By Dominic Toner
Troy Deeney believes that West Ham’s arrogance allowed Watford to complete a remarkable comeback in Saturday’s Premier League match.
West Ham went two goals ahead following an early Michail Antonio brace but a stunning revival from Watford allowed them to complete a 4-2 victory at the London Stadium.
The result leaves the Hammers with just three points from their opening four games.
The fit-again Dimitri Payet twice set-up his team-mate Antonio to head home, one of the assists a skilful rabona cross, but the Watford captain Deeney revealed that West Ham’s confidence was their downfall.
“You know they started doing the flicks and the tricks and I just thought after 30 minutes it was a bit lively,” Deeney told talkSPORT. “So we need to thank them really because they stoked the fire and everyone started laying a glove on people and then yeah we scored two goals just before half-time and that really changed the balance of the game.
“No I can appreciate them (rabona cross) but I can appreciate them when you’re 5-0 up and there’s 10 minutes left to go in a game, when it’s 2-0 still in the first-half I just felt it was a little disrespectful to us.
“I don’t think they were doing it for that reason, don’t get me wrong, but I just thought I need to thank them really because they got the boys up and running.”
Deeney was one of four different goal scorers for the visitors and he helped condemn the Hammers to their third defeat of the season.
Slaven Bilic’s side also failed to reach the group stages of the Europa League after crashing out to Romanian side Astra Giurgiu in the qualifiers, to complete a poor start to the new season.
West Ham will be hopeful that the return of Payet and Manuel Lanzini can help spark their own comeback as they try to climb the table.
In other West Ham team news, Stan Collymore has given his Twitter verdict on the club after the defeat to Watford.