For the neutral spectator, it was an entertaining game of football, both teams playing on the front- foot but it was Watford who took the three points away from the London Stadium losing 0-2.
West ham united had clear chances to draw or even win the match themselves, but they looked nervous and rushed and were not clinical enough in front of goal, as Pellegrini stated when interviewed after the match,
“I think we deserved a little bit more, at least to draw the game, as we had too many options,” the Chilean continues to note,
“We played most of the game one goal behind and it is always more difficult for the team to play under pressure and it’s easier for Watford [once they are in front].
The Hornets were award a clear penalty in the first half by Fabian Balbuena challenge on Roberto Pereyra and Troy Deeney, who empathically smashed past Lukasz Fabianski, the Hammers boss went on to say,
“They are a very good team and they played a good game and when you are winning 1-0 you have more time to prepare the actions in the last third. We hit the post twice and had two or three clear options to draw this game.
Clear opportunities but not clinical enough
Michail Antonio hitting the cross bar twice and Javier Hernandez losing his balance a crucial time after some lovely work down the left-hand side by Felipe Anderson, the Irons boss thinks it was the pressure his side felt trailing one nil for most of the game, he went onto say,
“Maybe we felt the pressure losing 1-0 at the beginning of the game, but there are so many things in football that can happen and be why you don’t score. In the last game [at Fulham] we had two chances and we scored two but today we couldn’t score one.”
“From that moment, it gave Watford impetus, and, at the same time, it stopped our attacking system a little bit. Before the goal we had three dangerous crosses into their box and also a shot from Antonio which was saved by their goalkeeper [Ben Foster].
Both goalkeepers had exceptional games, the Polish International gloveman, Fabianski was once again the Hammers saving grace, but he couldn’t do anything, with only three minutes to go from Gerard Deulofeu low and hard strike across goal. Pellegrini knew the Hammers had many options to equalise before the second goal saying,
“We were dominating the game, at least in the boxes, where we had more options. After they scored, they were more calm, we were more nervous and we missed a couple of options to score and finally they scored that goal at the end.”
What is next for the Hammers?
Balbuena injury and along-side Chicharito, will be assessed by the Hammers physio team to decided whether they will be fit for their away fixture against Southampton.
There are rumours that Marko Arnautovic could be fit for Thursday clash at St Marys Stadium, which would be a welcome boost.
But Pellegrini is hoping that his side can regain the points they lost against Javi Gracia’s side, when the Chilean concluded his interview, confirming 27 points would be a nice Xmas present for the club
“First, we have 24 points and we will try to add some more against Southampton,” he confirmed. “If you asked me what I thought if we could have 27 at that point of the season, I would be happy, so I hope that we can recover the points we lost today at Southampton on Thursday.”