West Ham secured a top-10 finish for the first time since 2016 with a clinical win over FA Cup finalists Watford at Vicarage Road.
Captain Mark Noble got them off to the perfect start against the run of play, swapping passes with Michail Antonio before dancing past Christian Kabasele to slot home the opener.
Manuel Lanzini doubled their lead five minutes before the break, heading home after Antonio’s rasping drive had been turned on to the crossbar by Ben Foster.
Gerard Deulofeu briefly gave Watford hope as he scored 11 seconds into the second half, but just two minutes later the hosts were reduced to 10 men as Jose Holebas was dismissed for hauling back Antonio.
Watford visibly tired and Marko Arnautovic took full advantage 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 for West Ham and Noble duly dispatched his second of the game past a wrong-footed Foster.
This result means Watford have managed just one win in six going into the FA Cup final with Manchester City at Wembley on Saturday.
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