West Ham United made a bright start to the match against Watford, as they came close to taking an early lead when Dimitri Payet dribbled past Etienne Capoue, before testing Watford keeper, Heurelho Gomes with an effort from the edge of the penalty area.
Watford almost broke the deadlock however, as Adrian kept out a Nathan Ake header from close range, before Hammers striker Andy Carroll blocked a Troy Deeney volley in the box. The Hornets claimed for handball against the former Liverpool man, but referee Keith Stroud ignored the protests.
However, Watford were rewarded for their pesistance in the 39th minute after a moment of poor decision-making by Andy Carroll, saw the striker allow Nathan Ake to rob him of possession before crossing low for Ighalo to open the scoring shortly before half-time.
West Ham, almost found an equaliser, as Cheikou Kouyate rose highest to meet a Payet free kick, but his header was comfortable for Gomes.
The Nigerian Striker, then doubled his side’s advantage three minutes after the break, evading James Tomkins to pick up Ikechi Anya’s cross and fire past Adrian from just inside the penalty area.
West Ham, had problem their problems piled up in the closing minutes, when James Collins was sent off for a dreadful challenge on Ighalo that left referee Keith Stroud with no option but to dismiss him