham man. He really should have scored what was a pretty straightforward one on one.  Attempt Saved: Watford 1 - 0 West Ham (Cheikhou Kouyaté, 42 min) 4:41PM 41 min Obiang is the latest player to go into the book. This one is for a mistimed tackle on Hughes, as the Watford man turned away neatly again. Would not be at all surprised to see a red card today.  4:39PM 40 min It's slightly sad to see how off the pace the once-great Zabaleta looks these days. He's really struggling against Richarlison today, and he gives away a free-kick with a hopelessly late challenge on the Brazilian.  4:37PM 37 min Britos lamps a very ambitious 35-yard strike well over the bar. A truly terrible effort.  Watford vs West Ham shots on goal 4:36PM 36 min Arnautovic, sporting an uncharacteristically sensible haircut, goes into the book for a reckless challenge on Cleverley. The studs were showing, but it was only a one-footed challenge (an expression you rarely hear), so no real case for a red.  4:33PM 34 min Very close to a Watford second. First of all Richarlison has a decent effort saved by Hart from the edge of the box, before Femenia smashes the rebound just wide. West Ham on the ropes, Watford well on top.  "When did football management become so difficult?" 4:31PM 31 min From the resulting free-kick, Britos makes a crucial headed clearance from Cresswell's whipped-in delivery. Up the other end, Hughes plays a lovely flicked pass to Gray, but the striker's cross is easily collected by Hart. Hughes and Gray linking up nicely here.  4:29PM 29 min Britos booked for scything down Kouyate down the West Ham right.  4:29PM 28 min Off the ball challenge from Carroll, who shoves over Richarlison after the Brazilian had dispossessed him. It's just a yellow card, which is probably the right call. But what on earth was Carroll thinking? He's only just back from suspension as well, and could easily have been booked earlier for that elbow on Zeegelaar.  4:25PM 25 min There's a coming together in midfield between Noble and Cleverley. I feel like those two would have been a central midfield pairing in a 2008 'Predicted England XI for the 2018 World Cup'.  Will Hughes celebrates putting Watford 1-0 up 4:22PM 23 min Hughes shows some nifty footwork to work a yard of space and then plays a lovely through ball to Richarlison. The Brazilian is clipped by Zabaleta just inside the box, but Marriner waves away the penalty appeals.  4:20PM 20 min West Ham enjoying plenty of possession in the last few minutes, but they're doing little more than pumping diagonals up towards Andy Carroll that are being well dealt with by the Watford defence.  4:17PM 17 min Zeegelaar, as he did for the goal, getting forward well. The Dutchman has recovered well from that painful Carroll challenge early on, and is making a positive impression on day-boo.  4:15PM 15 min Watford fans and players are frustrated as Gray is poleaxed by Reid as he heads towards goal. Referee Andre Marriner says no foul. It was a borderline call.  4:13PM 13 min Almost an instant response from West ham, but Carroll's header from Zabaleta's cross lacks power and doesn't trouble Gomes.  4:11PM GOAL! Watford 1 West Ham 0 (Hughes 11') Watford score with their first attack, and it's a first Watford goal for Will Hughes. Zeegelaar whips in a cross from the left that Gray controls brilliantly, and though his attempted shot is badly scuffed, the ball lands perfectly for Hughes to sweep home with his left foot from about 10 yards out.  Nightmare start for Moyes, and West Ham have lost all six of the Premier League games in which they've fallen behind this season.  Watford 1 - 0 West Ham (Will Hughes, 11 min) 4:09PM 10 mins "Sack the board" sing the West Ham fans. That'll be tough to hear for the so-called "Dildo brothers".  4:08PM 8 min Comical start to the game from Carroll - he's now dug an elbow into Kabasele's ribs. The Watford defender is winded by the challenge looks fine to carry on. That one was a more honest challenge from Carroll to be fair.  4:05PM 6 min Carroll really needs to stop playing back-passes to his goalkeeper. He tried a costly one against Tottenham earlier in the season, and he plays a ropey one here that Joe Hart does well to deal with.  Zeegelaar thankfully is back on.  4:03PM 3 min Zeegelaar is off the pitch now receiving treatment having been laid low for a couple of minutes. Watford playing with 10 men temporarily.  4:02PM 1 min Six seconds into Zeegelaar's Premier League debut and he's on the floor with blood pouring from his head after being on the receiving end of a trademark Carroll elbow. No punishment for the West Ham striker. That could have been a yellow or even a red.  Welcome to the Premier League Zeegelaar.  4:00PM Kick-off Watford are set up in a 3-4-3 formation, with the Dutch summer signing Zeegelaar making his debut at left wing-back. West Ham are set up in a 4-3-3.  A reminder of the teams for this one: Watford: Gomes; Mariappa, Kabasele, Britos; Femenia, Cleverley, Doucoure, Zeegelaar; Hughes, Richarlison; Gray. Subs: Karnezis (GK), Prödl, Holebas, Capoue, Pereyra, Carrillo, Okaka. West Ham: Hart; Zabaleta, Reid, Ogbonna, Cresswell; Noble, Kouyate, Obiang; Arnautovic, Lanzini, Carroll.  Subs: Adrian, Masuaku, Rice, Fernandes, Quina, Sakho, Martinez.  3:57PM The teams are out Kick-off is just a few minutes away.  Moyes tells Sky Sports ahead of the match: “We’re ready to go. We’ve had a few training sessions this week and last week. Have we done everything we could? No. Have we had enough time with the players? No. “We’re a bit limited in what we can do. I’ve been saying ‘Let’s make sure we do the job right’ but [the players] need to take responsibility themselves. Most important is we want to be a team that doesn’t lose.” 3:52PM Pards is in the building Alan Pardew, sporting a slightly creepy beard, says in the Sky Sports studio that he would have taken the West Ham job if he'd have been offered it. He then grabs fellow pundit Odion Ighalo's arm quite aggressively, and holds onto it for just long enough to make things uncomfortable. No 'your mum' gags though thankfully.  3:37PM Moyes speaks The new West Ham manager says before the game: "Honestly the big thing is that the players have been good. They have responded."  Moyesy of course promised to make his players work until they cry at his West Ham unveiling a couple of weeks ago.  3:28PM What does it all mean? So that's two changes for Watford, as Zeegelaar comes in for his debut, while Mariappa also starts. Holebas and Carrillo drop to the bench, and Deeney remains suspended after his beef with Joe Allen.  For West Ham, Moyes makes three changes to the West Ham team that were beaten 4-1 by Liverpool last time out. Edimilson Fernandes (dropped), Andre Ayew (ill) and Javier Hernandez (injured on international duty) drop out, with Arnautovic, Carroll and Zabaleta coming into the team.  It looks as though West Ham are lined up in a 4-3-3 formation, with plenty of scope for Arnautovic to fizz crosses at Carroll's head.  Andy Carroll starts up front for West Ham 3:13PM Team news The teams are in, and they are as follows: Watford: Gomes; Mariappa, Kabasele, Britos; Femenia, Cleverley, Doucoure, Zeegelaar; Hughes, Richarlison; Gray. Subs: Karnezis (GK), Prödl, Holebas, Capoue, Pereyra, Carrillo, Okaka. West Ham: Hart; Zabaleta, Reid, Ogbonna, Cresswell; Noble, Kouyate, Obiang; Arnautovic, Lanzini, Carroll.  Subs: Adrian, Masuaku, Rice, Fernandes, Quina, Sakho, Martinez.  2:30PM Preamble Hello all, Welcome to our live coverage of today's Premier League match between Watford and West Ham. Typically, with it being a Premier League game, the focus is almost entirely on the managers.  In the claret and blue corner we have David Moyes, whose name I struggle to write out without instinctively adding the word "beleaguered" in front of it. Today is of course Moyes' first game in charge of West Ham after being given the job until the end of the season during the international break.  The appointment was met with exasperation by most West Ham supporters, who don't think the pessimistic Moe Szyslak lookalike is the man to bring back the glory days of mid-table finishes and the fabled "West Ham way".  Moyes' mission to restore the feelgood factor to the London Stadium starts today with a tricky looking trip to 9th-placed Watford. West Ham begin in 18th place and a point off safety. A win takes them to 15th or 16th and suddenly things are looking hopeful again. A defeat and we will likely see Moyes predicting a long, bleak winter for the team. In fact it being Moyes, he will likely reset West Ham's target to bettering Derby's record low Premier League points tally from a decade ago.  David Moyes takes charge of West Ham for the first time on Sunday Credit: Getty Images Over in the yellow corner, it's the suave Marco Silva, who looks like he should be cashing cheques on Wall Street in the 1980s. Despite Phil Thompson and Paul Merson's howls about Silva's appointment at Hull City last season, the Portuguese has made a very positive impression since arriving in England and is now wanted by Everton.  Watford have turned down two approaches from Everton in the last couple of weeks, but it's a story we probably haven't heard the end of. In the immediate term, Silva will be focused on ending his side's run of three defeats in a row.  My prediction for what it's worth is a 2-1 Watford win.  Team news to follow at 3pm...

Watford 2 West Ham 0: David Moyes beaten and booed in baptism of fire

A manager who would like to leave against one desperate to stay and, with inevitable irony, it was want-away Marco Silva who claimed the victory for Watford as they condemned David Moyes to a desperate, hostile defeat in his first game in charge of West Ham United. This was Moyes’s 500th Premier League match as a manager and there was nothing to celebrate as the visiting fans turned on the club’s hierarchy and players with bitter chants of “Sack the board”, “You destroyed our club” and “You’re not fit to wear the shirt” as West Ham remain stuck in the relegation zone. And they do not look too good to go down on this evidence, while Friday’s home game against Leicester could turn ugly. They lost Marko Arnautovic to a suspected broken thumb while there were some shockingly poor performances, not least from striker Andy Carroll, who was substituted, with the West Ham fans turning on him as well. Carroll could, in fact, have been sent off after just 28 seconds for catching Watford debutant Marvin Zeegelaar with his elbow. Moyes, who is on an initial short-term contract to the season’s end, did not sugar-coat it afterwards and while there was an appeal for unity, there was also a blunt assessment of the underperforming players. “I think there are some players with big reputations who have disappointed and they need to show if that’s their reputation then why have they got it,” he said.  Moyes acknowledged the fans’ discontent and the “heat” being felt by Carroll. “I don’t know the history and all the other reasons for it,” he said of the chants towards the board. “I am thankful they [the fans] were supportive of me. But I have to say also that we need them now. We need a united club. I said to the players, it’s tough to play when the supporters are like that, but I understand their feelings. I think we did not do well enough in all the departments.” Watford supporters, meanwhile, sang “There’s only one Marco Silva” but they know Everton are trying to land the Portuguese, despite having two attempts to get him rebuffed, and that he fancies the move. “We want you to stay,” they added but Silva would prefer to go – although Watford, up to eighth in the table as they stopped a run of three successive defeats, are adamant they will not negotiate. Tough start: West Ham's David Moyes Credit: Reuters It is easy to see why Silva is in ­demand. The 40-year-old has quickly moulded a dynamic, hard-working, organised team – with the brilliant prospect Richarlison again impressive, although they were also indebted to another Brazilian, goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes, for a couple of outstanding saves despite their irrefutable dominance. Moyes will cling to that, but the undeniable truth is that despite those opportunities, either side of half-time, and also Christian ­Kabasele clearing a Manuel Lanzini shot off the line – with Watford two up – West Ham were by far the poorer team as they try to re-organise following the sacking of Slaven Bilic and the appointment of Moyes (having, by the way, made their own informal inquiry about Silva). There was no bounce for West Ham, while whatever the possibilities over Silva and his future, no one could accuse him or his team of being distracted, as he rightly pointed out. He has improved players, bought wisely and is hard-working, and so the appeal to Everton is obvious. Experience v promise: Mark Noble and Richarlison Credit: Getty Once Zeegelaar had gathered himself, the Dutch full-back was heavily involved in Watford’s opening goal as he broke down the right, combining with Richarlison and standing up a cross which was intended for Will Hughes. It was only half-cleared to Andre Gray who brought it down deftly enough but then miscued his shot. Still, it fell to Hughes who steered it into the net for his first goal for Watford and his first in the Premier League. In fact, it was his first shot in top-flight football. Defensively, though, it was a familiar shambles for West Ham. Watford were dominant but then, strangely, after Joe Hart had saved from Richarlison and Kiko Femenia had driven narrowly wide, it was West Ham who should have scored. Lanzini played the ball back to Mark Noble, his angled first-time pass found Cheikhou Kouyate who, through on goal, had his shot ­superbly blocked by Gomes before the ball trickled wide. Beating Spurs is Arsenal's Cup final 39:00 On half-time Gomes excelled himself with a brilliant double save as he scooped out Arnautovic’s bouncing header and then reacted quickly enough to push away his follow-up as the Austrian attempted to flick the ball past him. After half-time Arnautovic was involved again, cutting the ball back to Kouyate who skied it. West Ham, somehow, could have been level or even ahead but Watford had seen enough and took total control as Abdoulaye Doucoure drifted a first-time shot just past the post. Hart then rivalled Gomes with a fine save as he turned away a close-range header from Adrian Mariappa. A goal was coming and Hughes sprung it as he collected a headed clearance from Winston Reid and quickly sent the ball out to Richarlison, who sprinted into the penalty area, shifting to his left – and being allowed to do so by Reid – before driving a low shot that Hart could not keep out. Again, it was down to the goalkeeper’s weaker left-hand side. Unhappy Hammers: West Ham fans Credit: PA For the West Ham owners – David Sullivan and David Gold – and vice-chairman Karren Brady, the chants got even worse as they were individually targeted. It was game over. But this one is set to run and run for both clubs 5:57PM Full-time And that's that, a comfortable and well-deserved win for the hosts. Watford move up a place to eighth place in the table, while West Ham remain in 18th, a point off safety. Moyesy has much to ponder.  5:56PM 90+ 6 min Richarlison is close to his second and Watford's third, but his curling shot from inside the box is just wide. Silva then eats up a few seconds by replacing Gray with Carrillo.  5:53PM 90+4 min Will Hughes gets the Sky Sports MOM award. Toss up between him and Richarlison for me.   5:52PM 90+ 3 min Watford opt for "You're f****** s***' to goad their opponents. Keeping things nice and simple, much as their team have for most of this game.  5:50PM 90 min Eight minutes of added on time after that injury to Arnautovic.   5:48PM 90 min Watford seeing out the game well, and keeping their shape nicely to stem any possible West Ham fightback.  5:46PM 86 min The injured Femenya, who has been excellent up and down the Watford right, has been replaced by Holebas.  5:44PM 84 min Amazed the Watford fans haven't sung "you're getting sacked in the morning" to Moyes yet. Meanwhile Noble gets a booking for shoving Richarlison to the ground.  Hughes then comes off to a standing ovation to be replaced by Pereyra. A goal and an assist for the hugely impressive Hughes today.  5:41PM 81 min Watford lost their last game 3-2 having been 2-0 up at Everton, but the chances of a similar collapse here are looking more and more remote. West Ham not offering a great deal.  5:38PM 79 min "You destroyed our f****** club"...the West Ham fans are pretty upset with the club's board, and are making their feelings known.  Watford meanwhile spring forward again, and it takes a smart Cresswell clearance to cut out Richarlison's low cross.  Watford vs West Ham shots on goal 5:35PM 74 min So nearly a precious goal for West Ham, but Lanzini's goal-bound strike from around the penalty spot is blocked brilliantly by Kabasele on the line. The ball popped up onto Kabasele's hand after he made the block, but a penlaty would have been ridiculously harsh.  5:33PM 73 min Arnautovic says he feels ok to carry on, but Moyes opts to replace him with Masuaku.  5:29PM 70 min Arnautovic looks to be in absolute agony after landing awkwardly on his elbow. He's receiving treatment.  Richarlison breaks clear for Watford  5:27PM 67 min Speaking of things that have been coming, Carroll is replaced by Sakho. Arnautovic fires a shot well over soon after, before Doucoure draws a save from Hart with a low, fizzing shot from range.  5:24PM GOAL! Watford 2 West Ham 0 (Richarlison 64') Watford deservedly double their lead, and that could be the end for West Ham today.  Rarely has the expression "it's been coming" been so apt. Watford have been absolutely battering West Ham the last few minutes, and finally the pressure pays. Hughes canters forward from halfway - after a slight suspicion of handball to control the ball - and feeds Richarlison, who eases his way past Reid and shoots left-footed beyond Hart. Great work from Richarlison but Hart will be disappointed not to have done more than palm the ball on its way towards goal.  What have you got West Ham?  Watford 2 - 0 West Ham (Richarlison, 64 min) 5:23PM 63 min West Ham can't get out of their own half all of a sudden. It's been all Watford in the last five minutes.  5:21PM 60 min From the resulting corner, Hart makes an absolutely sensational fingertip save to keep out Mariappa's point-blank header.  West Ham are teetering on the brink all of a sudden. Watford desperately pushing for the killer second.  5:19PM 59 min Gray looks like he's about to make it 2-0 as he charges into the West Ham box, but Reid gets a block in to deflect the shot wide.   5:15PM 56 min More good pressure from Watford. This time it's Hughes who lets fly from range. A deflection softens the shot though, and it's an easy take for Hart.  5:14PM 54 min Watford so nearly double their lead, but Doucoure's curling effort from 25 yards out whistles just wide. Hart was completely rooted.  Abdoulaye Doucoure in action for Watford 5:12PM 52 min Another huge opportunity spurned by Kouyate. Arnautovic skips away from Britos down the right and pulls the ball back perfectly for Kouyate, who leans back and sends the chance well over. Really poor miss that.  5:11PM 51 min Femenia does superbly down the Watford right again, but his fizzed low centre is thumped wide by Gray. Cresswell is getting turned inside out by Femenia time and time again. He's not getting much protection from Lanzini to be fair.  5:08PM 48 min Oh dear, Carroll has just played an attempted pass to Cresswell straight out of his play. Not Carroll's day so far.  5:04PM 46 min No changes for either side at the break, and we're back under way.  5:02PM West Ham coming back into it towards the end of the half Watford vs West Ham shots on goal 4:54PM First-half summary An enjoyable first half saw Watford took an early lead and look like adding a second, before West Ham's late rally. After that five-minute passage at the end of the half, Moyes will be frustrated to be behind at the break, though Silva will feel his team are well worth their lead for the way they started.  The Watford wing-backs Femenia and debutant Zeegelaar have been particularly impressive, while Richarlison and Hughes have posed a threat further forward. For West Ham, Carroll has been a typically conspicuous performance, though that has mostly been down to his constant fouling and occasional Kamikaze back-passes. With plenty of meaty challenges flying around, it would be no surprise to see a red card for either team, and we should be in for a competitive second half.  Watford's Adrian Mariappa in action with West Ham United's Andy Carroll Credit: REUTERS 4:50PM 45+4 min Richarlison, who has been in a thorn in West Ham's side all half, cuts inside from the left and fires in a shot that is deflected just wide.  And that is the half-time whistle. Watford leading 1-0.  4:49PM 45+3 min How on earth has that stayed out? It's a triple save from Gomes to deny Arnautovic not once, not twice, but thrice. First the keeper palms away Arnautovic's header, then he springs up to block the rebound from close range, before holding on to a final attempt from an acute angle. West Ham have come alive in the last few minutes.  4:46PM 45 min Carroll is right in the thick of things again, and he's being told to calm down by referee Marriner after another mistimed tackle. Surely this can only end with Carroll being sent off or substituted for his own protection? Four minutes of added on time after the earlier injury to Zeegelaar.  4:44PM 44 min Watford flood forward on the break, but Hughes flicks Femenia's cross well over. Femenia did superbly to get past Cresswell and work the space for the cross.  4:43PM 43 min Huge chance for West Ham, by far their best of the fame so far. Cattoll, Lanzini and then Noble combine beautifully around the edge of the box to send Kouyate away. Gomes flies out of his goal though to deny the West Ham man. He really should have scored what was a pretty straightforward one on one.  Attempt Saved: Watford 1 - 0 West Ham (Cheikhou Kouyaté, 42 min) 4:41PM 41 min Obiang is the latest player to go into the book. This one is for a mistimed tackle on Hughes, as the Watford man turned away neatly again. Would not be at all surprised to see a red card today.  4:39PM 40 min It's slightly sad to see how off the pace the once-great Zabaleta looks these days. He's really struggling against Richarlison today, and he gives away a free-kick with a hopelessly late challenge on the Brazilian.  4:37PM 37 min Britos lamps a very ambitious 35-yard strike well over the bar. A truly terrible effort.  Watford vs West Ham shots on goal 4:36PM 36 min Arnautovic, sporting an uncharacteristically sensible haircut, goes into the book for a reckless challenge on Cleverley. The studs were showing, but it was only a one-footed challenge (an expression you rarely hear), so no real case for a red.  4:33PM 34 min Very close to a Watford second. First of all Richarlison has a decent effort saved by Hart from the edge of the box, before Femenia smashes the rebound just wide. West Ham on the ropes, Watford well on top.  "When did football management become so difficult?" 4:31PM 31 min From the resulting free-kick, Britos makes a crucial headed clearance from Cresswell's whipped-in delivery. Up the other end, Hughes plays a lovely flicked pass to Gray, but the striker's cross is easily collected by Hart. Hughes and Gray linking up nicely here.  4:29PM 29 min Britos booked for scything down Kouyate down the West Ham right.  4:29PM 28 min Off the ball challenge from Carroll, who shoves over Richarlison after the Brazilian had dispossessed him. It's just a yellow card, which is probably the right call. But what on earth was Carroll thinking? He's only just back from suspension as well, and could easily have been booked earlier for that elbow on Zeegelaar.  4:25PM 25 min There's a coming together in midfield between Noble and Cleverley. I feel like those two would have been a central midfield pairing in a 2008 'Predicted England XI for the 2018 World Cup'.  Will Hughes celebrates putting Watford 1-0 up 4:22PM 23 min Hughes shows some nifty footwork to work a yard of space and then plays a lovely through ball to Richarlison. The Brazilian is clipped by Zabaleta just inside the box, but Marriner waves away the penalty appeals.  4:20PM 20 min West Ham enjoying plenty of possession in the last few minutes, but they're doing little more than pumping diagonals up towards Andy Carroll that are being well dealt with by the Watford defence.  4:17PM 17 min Zeegelaar, as he did for the goal, getting forward well. The Dutchman has recovered well from that painful Carroll challenge early on, and is making a positive impression on day-boo.  4:15PM 15 min Watford fans and players are frustrated as Gray is poleaxed by Reid as he heads towards goal. Referee Andre Marriner says no foul. It was a borderline call.  4:13PM 13 min Almost an instant response from West ham, but Carroll's header from Zabaleta's cross lacks power and doesn't trouble Gomes.  4:11PM GOAL! Watford 1 West Ham 0 (Hughes 11') Watford score with their first attack, and it's a first Watford goal for Will Hughes. Zeegelaar whips in a cross from the left that Gray controls brilliantly, and though his attempted shot is badly scuffed, the ball lands perfectly for Hughes to sweep home with his left foot from about 10 yards out.  Nightmare start for Moyes, and West Ham have lost all six of the Premier League games in which they've fallen behind this season.  Watford 1 - 0 West Ham (Will Hughes, 11 min) 4:09PM 10 mins "Sack the board" sing the West Ham fans. That'll be tough to hear for the so-called "Dildo brothers".  4:08PM 8 min Comical start to the game from Carroll - he's now dug an elbow into Kabasele's ribs. The Watford defender is winded by the challenge looks fine to carry on. That one was a more honest challenge from Carroll to be fair.  4:05PM 6 min Carroll really needs to stop playing back-passes to his goalkeeper. He tried a costly one against Tottenham earlier in the season, and he plays a ropey one here that Joe Hart does well to deal with.  Zeegelaar thankfully is back on.  4:03PM 3 min Zeegelaar is off the pitch now receiving treatment having been laid low for a couple of minutes. Watford playing with 10 men temporarily.  4:02PM 1 min Six seconds into Zeegelaar's Premier League debut and he's on the floor with blood pouring from his head after being on the receiving end of a trademark Carroll elbow. No punishment for the West Ham striker. That could have been a yellow or even a red.  Welcome to the Premier League Zeegelaar.  4:00PM Kick-off Watford are set up in a 3-4-3 formation, with the Dutch summer signing Zeegelaar making his debut at left wing-back. West Ham are set up in a 4-3-3.  A reminder of the teams for this one: Watford: Gomes; Mariappa, Kabasele, Britos; Femenia, Cleverley, Doucoure, Zeegelaar; Hughes, Richarlison; Gray. Subs: Karnezis (GK), Prödl, Holebas, Capoue, Pereyra, Carrillo, Okaka. West Ham: Hart; Zabaleta, Reid, Ogbonna, Cresswell; Noble, Kouyate, Obiang; Arnautovic, Lanzini, Carroll.  Subs: Adrian, Masuaku, Rice, Fernandes, Quina, Sakho, Martinez.  3:57PM The teams are out Kick-off is just a few minutes away.  Moyes tells Sky Sports ahead of the match: “We’re ready to go. We’ve had a few training sessions this week and last week. Have we done everything we could? No. Have we had enough time with the players? No. “We’re a bit limited in what we can do. I’ve been saying ‘Let’s make sure we do the job right’ but [the players] need to take responsibility themselves. Most important is we want to be a team that doesn’t lose.” 3:52PM Pards is in the building Alan Pardew, sporting a slightly creepy beard, says in the Sky Sports studio that he would have taken the West Ham job if he'd have been offered it. He then grabs fellow pundit Odion Ighalo's arm quite aggressively, and holds onto it for just long enough to make things uncomfortable. No 'your mum' gags though thankfully.  3:37PM Moyes speaks The new West Ham manager says before the game: "Honestly the big thing is that the players have been good. They have responded."  Moyesy of course promised to make his players work until they cry at his West Ham unveiling a couple of weeks ago.  3:28PM What does it all mean? So that's two changes for Watford, as Zeegelaar comes in for his debut, while Mariappa also starts. Holebas and Carrillo drop to the bench, and Deeney remains suspended after his beef with Joe Allen.  For West Ham, Moyes makes three changes to the West Ham team that were beaten 4-1 by Liverpool last time out. Edimilson Fernandes (dropped), Andre Ayew (ill) and Javier Hernandez (injured on international duty) drop out, with Arnautovic, Carroll and Zabaleta coming into the team.  It looks as though West Ham are lined up in a 4-3-3 formation, with plenty of scope for Arnautovic to fizz crosses at Carroll's head.  Andy Carroll starts up front for West Ham 3:13PM Team news The teams are in, and they are as follows: Watford: Gomes; Mariappa, Kabasele, Britos; Femenia, Cleverley, Doucoure, Zeegelaar; Hughes, Richarlison; Gray. Subs: Karnezis (GK), Prödl, Holebas, Capoue, Pereyra, Carrillo, Okaka. West Ham: Hart; Zabaleta, Reid, Ogbonna, Cresswell; Noble, Kouyate, Obiang; Arnautovic, Lanzini, Carroll.  Subs: Adrian, Masuaku, Rice, Fernandes, Quina, Sakho, Martinez.  2:30PM Preamble Hello all, Welcome to our live coverage of today's Premier League match between Watford and West Ham. Typically, with it being a Premier League game, the focus is almost entirely on the managers.  In the claret and blue corner we have David Moyes, whose name I struggle to write out without instinctively adding the word "beleaguered" in front of it. Today is of course Moyes' first game in charge of West Ham after being given the job until the end of the season during the international break.  The appointment was met with exasperation by most West Ham supporters, who don't think the pessimistic Moe Szyslak lookalike is the man to bring back the glory days of mid-table finishes and the fabled "West Ham way".  Moyes' mission to restore the feelgood factor to the London Stadium starts today with a tricky looking trip to 9th-placed Watford. West Ham begin in 18th place and a point off safety. A win takes them to 15th or 16th and suddenly things are looking hopeful again. A defeat and we will likely see Moyes predicting a long, bleak winter for the team. In fact it being Moyes, he will likely reset West Ham's target to bettering Derby's record low Premier League points tally from a decade ago.  David Moyes takes charge of West Ham for the first time on Sunday Credit: Getty Images Over in the yellow corner, it's the suave Marco Silva, who looks like he should be cashing cheques on Wall Street in the 1980s. Despite Phil Thompson and Paul Merson's howls about Silva's appointment at Hull City last season, the Portuguese has made a very positive impression since arriving in England and is now wanted by Everton.  Watford have turned down two approaches from Everton in the last couple of weeks, but it's a story we probably haven't heard the end of. In the immediate term, Silva will be focused on ending his side's run of three defeats in a row.  My prediction for what it's worth is a 2-1 Watford win.  Team news to follow at 3pm...

