Barnet came from two goals down to earn a point at home to Torquay in the National League thanks to Jack Taylor’s late strike which snatched a 2-2 draw.
The visitors looked on course for a third-straight win as they went in at half-time two goals up following Jean-Yves Koue Niate’s fifth-minute opener and a fine long-range finish from Armani Little on the half-hour mark.
But the Bees fought back after the interval and pulled a goal back through Ephron Mason-Clark’s effort.
The home fans were then treated to an 88th-minute equaliser as Taylor collected a pass from Mason-Clark before slotting a low finish past Lucas Covolan to earn a share of the spoils.
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Record signing Sebastien Haller believes that West Ham’s opening Premier League victory at Watford can “launch” their season.
Haller, who arrived in a deal worth up to £45m from Eintracht Frankfurt in July, scored twice as Manuel Pellegrini’s side consigned the hosts to a third straight defeat this term.
The Hammers, who lost all three of their corresponding fixtures last term are 13th, albeit in a cluster of 10 clubs on four points that goes up to fourth.
The French forward said: “It’s really important to get a win. Now it’s done, we’re really happy with the result and the work from the boys.
“It was time to win a game to launch the season.”
Haller, who missed last weekend’s 1-1 draw at Brighton, opened his West Ham account with a tap-in from Felipe Anderson’s cut-back.
And he then acrobatically turned the ball home with an overhead kick from three yards after following up from a corner.
Mark Noble’s third-minute penalty set West Ham on their way to their first win of the season after Manuel Lanzini had been fouled by Abdoulaye Doucoure.
But Watford responded to level with a well-worked Andre Gray goal, with the forward drilling home a right-foot shot from Will Hughes’ pass.
However, the Hornets were punished for their wastefulness in front of goal with just three of their 23 shots finding the target.
Javi Gracia’s side, who sit bottom of the table, have now lost seven successive games in all competitions for the first time since 1999.
Reversal of fortunes for Watford
At the same stage last term Watford had collected nine points after an impressive start, but a pointless return this time around represents a complete reversal of fortune.
While they did at least register their first goal of the campaign, manager Gracia appears to have problems at both ends of the pitch to contend with.
Despite creating a multitude of opportunities, Gray’s 17th-minute strike was all they had to show for their endeavour.
Gerard Deulofeu’s influence as a creator was a plus, but he cannot be relied upon to be the prolific forward the club need to improve on last term’s 11th-place finish.
The former Barcelona man had seven shots on goal, with only a close-range strike that hit the West Ham crossbar finding the target.
It was a chance, alongside Will Hughes’ extraordinary miss from a yard out after Gray had squared the ball with the score at 1-1, that summed up the hosts’ lack of potency in attack.
At the other end the presence of Haller, Anderson and Lanzini provided too much power, pace and guile for the Watford defence to cope with.
Gracia’s side now face a challenging sequence of fixtures – with a home game against Arsenal sandwiched between trips to Newcastle and reigning champions Manchester City – having shipped 41 goals in their last 18 matches.
Haller takes centre stage
Having arrived at West Ham after impressing at Utrecht and in the Bundesliga, there is a certain amount of expectation surrounding Haller.
But his first two goals and overall performance suggested that he has the attributes to justify his club record price tag.
The 25-year-old led the line in exemplary fashion and contributed to all three West Ham goals.
His work to chase down possession led to Lanzini winning the penalty that delivered their opener.
The former France Under-21 international then displayed his predatory instincts, holding his run to ensure he was well positioned to capitalise on Anderson’s break down the left.
That allowed him to comfortably claim his first goal for Pellegrini’s side before acrobatically doubling his tally.
“[Sebastien Haller’s] goals were two very important goals for him,” Pellegrini said.
“Coming to the Premier League is not easy. He had just one start in a difficult game against Man City, for a striker the most important thing is to score.”
Man of the match – Sebastien Haller (West Ham)
Noble joins esteemed company – the stats
- Watford have lost four league matches at home in a row for the first time since a run of five between October and December 2013 in the Championship.
- West Ham are undefeated in their last four away matches in the Premier League, winning three of those (D1) – they’d lost seven of their previous eight (D1).
- West Ham are the first club to have had as many as 150 different goal-scorers in the Premier League, following Haller’s first goal for the club.
- Watford had more shots against West Ham (23) than they managed in their first two games of the season combined (19).
- Watford’s Gray has scored 13 Premier League goals since his debut for the Hornets – only Troy Deeney has scored more in this period (14).
- West Ham’s Noble has scored five Premier League goals against Watford – more than he has netted against any other side in the league.
