West Ham teasing inspired Watford – Deeney

Watford's German-born Greek midfielder José Holebas (C) celebrates scoring his team's fourth goal during the English Premier League football match between West Ham United and Watford at The London Stadium, in east London on September 10, 2016. PHOTO: JUSTIN TALLIS / AFP

Watford’s German-born Greek midfielder José Holebas (C) celebrates scoring his team’s fourth goal during the English Premier League football match between West Ham United and Watford at The London Stadium, in east London on September 10, 2016. PHOTO: JUSTIN TALLIS / AFP

Watford’s 4-2 comeback victory over West Ham United was motivated by a desire to punish the London team for showboating, according to victorious captain Troy Deeney.

West Ham went 2-0 up in Saturday’s Premier League game at London Stadium, but Watford stormed back to give manager Walter Mazzarri his first win.

Dimitri Payet set up West Ham’s second goal with a ‘rabona’ cross — wrapping his kicking foot behind his standing leg — and Manuel Lanzini had an effort on goal using the same technique.

Deeney told BBC Radio 5 Live: “As a player, I thought they were trying to mug us off a little bit.

“You can appreciate good skill and that was great skill for the second goal, but as a professional you cannot allow someone to do that to you.

“You see that in the playground with six and seven-year-olds, and we are grown men.

“There were some harsh words said to each other and everyone had that fire in their belly again.”



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