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but poor de­fend­ing late on al­lowed Ar­nau­tovic - play­ing for the first time since Jan­u­ary 20 due to a ham­string in­jury - to wrap things up and move the Ham­mers on to 30 points, level with their visi­tors. Buoyed by their unlikely thrash­ing of the cham­pi­ons, Wat­ford started brightly and nearly took an early lead af­ter eight min­utes – Adrian Mari­appa forc­ing Adrian into a smart save with a header from Jose Hole­bas' cross. But any early prom­ise quickly vani s hed, as West Ham woke up.

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