James Tomkins: West Ham can take two positives from Watford loss

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West Ham suffered a surprising defeat to Watford on Saturday afternoon.

The Hammers travelled to Watford looking to continue their great form, but they struggled to a defeat at the hands of an impressive Hornets’ side, and James Tomkins has told the official West Ham website that there were positives to take from the game.

The central defender said: “We will reflect on the few positives we can take out of the game – AC [Andy Carroll] got a full 90 minutes and obviously Enner Valencia played and different things like that – and look at what we can improve on.”

West Ham were expected to pick up an easy win heading into the weekend, but they never really got going against a well organised Watford side who more than matched the Hammers all across the field of play.

Odion Ighalo continued his exceptional scoring streak with the Hornets, and the performance suggested that Watford will face no trouble with staying in the Premier League at the end of the campaign.

For West Ham, they have had to look at the smaller positives to take from the game, with Tomkins highlighting the return of Enner Valencia, and the 90 minute appearance of Andy Carroll as two good things to come out of the defeat.

Valencia looked something of a livewire in his first appearance since returning from injury, and he had the best chance for West Ham when his shot hit the post. His return is well greeted, but there were less positives to take from Carroll’s 90 minute game.

Although he scored against Chelsea last weekend, the English striker looked off the pace, messing up in the Watford penalty area on a few occasions, and dithering on the ball in his own box which led to the Hornets’ opening goal.

West Ham have been in excellent form this season, and look assured to keep fighting at the top end of the league table, and they will be hoping that Valencia and Carroll can get back to top form in the coming weeks.

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