Late strike saves West Ham from defeat

By Rob Virtue on March 8, 2012 12:33 PM |


Ricardo Vaz Te rescued West Ham from defeat against Watford on Wednesday night with a late goal.

The Hammers forward who came on as a substitute midway through the second half netted on 87 minutes to cancel out a Sean Murray opener. It secured a 1-1 draw leaving them just a point behind leaders Southampton.

Manager Sam Allardyce said he was disappointed not to have won the game.

"It was very frustrating, we didn't have enough quality to finish off the chances to see off Watford and we nearly paid the price for it," he said.

"The frustrating part of it is we know where we want to be and what we want but we just can't find the cutting edge at home.

"Watford are a stubborn unit who made it difficult, but based on the chances we have had and missed we should have won."

The West Ham manager said he believes Vaz Te could be the goalscorer the Hammers need to secure automatic promotion.

"Nobody in our team has scored ten goals this season. We are second in the league without anybody scoring ten goals for us. That is a magnificent achievement from the team but shows a lack of goal efficiency from any one particular player.

"Ricardo Vaz Te has got 16 for the season - 14 of which were for Barnsley - so he's the man that will hopefully fire the goals in that will win us promotion."