Watford 2 West Ham 0: David Moyes beaten and booed in baptism of fire

A manager who would like to leave against one desperate to stay and, with inevitable irony, it was want-away Marco Silva who claimed the victory for Watford as they condemned David Moyes to a desperate, hostile defeat in his first game in charge of West Ham United. This was Moyes’s 500th Premier League match as a manager and there was nothing to celebrate as the visiting fans turned on the club’s hierarchy and players with bitter chants of “Sack the board”, “You destroyed our club” and “You’re not fit to wear the shirt” as West Ham remain stuck in the relegation zone. And they do not look too good to go down on this evidence, while Friday’s home game against Leicester could turn ugly. They lost Marko Arnautovic to a suspected broken thumb while there were some shockingly poor performances, not least from striker Andy Carroll, who was substituted, with the West Ham fans turning on him as well. Carroll could, in fact, have been sent off after just 28 seconds for catching Watford debutant Marvin Zeegelaar with his elbow. Moyes, who is on an initial short-term contract to the season’s end, did not sugar-coat it afterwards and while there was an appeal for unity, there was also a blunt assessment of the underperforming players. “I think there are some players with big reputations who have disappointed and they need to show if that’s their reputation then why have they got it,” he said.  Moyes acknowledged the fans’ discontent and the “heat” being felt by Carroll. “I don’t know the history and all the other reasons for it,” he said of the chants towards the board. “I am thankful they [the fans] were supportive of me. But I have to say also that we need them now. We need a united club. I said to the players, it’s tough to play when the supporters are like that, but I understand their feelings. I think we did not do well enough in all the departments.” Watford supporters, meanwhile, sang “There’s only one Marco Silva” but they know Everton are trying to land the Portuguese, despite having two attempts to get him rebuffed, and that he fancies the move. “We want you to stay,” they added but Silva would prefer to go – although Watford, up to eighth in the table as they stopped a run of three successive defeats, are adamant they will not negotiate. Tough start: West Ham's David Moyes Credit: Reuters It is easy to see why Silva is in ­demand. The 40-year-old has quickly moulded a dynamic, hard-working, organised team – with the brilliant prospect Richarlison again impressive, although they were also indebted to another Brazilian, goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes, for a couple of outstanding saves despite their irrefutable dominance. Moyes will cling to that, but the undeniable truth is that despite those opportunities, either side of half-time, and also Christian ­Kabasele clearing a Manuel Lanzini shot off the line – with Watford two up – West Ham were by far the poorer team as they try to re-organise following the sacking of Slaven Bilic and the appointment of Moyes (having, by the way, made their own informal inquiry about Silva). There was no bounce for West Ham, while whatever the possibilities over Silva and his future, no one could accuse him or his team of being distracted, as he rightly pointed out. He has improved players, bought wisely and is hard-working, and so the appeal to Everton is obvious. Experience v promise: Mark Noble and Richarlison Credit: Getty Once Zeegelaar had gathered himself, the Dutch full-back was heavily involved in Watford’s opening goal as he broke down the right, combining with Richarlison and standing up a cross which was intended for Will Hughes. It was only half-cleared to Andre Gray who brought it down deftly enough but then miscued his shot. Still, it fell to Hughes who steered it into the net for his first goal for Watford and his first in the Premier League. In fact, it was his first shot in top-flight football. Defensively, though, it was a familiar shambles for West Ham. Watford were dominant but then, strangely, after Joe Hart had saved from Richarlison and Kiko Femenia had driven narrowly wide, it was West Ham who should have scored. Lanzini played the ball back to Mark Noble, his angled first-time pass found Cheikhou Kouyate who, through on goal, had his shot ­superbly blocked by Gomes before the ball trickled wide. Beating Spurs is Arsenal's Cup final 39:00 On half-time Gomes excelled himself with a brilliant double save as he scooped out Arnautovic’s bouncing header and then reacted quickly enough to push away his follow-up as the Austrian attempted to flick the ball past him. After half-time Arnautovic was involved again, cutting the ball back to Kouyate who skied it. West Ham, somehow, could have been level or even ahead but Watford had seen enough and took total control as Abdoulaye Doucoure drifted a first-time shot just past the post. Hart then rivalled Gomes with a fine save as he turned away a close-range header from Adrian Mariappa. A goal was coming and Hughes sprung it as he collected a headed clearance from Winston Reid and quickly sent the ball out to Richarlison, who sprinted into the penalty area, shifting to his left – and being allowed to do so by Reid – before driving a low shot that Hart could not keep out. Again, it was down to the goalkeeper’s weaker left-hand side. Unhappy Hammers: West Ham fans Credit: PA For the West Ham owners – David Sullivan and David Gold – and vice-chairman Karren Brady, the chants got even worse as they were individually targeted. It was game over. But this one is set to run and run for both clubs 5:57PM Full-time And that's that, a comfortable and well-deserved win for the hosts. Watford move up a place to eighth place in the table, while West Ham remain in 18th, a point off safety. Moyesy has much to ponder.  5:56PM 90+ 6 min Richarlison is close to his second and Watford's third, but his curling shot from inside the box is just wide. Silva then eats up a few seconds by replacing Gray with Carrillo.  5:53PM 90+4 min Will Hughes gets the Sky Sports MOM award. Toss up between him and Richarlison for me.   5:52PM 90+ 3 min Watford opt for "You're f****** s***' to goad their opponents. Keeping things nice and simple, much as their team have for most of this game.  5:50PM 90 min Eight minutes of added on time after that injury to Arnautovic.   5:48PM 90 min Watford seeing out the game well, and keeping their shape nicely to stem any possible West Ham fightback.  5:46PM 86 min The injured Femenya, who has been excellent up and down the Watford right, has been replaced by Holebas.  5:44PM 84 min Amazed the Watford fans haven't sung "you're getting sacked in the morning" to Moyes yet. Meanwhile Noble gets a booking for shoving Richarlison to the ground.  Hughes then comes off to a standing ovation to be replaced by Pereyra. A goal and an assist for the hugely impressive Hughes today.  5:41PM 81 min Watford lost their last game 3-2 having been 2-0 up at Everton, but the chances of a similar collapse here are looking more and more remote. West Ham not offering a great deal.  5:38PM 79 min "You destroyed our f****** club"...the West Ham fans are pretty upset with the club's board, and are making their feelings known.  Watford meanwhile spring forward again, and it takes a smart Cresswell clearance to cut out Richarlison's low cross.  Watford vs West Ham shots on goal 5:35PM 74 min So nearly a precious goal for West Ham, but Lanzini's goal-bound strike from around the penalty spot is blocked brilliantly by Kabasele on the line. The ball popped up onto Kabasele's hand after he made the block, but a penlaty would have been ridiculously harsh.  5:33PM 73 min Arnautovic says he feels ok to carry on, but Moyes opts to replace him with Masuaku.  5:29PM 70 min Arnautovic looks to be in absolute agony after landing awkwardly on his elbow. He's receiving treatment.  Richarlison breaks clear for Watford  5:27PM 67 min Speaking of things that have been coming, Carroll is replaced by Sakho. Arnautovic fires a shot well over soon after, before Doucoure draws a save from Hart with a low, fizzing shot from range.  5:24PM GOAL! Watford 2 West Ham 0 (Richarlison 64') Watford deservedly double their lead, and that could be the end for West Ham today.  Rarely has the expression "it's been coming" been so apt. Watford have been absolutely battering West Ham the last few minutes, and finally the pressure pays. Hughes canters forward from halfway - after a slight suspicion of handball to control the ball - and feeds Richarlison, who eases his way past Reid and shoots left-footed beyond Hart. Great work from Richarlison but Hart will be disappointed not to have done more than palm the ball on its way towards goal.  What have you got West Ham?  Watford 2 - 0 West Ham (Richarlison, 64 min) 5:23PM 63 min West Ham can't get out of their own half all of a sudden. It's been all Watford in the last five minutes.  5:21PM 60 min From the resulting corner, Hart makes an absolutely sensational fingertip save to keep out Mariappa's point-blank header.  West Ham are teetering on the brink all of a sudden. Watford desperately pushing for the killer second.  5:19PM 59 min Gray looks like he's about to make it 2-0 as he charges into the West Ham box, but Reid gets a block in to deflect the shot wide.   5:15PM 56 min More good pressure from Watford. This time it's Hughes who lets fly from range. A deflection softens the shot though, and it's an easy take for Hart.  5:14PM 54 min Watford so nearly double their lead, but Doucoure's curling effort from 25 yards out whistles just wide. Hart was completely rooted.  Abdoulaye Doucoure in action for Watford 5:12PM 52 min Another huge opportunity spurned by Kouyate. Arnautovic skips away from Britos down the right and pulls the ball back perfectly for Kouyate, who leans back and sends the chance well over. Really poor miss that.  5:11PM 51 min Femenia does superbly down the Watford right again, but his fizzed low centre is thumped wide by Gray. Cresswell is getting turned inside out by Femenia time and time again. He's not getting much protection from Lanzini to be fair.  5:08PM 48 min Oh dear, Carroll has just played an attempted pass to Cresswell straight out of his play. Not Carroll's day so far.  5:04PM 46 min No changes for either side at the break, and we're back under way.  5:02PM West Ham coming back into it towards the end of the half Watford vs West Ham shots on goal 4:54PM First-half summary An enjoyable first half saw Watford took an early lead and look like adding a second, before West Ham's late rally. After that five-minute passage at the end of the half, Moyes will be frustrated to be behind at the break, though Silva will feel his team are well worth their lead for the way they started.  The Watford wing-backs Femenia and debutant Zeegelaar have been particularly impressive, while Richarlison and Hughes have posed a threat further forward. For West Ham, Carroll has been a typically conspicuous performance, though that has mostly been down to his constant fouling and occasional Kamikaze back-passes. With plenty of meaty challenges flying around, it would be no surprise to see a red card for either team, and we should be in for a competitive second half.  Watford's Adrian Mariappa in action with West Ham United's Andy Carroll Credit: REUTERS 4:50PM 45+4 min Richarlison, who has been in a thorn in West Ham's side all half, cuts inside from the left and fires in a shot that is deflected just wide.  And that is the half-time whistle. Watford leading 1-0.  4:49PM 45+3 min How on earth has that stayed out? It's a triple save from Gomes to deny Arnautovic not once, not twice, but thrice. First the keeper palms away Arnautovic's header, then he springs up to block the rebound from close range, before holding on to a final attempt from an acute angle. West Ham have come alive in the last few minutes.  4:46PM 45 min Carroll is right in the thick of things again, and he's being told to calm down by referee Marriner after another mistimed tackle. Surely this can only end with Carroll being sent off or substituted for his own protection? Four minutes of added on time after the earlier injury to Zeegelaar.  4:44PM 44 min Watford flood forward on the break, but Hughes flicks Femenia's cross well over. Femenia did superbly to get past Cresswell and work the space for the cross.  4:43PM 43 min Huge chance for West Ham, by far their best of the fame so far. Cattoll, Lanzini and then Noble combine beautifully around the edge of the box to send Kouyate away. Gomes flies out of his goal though to deny the West Ham man. He really should have scored what was a pretty straightforward one on one.  Attempt Saved: Watford 1 - 0 West Ham (Cheikhou Kouyaté, 42 min) 4:41PM 41 min Obiang is the latest player to go into the book. This one is for a mistimed tackle on Hughes, as the Watford man turned away neatly again. Would not be at all surprised to see a red card today.  4:39PM 40 min It's slightly sad to see how off the pace the once-great Zabaleta looks these days. He's really struggling against Richarlison today, and he gives away a free-kick with a hopelessly late challenge on the Brazilian.  4:37PM 37 min Britos lamps a very ambitious 35-yard strike well over the bar. A truly terrible effort.  Watford vs West Ham shots on goal 4:36PM 36 min Arnautovic, sporting an uncharacteristically sensible haircut, goes into the book for a reckless challenge on Cleverley. The studs were showing, but it was only a one-footed challenge (an expression you rarely hear), so no real case for a red.  4:33PM 34 min Very close to a Watford second. First of all Richarlison has a decent effort saved by Hart from the edge of the box, before Femenia smashes the rebound just wide. West Ham on the ropes, Watford well on top.  "When did football management become so difficult?" 4:31PM 31 min From the resulting free-kick, Britos makes a crucial headed clearance from Cresswell's whipped-in delivery. Up the other end, Hughes plays a lovely flicked pass to Gray, but the striker's cross is easily collected by Hart. Hughes and Gray linking up nicely here.  4:29PM 29 min Britos booked for scything down Kouyate down the West Ham right.  4:29PM 28 min Off the ball challenge from Carroll, who shoves over Richarlison after the Brazilian had dispossessed him. It's just a yellow card, which is probably the right call. But what on earth was Carroll thinking? He's only just back from suspension as well, and could easily have been booked earlier for that elbow on Zeegelaar.  4:25PM 25 min There's a coming together in midfield between Noble and Cleverley. I feel like those two would have been a central midfield pairing in a 2008 'Predicted England XI for the 2018 World Cup'.  Will Hughes celebrates putting Watford 1-0 up 4:22PM 23 min Hughes shows some nifty footwork to work a yard of space and then plays a lovely through ball to Richarlison. The Brazilian is clipped by Zabaleta just inside the box, but Marriner waves away the penalty appeals.  4:20PM 20 min West Ham enjoying plenty of possession in the last few minutes, but they're doing little more than pumping diagonals up towards Andy Carroll that are being well dealt with by the Watford defence.  4:17PM 17 min Zeegelaar, as he did for the goal, getting forward well. The Dutchman has recovered well from that painful Carroll challenge early on, and is making a positive impression on day-boo.  4:15PM 15 min Watford fans and players are frustrated as Gray is poleaxed by Reid as he heads towards goal. Referee Andre Marriner says no foul. It was a borderline call.  4:13PM 13 min Almost an instant response from West ham, but Carroll's header from Zabaleta's cross lacks power and doesn't trouble Gomes.  4:11PM GOAL! Watford 1 West Ham 0 (Hughes 11') Watford score with their first attack, and it's a first Watford goal for Will Hughes. Zeegelaar whips in a cross from the left that Gray controls brilliantly, and though his attempted shot is badly scuffed, the ball lands perfectly for Hughes to sweep home with his left foot from about 10 yards out.  Nightmare start for Moyes, and West Ham have lost all six of the Premier League games in which they've fallen behind this season.  Watford 1 - 0 West Ham (Will Hughes, 11 min) 4:09PM 10 mins "Sack the board" sing the West Ham fans. That'll be tough to hear for the so-called "Dildo brothers".  4:08PM 8 min Comical start to the game from Carroll - he's now dug an elbow into Kabasele's ribs. The Watford defender is winded by the challenge looks fine to carry on. That one was a more honest challenge from Carroll to be fair.  4:05PM 6 min Carroll really needs to stop playing back-passes to his goalkeeper. He tried a costly one against Tottenham earlier in the season, and he plays a ropey one here that Joe Hart does well to deal with.  Zeegelaar thankfully is back on.  4:03PM 3 min Zeegelaar is off the pitch now receiving treatment having been laid low for a couple of minutes. Watford playing with 10 men temporarily.  4:02PM 1 min Six seconds into Zeegelaar's Premier League debut and he's on the floor with blood pouring from his head after being on the receiving end of a trademark Carroll elbow. No punishment for the West Ham striker. That could have been a yellow or even a red.  Welcome to the Premier League Zeegelaar.  4:00PM Kick-off Watford are set up in a 3-4-3 formation, with the Dutch summer signing Zeegelaar making his debut at left wing-back. West Ham are set up in a 4-3-3.  A reminder of the teams for this one: Watford: Gomes; Mariappa, Kabasele, Britos; Femenia, Cleverley, Doucoure, Zeegelaar; Hughes, Richarlison; Gray. Subs: Karnezis (GK), Prödl, Holebas, Capoue, Pereyra, Carrillo, Okaka. West Ham: Hart; Zabaleta, Reid, Ogbonna, Cresswell; Noble, Kouyate, Obiang; Arnautovic, Lanzini, Carroll.  Subs: Adrian, Masuaku, Rice, Fernandes, Quina, Sakho, Martinez.  3:57PM The teams are out Kick-off is just a few minutes away.  Moyes tells Sky Sports ahead of the match: “We’re ready to go. We’ve had a few training sessions this week and last week. Have we done everything we could? No. Have we had enough time with the players? No. “We’re a bit limited in what we can do. I’ve been saying ‘Let’s make sure we do the job right’ but [the players] need to take responsibility themselves. Most important is we want to be a team that doesn’t lose.” 3:52PM Pards is in the building Alan Pardew, sporting a slightly creepy beard, says in the Sky Sports studio that he would have taken the West Ham job if he'd have been offered it. He then grabs fellow pundit Odion Ighalo's arm quite aggressively, and holds onto it for just long enough to make things uncomfortable. No 'your mum' gags though thankfully.  3:37PM Moyes speaks The new West Ham manager says before the game: "Honestly the big thing is that the players have been good. They have responded."  Moyesy of course promised to make his players work until they cry at his West Ham unveiling a couple of weeks ago.  3:28PM What does it all mean? So that's two changes for Watford, as Zeegelaar comes in for his debut, while Mariappa also starts. Holebas and Carrillo drop to the bench, and Deeney remains suspended after his beef with Joe Allen.  For West Ham, Moyes makes three changes to the West Ham team that were beaten 4-1 by Liverpool last time out. Edimilson Fernandes (dropped), Andre Ayew (ill) and Javier Hernandez (injured on international duty) drop out, with Arnautovic, Carroll and Zabaleta coming into the team.  It looks as though West Ham are lined up in a 4-3-3 formation, with plenty of scope for Arnautovic to fizz crosses at Carroll's head.  Andy Carroll starts up front for West Ham 3:13PM Team news The teams are in, and they are as follows: Watford: Gomes; Mariappa, Kabasele, Britos; Femenia, Cleverley, Doucoure, Zeegelaar; Hughes, Richarlison; Gray. Subs: Karnezis (GK), Prödl, Holebas, Capoue, Pereyra, Carrillo, Okaka. West Ham: Hart; Zabaleta, Reid, Ogbonna, Cresswell; Noble, Kouyate, Obiang; Arnautovic, Lanzini, Carroll.  Subs: Adrian, Masuaku, Rice, Fernandes, Quina, Sakho, Martinez.  2:30PM Preamble Hello all, Welcome to our live coverage of today's Premier League match between Watford and West Ham. Typically, with it being a Premier League game, the focus is almost entirely on the managers.  In the claret and blue corner we have David Moyes, whose name I struggle to write out without instinctively adding the word "beleaguered" in front of it. Today is of course Moyes' first game in charge of West Ham after being given the job until the end of the season during the international break.  The appointment was met with exasperation by most West Ham supporters, who don't think the pessimistic Moe Szyslak lookalike is the man to bring back the glory days of mid-table finishes and the fabled "West Ham way".  Moyes' mission to restore the feelgood factor to the London Stadium starts today with a tricky looking trip to 9th-placed Watford. West Ham begin in 18th place and a point off safety. A win takes them to 15th or 16th and suddenly things are looking hopeful again. A defeat and we will likely see Moyes predicting a long, bleak winter for the team. In fact it being Moyes, he will likely reset West Ham's target to bettering Derby's record low Premier League points tally from a decade ago.  David Moyes takes charge of West Ham for the first time on Sunday Credit: Getty Images Over in the yellow corner, it's the suave Marco Silva, who looks like he should be cashing cheques on Wall Street in the 1980s. Despite Phil Thompson and Paul Merson's howls about Silva's appointment at Hull City last season, the Portuguese has made a very positive impression since arriving in England and is now wanted by Everton.  Watford have turned down two approaches from Everton in the last couple of weeks, but it's a story we probably haven't heard the end of. In the immediate term, Silva will be focused on ending his side's run of three defeats in a row.  My prediction for what it's worth is a 2-1 Watford win.  Team news to follow at 3pm...

