West Ham close to survival after vital win over Watford

first_imgDavid Moyes urged West Ham to finish the job after they effectively sealed their Premier League survival with a first half goal-blitz in Friday’s 3-1 win over relegation rivals Watford. Moyes’ side ran riot before the break at the London Stadium thanks to goals from Michail Antonio, Tomas Soucek and Declan Rice. Troy Deeney got one back for Watford after the interval, but the visitors couldn’t muster an unlikely escape act. West Ham climbed to 15th place and sit six points clear of the relegation zone with just two games left. Holding a vastly superior goal difference to third bottom Bournemouth and second bottom Aston Villa, the Hammers should be safe from the drop. After their second successive win, West Ham need one more point to guarantee their survival. If other results make them do it themselves, Moyes is confident his players will be up to the task against Manchester United and Aston Villa. “We are in a good position. Teams still have that chance and we have to do the job,” Moyes said. “Even scoring the goals has helped, I wanted us to keep our goal difference as good as it could be. “We have 37 points with a couple of games to go. If we get 40 points we’ll have done it off our own back.” Fourth bottom Watford are just three points above the relegation zone and face a nerve-wracking finish to the season. Promoted ContentHere Are The Best Movies Since 1982 You Should Definitely See14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowTarantino’s Latest Effort Will Probably Be His Best To Date10 Phones That Can Work For Weeks Without RechargingWhy Do So Many Digital Assistants Have Feminine Names & Voices?The 6 Weirdest Things You Can Learn On WikiHowTop 10 Iconic Personalities On TV Now8 Addictive And Fun Coffee Facts8 Things That Will Happen If An Asteroid Hits EarthYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market Value Nigel Pearson’s men, beaten for the first time in three matches, will face Manchester City and Arsenal in their final two games. Bournemouth, whose goal difference is only two worse than Watford’s, would go above the Hornets if they beat Southampton by a three-goal margin on Sunday. Read Also: Lampard cautions Chelsea stars to forget revenge talk against Man Utd Hammers substitute Sebastian Haller went close in the closing stages with an acrobatic 25-yard volley that Foster tipped away. Watford’s last chance was squandered by Danny Welbeck, who fired hurriedly over after being taken by surprise when team-mate Andre Gray missed his header. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Loading… “There’s no getting away from the fact this result is bitterly disappointing. I’d expect better from our players,” Pearson said. “I’ll look at it again and players will get honest feedback. They will go home tonight and think ‘wow we’ve let that one drift past us’. “It wasn’t good enough. We know that we have the toughest run-in but we have to cope with it.” – In-form Antonio – Antonio had scored four times in West Ham’s rout of Norwich last weekend and the forward was too hot for Watford to handle as well. West Ham took the lead in the sixth minute when Pablo Fornals played in Antonio and he fired past Ben Foster for his seventh goal since the coronavirus hiatus. Less than five minutes later, Watford’s task was made harder when Soucek headed home from Jarrod Bowen’s cross. England midfielder Rice produced a superb 30-yard strike to put West Ham three up in the 36th minute. Watford striker Deeney reduced the deficit in the 49th minute, tapping in after Abdoulaye Doucoure’s shot rebounded off a post. But Deeney was forced off with an injury and Watford couldn’t fight back without their captain.last_img read more

Russell Westbrook trade rumors: Rockets in pursuit despite deal being a ‘long shot’

first_img NBA trade news: Warriors deal Andre Iguodala to Grizzlies, say they’ll retire his jersey NBA trade news: Bulls acquire Tomas Satoransky from Wizards Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook is garnering plenty of trade interest.The Heat and Pistons have emerged as possible suitors for the Thunder’s star guard, but the Rockets are also in the picture now, according to a report from ESPN, which cites unidentified league sources. One Houston source described its chances of getting Westbrook a “long shot,” but that doesn’t mean it won’t try to make things work. Rockets general manager Daryl Morey reportedly explored moving every player not named Paul or Harden this offseason, including Clint Capela and Eric Gordon. Striking out on Jimmy Butler doesn’t seem to have deterred Houston’s desire to improve.The Thunder traded Paul George to the Clippers in exchange for Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Danilo Gallinari and five future first-round draft picks and are already rumored to be discussing where Westbrook could be dealt this summer. Oklahoma City could be in the beginning phases of a major rebuild while the Rockets are looking to rise to the top of the Western Conference now. If an agreement is reached, both sides could come out better for it.center_img Houston has been ambitious in its pursuit of top talent, and ESPN’s report states it might be able to acquire Westbrook without moving Chris Paul, who has three years and $125 million remaining on his contract. Westbrook has $171 million remaining on his current deal. The Rockets would likely have to orchestrate a complicated multi-team deal to land Westbrook, but it could be worth it, as he has been successful playing alongside their star James Harden in the past. Westbrook and Harden were once both blossoming stars in Oklahoma City and made their NBA Finals debuts with the Thunder in 2012 alongside Kevin Durant — but ultimately fell to LeBron James’ Heat in five games. Neither has been back since.However, both players have made tremendous progress in the past few years. Westbrook was named the league’s MVP in 2016-17 and has averaged a triple-double for three consecutive seasons. Harden won MVP honors the following season and finished second in the voting three times. He averaged a staggering 36.1 points per game in 2018-19. Related Newslast_img read more