Pantomime villain Deeney helps Watford sink West Ham

Watford's Troy Deeney scores his side's first goal of the game from the penalty spot during their English Premier League soccer match against West Ham

Watford's Troy Deeney scores his side's first goal of the game from the penalty spot during their English Premier League soccer match against West Ham

Watford's Gerard Deulofeu celebrates scoring his side's second goal of the game during the Premier League match at London Stadium, Saturday, December

Watford's Gerard Deulofeu celebrates scoring his side's second goal of the game during the Premier League match at London Stadium, Saturday, December

Watford manager Javi Gracia acknowledges the fans after the Premier League match at London Stadium Saturday, December 22, 2018.  (Chris Radburn/PA via

Watford manager Javi Gracia acknowledges the fans after the Premier League match at London Stadium Saturday, December 22, 2018. (Chris Radburn/PA via

James Corden pitchside during the English Premier League soccer match between West Ham United and Watford at London Stadium in London, Saturday, Dec.

James Corden pitchside during the English Premier League soccer match between West Ham United and Watford at London Stadium in London, Saturday, Dec.

LONDON (AP) — A first-half penalty by Troy Deeney and a late goal from Gerard Deulofeu led Watford to a 2-0 victory at West Ham in the English Premier League on Saturday.

West Ham was bidding to win a fifth match in a row but fell behind when Robert Pereyra wriggled free in the penalty area and was caught by a clumsy late challenge from Fabian Balbuena.

Lukasz Fabianski saved Deeney's previous three spot kicks. This time, though, he had no chance as Deeney blasted the ball into a top corner.

Deeney, relishing his role as pantomime villain at the London Stadium, then celebrated by punching the corner flag out of the ground and goading the West Ham supporters.

West Ham, which had been hoping to climb into the top six, went close when Michail Antonio twice hit the woodwork.

Deulofeu finished off the home team with a low drive in the 87th minute.

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