Benitez saves penalty to preserve Nice's lead against Caen

Nice will feel justice was done against Caen, after goalkeeper Walter Benitez saved Ivan Santini's penalty, which was harshly awarded against Christophe Jallet for handball.

Benitez saves penalty to preserve Nice's lead against Caen

Nice will feel justice was done against Caen, after goalkeeper Walter Benitez saved Ivan Santini's penalty, which was harshly awarded against Christophe Jallet for handball.

Benitez saves penalty to preserve Nice's lead against Caen

Nice will feel justice was done against Caen, after goalkeeper Walter Benitez saved Ivan Santini's penalty, which was harshly awarded against Christophe Jallet for handball.

Switzerland 0 Northern Ireland 0; agg 1-0: Swiss through to World Cup thanks to dodgy first-leg penalty

It will be a while before Northern Ireland’s players, management and supporters get the image of Ricardo Rodriguez dramatically clearing Jonny Evans’ header off the goalline in stoppage time out of their minds. Evans, like the magnificent 1,900 Northern Irish fans camped inside one corner of St Jakob-Park, must have thought he had dragged this spell-binding match into extra-time and kept alive his country’s World Cup hopes but it was not to be. A frenetic goalless draw was enough to book Switzerland’s place in Russia next summer, after Thursday’s controversial 1-0 first-leg victory in Belfast, and a crestfallen Michael O’Neill and his valiant players were left to reflect with a sense of desolation and anger on a very costly error by referee Ovidiu Hategan. And that is the shame of it. That a fiercely fought play-off should ultimately have been decided by the award of a penalty for handball by Corry Evans that wasn’t, and while Switzerland will argue that they blew enough chances to have won with greater ease over 180 minutes, the point is they did not and were indebted to Hategan as much as Rodriguez. “Shafted is the only word for it,” said midfielder Oliver Norwood. “I will think about the penalty decision for years to come. It’s cost us a place in the World Cup.” Shooter: Northern Ireland's Stuart Dallas has an effort Credit: PA Wire It was the AC Milan left-back who emerged as Switzerland’s saviour in both games, converting that decisive penalty at Windsor Park and then making the heroic, last-gasp intervention at the death to deny Evans and Northern Irish dreams of a first World Cup appearance for 32 years. O’Neill’s players were dead on their feet. Some were in tears, others could barely stand, overcome with tiredness and emotion. They gave it everything, a performance of character, resilience and boundless energy and enthusiasm, but it was not quite enough. The immediate aftermath of such an emotional occasion is no time or place to make rational decisions but it remains to be seen if O’Neill can pick himself up and go again or whether he feels he has taken this side as far as he can. No one looked more crushed than him by the end. “The first emotion is almost devastation,” he said. Allotment time: the sodden pitch needed a lot of treatment before play Credit: AP Clubs are sure to be circling for the man who has transformed Northern Ireland’s fortunes over the past 5½ years and he is one name under consideration by the Scottish FA to replace Gordon Strachan, although Norwood willed the manager to stay on. “The message is loud and clear from the players and fans that we would like Michael to stay,” he said. O’Neill is not the only one with a decision to make over his future, though. Aaron Hughes is 38, Gareth McAuley and Chris Brunt will be 38 and 33 respectively next month. Jamie Ward is 31 and captain Steven Davis turns 33 on New Year’s Day. Is this a natural moment to call time on their international careers? If it is, it will probably mark the end of an era for this side, although a new hero in the making emerged in the form of George Saville, the Millwall midfielder, and the likes of Stuart Dallas and Jonny Evans, both outstanding here, will continue to lead the fight. The stakes were huge, and the challenging conditions only heightened the drama. It had barely stopped raining for 24 hours in Basel and the pitch cut up terribly. Saville described it as “disgraceful” and “unacceptable” although it was to the credit of both teams that it did not distract from an absorbing game. Switzerland vs Northern Ireland shots on goal Northern Ireland were indebted to Michael McGovern for making two excellent saves to deny Xherdan Shaqiri and Steven Zuber in the space of three first-half minutes and Haris Seferovic glanced a header from an inviting possession wide, but O’Neill’s side were well on top after the restart. O’Neill had made four changes from the first leg and they had a transformative effect. Saville, in for the suspended Corry Evans, was making only his fourth international appearance but you wouldn’t have known. Up against Arsenal’s Granit Xhaka and Denis Zakaria, of Borussia Monchengladbach, he was the best midfielder on show, upstaging even Davis with his calmness and precision on the ball. Not to be: Northern Ireland fans were left wondering what might have been Credit: PA Ward and Conor Washington brought far more pace and mobility to the attack and Dallas, who had been on crutches after an awful challenge from Fabian Schar in the first leg that should have resulted in the Switzerland defender’s dismissal, was outstanding down the left. In defence, Jonny Evans and McAuley were colossal. Brunt had brought a couple of good saves from Yann Sommer early on but Northern Ireland’s best spell came midway through the second period. In the 55th minute, Saville sprayed a raking pass out to Ward, who whipped over a lovely cross that Washington met with a good header that sailed agonisingly wide of the far post. Soon after, opportunity knocked for Saville. Washington pulled the ball back but the midfielder got the ball caught under his feet and his resulting shot lacked power as Sommer smothered. Wayward: the Swiss missed lots of chances, with Haris Seferovic a particular culprit Credit: PA Seferovic missed a glorious chance late on to put the game beyond Northern Ireland and then came the dramatic finale. After Brunt’s corner was partially cleared, McAuley played the ball back to his West Bromwich Albion team-mate. Sommer came for the cross but missed the ball and Jonny Evans ignored the flying boots to power a header towards goal. It was a brave header that typified his performance but to his anguish there was Rodriguez to clear on the line, and extinguish Northern Ireland’s World Cup dream. Sam Wallace's Power Rankings 42:04 6:52PM Full time: Switzerland 0 Northern Ireland 0 (1-0 on agg) That's it. Switzerland are going to the World Cup. Northern Ireland are not. Hard lines for Northern Ireland, who will still be smarting about the penalty decision in the first dig. On this evidence, Switzerland will be merely making up the numbers in Russia: they were a drab and sloppy lot who, surely, can play much better. They had half a dozen decent chances to bury Northern Ireland here, but O'Neill's men do not lack for fight and they made this an uncomfortable evening for the hosts. Thanks for following this with us, report and reaction follows shortly. O'Neill: "Devastated players. Out to a shocking decision in the first leg. Raw courage in this leg. Some regrets. But if it was not for that penalty, we would be playing extra time. Very poor ref in first leg, got pen wrong got red card wrong. We have to try and move on. "To take a team like Switzerland to the last minute over two legs is a fantastic achievement. We don't always have top level players but we do have top level characters. No rush into making decisions [about players' futures]." Asked if he might stay/go? "I am not going to give any thought [to my future] and I don't think that is a reasonable question at this time to be honest." 6:50PM 90+ mins Brunt has the ball, "tries to be clever" as Armstrong says, loses the ball. Embolo breaks, Evans (I think it was) bundles him over. That gives the Swiss a free and this will probably give them a chance to kill this game. That's the lot. 6:48PM 90+ mins Corner for NIR. Half cleared. Deep ball in. Keeper comes out flapping... J Evans header at the back post! Hacked off the line by Rodriguez. Oh, was that the moment? Cleared acrobatically off the line by the man who scored the goal in the first leg. Heartbreaker. 6:47PM 90 mins It's all about this Embolo now, he's carving NI open time and again. But the shooting/final ball remain weak. 6:44PM 87 mins Embolo gets down the left, excellent from the sub, he crosses and it's the unmarked Mehedi... ooh, it just evades him. Close. Just needed any touch. 6:42PM 85 mins Seferovic comes off, he's been straight-up useless, and Embolo comes on in his stead. 6:42PM 84 mins Swiss gaffer turns to the fans and gestures "come on! get behind the team!" rather than making them even more nervy. 6:41PM 83 mins NIR, not unreasonably, committing plenty forward. They're over-run now on the break, it's Zakaria who breaks and he slips it to Seferovic, who has time and space to wrap this up. He's shot ten feet over from about 15 feet. Oh boy. This Swiss lot are a shower! 6:39PM 82 mins Come on NIR. They have a throw in Delap Territory. Cleared, just about. Getting to the "do or die" stages of the match, here come the Swiss. 6:36PM 79 mins Shaqiri, disappointing, comes off. Freuler is the man to come on. 6:35PM 77 mins Bit of a crowd scene 35 yards from the NIR goal. Deliberate handball from Evans, on the floor. Clear yellow card. Rodriguez will play it in. No threat. 6:34PM 75 mins Zuber with an effort, wins a corner. Low ball to the near post from Shakira, and Seferovic can do little more than improvise a dink at the near post. About 15 minutes left for NI to force extra time. 6:32PM 74 mins Here is the change, then. And it is a doubler. Ward comes off for Jones.  Magennis is on for Norwood 6:31PM 72 mins Swiss not helping themselves, inviting pressure on with individual errors, such as Zakaria lofting the ball out. The hapless Zuber crosses to nobody. 6:30PM 70 mins Dilemma for MO'N: do they make the change and go for broke, or do they trust to the fact that they are on top? Legs must be getting tired, the going is heavy. 6:25PM 68 mins Dallas down the left, just about cleared by the Swiss. It's all NIR at the moment. Swiss under the cosh. "Northern Ireland certainly the better side now," says Gerry. 6:24PM 67 mins Decent little spell for the boys in white and green, some pressure 6:23PM 65 mins There's the man Dallas down the left, fine spin onto a flick on from McAuley, and a hard low cross. He wins a corner off Schar. And soon another corner. 6:18PM 60 mins Washington great spin down the flank, crosses and finds Saville. But his shot is weak, the ball getting stuck under his feet. Admir Mehmedi replaces Blerim Dzemaili 6:15PM 59 mins If I was the Swiss boss I'd get Zuber off stat. The guy is a liability. Another good opportunity goes begging when the ball just pings off him. Zakaria rakes his studs down Washington's legs. From the resultant freekick, the Swiss keeper comes out waving at his mother and misses the ball. McAuley not a million miles from nodding in. 6:15PM 58 mins Gerry Armstrong throwing shade at "their" players for wearing gloves. The expression "don't fancy it" is used. 6:13PM 56 mins Zuber down the left, there's the low cross... it just needs a touch, but it rattles through the NI six-yard box in splendid isolation. 6:11PM 53 mins BRILLIANT counter from Northern Ireland. Raking ball out to the right from Saville, a galloping run and cross from Ward. Washington meets it with the head, and it fades just past the far post.  Miss: Switzerland 0 - 0 Northern Ireland (Conor Washington, 54 min) 6:07PM 49 mins It's that Schar again! Two-footed tackle. Dallas the victim. Again no card. The NI lads on the touchline are asking the Fourth Official what game/what tie these officials are watching! Certainly Schar seems to be leading a charmed life. 6:04PM 47 mins But it's the Swiss who are the first to show. Lichtsteiner with a good run down the right, he picks out Zuber, who has time and space, but dithers. Wet. Not sure if it is nerves, but this Swiss lot are very timid and unsure when shooting. They scored 23 in qualifying, not sure how. Rodríguez shoots wide. 6:02PM 46 mins Northern Ireland kick off. 6:00PM So Northern Ireland have 45 minutes to get something out of this. 5:59PM This suggests that Brunt (number 11 - at LB) is fairly well pushed up Average touch positions (half time) and that he is not getting a lot of support from  Saville (20), who is billed as the left midfielder of a three but is tucked in very narrow. 5:57PM Left-back area the big concern for M'ON. Swiss really having a lot of joy in behind there Switzerland vs Northern Ireland 5:47PM Half time: Switzerland 0 Northern Ireland 0 Encouraging from Northern Ireland in many senses, they have had their moments and had a couple of shots on target. On the other hand, the Swiss should have wrapped this up on perhaps three occasions, so... Switzerland vs Northern Ireland shots on goal 5:46PM 43 mins Ward with a good run, and Schär sticks a leg out with no intention/hope of getting the ball. Foul. That Schär is a bit of a one, eh? Freekick in a handy place. But Brunt has curled it 20 feet over. Oh dear. 5:44PM 42 mins Another offside flag, this time it's Xhaka who is the culprit. 5:44PM It's all relative Anyone who thinks the pitch in Basle is bad doesn't remember the Baseball Ground, or this match: Man C v West Ham at Maine Rd in 1970 https://t.co/ddM414q7si— Glenn Moore (@GlennMoore7) November 12, 2017 5:41PM 39 mins And here come the Swiss! NI are getting done here, it's a dangerous break and Shaqiri is going to be clean through down the right... Phew! Off-side flag saves the day.  5:40PM 38 mins Rodriguez gives Dallas a lovely man hug, and NI have a free. Cleared easily enough. 5:35PM 34 mins NI having a bit of ball here, playing it around. That's good. Settle. 5:34PM 33 mins I appreciate that Northern Ireland probably feel that their best chance is a puncher's chance, but they simply HAVE to tighten up here. The Swiss could have had three or four, if they could hit the target. "We are riding our luck," says Keith Gillespie on the BBC. 5:31PM 30 mins Northern Ireland on the ropes now, here's Zuber again, he's galloping through and he's time to pick his spot...  miles wide. 5:29PM 28 mins Zuber is through! Cracks a shot at goal, and that's another very fine stop from McGovern in nets. This is a night for heroes, and the NI keeper is on his way. 5:28PM 27 mins Shaqiri again with a run, ended in uncompromising fashion by J Evans. Shaq gestures that there was some elbow in there. I've got a short, two-word,  seven-letter suggestion for Shaqiri. 5:26PM 26 mins And yet again! This is crazy. Sort it out, MO'N. Shaqiri crosses, there's the lad Seferovic with a free header again. And he's missed, and headed thin air. Wow, what a let-off. 5:25PM 25 mins And there's that Shaqiri again! Again far too much space, again allowed to cut in side. REALLY good save from the keeper. 5:25PM 24 mins Ooh, the Swiss could have scored there. It's Seferovic again, and again he might have done better. Effort wide at the near post. 5:24PM 21 mins This diagram shows how the Swiss have been able to overload Ireland in the right-wing  vs left-back area. They've doubling up down that flank. Average touch positions (22 min) 5:21PM 20 mins But they have given it away... nope, the Swiss cannot capitalise. Quieter in the last 5 mins. 5:20PM 19 mins Pitch is beginning to look like a cabbage patch. Northern Ireland playing it around. 5:15PM 15 mins Brunt, for the second time in the match, cracks a drive at the keeper. This is an excellent game, very enjoyable. So open. Allotment time: the sodden pitch needed a lot of treatment before play Credit: AP 5:13PM 14 mins NI leave the dangerous Shaqiri alone on that right again, he cuts in and lashes the ball at goal with his left. Blocked. Now there's acres down the left... Northern Ireland are inviting disaster here, but it's exciting stuff. 5:13PM 11 mins NI are under constant pressure at the moment. Another corner. But now they clear and there's a race between Ward and Lichtsteiner. The Swiss skipper slides in and nicks the ball away. Ward was through there otherwise.  5:10PM 9 mins McAuley has saved NI twice in a couple of minutes. First, he heads one off the line, and now he has positioned himself brilliantly to deny Dzemaili, who skipped through and played it across goal. 5:07PM 7 mins More danger down that right. Lichtsteiner on the overlap, chopped down by Brunt for a clear booking. 5:06PM 6 mins Danger here though. Fantastic ball from the right by Shaqiri... WHAT a cross that is, Beckham-esque. Vicious whip and pace. Free header Seferovic! Should have scored. Miss: Switzerland 0 - 0 Northern Ireland (Haris Seferovic, 5 min) 5:04PM 4 mins Super start from the Northern Irish then, getting forward, getting the ball in, and putting the hosts on notice that any complacency is going to be hammered. 5:03PM 3 mins Hughes now with another decent ball in. It's half cleared to Brunt. Cracking effort! Tipped over. And now pressure again at the corner. 5:03PM 2 mins Excellent chance for NI. Davis with a deep cross, and it's two on one for the NI lads at the backs stick. 5:02PM 1 mins Right then. The Swiss have started like a train, Northern Ireland try to pass it around on the edge of their box and they are under pressure right away. Two poor passes. Don't fiddle about on a pitch like this. Lump it. Gerry Armstrong is on to his fourth "we" and the match is 80 seconds old. 4:57PM Plenty of Northern Ireland in the stadium. It's red cross on a white background versus white cross on a red. The Swiss have already printed the celebratory t-shirts, one hears. I mean: literally, not metaphorically. Apparently the Swiss FA have had a job lot of shirts done that they will dish out at the end. That will be DEE-LISH-OUS if they get turned over here. 4:54PM Right then We're about ready. What a story this would be. The Northern Ireland side are bidding to make their first appearance at the big show since Mexico 1986. 4:43PM And here's the Northern Irish Northern Ireland v Swiss 4:42PM Here's how the Swiss might line up Credit: Sky Sports Football 4:38PM Gerry Armstrong is in Basel And it is absolutely hosing it down there! Grass is long, the telly coverage just showed a ball plopping and plugging into the sodden turf. soaking evening in Switzerland Credit: Sky Sports Football That has to be in Northern Ireland's favour, right? 4:35PM Let's go Swiss have lost just one in 18, and scored fully 27 points in qualifying, as did Portugal in their group. Ronaldo's lot won what was a de facto play-off in the last match of the group when they won 2-0 (the same scoreline by which the Swiss beat Portugal earlier in the process). Only Germany, with 30 points, and Belgium and Spain with 28 managed more points in qualifying, and I think it is fair to say that the Swiss would be worthy representatives. BUT who cares about that? Come on Northern Ireland! Graham Little on Sky reports that no team has made it through the play-offs after losing the first leg. Davros Dowie: "Still find it very difficult, in this modern day, that games of this magnitude are decided on a guess." Steven Davis (R) fends off Granit Xhaka in the first leg on Thursday night Credit:  Getty Images 4:33PM The big question is whether Northern Ireland can harness their righteous fury, or whether it will hamper them. 4:29PM There were some good quotes out of the Northern Ireland camp after that penalty. "It was actually a worse decision (than Thierry Henry's handball) because the ref has made a call that was not there," Jonny Evans, Corry's brother, said. Asked if he had seen a poorer decision from a referee, O’Neill said: “Well certainly not in any of the games that I have been involved in, particularly at this level, no. I am not in a position to say the referee is incompetent but it’s just staggering in this day and age when the stakes are so high that something like that is a game changer. “The ball clearly strikes Corry on the back and the referee has a clear view of the incident. I thought he had given an offside or something. I spent three hours in a video conference with Fifa the other week on video assistant referees (VAR) and certainly when you see what happened tonight you would be an advocate of it.” 4:27PM Here's the pen decision from the first leg Ridiculous handball Credit: Getty 4:25PM Switzerland are a better team, and they have an away goal in their choccy pocket. They were the better team in the first leg as well. BUT, they were well jammy to get that penalty, and indeed could very well have been down to ten anyway after just a few minutes when Fabian Schar kicked the living daylights out of Stuart Dallas. 4:13PM Teams Switzerland: Sommer, Lichtsteiner, Schar, Akanji, Rodriguez,  Shaqiri, Zakaria, Xhaka, Zuber, Dzemaili, Seferovic. Subs: Hitz,  Lacroix, Elvedi, Lang, Embolo, Freuler, Behrami,  Gelson Fernandes, Mehmedi, Gavranovic, Edimilson Fernandes,  Burki. Northern Ireland: McGovern, Hughes, Jonny Evans, McAuley,  Brunt, Ward, Davis, Norwood, Saville, Dallas, Washington. Subs:  Mannus, McLaughlin, Ferguson, Hodson, Jones, Kyle Lafferty,  Paton, Lund, McNair, Magennis, McArdle, Carroll. Referee: Felix Brych (Germany)  4:12PM Good afternoon Tyers here, team news incoming, and may I just state clearly and for the record before we get going: COME ON NORTHERN IRELAND! 4:10PM Our preview What is it? The World Cup play-off second leg between Switzerland and Northern Ireland. The Swiss have a 1-0 lead from the first leg.  When is it? It's today, so Sunday November 12.  What time is kick-off? 5pm.  What TV channel is it on? Sky Sports Football, the home of football.  Watch Switzerland vs Northern Ireland on Sunday with the NOW TV Sky Sports Day Pass. £6.99. No contract. What is the team news? Corry Evans is controversially suspended for Northern Ireland after his harsh yellow card in the first leg, while Stuart Dallas is unlikely to be fit after suffering an ankle injury at Hampden Park. UPDATE: They've gambled on Dallas Switzerland are expected to name an unchanged side from the one that defeated Northern Ireland on Thursday night so we're anticipating the line-ups to be as follows: Switzerland (4-2-3-1): Sommer; Lichtsteiner, Akanji, Schar, Rodriguez; Xhaka, Zakaria; Shaqiri, Dzemaili, Zuber; Seferovic. Pick your Switzerland team to face Northern Ireland Northern Ireland (4-3-3): McGovern; McLaughlin, McAuley, J Evans, Brunt; Norwood, Saville, Davis; Magennis, Lafferty, Ward. Pick your Northern Ireland team to face Switzerland What are they saying? Ireland manager Michael O'Neill was furious with the decisions which went against his team in the first leg.  "It's staggering really that the referee can give that penalty decision in that situation," O'Neill said on Sky Sports. "He was six yards from the incident, he has no one in his line of sight. "Corry has just gone to block it, his body is turned and the ball actually hits him more on the shoulder than the arm so it is incredible. "I thought he had blown for a foul or for offside, so to give a penalty for that, when nobody appealed, it is bewildering really. "In such a defining moment in the match we feel very hard done by. "The tackle by Schar was a borderline red card, the referee certainly didn't do us any favours tonight." Michael O'Neill was furious with some of the refereeing decisions that went against his team Credit:  Action Images Switzerland winger Xerdan Shaqiri took the Arsene Wenger approach.  "I didn't see the penalty and I don't know if it was one or not," he said. "I tried to have a shot on goal and I don't know if he touched with his hand or not. "In the end the referee gave the penalty and that is football. I will have to look again at the situation. "I think we controlled the game for 90 minutes and we had a lot of ball possession and created a lot of chances too, it was only a matter of time until we scored. I think we deserved the win. Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers What are the odds? Switzerland - 1/2 Northern Ireland - 13/2 Draw - 13/5  What's our prediction? Switzerland to win on the night 2-1 and advance to the World Cup 3-1 on aggregate. 

