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Vicarage Road Stadium (ATT 14,747) 16th August 2011 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: D Whitestone

Watford Watford vs West Ham United West Ham

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West Ham 4

J Tomkins (3)
J O'Brien (45+2)
C Cole (71)
S Parker (90+1)

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Last Updated: 16/08/11 10:17pm

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West Ham: Celebrating at Watford

West Ham: Celebrating at Watford

Carlton Cole and Scott Parker were on target to help West Ham to a 4-0 victory at Watford and make it back-to-back wins in the Championship.

Sam Allardyce gave Cole his first start of the season on Tuesday night and the striker, who is still expected to leave before the end of the month, grabbed his first goal since February.

England midfielder Parker, another player whose future remains uncertain, put the seal on a convincing display late on.

The unlikely figures of defenders James Tomkins and Joey O'Brien had put West Ham two up at half-time.

The relegated Hammers won only two away games all last season, but they have matched that tally after just two road trips this term.

They beat Doncaster with a fifth-minute goal on Saturday, and opened their account even earlier at Vicarage Road.

Matt Taylor's free-kick was turned behind at full stretch by Hornets goalkeeper Scott Loach, and when Taylor swung in the corner Tomkins planted a firm header inside the far post after two minutes.

Former Bolton midfielder Taylor was inches away from doubling the lead when he curled a free-kick over the wall and inches wide.

But Watford looked dangerous themselves early on and Marvin Sordell's turn and shot forced a fine save from Hammers keeper Robert Green.

Hornets skipper John Eustace then shot straight at Green from close range following a corner, and Chris Iwelumo put the rebound over the top.

West Ham should have gone further ahead on the half hour when Mark Noble played Taylor's corner back across goal and centre-half Winston Reid, from all of three yards out, poked the ball wide.

The visitors got stronger as the first half drew to a close strongly with Noble fizzing a cross narrowly out of the reach of Kevin Nolan, Jack Collison heading Parker's cross over and Loach denying Cole.

And their pressure told in added time when O'Brien, another of Allardyce's ex-Bolton brigade, burst forward from the halfway line, reached the penalty area and drilled a low shot across Loach and into the far corner.

Watford are still looking for their first win of the season, but there was no way back for the hosts after Cole tucked in number three in the 70th minute.

Left-back Herita Illunga crossed and Cole was on hand to sweep the ball past Loach.

Parker wrapped up the victory with a classy finish from 20 yards in stoppage time as the duo sent a timely reminder to one or two top-flight clubs with the transfer window closing in a fortnight.

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2 Watford 13 25
3 Middlesbrough 13 23
4 Wolverhampton Wanderers 13 23
5 Norwich City 13 22
6 Nottingham Forest 13 22
7 Charlton Athletic 13 22
8 Bournemouth 13 21
9 Ipswich Town 13 20
10 Cardiff City 13 19
11 Blackburn Rovers 13 19
12 Brentford 13 19
13 Sheffield Wednesday 13 18
14 Rotherham United 13 16
15 Leeds United 13 16
16 Huddersfield Town 13 16
17 Reading 13 15
18 Millwall 13 14
19 Wigan Athletic 13 12
20 Brighton and Hove Albion 13 12
21 Birmingham City 13 11
22 Fulham 13 11
23 Bolton Wanderers 13 8
24 Blackpool 13 6