- Noble has now scored 25 penalty goals in the Premier League – only Alan Shearer (56), Frank Lampard (43) and Steven Gerrard (32) have scored more in the competition.
Watford host Coventry in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday 27 August (19:45 BST) before they visit Newcastle in the Premier League on Saturday 31 August (15:00 BST).
West Ham visit Newport in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday 27 August (19:45 BST), before resuming their Premier league duties at home to Norwich on Saturday 31 August (15:00 BST).
A man who filmed a cardboard effigy of Grenfell Tower being burned on a bonfire has been cleared of posting “grossly offensive” material.
Paul Bussetti shared the video which he took at a party in south London on WhatsApp, and it was subsequently posted on YouTube, the court heard.
Prosecutors claimed it was racist but he said the figures on the model were meant to represent him and his friends.
The 47-year-old was found not guilty at Westminster Magistrates’ Court.
Last-minute disclosure of evidence revealed on Thursday afternoon that a second video of the incident had been taken by someone else.
Chief Magistrate Emma Arbuthnot said: “I cannot be sure the video relied on by the Crown is the one taken by the defendant.”
The clip of the cardboard building, which had “Grenfell Tower” written on it, was recorded at a party attended by about 30 people on 3 November last year.
It sparked outrage online and a relative of one of the 72 people who died in the blaze on 14 June 2017 said it was “revolting”.
Mr Bussetti, of South Norwood, had denies sending “grossly offensive” material via a public communications network.
He told the court the effigy had been created by his friend Steve Bull and was meant as a joke “about us”.
Asked who the characters on the effigy were, he said they were “the majority of people that were at the party” who had all found it “funny”.
One black-clad figure who was referred to as “ninja” was meant to represent his friend’s son who did martial arts, while his own image had been on the other side of the box, the Mr Bussetti said.
The father-of-two said he shared the footage with about 20 people on two WhatsApp groups but he had never intended it to go further.
When prosecutor Philip Scott suggested he sent the footage because it was in keeping with other “highly racist” content he shared, Mr Bussetti replied that it was “just banter” and denied being racist.
He also told the court he had not originally told police that the people in the tower were him and his friends because he was “scared” and “nervous”.’
As the trial drew to a close the prosecution was criticised for failing to disclose evidence until the end of the case.
It was revealed another video of the model being burned was taken by someone else and posted to a separate WhatsApp group, which the defence claimed had not been disclosed to them.
The person who filmed that footage, and the man who made the effigy, both said the figures on the model were of the defendant and his friends.
The defence team argued it is was not clear whether the footage which ended up on the news and online was that taken by Mr Bussetti.
His lawyer Mark Summers QC said: “We have very, very serious doubts about the integrity of this prosecution.”
Ms Arbuthnot said: “I am just appalled at the disclosure in this case.”
A man who used a Rambo-style knife with a 10-inch blade to stab a stranger to death following a row over a cigarette has been jailed.
Jahmel Riley, 25, was convicted of murdering Dennis Anderson, 39, in the early hours of 10 February.
Riley attacked Mr Anderson at an off-licence on Lordship Lane, East Dulwich, after he had been refused a cigarette.
He was sentenced to a minimum of 23-and-a-half years at the Old Bailey.
Judge Nicholas Hilliard said the killing showed the dangers of carrying knives.
“What might otherwise have been just a verbal disagreement becomes a murder case because the defendant was carrying that terrible weapon,” he said.
Jurors heard how Riley had been “hustling” customers at the Pay Less shop for a cigarette, when Mr Anderson responded: “Why are you asking for cigarettes? Why don’t you get a job like the rest of us?”
Prosecutor Duncan Atkinson QC said a confrontation then began, where the defendant produced and unsheathed the large Rambo-style knife he was carrying.
Mr Anderson tried to disarm Riley and, as they both fell to the ground outside the store, CCTV showed Riley making a stabbing motion towards Mr Anderson’s neck.
The double-edged knife used in the attack was abandoned at the scene.
Riley claimed Mr Anderson was the aggressor and the stabbing was accidental.
However, prosecutors argued Mr Anderson’s injuries “told a very different story”, showing a series of deliberate blows to the upper body.
Mr Anderson’s partner, Leeane Manzi, said: “On the night that he was so brutally attacked, Dennis showed the heroic qualities that we all knew him for by trying to protect other members of the public and stop the situation escalating.
“This did not surprise us when we found out, as looking out for others summed up Dennis’ character.”
She added the attack had left their “hearts shattered and our lives turned upside down”.