Switzerland 0 Northern Ireland 0; agg 1-0: Swiss through to World Cup thanks to dodgy first-leg penalty

It will be a while before Northern Ireland’s players, management and supporters get the image of Ricardo Rodriguez dramatically clearing Jonny Evans’ header off the goalline in stoppage time out of their minds. Evans, like the magnificent 1,900 Northern Irish fans camped inside one corner of St Jakob-Park, must have thought he had dragged this spell-binding match into extra-time and kept alive his country’s World Cup hopes but it was not to be. A frenetic goalless draw was enough to book Switzerland’s place in Russia next summer, after Thursday’s controversial 1-0 first-leg victory in Belfast, and a crestfallen Michael O’Neill and his valiant players were left to reflect with a sense of desolation and anger on a very costly error by referee Ovidiu Hategan. And that is the shame of it. That a fiercely fought play-off should ultimately have been decided by the award of a penalty for handball by Corry Evans that wasn’t, and while Switzerland will argue that they blew enough chances to have won with greater ease over 180 minutes, the point is they did not and were indebted to Hategan as much as Rodriguez. “Shafted is the only word for it,” said midfielder Oliver Norwood. “I will think about the penalty decision for years to come. It’s cost us a place in the World Cup.” Shooter: Northern Ireland's Stuart Dallas has an effort Credit: PA Wire It was the AC Milan left-back who emerged as Switzerland’s saviour in both games, converting that decisive penalty at Windsor Park and then making the heroic, last-gasp intervention at the death to deny Evans and Northern Irish dreams of a first World Cup appearance for 32 years. O’Neill’s players were dead on their feet. Some were in tears, others could barely stand, overcome with tiredness and emotion. They gave it everything, a performance of character, resilience and boundless energy and enthusiasm, but it was not quite enough. The immediate aftermath of such an emotional occasion is no time or place to make rational decisions but it remains to be seen if O’Neill can pick himself up and go again or whether he feels he has taken this side as far as he can. No one looked more crushed than him by the end. “The first emotion is almost devastation,” he said. Allotment time: the sodden pitch needed a lot of treatment before play Credit: AP Clubs are sure to be circling for the man who has transformed Northern Ireland’s fortunes over the past 5½ years and he is one name under consideration by the Scottish FA to replace Gordon Strachan, although Norwood willed the manager to stay on. “The message is loud and clear from the players and fans that we would like Michael to stay,” he said. O’Neill is not the only one with a decision to make over his future, though. Aaron Hughes is 38, Gareth McAuley and Chris Brunt will be 38 and 33 respectively next month. Jamie Ward is 31 and captain Steven Davis turns 33 on New Year’s Day. Is this a natural moment to call time on their international careers? If it is, it will probably mark the end of an era for this side, although a new hero in the making emerged in the form of George Saville, the Millwall midfielder, and the likes of Stuart Dallas and Jonny Evans, both outstanding here, will continue to lead the fight. The stakes were huge, and the challenging conditions only heightened the drama. It had barely stopped raining for 24 hours in Basel and the pitch cut up terribly. Saville described it as “disgraceful” and “unacceptable” although it was to the credit of both teams that it did not distract from an absorbing game. Switzerland vs Northern Ireland shots on goal Northern Ireland were indebted to Michael McGovern for making two excellent saves to deny Xherdan Shaqiri and Steven Zuber in the space of three first-half minutes and Haris Seferovic glanced a header from an inviting possession wide, but O’Neill’s side were well on top after the restart. O’Neill had made four changes from the first leg and they had a transformative effect. Saville, in for the suspended Corry Evans, was making only his fourth international appearance but you wouldn’t have known. Up against Arsenal’s Granit Xhaka and Denis Zakaria, of Borussia Monchengladbach, he was the best midfielder on show, upstaging even Davis with his calmness and precision on the ball. Not to be: Northern Ireland fans were left wondering what might have been Credit: PA Ward and Conor Washington brought far more pace and mobility to the attack and Dallas, who had been on crutches after an awful challenge from Fabian Schar in the first leg that should have resulted in the Switzerland defender’s dismissal, was outstanding down the left. In defence, Jonny Evans and McAuley were colossal. Brunt had brought a couple of good saves from Yann Sommer early on but Northern Ireland’s best spell came midway through the second period. In the 55th minute, Saville sprayed a raking pass out to Ward, who whipped over a lovely cross that Washington met with a good header that sailed agonisingly wide of the far post. Soon after, opportunity knocked for Saville. Washington pulled the ball back but the midfielder got the ball caught under his feet and his resulting shot lacked power as Sommer smothered. Wayward: the Swiss missed lots of chances, with Haris Seferovic a particular culprit Credit: PA Seferovic missed a glorious chance late on to put the game beyond Northern Ireland and then came the dramatic finale. After Brunt’s corner was partially cleared, McAuley played the ball back to his West Bromwich Albion team-mate. Sommer came for the cross but missed the ball and Jonny Evans ignored the flying boots to power a header towards goal. It was a brave header that typified his performance but to his anguish there was Rodriguez to clear on the line, and extinguish Northern Ireland’s World Cup dream. Sam Wallace's Power Rankings 42:04 6:52PM Full time: Switzerland 0 Northern Ireland 0 (1-0 on agg) That's it. Switzerland are going to the World Cup. Northern Ireland are not. Hard lines for Northern Ireland, who will still be smarting about the penalty decision in the first dig. On this evidence, Switzerland will be merely making up the numbers in Russia: they were a drab and sloppy lot who, surely, can play much better. They had half a dozen decent chances to bury Northern Ireland here, but O'Neill's men do not lack for fight and they made this an uncomfortable evening for the hosts. Thanks for following this with us, report and reaction follows shortly. O'Neill: "Devastated players. Out to a shocking decision in the first leg. Raw courage in this leg. Some regrets. But if it was not for that penalty, we would be playing extra time. Very poor ref in first leg, got pen wrong got red card wrong. We have to try and move on. "To take a team like Switzerland to the last minute over two legs is a fantastic achievement. We don't always have top level players but we do have top level characters. No rush into making decisions [about players' futures]." Asked if he might stay/go? "I am not going to give any thought [to my future] and I don't think that is a reasonable question at this time to be honest." 6:50PM 90+ mins Brunt has the ball, "tries to be clever" as Armstrong says, loses the ball. Embolo breaks, Evans (I think it was) bundles him over. That gives the Swiss a free and this will probably give them a chance to kill this game. That's the lot. 6:48PM 90+ mins Corner for NIR. Half cleared. Deep ball in. Keeper comes out flapping... J Evans header at the back post! Hacked off the line by Rodriguez. Oh, was that the moment? Cleared acrobatically off the line by the man who scored the goal in the first leg. Heartbreaker. 6:47PM 90 mins It's all about this Embolo now, he's carving NI open time and again. But the shooting/final ball remain weak. 6:44PM 87 mins Embolo gets down the left, excellent from the sub, he crosses and it's the unmarked Mehedi... ooh, it just evades him. Close. Just needed any touch. 6:42PM 85 mins Seferovic comes off, he's been straight-up useless, and Embolo comes on in his stead. 6:42PM 84 mins Swiss gaffer turns to the fans and gestures "come on! get behind the team!" rather than making them even more nervy. 6:41PM 83 mins NIR, not unreasonably, committing plenty forward. They're over-run now on the break, it's Zakaria who breaks and he slips it to Seferovic, who has time and space to wrap this up. He's shot ten feet over from about 15 feet. Oh boy. This Swiss lot are a shower! 6:39PM 82 mins Come on NIR. They have a throw in Delap Territory. Cleared, just about. Getting to the "do or die" stages of the match, here come the Swiss. 6:36PM 79 mins Shaqiri, disappointing, comes off. Freuler is the man to come on. 6:35PM 77 mins Bit of a crowd scene 35 yards from the NIR goal. Deliberate handball from Evans, on the floor. Clear yellow card. Rodriguez will play it in. No threat. 6:34PM 75 mins Zuber with an effort, wins a corner. Low ball to the near post from Shakira, and Seferovic can do little more than improvise a dink at the near post. About 15 minutes left for NI to force extra time. 6:32PM 74 mins Here is the change, then. And it is a doubler. Ward comes off for Jones.  Magennis is on for Norwood 6:31PM 72 mins Swiss not helping themselves, inviting pressure on with individual errors, such as Zakaria lofting the ball out. The hapless Zuber crosses to nobody. 6:30PM 70 mins Dilemma for MO'N: do they make the change and go for broke, or do they trust to the fact that they are on top? Legs must be getting tired, the going is heavy. 6:25PM 68 mins Dallas down the left, just about cleared by the Swiss. It's all NIR at the moment. Swiss under the cosh. "Northern Ireland certainly the better side now," says Gerry. 6:24PM 67 mins Decent little spell for the boys in white and green, some pressure 6:23PM 65 mins There's the man Dallas down the left, fine spin onto a flick on from McAuley, and a hard low cross. He wins a corner off Schar. And soon another corner. 6:18PM 60 mins Washington great spin down the flank, crosses and finds Saville. But his shot is weak, the ball getting stuck under his feet. Admir Mehmedi replaces Blerim Dzemaili 6:15PM 59 mins If I was the Swiss boss I'd get Zuber off stat. The guy is a liability. Another good opportunity goes begging when the ball just pings off him. Zakaria rakes his studs down Washington's legs. From the resultant freekick, the Swiss keeper comes out waving at his mother and misses the ball. McAuley not a million miles from nodding in. 6:15PM 58 mins Gerry Armstrong throwing shade at "their" players for wearing gloves. The expression "don't fancy it" is used. 6:13PM 56 mins Zuber down the left, there's the low cross... it just needs a touch, but it rattles through the NI six-yard box in splendid isolation. 6:11PM 53 mins BRILLIANT counter from Northern Ireland. Raking ball out to the right from Saville, a galloping run and cross from Ward. Washington meets it with the head, and it fades just past the far post.  Miss: Switzerland 0 - 0 Northern Ireland (Conor Washington, 54 min) 6:07PM 49 mins It's that Schar again! Two-footed tackle. Dallas the victim. Again no card. The NI lads on the touchline are asking the Fourth Official what game/what tie these officials are watching! Certainly Schar seems to be leading a charmed life. 6:04PM 47 mins But it's the Swiss who are the first to show. Lichtsteiner with a good run down the right, he picks out Zuber, who has time and space, but dithers. Wet. Not sure if it is nerves, but this Swiss lot are very timid and unsure when shooting. They scored 23 in qualifying, not sure how. Rodríguez shoots wide. 6:02PM 46 mins Northern Ireland kick off. 6:00PM So Northern Ireland have 45 minutes to get something out of this. 5:59PM This suggests that Brunt (number 11 - at LB) is fairly well pushed up Average touch positions (half time) and that he is not getting a lot of support from  Saville (20), who is billed as the left midfielder of a three but is tucked in very narrow. 5:57PM Left-back area the big concern for M'ON. Swiss really having a lot of joy in behind there Switzerland vs Northern Ireland 5:47PM Half time: Switzerland 0 Northern Ireland 0 Encouraging from Northern Ireland in many senses, they have had their moments and had a couple of shots on target. On the other hand, the Swiss should have wrapped this up on perhaps three occasions, so... Switzerland vs Northern Ireland shots on goal 5:46PM 43 mins Ward with a good run, and Schär sticks a leg out with no intention/hope of getting the ball. Foul. That Schär is a bit of a one, eh? Freekick in a handy place. But Brunt has curled it 20 feet over. Oh dear. 5:44PM 42 mins Another offside flag, this time it's Xhaka who is the culprit. 5:44PM It's all relative Anyone who thinks the pitch in Basle is bad doesn't remember the Baseball Ground, or this match: Man C v West Ham at Maine Rd in 1970 https://t.co/ddM414q7si— Glenn Moore (@GlennMoore7) November 12, 2017 5:41PM 39 mins And here come the Swiss! NI are getting done here, it's a dangerous break and Shaqiri is going to be clean through down the right... Phew! Off-side flag saves the day.  5:40PM 38 mins Rodriguez gives Dallas a lovely man hug, and NI have a free. Cleared easily enough. 5:35PM 34 mins NI having a bit of ball here, playing it around. That's good. Settle. 5:34PM 33 mins I appreciate that Northern Ireland probably feel that their best chance is a puncher's chance, but they simply HAVE to tighten up here. The Swiss could have had three or four, if they could hit the target. "We are riding our luck," says Keith Gillespie on the BBC. 5:31PM 30 mins Northern Ireland on the ropes now, here's Zuber again, he's galloping through and he's time to pick his spot...  miles wide. 5:29PM 28 mins Zuber is through! Cracks a shot at goal, and that's another very fine stop from McGovern in nets. This is a night for heroes, and the NI keeper is on his way. 5:28PM 27 mins Shaqiri again with a run, ended in uncompromising fashion by J Evans. Shaq gestures that there was some elbow in there. I've got a short, two-word,  seven-letter suggestion for Shaqiri. 5:26PM 26 mins And yet again! This is crazy. Sort it out, MO'N. Shaqiri crosses, there's the lad Seferovic with a free header again. And he's missed, and headed thin air. Wow, what a let-off. 5:25PM 25 mins And there's that Shaqiri again! Again far too much space, again allowed to cut in side. REALLY good save from the keeper. 5:25PM 24 mins Ooh, the Swiss could have scored there. It's Seferovic again, and again he might have done better. Effort wide at the near post. 5:24PM 21 mins This diagram shows how the Swiss have been able to overload Ireland in the right-wing  vs left-back area. They've doubling up down that flank. Average touch positions (22 min) 5:21PM 20 mins But they have given it away... nope, the Swiss cannot capitalise. Quieter in the last 5 mins. 5:20PM 19 mins Pitch is beginning to look like a cabbage patch. Northern Ireland playing it around. 5:15PM 15 mins Brunt, for the second time in the match, cracks a drive at the keeper. This is an excellent game, very enjoyable. So open. Allotment time: the sodden pitch needed a lot of treatment before play Credit: AP 5:13PM 14 mins NI leave the dangerous Shaqiri alone on that right again, he cuts in and lashes the ball at goal with his left. Blocked. Now there's acres down the left... Northern Ireland are inviting disaster here, but it's exciting stuff. 5:13PM 11 mins NI are under constant pressure at the moment. Another corner. But now they clear and there's a race between Ward and Lichtsteiner. The Swiss skipper slides in and nicks the ball away. Ward was through there otherwise.  5:10PM 9 mins McAuley has saved NI twice in a couple of minutes. First, he heads one off the line, and now he has positioned himself brilliantly to deny Dzemaili, who skipped through and played it across goal. 5:07PM 7 mins More danger down that right. Lichtsteiner on the overlap, chopped down by Brunt for a clear booking. 5:06PM 6 mins Danger here though. Fantastic ball from the right by Shaqiri... WHAT a cross that is, Beckham-esque. Vicious whip and pace. Free header Seferovic! Should have scored. Miss: Switzerland 0 - 0 Northern Ireland (Haris Seferovic, 5 min) 5:04PM 4 mins Super start from the Northern Irish then, getting forward, getting the ball in, and putting the hosts on notice that any complacency is going to be hammered. 5:03PM 3 mins Hughes now with another decent ball in. It's half cleared to Brunt. Cracking effort! Tipped over. And now pressure again at the corner. 5:03PM 2 mins Excellent chance for NI. Davis with a deep cross, and it's two on one for the NI lads at the backs stick. 5:02PM 1 mins Right then. The Swiss have started like a train, Northern Ireland try to pass it around on the edge of their box and they are under pressure right away. Two poor passes. Don't fiddle about on a pitch like this. Lump it. Gerry Armstrong is on to his fourth "we" and the match is 80 seconds old. 4:57PM Plenty of Northern Ireland in the stadium. It's red cross on a white background versus white cross on a red. The Swiss have already printed the celebratory t-shirts, one hears. I mean: literally, not metaphorically. Apparently the Swiss FA have had a job lot of shirts done that they will dish out at the end. That will be DEE-LISH-OUS if they get turned over here. 4:54PM Right then We're about ready. What a story this would be. The Northern Ireland side are bidding to make their first appearance at the big show since Mexico 1986. 4:43PM And here's the Northern Irish Northern Ireland v Swiss 4:42PM Here's how the Swiss might line up Credit: Sky Sports Football 4:38PM Gerry Armstrong is in Basel And it is absolutely hosing it down there! Grass is long, the telly coverage just showed a ball plopping and plugging into the sodden turf. soaking evening in Switzerland Credit: Sky Sports Football That has to be in Northern Ireland's favour, right? 4:35PM Let's go Swiss have lost just one in 18, and scored fully 27 points in qualifying, as did Portugal in their group. Ronaldo's lot won what was a de facto play-off in the last match of the group when they won 2-0 (the same scoreline by which the Swiss beat Portugal earlier in the process). Only Germany, with 30 points, and Belgium and Spain with 28 managed more points in qualifying, and I think it is fair to say that the Swiss would be worthy representatives. BUT who cares about that? Come on Northern Ireland! Graham Little on Sky reports that no team has made it through the play-offs after losing the first leg. Davros Dowie: "Still find it very difficult, in this modern day, that games of this magnitude are decided on a guess." Steven Davis (R) fends off Granit Xhaka in the first leg on Thursday night Credit:  Getty Images 4:33PM The big question is whether Northern Ireland can harness their righteous fury, or whether it will hamper them. 4:29PM There were some good quotes out of the Northern Ireland camp after that penalty. "It was actually a worse decision (than Thierry Henry's handball) because the ref has made a call that was not there," Jonny Evans, Corry's brother, said. Asked if he had seen a poorer decision from a referee, O’Neill said: “Well certainly not in any of the games that I have been involved in, particularly at this level, no. I am not in a position to say the referee is incompetent but it’s just staggering in this day and age when the stakes are so high that something like that is a game changer. “The ball clearly strikes Corry on the back and the referee has a clear view of the incident. I thought he had given an offside or something. I spent three hours in a video conference with Fifa the other week on video assistant referees (VAR) and certainly when you see what happened tonight you would be an advocate of it.” 4:27PM Here's the pen decision from the first leg Ridiculous handball Credit: Getty 4:25PM Switzerland are a better team, and they have an away goal in their choccy pocket. They were the better team in the first leg as well. BUT, they were well jammy to get that penalty, and indeed could very well have been down to ten anyway after just a few minutes when Fabian Schar kicked the living daylights out of Stuart Dallas. 4:13PM Teams Switzerland: Sommer, Lichtsteiner, Schar, Akanji, Rodriguez,  Shaqiri, Zakaria, Xhaka, Zuber, Dzemaili, Seferovic. Subs: Hitz,  Lacroix, Elvedi, Lang, Embolo, Freuler, Behrami,  Gelson Fernandes, Mehmedi, Gavranovic, Edimilson Fernandes,  Burki. Northern Ireland: McGovern, Hughes, Jonny Evans, McAuley,  Brunt, Ward, Davis, Norwood, Saville, Dallas, Washington. Subs:  Mannus, McLaughlin, Ferguson, Hodson, Jones, Kyle Lafferty,  Paton, Lund, McNair, Magennis, McArdle, Carroll. Referee: Felix Brych (Germany)  4:12PM Good afternoon Tyers here, team news incoming, and may I just state clearly and for the record before we get going: COME ON NORTHERN IRELAND! 4:10PM Our preview What is it? The World Cup play-off second leg between Switzerland and Northern Ireland. The Swiss have a 1-0 lead from the first leg.  When is it? It's today, so Sunday November 12.  What time is kick-off? 5pm.  What TV channel is it on? Sky Sports Football, the home of football.  Watch Switzerland vs Northern Ireland on Sunday with the NOW TV Sky Sports Day Pass. £6.99. No contract. What is the team news? Corry Evans is controversially suspended for Northern Ireland after his harsh yellow card in the first leg, while Stuart Dallas is unlikely to be fit after suffering an ankle injury at Hampden Park. UPDATE: They've gambled on Dallas Switzerland are expected to name an unchanged side from the one that defeated Northern Ireland on Thursday night so we're anticipating the line-ups to be as follows: Switzerland (4-2-3-1): Sommer; Lichtsteiner, Akanji, Schar, Rodriguez; Xhaka, Zakaria; Shaqiri, Dzemaili, Zuber; Seferovic. Pick your Switzerland team to face Northern Ireland Northern Ireland (4-3-3): McGovern; McLaughlin, McAuley, J Evans, Brunt; Norwood, Saville, Davis; Magennis, Lafferty, Ward. Pick your Northern Ireland team to face Switzerland What are they saying? Ireland manager Michael O'Neill was furious with the decisions which went against his team in the first leg.  "It's staggering really that the referee can give that penalty decision in that situation," O'Neill said on Sky Sports. "He was six yards from the incident, he has no one in his line of sight. "Corry has just gone to block it, his body is turned and the ball actually hits him more on the shoulder than the arm so it is incredible. "I thought he had blown for a foul or for offside, so to give a penalty for that, when nobody appealed, it is bewildering really. "In such a defining moment in the match we feel very hard done by. "The tackle by Schar was a borderline red card, the referee certainly didn't do us any favours tonight." Michael O'Neill was furious with some of the refereeing decisions that went against his team Credit:  Action Images Switzerland winger Xerdan Shaqiri took the Arsene Wenger approach.  "I didn't see the penalty and I don't know if it was one or not," he said. "I tried to have a shot on goal and I don't know if he touched with his hand or not. "In the end the referee gave the penalty and that is football. I will have to look again at the situation. "I think we controlled the game for 90 minutes and we had a lot of ball possession and created a lot of chances too, it was only a matter of time until we scored. I think we deserved the win. Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers What are the odds? Switzerland - 1/2 Northern Ireland - 13/2 Draw - 13/5  What's our prediction? Switzerland to win on the night 2-1 and advance to the World Cup 3-1 on aggregate. 

