Pantomime villain Deeney helps Watford sink West Ham

LONDON (AP) — A first-half penalty by Troy Deeney and a late goal from Gerard Deulofeu led Watford to a 2-0 victory at West Ham in the English Premier League on Saturday.

West Ham was bidding to win a fifth match in a row but fell behind when Robert Pereyra wriggled free in the penalty area and was caught by a clumsy late challenge from Fabian Balbuena.

Lukasz Fabianski saved Deeney’s previous three spot kicks. This time, though, he had no chance as Deeney blasted the ball into a top corner.

Deeney, relishing his role as pantomime villain at the London Stadium, then celebrated by punching the corner flag out of the ground and goading the West Ham supporters.

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West Ham, which had been hoping to climb into the top six, went close when Michail Antonio twice hit the woodwork.

Deulofeu finished off the home team with a low drive in the 87th minute.

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