Sunday, December 20, 2015

Sunday Premier League: Watford drills Liverpool, West Ham and Swansea drag out a draw

Watford 3-0 Liverpool
It was a disaster of a start for Liverpool. On a third minute corner, their backup keeper Adam Bogdan rose to collect the attempt, but fumbled it in the six yard box where Watford's Nathan Ake was waiting to boot it home. Things went from bad to worse in the 15th minute. Odion Ighalo tucked a shot inside the far post on a small counter attackto double Watford's lead. Liverpool was then forced into all out attack mode. Unfortunately for them, they gave up more chances on the counter attack than they created for themselves. Watford found a third goal with Troy Deeney picking out Ighalo for his second of the match in the 85th minute.

The Hornets are still in seventh after the win, but they are only a point back of the top four. Manchester United, Tottenham, and Crystal Palace all sit with 29 points for that fourth place finish. Liverpool is still stuck in ninth with a disappointing 24 points.

Swansea City 0-0 West Ham
Swansea was the better team in this goalless draw. They managed to launch 20 shots towards Adrian in the West Ham goal, but only forced him to make two saves. West Ham was equally woeful in their sparse attempts on goal as well. Swansea's only beef will be a 63rd minute attempt by Sung-Yueng Ki that appeared to be stopped only by the hand of defender James Collins in the penalty area. Swansea was furious when the referee only pointed to the corner flag instead of the penalty spot.

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