Switzerland 0 Northern Ireland 0; agg 1-0: Swiss through to World Cup thanks to dodgy first-leg penalty

It will be a while before Northern Ireland’s players, management and supporters get the image of Ricardo Rodriguez dramatically clearing Jonny Evans’ header off the goalline in stoppage time out of their minds. Evans, like the magnificent 1,900 Northern Irish fans camped inside one corner of St Jakob-Park, must have thought he had dragged this spell-binding match into extra-time and kept alive his country’s World Cup hopes but it was not to be. A frenetic goalless draw was enough to book Switzerland’s place in Russia next summer, after Thursday’s controversial 1-0 first-leg victory in Belfast, and a crestfallen Michael O’Neill and his valiant players were left to reflect with a sense of desolation and anger on a very costly error by referee Ovidiu Hategan. And that is the shame of it. That a fiercely fought play-off should ultimately have been decided by the award of a penalty for handball by Corry Evans that wasn’t, and while Switzerland will argue that they blew enough chances to have won with greater ease over 180 minutes, the point is they did not and were indebted to Hategan as much as Rodriguez. “Shafted is the only word for it,” said midfielder Oliver Norwood. “I will think about the penalty decision for years to come. It’s cost us a place in the World Cup.” Shooter: Northern Ireland's Stuart Dallas has an effort Credit: PA Wire It was the AC Milan left-back who emerged as Switzerland’s saviour in both games, converting that decisive penalty at Windsor Park and then making the heroic, last-gasp intervention at the death to deny Evans and Northern Irish dreams of a first World Cup appearance for 32 years. O’Neill’s players were dead on their feet. Some were in tears, others could barely stand, overcome with tiredness and emotion. They gave it everything, a performance of character, resilience and boundless energy and enthusiasm, but it was not quite enough. The immediate aftermath of such an emotional occasion is no time or place to make rational decisions but it remains to be seen if O’Neill can pick himself up and go again or whether he feels he has taken this side as far as he can. No one looked more crushed than him by the end. “The first emotion is almost devastation,” he said. Allotment time: the sodden pitch needed a lot of treatment before play Credit: AP Clubs are sure to be circling for the man who has transformed Northern Ireland’s fortunes over the past 5½ years and he is one name under consideration by the Scottish FA to replace Gordon Strachan, although Norwood willed the manager to stay on. “The message is loud and clear from the players and fans that we would like Michael to stay,” he said. O’Neill is not the only one with a decision to make over his future, though. Aaron Hughes is 38, Gareth McAuley and Chris Brunt will be 38 and 33 respectively next month. Jamie Ward is 31 and captain Steven Davis turns 33 on New Year’s Day. Is this a natural moment to call time on their international careers? If it is, it will probably mark the end of an era for this side, although a new hero in the making emerged in the form of George Saville, the Millwall midfielder, and the likes of Stuart Dallas and Jonny Evans, both outstanding here, will continue to lead the fight. The stakes were huge, and the challenging conditions only heightened the drama. It had barely stopped raining for 24 hours in Basel and the pitch cut up terribly. Saville described it as “disgraceful” and “unacceptable” although it was to the credit of both teams that it did not distract from an absorbing game. Switzerland vs Northern Ireland shots on goal Northern Ireland were indebted to Michael McGovern for making two excellent saves to deny Xherdan Shaqiri and Steven Zuber in the space of three first-half minutes and Haris Seferovic glanced a header from an inviting possession wide, but O’Neill’s side were well on top after the restart. O’Neill had made four changes from the first leg and they had a transformative effect. Saville, in for the suspended Corry Evans, was making only his fourth international appearance but you wouldn’t have known. Up against Arsenal’s Granit Xhaka and Denis Zakaria, of Borussia Monchengladbach, he was the best midfielder on show, upstaging even Davis with his calmness and precision on the ball. Not to be: Northern Ireland fans were left wondering what might have been Credit: PA Ward and Conor Washington brought far more pace and mobility to the attack and Dallas, who had been on crutches after an awful challenge from Fabian Schar in the first leg that should have resulted in the Switzerland defender’s dismissal, was outstanding down the left. In defence, Jonny Evans and McAuley were colossal. Brunt had brought a couple of good saves from Yann Sommer early on but Northern Ireland’s best spell came midway through the second period. In the 55th minute, Saville sprayed a raking pass out to Ward, who whipped over a lovely cross that Washington met with a good header that sailed agonisingly wide of the far post. Soon after, opportunity knocked for Saville. Washington pulled the ball back but the midfielder got the ball caught under his feet and his resulting shot lacked power as Sommer smothered. Wayward: the Swiss missed lots of chances, with Haris Seferovic a particular culprit Credit: PA Seferovic missed a glorious chance late on to put the game beyond Northern Ireland and then came the dramatic finale. After Brunt’s corner was partially cleared, McAuley played the ball back to his West Bromwich Albion team-mate. Sommer came for the cross but missed the ball and Jonny Evans ignored the flying boots to power a header towards goal. It was a brave header that typified his performance but to his anguish there was Rodriguez to clear on the line, and extinguish Northern Ireland’s World Cup dream. Sam Wallace's Power Rankings 42:04 6:52PM Full time: Switzerland 0 Northern Ireland 0 (1-0 on agg) That's it. Switzerland are going to the World Cup. Northern Ireland are not. Hard lines for Northern Ireland, who will still be smarting about the penalty decision in the first dig. On this evidence, Switzerland will be merely making up the numbers in Russia: they were a drab and sloppy lot who, surely, can play much better. They had half a dozen decent chances to bury Northern Ireland here, but O'Neill's men do not lack for fight and they made this an uncomfortable evening for the hosts. Thanks for following this with us, report and reaction follows shortly. O'Neill: "Devastated players. Out to a shocking decision in the first leg. Raw courage in this leg. Some regrets. But if it was not for that penalty, we would be playing extra time. Very poor ref in first leg, got pen wrong got red card wrong. We have to try and move on. "To take a team like Switzerland to the last minute over two legs is a fantastic achievement. We don't always have top level players but we do have top level characters. No rush into making decisions [about players' futures]." Asked if he might stay/go? "I am not going to give any thought [to my future] and I don't think that is a reasonable question at this time to be honest." 6:50PM 90+ mins Brunt has the ball, "tries to be clever" as Armstrong says, loses the ball. Embolo breaks, Evans (I think it was) bundles him over. That gives the Swiss a free and this will probably give them a chance to kill this game. That's the lot. 6:48PM 90+ mins Corner for NIR. Half cleared. Deep ball in. Keeper comes out flapping... J Evans header at the back post! Hacked off the line by Rodriguez. Oh, was that the moment? Cleared acrobatically off the line by the man who scored the goal in the first leg. Heartbreaker. 6:47PM 90 mins It's all about this Embolo now, he's carving NI open time and again. But the shooting/final ball remain weak. 6:44PM 87 mins Embolo gets down the left, excellent from the sub, he crosses and it's the unmarked Mehedi... ooh, it just evades him. Close. Just needed any touch. 6:42PM 85 mins Seferovic comes off, he's been straight-up useless, and Embolo comes on in his stead. 6:42PM 84 mins Swiss gaffer turns to the fans and gestures "come on! get behind the team!" rather than making them even more nervy. 6:41PM 83 mins NIR, not unreasonably, committing plenty forward. They're over-run now on the break, it's Zakaria who breaks and he slips it to Seferovic, who has time and space to wrap this up. He's shot ten feet over from about 15 feet. Oh boy. This Swiss lot are a shower! 6:39PM 82 mins Come on NIR. They have a throw in Delap Territory. Cleared, just about. Getting to the "do or die" stages of the match, here come the Swiss. 6:36PM 79 mins Shaqiri, disappointing, comes off. Freuler is the man to come on. 6:35PM 77 mins Bit of a crowd scene 35 yards from the NIR goal. Deliberate handball from Evans, on the floor. Clear yellow card. Rodriguez will play it in. No threat. 6:34PM 75 mins Zuber with an effort, wins a corner. Low ball to the near post from Shakira, and Seferovic can do little more than improvise a dink at the near post. About 15 minutes left for NI to force extra time. 6:32PM 74 mins Here is the change, then. And it is a doubler. Ward comes off for Jones.  Magennis is on for Norwood 6:31PM 72 mins Swiss not helping themselves, inviting pressure on with individual errors, such as Zakaria lofting the ball out. The hapless Zuber crosses to nobody. 6:30PM 70 mins Dilemma for MO'N: do they make the change and go for broke, or do they trust to the fact that they are on top? Legs must be getting tired, the going is heavy. 6:25PM 68 mins Dallas down the left, just about cleared by the Swiss. It's all NIR at the moment. Swiss under the cosh. "Northern Ireland certainly the better side now," says Gerry. 6:24PM 67 mins Decent little spell for the boys in white and green, some pressure 6:23PM 65 mins There's the man Dallas down the left, fine spin onto a flick on from McAuley, and a hard low cross. He wins a corner off Schar. And soon another corner. 6:18PM 60 mins Washington great spin down the flank, crosses and finds Saville. But his shot is weak, the ball getting stuck under his feet. Admir Mehmedi replaces Blerim Dzemaili 6:15PM 59 mins If I was the Swiss boss I'd get Zuber off stat. The guy is a liability. Another good opportunity goes begging when the ball just pings off him. Zakaria rakes his studs down Washington's legs. From the resultant freekick, the Swiss keeper comes out waving at his mother and misses the ball. McAuley not a million miles from nodding in. 6:15PM 58 mins Gerry Armstrong throwing shade at "their" players for wearing gloves. The expression "don't fancy it" is used. 6:13PM 56 mins Zuber down the left, there's the low cross... it just needs a touch, but it rattles through the NI six-yard box in splendid isolation. 6:11PM 53 mins BRILLIANT counter from Northern Ireland. Raking ball out to the right from Saville, a galloping run and cross from Ward. Washington meets it with the head, and it fades just past the far post.  Miss: Switzerland 0 - 0 Northern Ireland (Conor Washington, 54 min) 6:07PM 49 mins It's that Schar again! Two-footed tackle. Dallas the victim. Again no card. The NI lads on the touchline are asking the Fourth Official what game/what tie these officials are watching! Certainly Schar seems to be leading a charmed life. 6:04PM 47 mins But it's the Swiss who are the first to show. Lichtsteiner with a good run down the right, he picks out Zuber, who has time and space, but dithers. Wet. Not sure if it is nerves, but this Swiss lot are very timid and unsure when shooting. They scored 23 in qualifying, not sure how. Rodríguez shoots wide. 6:02PM 46 mins Northern Ireland kick off. 6:00PM So Northern Ireland have 45 minutes to get something out of this. 5:59PM This suggests that Brunt (number 11 - at LB) is fairly well pushed up Average touch positions (half time) and that he is not getting a lot of support from  Saville (20), who is billed as the left midfielder of a three but is tucked in very narrow. 5:57PM Left-back area the big concern for M'ON. Swiss really having a lot of joy in behind there Switzerland vs Northern Ireland 5:47PM Half time: Switzerland 0 Northern Ireland 0 Encouraging from Northern Ireland in many senses, they have had their moments and had a couple of shots on target. On the other hand, the Swiss should have wrapped this up on perhaps three occasions, so... Switzerland vs Northern Ireland shots on goal 5:46PM 43 mins Ward with a good run, and Schär sticks a leg out with no intention/hope of getting the ball. Foul. That Schär is a bit of a one, eh? Freekick in a handy place. But Brunt has curled it 20 feet over. Oh dear. 5:44PM 42 mins Another offside flag, this time it's Xhaka who is the culprit. 5:44PM It's all relative Anyone who thinks the pitch in Basle is bad doesn't remember the Baseball Ground, or this match: Man C v West Ham at Maine Rd in 1970 https://t.co/ddM414q7si— Glenn Moore (@GlennMoore7) November 12, 2017 5:41PM 39 mins And here come the Swiss! NI are getting done here, it's a dangerous break and Shaqiri is going to be clean through down the right... Phew! Off-side flag saves the day.  5:40PM 38 mins Rodriguez gives Dallas a lovely man hug, and NI have a free. Cleared easily enough. 5:35PM 34 mins NI having a bit of ball here, playing it around. That's good. Settle. 5:34PM 33 mins I appreciate that Northern Ireland probably feel that their best chance is a puncher's chance, but they simply HAVE to tighten up here. The Swiss could have had three or four, if they could hit the target. "We are riding our luck," says Keith Gillespie on the BBC. 5:31PM 30 mins Northern Ireland on the ropes now, here's Zuber again, he's galloping through and he's time to pick his spot...  miles wide. 5:29PM 28 mins Zuber is through! Cracks a shot at goal, and that's another very fine stop from McGovern in nets. This is a night for heroes, and the NI keeper is on his way. 5:28PM 27 mins Shaqiri again with a run, ended in uncompromising fashion by J Evans. Shaq gestures that there was some elbow in there. I've got a short, two-word,  seven-letter suggestion for Shaqiri. 5:26PM 26 mins And yet again! This is crazy. Sort it out, MO'N. Shaqiri crosses, there's the lad Seferovic with a free header again. And he's missed, and headed thin air. Wow, what a let-off. 5:25PM 25 mins And there's that Shaqiri again! Again far too much space, again allowed to cut in side. REALLY good save from the keeper. 5:25PM 24 mins Ooh, the Swiss could have scored there. It's Seferovic again, and again he might have done better. Effort wide at the near post. 5:24PM 21 mins This diagram shows how the Swiss have been able to overload Ireland in the right-wing  vs left-back area. They've doubling up down that flank. Average touch positions (22 min) 5:21PM 20 mins But they have given it away... nope, the Swiss cannot capitalise. Quieter in the last 5 mins. 5:20PM 19 mins Pitch is beginning to look like a cabbage patch. Northern Ireland playing it around. 5:15PM 15 mins Brunt, for the second time in the match, cracks a drive at the keeper. This is an excellent game, very enjoyable. So open. Allotment time: the sodden pitch needed a lot of treatment before play Credit: AP 5:13PM 14 mins NI leave the dangerous Shaqiri alone on that right again, he cuts in and lashes the ball at goal with his left. Blocked. Now there's acres down the left... Northern Ireland are inviting disaster here, but it's exciting stuff. 5:13PM 11 mins NI are under constant pressure at the moment. Another corner. But now they clear and there's a race between Ward and Lichtsteiner. The Swiss skipper slides in and nicks the ball away. Ward was through there otherwise.  5:10PM 9 mins McAuley has saved NI twice in a couple of minutes. First, he heads one off the line, and now he has positioned himself brilliantly to deny Dzemaili, who skipped through and played it across goal. 5:07PM 7 mins More danger down that right. Lichtsteiner on the overlap, chopped down by Brunt for a clear booking. 5:06PM 6 mins Danger here though. Fantastic ball from the right by Shaqiri... WHAT a cross that is, Beckham-esque. Vicious whip and pace. Free header Seferovic! Should have scored. Miss: Switzerland 0 - 0 Northern Ireland (Haris Seferovic, 5 min) 5:04PM 4 mins Super start from the Northern Irish then, getting forward, getting the ball in, and putting the hosts on notice that any complacency is going to be hammered. 5:03PM 3 mins Hughes now with another decent ball in. It's half cleared to Brunt. Cracking effort! Tipped over. And now pressure again at the corner. 5:03PM 2 mins Excellent chance for NI. Davis with a deep cross, and it's two on one for the NI lads at the backs stick. 5:02PM 1 mins Right then. The Swiss have started like a train, Northern Ireland try to pass it around on the edge of their box and they are under pressure right away. Two poor passes. Don't fiddle about on a pitch like this. Lump it. Gerry Armstrong is on to his fourth "we" and the match is 80 seconds old. 4:57PM Plenty of Northern Ireland in the stadium. It's red cross on a white background versus white cross on a red. The Swiss have already printed the celebratory t-shirts, one hears. I mean: literally, not metaphorically. Apparently the Swiss FA have had a job lot of shirts done that they will dish out at the end. That will be DEE-LISH-OUS if they get turned over here. 4:54PM Right then We're about ready. What a story this would be. The Northern Ireland side are bidding to make their first appearance at the big show since Mexico 1986. 4:43PM And here's the Northern Irish Northern Ireland v Swiss 4:42PM Here's how the Swiss might line up Credit: Sky Sports Football 4:38PM Gerry Armstrong is in Basel And it is absolutely hosing it down there! Grass is long, the telly coverage just showed a ball plopping and plugging into the sodden turf. soaking evening in Switzerland Credit: Sky Sports Football That has to be in Northern Ireland's favour, right? 4:35PM Let's go Swiss have lost just one in 18, and scored fully 27 points in qualifying, as did Portugal in their group. Ronaldo's lot won what was a de facto play-off in the last match of the group when they won 2-0 (the same scoreline by which the Swiss beat Portugal earlier in the process). Only Germany, with 30 points, and Belgium and Spain with 28 managed more points in qualifying, and I think it is fair to say that the Swiss would be worthy representatives. BUT who cares about that? Come on Northern Ireland! Graham Little on Sky reports that no team has made it through the play-offs after losing the first leg. Davros Dowie: "Still find it very difficult, in this modern day, that games of this magnitude are decided on a guess." Steven Davis (R) fends off Granit Xhaka in the first leg on Thursday night Credit:  Getty Images 4:33PM The big question is whether Northern Ireland can harness their righteous fury, or whether it will hamper them. 4:29PM There were some good quotes out of the Northern Ireland camp after that penalty. "It was actually a worse decision (than Thierry Henry's handball) because the ref has made a call that was not there," Jonny Evans, Corry's brother, said. Asked if he had seen a poorer decision from a referee, O’Neill said: “Well certainly not in any of the games that I have been involved in, particularly at this level, no. I am not in a position to say the referee is incompetent but it’s just staggering in this day and age when the stakes are so high that something like that is a game changer. “The ball clearly strikes Corry on the back and the referee has a clear view of the incident. I thought he had given an offside or something. I spent three hours in a video conference with Fifa the other week on video assistant referees (VAR) and certainly when you see what happened tonight you would be an advocate of it.” 4:27PM Here's the pen decision from the first leg Ridiculous handball Credit: Getty 4:25PM Switzerland are a better team, and they have an away goal in their choccy pocket. They were the better team in the first leg as well. BUT, they were well jammy to get that penalty, and indeed could very well have been down to ten anyway after just a few minutes when Fabian Schar kicked the living daylights out of Stuart Dallas. 4:13PM Teams Switzerland: Sommer, Lichtsteiner, Schar, Akanji, Rodriguez,  Shaqiri, Zakaria, Xhaka, Zuber, Dzemaili, Seferovic. Subs: Hitz,  Lacroix, Elvedi, Lang, Embolo, Freuler, Behrami,  Gelson Fernandes, Mehmedi, Gavranovic, Edimilson Fernandes,  Burki. Northern Ireland: McGovern, Hughes, Jonny Evans, McAuley,  Brunt, Ward, Davis, Norwood, Saville, Dallas, Washington. Subs:  Mannus, McLaughlin, Ferguson, Hodson, Jones, Kyle Lafferty,  Paton, Lund, McNair, Magennis, McArdle, Carroll. Referee: Felix Brych (Germany)  4:12PM Good afternoon Tyers here, team news incoming, and may I just state clearly and for the record before we get going: COME ON NORTHERN IRELAND! 4:10PM Our preview What is it? The World Cup play-off second leg between Switzerland and Northern Ireland. The Swiss have a 1-0 lead from the first leg.  When is it? It's today, so Sunday November 12.  What time is kick-off? 5pm.  What TV channel is it on? Sky Sports Football, the home of football.  Watch Switzerland vs Northern Ireland on Sunday with the NOW TV Sky Sports Day Pass. £6.99. No contract. What is the team news? Corry Evans is controversially suspended for Northern Ireland after his harsh yellow card in the first leg, while Stuart Dallas is unlikely to be fit after suffering an ankle injury at Hampden Park. UPDATE: They've gambled on Dallas Switzerland are expected to name an unchanged side from the one that defeated Northern Ireland on Thursday night so we're anticipating the line-ups to be as follows: Switzerland (4-2-3-1): Sommer; Lichtsteiner, Akanji, Schar, Rodriguez; Xhaka, Zakaria; Shaqiri, Dzemaili, Zuber; Seferovic. Pick your Switzerland team to face Northern Ireland Northern Ireland (4-3-3): McGovern; McLaughlin, McAuley, J Evans, Brunt; Norwood, Saville, Davis; Magennis, Lafferty, Ward. Pick your Northern Ireland team to face Switzerland What are they saying? Ireland manager Michael O'Neill was furious with the decisions which went against his team in the first leg.  "It's staggering really that the referee can give that penalty decision in that situation," O'Neill said on Sky Sports. "He was six yards from the incident, he has no one in his line of sight. "Corry has just gone to block it, his body is turned and the ball actually hits him more on the shoulder than the arm so it is incredible. "I thought he had blown for a foul or for offside, so to give a penalty for that, when nobody appealed, it is bewildering really. "In such a defining moment in the match we feel very hard done by. "The tackle by Schar was a borderline red card, the referee certainly didn't do us any favours tonight." Michael O'Neill was furious with some of the refereeing decisions that went against his team Credit:  Action Images Switzerland winger Xerdan Shaqiri took the Arsene Wenger approach.  "I didn't see the penalty and I don't know if it was one or not," he said. "I tried to have a shot on goal and I don't know if he touched with his hand or not. "In the end the referee gave the penalty and that is football. I will have to look again at the situation. "I think we controlled the game for 90 minutes and we had a lot of ball possession and created a lot of chances too, it was only a matter of time until we scored. I think we deserved the win. Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers What are the odds? Switzerland - 1/2 Northern Ireland - 13/2 Draw - 13/5  What's our prediction? Switzerland to win on the night 2-1 and advance to the World Cup 3-1 on aggregate. 

