Hammers fight back for draw at Watford

Ghanaian striker Andre Ayew claimed a second-half equaliser to give West Ham United a deserved draw at Vicarage Road on Saturday in the English Premier League.

Troy Deeney had given the home side a third-minute lead from the spot, after Cheikhou Kouyate fouled Mauro Zarate in the box.

In an eventful early-evening encounter, Bilic was infuriated that West Ham were not awarded a second-half spot-kick for an nearly identical incident to the one which gave Watford the lead.

"If I was Watford manager I would say there's was a penalty. Watford didn't have too many chances aside from their penalty and one in the final minute, but for 60 minutes we played totally better than them".

It took him just eight minutes after his introduction to score the crucial goal, adding the finishing touch after Michail Antonio's shot cannoned off both posts.

But the leveller arrived in freaky fashion in the 73rd minute after Antonio outpaced Kaboul before seeing his shot clip the near post, roll along the goalline and back off the far post.

Antonio, who had been booked in the first half, was dismissed for deliberately handling the ball after he had been tackled, but the 10 men survived a late onslaught to hold on for a point.

Mauro Zarate has confirmed that he suffered a ruptured cruciate ligament during Watford's 1-1 draw with West Ham United on Saturday.

He said: "I saw he was not completely okay, after the first knock he felt something, but he kept telling me to wait".

  • Julie Sanders