West Ham United finished their Premier League season on a high as they thumped Watford 4-1 at Vicarage Road.
Two goals from Mark Noble, plus one each from Manuel Lanzini and Marko Arnautovic sealed the points for Manuel Pellegrini’s side – who ended the campaign in 10th position following this deserved result.
The Irons led 2-0 at the break and, despite being pegged back through Gerard Deulofeu 11 seconds after the restart, never looked in danger once Jose Holebas was sent off for tugging back the impressive Michail Antonio.
“I think that we have grown a step this season and we are happy to finish the way we did,” said Pellegrini.
“We have improved on points, goals scored and goals conceded. I think the fans have enjoyed it more than they did last season.”Embed from Getty Images
Noble got West Ham off to the perfect start as he swapped passes with Antonio before jinking past Christian Kabasele to slot home the opener.
Lanzini doubled the lead five minutes before half-time, heading home after Antonio’s powerful shot had been turned on to the crossbar by Ben Foster.
Deulofeu briefly gave Watford hope but just two minutes later the hosts were reduced to 10 men as Holebas was dismissed for hauling back Antonio.
Arnautovic took full advantage of the flagging hornets to seal the three points after Foster had saved Felipe Anderson’s volley on to the post.
There was still time for Antonio to win a penalty and captain Noble duly dispatched his second of the game past a wrong-footed Foster.