Switzerland 0 Northern Ireland 0; agg 1-0: Swiss through to World Cup thanks to dodgy first-leg penalty

It will be a while before Northern Ireland’s players, management and supporters get the image of Ricardo Rodriguez dramatically clearing Jonny Evans’ header off the goalline in stoppage time out of their minds. Evans, like the magnificent 1,900 Northern Irish fans camped inside one corner of St Jakob-Park, must have thought he had dragged this spell-binding match into extra-time and kept alive his country’s World Cup hopes but it was not to be. A frenetic goalless draw was enough to book Switzerland’s place in Russia next summer, after Thursday’s controversial 1-0 first-leg victory in Belfast, and a crestfallen Michael O’Neill and his valiant players were left to reflect with a sense of desolation and anger on a very costly error by referee Ovidiu Hategan. And that is the shame of it. That a fiercely fought play-off should ultimately have been decided by the award of a penalty for handball by Corry Evans that wasn’t, and while Switzerland will argue that they blew enough chances to have won with greater ease over 180 minutes, the point is they did not and were indebted to Hategan as much as Rodriguez. “Shafted is the only word for it,” said midfielder Oliver Norwood. “I will think about the penalty decision for years to come. It’s cost us a place in the World Cup.” Shooter: Northern Ireland's Stuart Dallas has an effort Credit: PA Wire It was the AC Milan left-back who emerged as Switzerland’s saviour in both games, converting that decisive penalty at Windsor Park and then making the heroic, last-gasp intervention at the death to deny Evans and Northern Irish dreams of a first World Cup appearance for 32 years. O’Neill’s players were dead on their feet. Some were in tears, others could barely stand, overcome with tiredness and emotion. They gave it everything, a performance of character, resilience and boundless energy and enthusiasm, but it was not quite enough. The immediate aftermath of such an emotional occasion is no time or place to make rational decisions but it remains to be seen if O’Neill can pick himself up and go again or whether he feels he has taken this side as far as he can. No one looked more crushed than him by the end. “The first emotion is almost devastation,” he said. Allotment time: the sodden pitch needed a lot of treatment before play Credit: AP Clubs are sure to be circling for the man who has transformed Northern Ireland’s fortunes over the past 5½ years and he is one name under consideration by the Scottish FA to replace Gordon Strachan, although Norwood willed the manager to stay on. “The message is loud and clear from the players and fans that we would like Michael to stay,” he said. O’Neill is not the only one with a decision to make over his future, though. Aaron Hughes is 38, Gareth McAuley and Chris Brunt will be 38 and 33 respectively next month. Jamie Ward is 31 and captain Steven Davis turns 33 on New Year’s Day. Is this a natural moment to call time on their international careers? If it is, it will probably mark the end of an era for this side, although a new hero in the making emerged in the form of George Saville, the Millwall midfielder, and the likes of Stuart Dallas and Jonny Evans, both outstanding here, will continue to lead the fight. The stakes were huge, and the challenging conditions only heightened the drama. It had barely stopped raining for 24 hours in Basel and the pitch cut up terribly. Saville described it as “disgraceful” and “unacceptable” although it was to the credit of both teams that it did not distract from an absorbing game. Switzerland vs Northern Ireland shots on goal Northern Ireland were indebted to Michael McGovern for making two excellent saves to deny Xherdan Shaqiri and Steven Zuber in the space of three first-half minutes and Haris Seferovic glanced a header from an inviting possession wide, but O’Neill’s side were well on top after the restart. O’Neill had made four changes from the first leg and they had a transformative effect. Saville, in for the suspended Corry Evans, was making only his fourth international appearance but you wouldn’t have known. Up against Arsenal’s Granit Xhaka and Denis Zakaria, of Borussia Monchengladbach, he was the best midfielder on show, upstaging even Davis with his calmness and precision on the ball. Not to be: Northern Ireland fans were left wondering what might have been Credit: PA Ward and Conor Washington brought far more pace and mobility to the attack and Dallas, who had been on crutches after an awful challenge from Fabian Schar in the first leg that should have resulted in the Switzerland defender’s dismissal, was outstanding down the left. In defence, Jonny Evans and McAuley were colossal. Brunt had brought a couple of good saves from Yann Sommer early on but Northern Ireland’s best spell came midway through the second period. In the 55th minute, Saville sprayed a raking pass out to Ward, who whipped over a lovely cross that Washington met with a good header that sailed agonisingly wide of the far post. Soon after, opportunity knocked for Saville. Washington pulled the ball back but the midfielder got the ball caught under his feet and his resulting shot lacked power as Sommer smothered. Wayward: the Swiss missed lots of chances, with Haris Seferovic a particular culprit Credit: PA Seferovic missed a glorious chance late on to put the game beyond Northern Ireland and then came the dramatic finale. After Brunt’s corner was partially cleared, McAuley played the ball back to his West Bromwich Albion team-mate. Sommer came for the cross but missed the ball and Jonny Evans ignored the flying boots to power a header towards goal. It was a brave header that typified his performance but to his anguish there was Rodriguez to clear on the line, and extinguish Northern Ireland’s World Cup dream. Sam Wallace's Power Rankings 42:04 6:52PM Full time: Switzerland 0 Northern Ireland 0 (1-0 on agg) That's it. Switzerland are going to the World Cup. Northern Ireland are not. Hard lines for Northern Ireland, who will still be smarting about the penalty decision in the first dig. On this evidence, Switzerland will be merely making up the numbers in Russia: they were a drab and sloppy lot who, surely, can play much better. They had half a dozen decent chances to bury Northern Ireland here, but O'Neill's men do not lack for fight and they made this an uncomfortable evening for the hosts. Thanks for following this with us, report and reaction follows shortly. O'Neill: "Devastated players. Out to a shocking decision in the first leg. Raw courage in this leg. Some regrets. But if it was not for that penalty, we would be playing extra time. Very poor ref in first leg, got pen wrong got red card wrong. We have to try and move on. "To take a team like Switzerland to the last minute over two legs is a fantastic achievement. We don't always have top level players but we do have top level characters. No rush into making decisions [about players' futures]." Asked if he might stay/go? "I am not going to give any thought [to my future] and I don't think that is a reasonable question at this time to be honest." 6:50PM 90+ mins Brunt has the ball, "tries to be clever" as Armstrong says, loses the ball. Embolo breaks, Evans (I think it was) bundles him over. That gives the Swiss a free and this will probably give them a chance to kill this game. That's the lot. 6:48PM 90+ mins Corner for NIR. Half cleared. Deep ball in. Keeper comes out flapping... J Evans header at the back post! Hacked off the line by Rodriguez. Oh, was that the moment? Cleared acrobatically off the line by the man who scored the goal in the first leg. Heartbreaker. 6:47PM 90 mins It's all about this Embolo now, he's carving NI open time and again. But the shooting/final ball remain weak. 6:44PM 87 mins Embolo gets down the left, excellent from the sub, he crosses and it's the unmarked Mehedi... ooh, it just evades him. Close. Just needed any touch. 6:42PM 85 mins Seferovic comes off, he's been straight-up useless, and Embolo comes on in his stead. 6:42PM 84 mins Swiss gaffer turns to the fans and gestures "come on! get behind the team!" rather than making them even more nervy. 6:41PM 83 mins NIR, not unreasonably, committing plenty forward. They're over-run now on the break, it's Zakaria who breaks and he slips it to Seferovic, who has time and space to wrap this up. He's shot ten feet over from about 15 feet. Oh boy. This Swiss lot are a shower! 6:39PM 82 mins Come on NIR. They have a throw in Delap Territory. Cleared, just about. Getting to the "do or die" stages of the match, here come the Swiss. 6:36PM 79 mins Shaqiri, disappointing, comes off. Freuler is the man to come on. 6:35PM 77 mins Bit of a crowd scene 35 yards from the NIR goal. Deliberate handball from Evans, on the floor. Clear yellow card. Rodriguez will play it in. No threat. 6:34PM 75 mins Zuber with an effort, wins a corner. Low ball to the near post from Shakira, and Seferovic can do little more than improvise a dink at the near post. About 15 minutes left for NI to force extra time. 6:32PM 74 mins Here is the change, then. And it is a doubler. Ward comes off for Jones.  Magennis is on for Norwood 6:31PM 72 mins Swiss not helping themselves, inviting pressure on with individual errors, such as Zakaria lofting the ball out. The hapless Zuber crosses to nobody. 6:30PM 70 mins Dilemma for MO'N: do they make the change and go for broke, or do they trust to the fact that they are on top? Legs must be getting tired, the going is heavy. 6:25PM 68 mins Dallas down the left, just about cleared by the Swiss. It's all NIR at the moment. Swiss under the cosh. "Northern Ireland certainly the better side now," says Gerry. 6:24PM 67 mins Decent little spell for the boys in white and green, some pressure 6:23PM 65 mins There's the man Dallas down the left, fine spin onto a flick on from McAuley, and a hard low cross. He wins a corner off Schar. And soon another corner. 6:18PM 60 mins Washington great spin down the flank, crosses and finds Saville. But his shot is weak, the ball getting stuck under his feet. Admir Mehmedi replaces Blerim Dzemaili 6:15PM 59 mins If I was the Swiss boss I'd get Zuber off stat. The guy is a liability. Another good opportunity goes begging when the ball just pings off him. Zakaria rakes his studs down Washington's legs. From the resultant freekick, the Swiss keeper comes out waving at his mother and misses the ball. McAuley not a million miles from nodding in. 6:15PM 58 mins Gerry Armstrong throwing shade at "their" players for wearing gloves. The expression "don't fancy it" is used. 6:13PM 56 mins Zuber down the left, there's the low cross... it just needs a touch, but it rattles through the NI six-yard box in splendid isolation. 6:11PM 53 mins BRILLIANT counter from Northern Ireland. Raking ball out to the right from Saville, a galloping run and cross from Ward. Washington meets it with the head, and it fades just past the far post.  Miss: Switzerland 0 - 0 Northern Ireland (Conor Washington, 54 min) 6:07PM 49 mins It's that Schar again! Two-footed tackle. Dallas the victim. Again no card. The NI lads on the touchline are asking the Fourth Official what game/what tie these officials are watching! Certainly Schar seems to be leading a charmed life. 6:04PM 47 mins But it's the Swiss who are the first to show. Lichtsteiner with a good run down the right, he picks out Zuber, who has time and space, but dithers. Wet. Not sure if it is nerves, but this Swiss lot are very timid and unsure when shooting. They scored 23 in qualifying, not sure how. Rodríguez shoots wide. 6:02PM 46 mins Northern Ireland kick off. 6:00PM So Northern Ireland have 45 minutes to get something out of this. 5:59PM This suggests that Brunt (number 11 - at LB) is fairly well pushed up Average touch positions (half time) and that he is not getting a lot of support from  Saville (20), who is billed as the left midfielder of a three but is tucked in very narrow. 5:57PM Left-back area the big concern for M'ON. Swiss really having a lot of joy in behind there Switzerland vs Northern Ireland 5:47PM Half time: Switzerland 0 Northern Ireland 0 Encouraging from Northern Ireland in many senses, they have had their moments and had a couple of shots on target. On the other hand, the Swiss should have wrapped this up on perhaps three occasions, so... Switzerland vs Northern Ireland shots on goal 5:46PM 43 mins Ward with a good run, and Schär sticks a leg out with no intention/hope of getting the ball. Foul. That Schär is a bit of a one, eh? Freekick in a handy place. But Brunt has curled it 20 feet over. Oh dear. 5:44PM 42 mins Another offside flag, this time it's Xhaka who is the culprit. 5:44PM It's all relative Anyone who thinks the pitch in Basle is bad doesn't remember the Baseball Ground, or this match: Man C v West Ham at Maine Rd in 1970 https://t.co/ddM414q7si— Glenn Moore (@GlennMoore7) November 12, 2017 5:41PM 39 mins And here come the Swiss! NI are getting done here, it's a dangerous break and Shaqiri is going to be clean through down the right... Phew! Off-side flag saves the day.  5:40PM 38 mins Rodriguez gives Dallas a lovely man hug, and NI have a free. Cleared easily enough. 5:35PM 34 mins NI having a bit of ball here, playing it around. That's good. Settle. 5:34PM 33 mins I appreciate that Northern Ireland probably feel that their best chance is a puncher's chance, but they simply HAVE to tighten up here. The Swiss could have had three or four, if they could hit the target. "We are riding our luck," says Keith Gillespie on the BBC. 5:31PM 30 mins Northern Ireland on the ropes now, here's Zuber again, he's galloping through and he's time to pick his spot...  miles wide. 5:29PM 28 mins Zuber is through! Cracks a shot at goal, and that's another very fine stop from McGovern in nets. This is a night for heroes, and the NI keeper is on his way. 5:28PM 27 mins Shaqiri again with a run, ended in uncompromising fashion by J Evans. Shaq gestures that there was some elbow in there. I've got a short, two-word,  seven-letter suggestion for Shaqiri. 5:26PM 26 mins And yet again! This is crazy. Sort it out, MO'N. Shaqiri crosses, there's the lad Seferovic with a free header again. And he's missed, and headed thin air. Wow, what a let-off. 5:25PM 25 mins And there's that Shaqiri again! Again far too much space, again allowed to cut in side. REALLY good save from the keeper. 5:25PM 24 mins Ooh, the Swiss could have scored there. It's Seferovic again, and again he might have done better. Effort wide at the near post. 5:24PM 21 mins This diagram shows how the Swiss have been able to overload Ireland in the right-wing  vs left-back area. They've doubling up down that flank. Average touch positions (22 min) 5:21PM 20 mins But they have given it away... nope, the Swiss cannot capitalise. Quieter in the last 5 mins. 5:20PM 19 mins Pitch is beginning to look like a cabbage patch. Northern Ireland playing it around. 5:15PM 15 mins Brunt, for the second time in the match, cracks a drive at the keeper. This is an excellent game, very enjoyable. So open. Allotment time: the sodden pitch needed a lot of treatment before play Credit: AP 5:13PM 14 mins NI leave the dangerous Shaqiri alone on that right again, he cuts in and lashes the ball at goal with his left. Blocked. Now there's acres down the left... Northern Ireland are inviting disaster here, but it's exciting stuff. 5:13PM 11 mins NI are under constant pressure at the moment. Another corner. But now they clear and there's a race between Ward and Lichtsteiner. The Swiss skipper slides in and nicks the ball away. Ward was through there otherwise.  5:10PM 9 mins McAuley has saved NI twice in a couple of minutes. First, he heads one off the line, and now he has positioned himself brilliantly to deny Dzemaili, who skipped through and played it across goal. 5:07PM 7 mins More danger down that right. Lichtsteiner on the overlap, chopped down by Brunt for a clear booking. 5:06PM 6 mins Danger here though. Fantastic ball from the right by Shaqiri... WHAT a cross that is, Beckham-esque. Vicious whip and pace. Free header Seferovic! Should have scored. Miss: Switzerland 0 - 0 Northern Ireland (Haris Seferovic, 5 min) 5:04PM 4 mins Super start from the Northern Irish then, getting forward, getting the ball in, and putting the hosts on notice that any complacency is going to be hammered. 5:03PM 3 mins Hughes now with another decent ball in. It's half cleared to Brunt. Cracking effort! Tipped over. And now pressure again at the corner. 5:03PM 2 mins Excellent chance for NI. Davis with a deep cross, and it's two on one for the NI lads at the backs stick. 5:02PM 1 mins Right then. The Swiss have started like a train, Northern Ireland try to pass it around on the edge of their box and they are under pressure right away. Two poor passes. Don't fiddle about on a pitch like this. Lump it. Gerry Armstrong is on to his fourth "we" and the match is 80 seconds old. 4:57PM Plenty of Northern Ireland in the stadium. It's red cross on a white background versus white cross on a red. The Swiss have already printed the celebratory t-shirts, one hears. I mean: literally, not metaphorically. Apparently the Swiss FA have had a job lot of shirts done that they will dish out at the end. That will be DEE-LISH-OUS if they get turned over here. 4:54PM Right then We're about ready. What a story this would be. The Northern Ireland side are bidding to make their first appearance at the big show since Mexico 1986. 4:43PM And here's the Northern Irish Northern Ireland v Swiss 4:42PM Here's how the Swiss might line up Credit: Sky Sports Football 4:38PM Gerry Armstrong is in Basel And it is absolutely hosing it down there! Grass is long, the telly coverage just showed a ball plopping and plugging into the sodden turf. soaking evening in Switzerland Credit: Sky Sports Football That has to be in Northern Ireland's favour, right? 4:35PM Let's go Swiss have lost just one in 18, and scored fully 27 points in qualifying, as did Portugal in their group. Ronaldo's lot won what was a de facto play-off in the last match of the group when they won 2-0 (the same scoreline by which the Swiss beat Portugal earlier in the process). Only Germany, with 30 points, and Belgium and Spain with 28 managed more points in qualifying, and I think it is fair to say that the Swiss would be worthy representatives. BUT who cares about that? Come on Northern Ireland! Graham Little on Sky reports that no team has made it through the play-offs after losing the first leg. Davros Dowie: "Still find it very difficult, in this modern day, that games of this magnitude are decided on a guess." Steven Davis (R) fends off Granit Xhaka in the first leg on Thursday night Credit:  Getty Images 4:33PM The big question is whether Northern Ireland can harness their righteous fury, or whether it will hamper them. 4:29PM There were some good quotes out of the Northern Ireland camp after that penalty. "It was actually a worse decision (than Thierry Henry's handball) because the ref has made a call that was not there," Jonny Evans, Corry's brother, said. Asked if he had seen a poorer decision from a referee, O’Neill said: “Well certainly not in any of the games that I have been involved in, particularly at this level, no. I am not in a position to say the referee is incompetent but it’s just staggering in this day and age when the stakes are so high that something like that is a game changer. “The ball clearly strikes Corry on the back and the referee has a clear view of the incident. I thought he had given an offside or something. I spent three hours in a video conference with Fifa the other week on video assistant referees (VAR) and certainly when you see what happened tonight you would be an advocate of it.” 4:27PM Here's the pen decision from the first leg Ridiculous handball Credit: Getty 4:25PM Switzerland are a better team, and they have an away goal in their choccy pocket. They were the better team in the first leg as well. BUT, they were well jammy to get that penalty, and indeed could very well have been down to ten anyway after just a few minutes when Fabian Schar kicked the living daylights out of Stuart Dallas. 4:13PM Teams Switzerland: Sommer, Lichtsteiner, Schar, Akanji, Rodriguez,  Shaqiri, Zakaria, Xhaka, Zuber, Dzemaili, Seferovic. Subs: Hitz,  Lacroix, Elvedi, Lang, Embolo, Freuler, Behrami,  Gelson Fernandes, Mehmedi, Gavranovic, Edimilson Fernandes,  Burki. Northern Ireland: McGovern, Hughes, Jonny Evans, McAuley,  Brunt, Ward, Davis, Norwood, Saville, Dallas, Washington. Subs:  Mannus, McLaughlin, Ferguson, Hodson, Jones, Kyle Lafferty,  Paton, Lund, McNair, Magennis, McArdle, Carroll. Referee: Felix Brych (Germany)  4:12PM Good afternoon Tyers here, team news incoming, and may I just state clearly and for the record before we get going: COME ON NORTHERN IRELAND! 4:10PM Our preview What is it? The World Cup play-off second leg between Switzerland and Northern Ireland. The Swiss have a 1-0 lead from the first leg.  When is it? It's today, so Sunday November 12.  What time is kick-off? 5pm.  What TV channel is it on? Sky Sports Football, the home of football.  Watch Switzerland vs Northern Ireland on Sunday with the NOW TV Sky Sports Day Pass. £6.99. No contract. What is the team news? Corry Evans is controversially suspended for Northern Ireland after his harsh yellow card in the first leg, while Stuart Dallas is unlikely to be fit after suffering an ankle injury at Hampden Park. UPDATE: They've gambled on Dallas Switzerland are expected to name an unchanged side from the one that defeated Northern Ireland on Thursday night so we're anticipating the line-ups to be as follows: Switzerland (4-2-3-1): Sommer; Lichtsteiner, Akanji, Schar, Rodriguez; Xhaka, Zakaria; Shaqiri, Dzemaili, Zuber; Seferovic. Pick your Switzerland team to face Northern Ireland Northern Ireland (4-3-3): McGovern; McLaughlin, McAuley, J Evans, Brunt; Norwood, Saville, Davis; Magennis, Lafferty, Ward. Pick your Northern Ireland team to face Switzerland What are they saying? Ireland manager Michael O'Neill was furious with the decisions which went against his team in the first leg.  "It's staggering really that the referee can give that penalty decision in that situation," O'Neill said on Sky Sports. "He was six yards from the incident, he has no one in his line of sight. "Corry has just gone to block it, his body is turned and the ball actually hits him more on the shoulder than the arm so it is incredible. "I thought he had blown for a foul or for offside, so to give a penalty for that, when nobody appealed, it is bewildering really. "In such a defining moment in the match we feel very hard done by. "The tackle by Schar was a borderline red card, the referee certainly didn't do us any favours tonight." Michael O'Neill was furious with some of the refereeing decisions that went against his team Credit:  Action Images Switzerland winger Xerdan Shaqiri took the Arsene Wenger approach.  "I didn't see the penalty and I don't know if it was one or not," he said. "I tried to have a shot on goal and I don't know if he touched with his hand or not. "In the end the referee gave the penalty and that is football. I will have to look again at the situation. "I think we controlled the game for 90 minutes and we had a lot of ball possession and created a lot of chances too, it was only a matter of time until we scored. I think we deserved the win. Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers What are the odds? Switzerland - 1/2 Northern Ireland - 13/2 Draw - 13/5  What's our prediction? Switzerland to win on the night 2-1 and advance to the World Cup 3-1 on aggregate. 

