Rebrov to the rescue
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
West Ham United produced a stunning comeback to beat Watford 3-2 at home.West Ham United produced a stunning comeback at home to Watford to ease the burden on manager Alan Pardew.
Woeful defending allowed Brynjar Gunnarsson and Bruce Dyer to give Watford a two-goal lead but The Hammers were level before the break through Nigel Reo-Coker and Darren Powell, before Sergei Rebrov netted a second half winner.
The Hornets, who were on a nine-match unbeaten run, were ahead after just five minutes when Gunnarsson converted a cross as West Ham's defence looked on.
Midway through the first half, Watford could not believe their luck as the Hammers rearguard watched goalkeeper Richard Lee's clearance fall from the sky for Dyer to finish past Stephen Bywater.
That, though, was as good as it got for the visitors as West Ham were quickly level when Rebrov's free kick was parried by Lee and turned home by Reo-Coker.
By the half-hour mark, the hosts had squared the game up as Powell, on loan from Crystal Palace, thumped in Matthew Etherington's corner.
Watford rarely threatened again and Ukrainian ace Rebrov grabbed the winner on 58 minutes when he finished clinically from Etherington's pass.
Bobby Zamora and Luke Chadwick could have made the final stages more comfortable for Pardew but the Hammers chief will be satisfied to have returned to winning ways.