Switzerland 0 Northern Ireland 0; agg 1-0: Swiss through to World Cup thanks to dodgy first-leg penalty

It will be a while before Northern Ireland’s players, management and supporters get the image of Ricardo Rodriguez dramatically clearing Jonny Evans’ header off the goalline in stoppage time out of their minds. Evans, like the magnificent 1,900 Northern Irish fans camped inside one corner of St Jakob-Park, must have thought he had dragged this spell-binding match into extra-time and kept alive his country’s World Cup hopes but it was not to be. A frenetic goalless draw was enough to book Switzerland’s place in Russia next summer, after Thursday’s controversial 1-0 first-leg victory in Belfast, and a crestfallen Michael O’Neill and his valiant players were left to reflect with a sense of desolation and anger on a very costly error by referee Ovidiu Hategan. And that is the shame of it. That a fiercely fought play-off should ultimately have been decided by the award of a penalty for handball by Corry Evans that wasn’t, and while Switzerland will argue that they blew enough chances to have won with greater ease over 180 minutes, the point is they did not and were indebted to Hategan as much as Rodriguez. “Shafted is the only word for it,” said midfielder Oliver Norwood. “I will think about the penalty decision for years to come. It’s cost us a place in the World Cup.” Shooter: Northern Ireland's Stuart Dallas has an effort Credit: PA Wire It was the AC Milan left-back who emerged as Switzerland’s saviour in both games, converting that decisive penalty at Windsor Park and then making the heroic, last-gasp intervention at the death to deny Evans and Northern Irish dreams of a first World Cup appearance for 32 years. O’Neill’s players were dead on their feet. Some were in tears, others could barely stand, overcome with tiredness and emotion. They gave it everything, a performance of character, resilience and boundless energy and enthusiasm, but it was not quite enough. The immediate aftermath of such an emotional occasion is no time or place to make rational decisions but it remains to be seen if O’Neill can pick himself up and go again or whether he feels he has taken this side as far as he can. No one looked more crushed than him by the end. “The first emotion is almost devastation,” he said. Allotment time: the sodden pitch needed a lot of treatment before play Credit: AP Clubs are sure to be circling for the man who has transformed Northern Ireland’s fortunes over the past 5½ years and he is one name under consideration by the Scottish FA to replace Gordon Strachan, although Norwood willed the manager to stay on. “The message is loud and clear from the players and fans that we would like Michael to stay,” he said. O’Neill is not the only one with a decision to make over his future, though. Aaron Hughes is 38, Gareth McAuley and Chris Brunt will be 38 and 33 respectively next month. Jamie Ward is 31 and captain Steven Davis turns 33 on New Year’s Day. Is this a natural moment to call time on their international careers? If it is, it will probably mark the end of an era for this side, although a new hero in the making emerged in the form of George Saville, the Millwall midfielder, and the likes of Stuart Dallas and Jonny Evans, both outstanding here, will continue to lead the fight. The stakes were huge, and the challenging conditions only heightened the drama. It had barely stopped raining for 24 hours in Basel and the pitch cut up terribly. Saville described it as “disgraceful” and “unacceptable” although it was to the credit of both teams that it did not distract from an absorbing game. Switzerland vs Northern Ireland shots on goal Northern Ireland were indebted to Michael McGovern for making two excellent saves to deny Xherdan Shaqiri and Steven Zuber in the space of three first-half minutes and Haris Seferovic glanced a header from an inviting possession wide, but O’Neill’s side were well on top after the restart. O’Neill had made four changes from the first leg and they had a transformative effect. Saville, in for the suspended Corry Evans, was making only his fourth international appearance but you wouldn’t have known. Up against Arsenal’s Granit Xhaka and Denis Zakaria, of Borussia Monchengladbach, he was the best midfielder on show, upstaging even Davis with his calmness and precision on the ball. Not to be: Northern Ireland fans were left wondering what might have been Credit: PA Ward and Conor Washington brought far more pace and mobility to the attack and Dallas, who had been on crutches after an awful challenge from Fabian Schar in the first leg that should have resulted in the Switzerland defender’s dismissal, was outstanding down the left. In defence, Jonny Evans and McAuley were colossal. Brunt had brought a couple of good saves from Yann Sommer early on but Northern Ireland’s best spell came midway through the second period. In the 55th minute, Saville sprayed a raking pass out to Ward, who whipped over a lovely cross that Washington met with a good header that sailed agonisingly wide of the far post. Soon after, opportunity knocked for Saville. Washington pulled the ball back but the midfielder got the ball caught under his feet and his resulting shot lacked power as Sommer smothered. Wayward: the Swiss missed lots of chances, with Haris Seferovic a particular culprit Credit: PA Seferovic missed a glorious chance late on to put the game beyond Northern Ireland and then came the dramatic finale. After Brunt’s corner was partially cleared, McAuley played the ball back to his West Bromwich Albion team-mate. Sommer came for the cross but missed the ball and Jonny Evans ignored the flying boots to power a header towards goal. It was a brave header that typified his performance but to his anguish there was Rodriguez to clear on the line, and extinguish Northern Ireland’s World Cup dream. Sam Wallace's Power Rankings 42:04 6:52PM Full time: Switzerland 0 Northern Ireland 0 (1-0 on agg) That's it. Switzerland are going to the World Cup. Northern Ireland are not. Hard lines for Northern Ireland, who will still be smarting about the penalty decision in the first dig. On this evidence, Switzerland will be merely making up the numbers in Russia: they were a drab and sloppy lot who, surely, can play much better. They had half a dozen decent chances to bury Northern Ireland here, but O'Neill's men do not lack for fight and they made this an uncomfortable evening for the hosts. Thanks for following this with us, report and reaction follows shortly. O'Neill: "Devastated players. Out to a shocking decision in the first leg. Raw courage in this leg. Some regrets. But if it was not for that penalty, we would be playing extra time. Very poor ref in first leg, got pen wrong got red card wrong. We have to try and move on. "To take a team like Switzerland to the last minute over two legs is a fantastic achievement. We don't always have top level players but we do have top level characters. No rush into making decisions [about players' futures]." Asked if he might stay/go? "I am not going to give any thought [to my future] and I don't think that is a reasonable question at this time to be honest." 6:50PM 90+ mins Brunt has the ball, "tries to be clever" as Armstrong says, loses the ball. Embolo breaks, Evans (I think it was) bundles him over. That gives the Swiss a free and this will probably give them a chance to kill this game. That's the lot. 6:48PM 90+ mins Corner for NIR. Half cleared. Deep ball in. Keeper comes out flapping... J Evans header at the back post! Hacked off the line by Rodriguez. Oh, was that the moment? Cleared acrobatically off the line by the man who scored the goal in the first leg. Heartbreaker. 6:47PM 90 mins It's all about this Embolo now, he's carving NI open time and again. But the shooting/final ball remain weak. 6:44PM 87 mins Embolo gets down the left, excellent from the sub, he crosses and it's the unmarked Mehedi... ooh, it just evades him. Close. Just needed any touch. 6:42PM 85 mins Seferovic comes off, he's been straight-up useless, and Embolo comes on in his stead. 6:42PM 84 mins Swiss gaffer turns to the fans and gestures "come on! get behind the team!" rather than making them even more nervy. 6:41PM 83 mins NIR, not unreasonably, committing plenty forward. They're over-run now on the break, it's Zakaria who breaks and he slips it to Seferovic, who has time and space to wrap this up. He's shot ten feet over from about 15 feet. Oh boy. This Swiss lot are a shower! 6:39PM 82 mins Come on NIR. They have a throw in Delap Territory. Cleared, just about. Getting to the "do or die" stages of the match, here come the Swiss. 6:36PM 79 mins Shaqiri, disappointing, comes off. Freuler is the man to come on. 6:35PM 77 mins Bit of a crowd scene 35 yards from the NIR goal. Deliberate handball from Evans, on the floor. Clear yellow card. Rodriguez will play it in. No threat. 6:34PM 75 mins Zuber with an effort, wins a corner. Low ball to the near post from Shakira, and Seferovic can do little more than improvise a dink at the near post. About 15 minutes left for NI to force extra time. 6:32PM 74 mins Here is the change, then. And it is a doubler. Ward comes off for Jones.  Magennis is on for Norwood 6:31PM 72 mins Swiss not helping themselves, inviting pressure on with individual errors, such as Zakaria lofting the ball out. The hapless Zuber crosses to nobody. 6:30PM 70 mins Dilemma for MO'N: do they make the change and go for broke, or do they trust to the fact that they are on top? Legs must be getting tired, the going is heavy. 6:25PM 68 mins Dallas down the left, just about cleared by the Swiss. It's all NIR at the moment. Swiss under the cosh. "Northern Ireland certainly the better side now," says Gerry. 6:24PM 67 mins Decent little spell for the boys in white and green, some pressure 6:23PM 65 mins There's the man Dallas down the left, fine spin onto a flick on from McAuley, and a hard low cross. He wins a corner off Schar. And soon another corner. 6:18PM 60 mins Washington great spin down the flank, crosses and finds Saville. But his shot is weak, the ball getting stuck under his feet. Admir Mehmedi replaces Blerim Dzemaili 6:15PM 59 mins If I was the Swiss boss I'd get Zuber off stat. The guy is a liability. Another good opportunity goes begging when the ball just pings off him. Zakaria rakes his studs down Washington's legs. From the resultant freekick, the Swiss keeper comes out waving at his mother and misses the ball. McAuley not a million miles from nodding in. 6:15PM 58 mins Gerry Armstrong throwing shade at "their" players for wearing gloves. The expression "don't fancy it" is used. 6:13PM 56 mins Zuber down the left, there's the low cross... it just needs a touch, but it rattles through the NI six-yard box in splendid isolation. 6:11PM 53 mins BRILLIANT counter from Northern Ireland. Raking ball out to the right from Saville, a galloping run and cross from Ward. Washington meets it with the head, and it fades just past the far post.  Miss: Switzerland 0 - 0 Northern Ireland (Conor Washington, 54 min) 6:07PM 49 mins It's that Schar again! Two-footed tackle. Dallas the victim. Again no card. The NI lads on the touchline are asking the Fourth Official what game/what tie these officials are watching! Certainly Schar seems to be leading a charmed life. 6:04PM 47 mins But it's the Swiss who are the first to show. Lichtsteiner with a good run down the right, he picks out Zuber, who has time and space, but dithers. Wet. Not sure if it is nerves, but this Swiss lot are very timid and unsure when shooting. They scored 23 in qualifying, not sure how. Rodríguez shoots wide. 6:02PM 46 mins Northern Ireland kick off. 6:00PM So Northern Ireland have 45 minutes to get something out of this. 5:59PM This suggests that Brunt (number 11 - at LB) is fairly well pushed up Average touch positions (half time) and that he is not getting a lot of support from  Saville (20), who is billed as the left midfielder of a three but is tucked in very narrow. 5:57PM Left-back area the big concern for M'ON. Swiss really having a lot of joy in behind there Switzerland vs Northern Ireland 5:47PM Half time: Switzerland 0 Northern Ireland 0 Encouraging from Northern Ireland in many senses, they have had their moments and had a couple of shots on target. On the other hand, the Swiss should have wrapped this up on perhaps three occasions, so... Switzerland vs Northern Ireland shots on goal 5:46PM 43 mins Ward with a good run, and Schär sticks a leg out with no intention/hope of getting the ball. Foul. That Schär is a bit of a one, eh? Freekick in a handy place. But Brunt has curled it 20 feet over. Oh dear. 5:44PM 42 mins Another offside flag, this time it's Xhaka who is the culprit. 5:44PM It's all relative Anyone who thinks the pitch in Basle is bad doesn't remember the Baseball Ground, or this match: Man C v West Ham at Maine Rd in 1970 https://t.co/ddM414q7si— Glenn Moore (@GlennMoore7) November 12, 2017 5:41PM 39 mins And here come the Swiss! NI are getting done here, it's a dangerous break and Shaqiri is going to be clean through down the right... Phew! Off-side flag saves the day.  5:40PM 38 mins Rodriguez gives Dallas a lovely man hug, and NI have a free. Cleared easily enough. 5:35PM 34 mins NI having a bit of ball here, playing it around. That's good. Settle. 5:34PM 33 mins I appreciate that Northern Ireland probably feel that their best chance is a puncher's chance, but they simply HAVE to tighten up here. The Swiss could have had three or four, if they could hit the target. "We are riding our luck," says Keith Gillespie on the BBC. 5:31PM 30 mins Northern Ireland on the ropes now, here's Zuber again, he's galloping through and he's time to pick his spot...  miles wide. 5:29PM 28 mins Zuber is through! Cracks a shot at goal, and that's another very fine stop from McGovern in nets. This is a night for heroes, and the NI keeper is on his way. 5:28PM 27 mins Shaqiri again with a run, ended in uncompromising fashion by J Evans. Shaq gestures that there was some elbow in there. I've got a short, two-word,  seven-letter suggestion for Shaqiri. 5:26PM 26 mins And yet again! This is crazy. Sort it out, MO'N. Shaqiri crosses, there's the lad Seferovic with a free header again. And he's missed, and headed thin air. Wow, what a let-off. 5:25PM 25 mins And there's that Shaqiri again! Again far too much space, again allowed to cut in side. REALLY good save from the keeper. 5:25PM 24 mins Ooh, the Swiss could have scored there. It's Seferovic again, and again he might have done better. Effort wide at the near post. 5:24PM 21 mins This diagram shows how the Swiss have been able to overload Ireland in the right-wing  vs left-back area. They've doubling up down that flank. Average touch positions (22 min) 5:21PM 20 mins But they have given it away... nope, the Swiss cannot capitalise. Quieter in the last 5 mins. 5:20PM 19 mins Pitch is beginning to look like a cabbage patch. Northern Ireland playing it around. 5:15PM 15 mins Brunt, for the second time in the match, cracks a drive at the keeper. This is an excellent game, very enjoyable. So open. Allotment time: the sodden pitch needed a lot of treatment before play Credit: AP 5:13PM 14 mins NI leave the dangerous Shaqiri alone on that right again, he cuts in and lashes the ball at goal with his left. Blocked. Now there's acres down the left... Northern Ireland are inviting disaster here, but it's exciting stuff. 5:13PM 11 mins NI are under constant pressure at the moment. Another corner. But now they clear and there's a race between Ward and Lichtsteiner. The Swiss skipper slides in and nicks the ball away. Ward was through there otherwise.  5:10PM 9 mins McAuley has saved NI twice in a couple of minutes. First, he heads one off the line, and now he has positioned himself brilliantly to deny Dzemaili, who skipped through and played it across goal. 5:07PM 7 mins More danger down that right. Lichtsteiner on the overlap, chopped down by Brunt for a clear booking. 5:06PM 6 mins Danger here though. Fantastic ball from the right by Shaqiri... WHAT a cross that is, Beckham-esque. Vicious whip and pace. Free header Seferovic! Should have scored. Miss: Switzerland 0 - 0 Northern Ireland (Haris Seferovic, 5 min) 5:04PM 4 mins Super start from the Northern Irish then, getting forward, getting the ball in, and putting the hosts on notice that any complacency is going to be hammered. 5:03PM 3 mins Hughes now with another decent ball in. It's half cleared to Brunt. Cracking effort! Tipped over. And now pressure again at the corner. 5:03PM 2 mins Excellent chance for NI. Davis with a deep cross, and it's two on one for the NI lads at the backs stick. 5:02PM 1 mins Right then. The Swiss have started like a train, Northern Ireland try to pass it around on the edge of their box and they are under pressure right away. Two poor passes. Don't fiddle about on a pitch like this. Lump it. Gerry Armstrong is on to his fourth "we" and the match is 80 seconds old. 4:57PM Plenty of Northern Ireland in the stadium. It's red cross on a white background versus white cross on a red. The Swiss have already printed the celebratory t-shirts, one hears. I mean: literally, not metaphorically. Apparently the Swiss FA have had a job lot of shirts done that they will dish out at the end. That will be DEE-LISH-OUS if they get turned over here. 4:54PM Right then We're about ready. What a story this would be. The Northern Ireland side are bidding to make their first appearance at the big show since Mexico 1986. 4:43PM And here's the Northern Irish Northern Ireland v Swiss 4:42PM Here's how the Swiss might line up Credit: Sky Sports Football 4:38PM Gerry Armstrong is in Basel And it is absolutely hosing it down there! Grass is long, the telly coverage just showed a ball plopping and plugging into the sodden turf. soaking evening in Switzerland Credit: Sky Sports Football That has to be in Northern Ireland's favour, right? 4:35PM Let's go Swiss have lost just one in 18, and scored fully 27 points in qualifying, as did Portugal in their group. Ronaldo's lot won what was a de facto play-off in the last match of the group when they won 2-0 (the same scoreline by which the Swiss beat Portugal earlier in the process). Only Germany, with 30 points, and Belgium and Spain with 28 managed more points in qualifying, and I think it is fair to say that the Swiss would be worthy representatives. BUT who cares about that? Come on Northern Ireland! Graham Little on Sky reports that no team has made it through the play-offs after losing the first leg. Davros Dowie: "Still find it very difficult, in this modern day, that games of this magnitude are decided on a guess." Steven Davis (R) fends off Granit Xhaka in the first leg on Thursday night Credit:  Getty Images 4:33PM The big question is whether Northern Ireland can harness their righteous fury, or whether it will hamper them. 4:29PM There were some good quotes out of the Northern Ireland camp after that penalty. "It was actually a worse decision (than Thierry Henry's handball) because the ref has made a call that was not there," Jonny Evans, Corry's brother, said. Asked if he had seen a poorer decision from a referee, O’Neill said: “Well certainly not in any of the games that I have been involved in, particularly at this level, no. I am not in a position to say the referee is incompetent but it’s just staggering in this day and age when the stakes are so high that something like that is a game changer. “The ball clearly strikes Corry on the back and the referee has a clear view of the incident. I thought he had given an offside or something. I spent three hours in a video conference with Fifa the other week on video assistant referees (VAR) and certainly when you see what happened tonight you would be an advocate of it.” 4:27PM Here's the pen decision from the first leg Ridiculous handball Credit: Getty 4:25PM Switzerland are a better team, and they have an away goal in their choccy pocket. They were the better team in the first leg as well. BUT, they were well jammy to get that penalty, and indeed could very well have been down to ten anyway after just a few minutes when Fabian Schar kicked the living daylights out of Stuart Dallas. 4:13PM Teams Switzerland: Sommer, Lichtsteiner, Schar, Akanji, Rodriguez,  Shaqiri, Zakaria, Xhaka, Zuber, Dzemaili, Seferovic. Subs: Hitz,  Lacroix, Elvedi, Lang, Embolo, Freuler, Behrami,  Gelson Fernandes, Mehmedi, Gavranovic, Edimilson Fernandes,  Burki. Northern Ireland: McGovern, Hughes, Jonny Evans, McAuley,  Brunt, Ward, Davis, Norwood, Saville, Dallas, Washington. Subs:  Mannus, McLaughlin, Ferguson, Hodson, Jones, Kyle Lafferty,  Paton, Lund, McNair, Magennis, McArdle, Carroll. Referee: Felix Brych (Germany)  4:12PM Good afternoon Tyers here, team news incoming, and may I just state clearly and for the record before we get going: COME ON NORTHERN IRELAND! 4:10PM Our preview What is it? The World Cup play-off second leg between Switzerland and Northern Ireland. The Swiss have a 1-0 lead from the first leg.  When is it? It's today, so Sunday November 12.  What time is kick-off? 5pm.  What TV channel is it on? Sky Sports Football, the home of football.  Watch Switzerland vs Northern Ireland on Sunday with the NOW TV Sky Sports Day Pass. £6.99. No contract. What is the team news? Corry Evans is controversially suspended for Northern Ireland after his harsh yellow card in the first leg, while Stuart Dallas is unlikely to be fit after suffering an ankle injury at Hampden Park. UPDATE: They've gambled on Dallas Switzerland are expected to name an unchanged side from the one that defeated Northern Ireland on Thursday night so we're anticipating the line-ups to be as follows: Switzerland (4-2-3-1): Sommer; Lichtsteiner, Akanji, Schar, Rodriguez; Xhaka, Zakaria; Shaqiri, Dzemaili, Zuber; Seferovic. Pick your Switzerland team to face Northern Ireland Northern Ireland (4-3-3): McGovern; McLaughlin, McAuley, J Evans, Brunt; Norwood, Saville, Davis; Magennis, Lafferty, Ward. Pick your Northern Ireland team to face Switzerland What are they saying? Ireland manager Michael O'Neill was furious with the decisions which went against his team in the first leg.  "It's staggering really that the referee can give that penalty decision in that situation," O'Neill said on Sky Sports. "He was six yards from the incident, he has no one in his line of sight. "Corry has just gone to block it, his body is turned and the ball actually hits him more on the shoulder than the arm so it is incredible. "I thought he had blown for a foul or for offside, so to give a penalty for that, when nobody appealed, it is bewildering really. "In such a defining moment in the match we feel very hard done by. "The tackle by Schar was a borderline red card, the referee certainly didn't do us any favours tonight." Michael O'Neill was furious with some of the refereeing decisions that went against his team Credit:  Action Images Switzerland winger Xerdan Shaqiri took the Arsene Wenger approach.  "I didn't see the penalty and I don't know if it was one or not," he said. "I tried to have a shot on goal and I don't know if he touched with his hand or not. "In the end the referee gave the penalty and that is football. I will have to look again at the situation. "I think we controlled the game for 90 minutes and we had a lot of ball possession and created a lot of chances too, it was only a matter of time until we scored. I think we deserved the win. Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers What are the odds? Switzerland - 1/2 Northern Ireland - 13/2 Draw - 13/5  What's our prediction? Switzerland to win on the night 2-1 and advance to the World Cup 3-1 on aggregate. 

Switzerland 0 Northern Ireland 0; agg 1-0: Swiss through to World Cup thanks to dodgy first-leg penalty

It will be a while before Northern Ireland’s players, management and supporters get the image of Ricardo Rodriguez dramatically clearing Jonny Evans’ header off the goalline in stoppage time out of their minds. Evans, like the magnificent 1,900 Northern Irish fans camped inside one corner of St Jakob-Park, must have thought he had dragged this spell-binding match into extra-time and kept alive his country’s World Cup hopes but it was not to be. A frenetic goalless draw was enough to book Switzerland’s place in Russia next summer, after Thursday’s controversial 1-0 first-leg victory in Belfast, and a crestfallen Michael O’Neill and his valiant players were left to reflect with a sense of desolation and anger on a very costly error by referee Ovidiu Hategan. And that is the shame of it. That a fiercely fought play-off should ultimately have been decided by the award of a penalty for handball by Corry Evans that wasn’t, and while Switzerland will argue that they blew enough chances to have won with greater ease over 180 minutes, the point is they did not and were indebted to Hategan as much as Rodriguez. “Shafted is the only word for it,” said midfielder Oliver Norwood. “I will think about the penalty decision for years to come. It’s cost us a place in the World Cup.” Shooter: Northern Ireland's Stuart Dallas has an effort Credit: PA Wire It was the AC Milan left-back who emerged as Switzerland’s saviour in both games, converting that decisive penalty at Windsor Park and then making the heroic, last-gasp intervention at the death to deny Evans and Northern Irish dreams of a first World Cup appearance for 32 years. O’Neill’s players were dead on their feet. Some were in tears, others could barely stand, overcome with tiredness and emotion. They gave it everything, a performance of character, resilience and boundless energy and enthusiasm, but it was not quite enough. The immediate aftermath of such an emotional occasion is no time or place to make rational decisions but it remains to be seen if O’Neill can pick himself up and go again or whether he feels he has taken this side as far as he can. No one looked more crushed than him by the end. “The first emotion is almost devastation,” he said. Allotment time: the sodden pitch needed a lot of treatment before play Credit: AP Clubs are sure to be circling for the man who has transformed Northern Ireland’s fortunes over the past 5½ years and he is one name under consideration by the Scottish FA to replace Gordon Strachan, although Norwood willed the manager to stay on. “The message is loud and clear from the players and fans that we would like Michael to stay,” he said. O’Neill is not the only one with a decision to make over his future, though. Aaron Hughes is 38, Gareth McAuley and Chris Brunt will be 38 and 33 respectively next month. Jamie Ward is 31 and captain Steven Davis turns 33 on New Year’s Day. Is this a natural moment to call time on their international careers? If it is, it will probably mark the end of an era for this side, although a new hero in the making emerged in the form of George Saville, the Millwall midfielder, and the likes of Stuart Dallas and Jonny Evans, both outstanding here, will continue to lead the fight. The stakes were huge, and the challenging conditions only heightened the drama. It had barely stopped raining for 24 hours in Basel and the pitch cut up terribly. Saville described it as “disgraceful” and “unacceptable” although it was to the credit of both teams that it did not distract from an absorbing game. Switzerland vs Northern Ireland shots on goal Northern Ireland were indebted to Michael McGovern for making two excellent saves to deny Xherdan Shaqiri and Steven Zuber in the space of three first-half minutes and Haris Seferovic glanced a header from an inviting possession wide, but O’Neill’s side were well on top after the restart. O’Neill had made four changes from the first leg and they had a transformative effect. Saville, in for the suspended Corry Evans, was making only his fourth international appearance but you wouldn’t have known. Up against Arsenal’s Granit Xhaka and Denis Zakaria, of Borussia Monchengladbach, he was the best midfielder on show, upstaging even Davis with his calmness and precision on the ball. Not to be: Northern Ireland fans were left wondering what might have been Credit: PA Ward and Conor Washington brought far more pace and mobility to the attack and Dallas, who had been on crutches after an awful challenge from Fabian Schar in the first leg that should have resulted in the Switzerland defender’s dismissal, was outstanding down the left. In defence, Jonny Evans and McAuley were colossal. Brunt had brought a couple of good saves from Yann Sommer early on but Northern Ireland’s best spell came midway through the second period. In the 55th minute, Saville sprayed a raking pass out to Ward, who whipped over a lovely cross that Washington met with a good header that sailed agonisingly wide of the far post. Soon after, opportunity knocked for Saville. Washington pulled the ball back but the midfielder got the ball caught under his feet and his resulting shot lacked power as Sommer smothered. Wayward: the Swiss missed lots of chances, with Haris Seferovic a particular culprit Credit: PA Seferovic missed a glorious chance late on to put the game beyond Northern Ireland and then came the dramatic finale. After Brunt’s corner was partially cleared, McAuley played the ball back to his West Bromwich Albion team-mate. Sommer came for the cross but missed the ball and Jonny Evans ignored the flying boots to power a header towards goal. It was a brave header that typified his performance but to his anguish there was Rodriguez to clear on the line, and extinguish Northern Ireland’s World Cup dream. Sam Wallace's Power Rankings 42:04 6:52PM Full time: Switzerland 0 Northern Ireland 0 (1-0 on agg) That's it. Switzerland are going to the World Cup. Northern Ireland are not. Hard lines for Northern Ireland, who will still be smarting about the penalty decision in the first dig. On this evidence, Switzerland will be merely making up the numbers in Russia: they were a drab and sloppy lot who, surely, can play much better. They had half a dozen decent chances to bury Northern Ireland here, but O'Neill's men do not lack for fight and they made this an uncomfortable evening for the hosts. Thanks for following this with us, report and reaction follows shortly. O'Neill: "Devastated players. Out to a shocking decision in the first leg. Raw courage in this leg. Some regrets. But if it was not for that penalty, we would be playing extra time. Very poor ref in first leg, got pen wrong got red card wrong. We have to try and move on. "To take a team like Switzerland to the last minute over two legs is a fantastic achievement. We don't always have top level players but we do have top level characters. No rush into making decisions [about players' futures]." Asked if he might stay/go? "I am not going to give any thought [to my future] and I don't think that is a reasonable question at this time to be honest." 6:50PM 90+ mins Brunt has the ball, "tries to be clever" as Armstrong says, loses the ball. Embolo breaks, Evans (I think it was) bundles him over. That gives the Swiss a free and this will probably give them a chance to kill this game. That's the lot. 6:48PM 90+ mins Corner for NIR. Half cleared. Deep ball in. Keeper comes out flapping... J Evans header at the back post! Hacked off the line by Rodriguez. Oh, was that the moment? Cleared acrobatically off the line by the man who scored the goal in the first leg. Heartbreaker. 6:47PM 90 mins It's all about this Embolo now, he's carving NI open time and again. But the shooting/final ball remain weak. 6:44PM 87 mins Embolo gets down the left, excellent from the sub, he crosses and it's the unmarked Mehedi... ooh, it just evades him. Close. Just needed any touch. 6:42PM 85 mins Seferovic comes off, he's been straight-up useless, and Embolo comes on in his stead. 6:42PM 84 mins Swiss gaffer turns to the fans and gestures "come on! get behind the team!" rather than making them even more nervy. 6:41PM 83 mins NIR, not unreasonably, committing plenty forward. They're over-run now on the break, it's Zakaria who breaks and he slips it to Seferovic, who has time and space to wrap this up. He's shot ten feet over from about 15 feet. Oh boy. This Swiss lot are a shower! 6:39PM 82 mins Come on NIR. They have a throw in Delap Territory. Cleared, just about. Getting to the "do or die" stages of the match, here come the Swiss. 6:36PM 79 mins Shaqiri, disappointing, comes off. Freuler is the man to come on. 6:35PM 77 mins Bit of a crowd scene 35 yards from the NIR goal. Deliberate handball from Evans, on the floor. Clear yellow card. Rodriguez will play it in. No threat. 6:34PM 75 mins Zuber with an effort, wins a corner. Low ball to the near post from Shakira, and Seferovic can do little more than improvise a dink at the near post. About 15 minutes left for NI to force extra time. 6:32PM 74 mins Here is the change, then. And it is a doubler. Ward comes off for Jones.  Magennis is on for Norwood 6:31PM 72 mins Swiss not helping themselves, inviting pressure on with individual errors, such as Zakaria lofting the ball out. The hapless Zuber crosses to nobody. 6:30PM 70 mins Dilemma for MO'N: do they make the change and go for broke, or do they trust to the fact that they are on top? Legs must be getting tired, the going is heavy. 6:25PM 68 mins Dallas down the left, just about cleared by the Swiss. It's all NIR at the moment. Swiss under the cosh. "Northern Ireland certainly the better side now," says Gerry. 6:24PM 67 mins Decent little spell for the boys in white and green, some pressure 6:23PM 65 mins There's the man Dallas down the left, fine spin onto a flick on from McAuley, and a hard low cross. He wins a corner off Schar. And soon another corner. 6:18PM 60 mins Washington great spin down the flank, crosses and finds Saville. But his shot is weak, the ball getting stuck under his feet. Admir Mehmedi replaces Blerim Dzemaili 6:15PM 59 mins If I was the Swiss boss I'd get Zuber off stat. The guy is a liability. Another good opportunity goes begging when the ball just pings off him. Zakaria rakes his studs down Washington's legs. From the resultant freekick, the Swiss keeper comes out waving at his mother and misses the ball. McAuley not a million miles from nodding in. 6:15PM 58 mins Gerry Armstrong throwing shade at "their" players for wearing gloves. The expression "don't fancy it" is used. 6:13PM 56 mins Zuber down the left, there's the low cross... it just needs a touch, but it rattles through the NI six-yard box in splendid isolation. 6:11PM 53 mins BRILLIANT counter from Northern Ireland. Raking ball out to the right from Saville, a galloping run and cross from Ward. Washington meets it with the head, and it fades just past the far post.  Miss: Switzerland 0 - 0 Northern Ireland (Conor Washington, 54 min) 6:07PM 49 mins It's that Schar again! Two-footed tackle. Dallas the victim. Again no card. The NI lads on the touchline are asking the Fourth Official what game/what tie these officials are watching! Certainly Schar seems to be leading a charmed life. 6:04PM 47 mins But it's the Swiss who are the first to show. Lichtsteiner with a good run down the right, he picks out Zuber, who has time and space, but dithers. Wet. Not sure if it is nerves, but this Swiss lot are very timid and unsure when shooting. They scored 23 in qualifying, not sure how. Rodríguez shoots wide. 6:02PM 46 mins Northern Ireland kick off. 6:00PM So Northern Ireland have 45 minutes to get something out of this. 5:59PM This suggests that Brunt (number 11 - at LB) is fairly well pushed up Average touch positions (half time) and that he is not getting a lot of support from  Saville (20), who is billed as the left midfielder of a three but is tucked in very narrow. 5:57PM Left-back area the big concern for M'ON. Swiss really having a lot of joy in behind there Switzerland vs Northern Ireland 5:47PM Half time: Switzerland 0 Northern Ireland 0 Encouraging from Northern Ireland in many senses, they have had their moments and had a couple of shots on target. On the other hand, the Swiss should have wrapped this up on perhaps three occasions, so... Switzerland vs Northern Ireland shots on goal 5:46PM 43 mins Ward with a good run, and Schär sticks a leg out with no intention/hope of getting the ball. Foul. That Schär is a bit of a one, eh? Freekick in a handy place. But Brunt has curled it 20 feet over. Oh dear. 5:44PM 42 mins Another offside flag, this time it's Xhaka who is the culprit. 5:44PM It's all relative Anyone who thinks the pitch in Basle is bad doesn't remember the Baseball Ground, or this match: Man C v West Ham at Maine Rd in 1970 https://t.co/ddM414q7si— Glenn Moore (@GlennMoore7) November 12, 2017 5:41PM 39 mins And here come the Swiss! NI are getting done here, it's a dangerous break and Shaqiri is going to be clean through down the right... Phew! Off-side flag saves the day.  5:40PM 38 mins Rodriguez gives Dallas a lovely man hug, and NI have a free. Cleared easily enough. 5:35PM 34 mins NI having a bit of ball here, playing it around. That's good. Settle. 5:34PM 33 mins I appreciate that Northern Ireland probably feel that their best chance is a puncher's chance, but they simply HAVE to tighten up here. The Swiss could have had three or four, if they could hit the target. "We are riding our luck," says Keith Gillespie on the BBC. 5:31PM 30 mins Northern Ireland on the ropes now, here's Zuber again, he's galloping through and he's time to pick his spot...  miles wide. 5:29PM 28 mins Zuber is through! Cracks a shot at goal, and that's another very fine stop from McGovern in nets. This is a night for heroes, and the NI keeper is on his way. 5:28PM 27 mins Shaqiri again with a run, ended in uncompromising fashion by J Evans. Shaq gestures that there was some elbow in there. I've got a short, two-word,  seven-letter suggestion for Shaqiri. 5:26PM 26 mins And yet again! This is crazy. Sort it out, MO'N. Shaqiri crosses, there's the lad Seferovic with a free header again. And he's missed, and headed thin air. Wow, what a let-off. 5:25PM 25 mins And there's that Shaqiri again! Again far too much space, again allowed to cut in side. REALLY good save from the keeper. 5:25PM 24 mins Ooh, the Swiss could have scored there. It's Seferovic again, and again he might have done better. Effort wide at the near post. 5:24PM 21 mins This diagram shows how the Swiss have been able to overload Ireland in the right-wing  vs left-back area. They've doubling up down that flank. Average touch positions (22 min) 5:21PM 20 mins But they have given it away... nope, the Swiss cannot capitalise. Quieter in the last 5 mins. 5:20PM 19 mins Pitch is beginning to look like a cabbage patch. Northern Ireland playing it around. 5:15PM 15 mins Brunt, for the second time in the match, cracks a drive at the keeper. This is an excellent game, very enjoyable. So open. Allotment time: the sodden pitch needed a lot of treatment before play Credit: AP 5:13PM 14 mins NI leave the dangerous Shaqiri alone on that right again, he cuts in and lashes the ball at goal with his left. Blocked. Now there's acres down the left... Northern Ireland are inviting disaster here, but it's exciting stuff. 5:13PM 11 mins NI are under constant pressure at the moment. Another corner. But now they clear and there's a race between Ward and Lichtsteiner. The Swiss skipper slides in and nicks the ball away. Ward was through there otherwise.  5:10PM 9 mins McAuley has saved NI twice in a couple of minutes. First, he heads one off the line, and now he has positioned himself brilliantly to deny Dzemaili, who skipped through and played it across goal. 5:07PM 7 mins More danger down that right. Lichtsteiner on the overlap, chopped down by Brunt for a clear booking. 5:06PM 6 mins Danger here though. Fantastic ball from the right by Shaqiri... WHAT a cross that is, Beckham-esque. Vicious whip and pace. Free header Seferovic! Should have scored. Miss: Switzerland 0 - 0 Northern Ireland (Haris Seferovic, 5 min) 5:04PM 4 mins Super start from the Northern Irish then, getting forward, getting the ball in, and putting the hosts on notice that any complacency is going to be hammered. 5:03PM 3 mins Hughes now with another decent ball in. It's half cleared to Brunt. Cracking effort! Tipped over. And now pressure again at the corner. 5:03PM 2 mins Excellent chance for NI. Davis with a deep cross, and it's two on one for the NI lads at the backs stick. 5:02PM 1 mins Right then. The Swiss have started like a train, Northern Ireland try to pass it around on the edge of their box and they are under pressure right away. Two poor passes. Don't fiddle about on a pitch like this. Lump it. Gerry Armstrong is on to his fourth "we" and the match is 80 seconds old. 4:57PM Plenty of Northern Ireland in the stadium. It's red cross on a white background versus white cross on a red. The Swiss have already printed the celebratory t-shirts, one hears. I mean: literally, not metaphorically. Apparently the Swiss FA have had a job lot of shirts done that they will dish out at the end. That will be DEE-LISH-OUS if they get turned over here. 4:54PM Right then We're about ready. What a story this would be. The Northern Ireland side are bidding to make their first appearance at the big show since Mexico 1986. 4:43PM And here's the Northern Irish Northern Ireland v Swiss 4:42PM Here's how the Swiss might line up Credit: Sky Sports Football 4:38PM Gerry Armstrong is in Basel And it is absolutely hosing it down there! Grass is long, the telly coverage just showed a ball plopping and plugging into the sodden turf. soaking evening in Switzerland Credit: Sky Sports Football That has to be in Northern Ireland's favour, right? 4:35PM Let's go Swiss have lost just one in 18, and scored fully 27 points in qualifying, as did Portugal in their group. Ronaldo's lot won what was a de facto play-off in the last match of the group when they won 2-0 (the same scoreline by which the Swiss beat Portugal earlier in the process). Only Germany, with 30 points, and Belgium and Spain with 28 managed more points in qualifying, and I think it is fair to say that the Swiss would be worthy representatives. BUT who cares about that? Come on Northern Ireland! Graham Little on Sky reports that no team has made it through the play-offs after losing the first leg. Davros Dowie: "Still find it very difficult, in this modern day, that games of this magnitude are decided on a guess." Steven Davis (R) fends off Granit Xhaka in the first leg on Thursday night Credit:  Getty Images 4:33PM The big question is whether Northern Ireland can harness their righteous fury, or whether it will hamper them. 4:29PM There were some good quotes out of the Northern Ireland camp after that penalty. "It was actually a worse decision (than Thierry Henry's handball) because the ref has made a call that was not there," Jonny Evans, Corry's brother, said. Asked if he had seen a poorer decision from a referee, O’Neill said: “Well certainly not in any of the games that I have been involved in, particularly at this level, no. I am not in a position to say the referee is incompetent but it’s just staggering in this day and age when the stakes are so high that something like that is a game changer. “The ball clearly strikes Corry on the back and the referee has a clear view of the incident. I thought he had given an offside or something. I spent three hours in a video conference with Fifa the other week on video assistant referees (VAR) and certainly when you see what happened tonight you would be an advocate of it.” 4:27PM Here's the pen decision from the first leg Ridiculous handball Credit: Getty 4:25PM Switzerland are a better team, and they have an away goal in their choccy pocket. They were the better team in the first leg as well. BUT, they were well jammy to get that penalty, and indeed could very well have been down to ten anyway after just a few minutes when Fabian Schar kicked the living daylights out of Stuart Dallas. 4:13PM Teams Switzerland: Sommer, Lichtsteiner, Schar, Akanji, Rodriguez,  Shaqiri, Zakaria, Xhaka, Zuber, Dzemaili, Seferovic. Subs: Hitz,  Lacroix, Elvedi, Lang, Embolo, Freuler, Behrami,  Gelson Fernandes, Mehmedi, Gavranovic, Edimilson Fernandes,  Burki. Northern Ireland: McGovern, Hughes, Jonny Evans, McAuley,  Brunt, Ward, Davis, Norwood, Saville, Dallas, Washington. Subs:  Mannus, McLaughlin, Ferguson, Hodson, Jones, Kyle Lafferty,  Paton, Lund, McNair, Magennis, McArdle, Carroll. Referee: Felix Brych (Germany)  4:12PM Good afternoon Tyers here, team news incoming, and may I just state clearly and for the record before we get going: COME ON NORTHERN IRELAND! 4:10PM Our preview What is it? The World Cup play-off second leg between Switzerland and Northern Ireland. The Swiss have a 1-0 lead from the first leg.  When is it? It's today, so Sunday November 12.  What time is kick-off? 5pm.  What TV channel is it on? Sky Sports Football, the home of football.  Watch Switzerland vs Northern Ireland on Sunday with the NOW TV Sky Sports Day Pass. £6.99. No contract. What is the team news? Corry Evans is controversially suspended for Northern Ireland after his harsh yellow card in the first leg, while Stuart Dallas is unlikely to be fit after suffering an ankle injury at Hampden Park. UPDATE: They've gambled on Dallas Switzerland are expected to name an unchanged side from the one that defeated Northern Ireland on Thursday night so we're anticipating the line-ups to be as follows: Switzerland (4-2-3-1): Sommer; Lichtsteiner, Akanji, Schar, Rodriguez; Xhaka, Zakaria; Shaqiri, Dzemaili, Zuber; Seferovic. Pick your Switzerland team to face Northern Ireland Northern Ireland (4-3-3): McGovern; McLaughlin, McAuley, J Evans, Brunt; Norwood, Saville, Davis; Magennis, Lafferty, Ward. Pick your Northern Ireland team to face Switzerland What are they saying? Ireland manager Michael O'Neill was furious with the decisions which went against his team in the first leg.  "It's staggering really that the referee can give that penalty decision in that situation," O'Neill said on Sky Sports. "He was six yards from the incident, he has no one in his line of sight. "Corry has just gone to block it, his body is turned and the ball actually hits him more on the shoulder than the arm so it is incredible. "I thought he had blown for a foul or for offside, so to give a penalty for that, when nobody appealed, it is bewildering really. "In such a defining moment in the match we feel very hard done by. "The tackle by Schar was a borderline red card, the referee certainly didn't do us any favours tonight." Michael O'Neill was furious with some of the refereeing decisions that went against his team Credit:  Action Images Switzerland winger Xerdan Shaqiri took the Arsene Wenger approach.  "I didn't see the penalty and I don't know if it was one or not," he said. "I tried to have a shot on goal and I don't know if he touched with his hand or not. "In the end the referee gave the penalty and that is football. I will have to look again at the situation. "I think we controlled the game for 90 minutes and we had a lot of ball possession and created a lot of chances too, it was only a matter of time until we scored. I think we deserved the win. Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers What are the odds? Switzerland - 1/2 Northern Ireland - 13/2 Draw - 13/5  What's our prediction? Switzerland to win on the night 2-1 and advance to the World Cup 3-1 on aggregate.