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Jordan Hugill praised the West Ham United fans after he made his home debut for the club in the 2-0 Premier League triumph over Watford on Saturday.

The striker came off the bench as a late substitute for Javier Hernandez and was obviously delighted to get some minutes under his belt at the London Stadium.

Having arrived as a deadline-day signing from Championship side Preston North End in January, Hugill’s first outing for the Hammers came in last week’s disappointing 3-1 defeat to Brighton & Hove Albion.

Although he is yet to start a game in claret and blue, his brief appearances have seemed promising and his industry off the ball is likely to endear him to his new supporters.

The Irons bossed the majority of the clash with the Hornets and could have been 3-0 ahead by the time Hernandez nodded in Michail Antonio’s cross in the 38th minute.

Mexico’s all-time record goalscorer had earlier seen another header ruled out for a marginal offside, whilst Joao Mario and Marko Arnautovic also passed up opportunities to open the scoring.

The Austrian’s chance in particular was a golden one, but it was he who doubled the lead in the second period, steering home after the ball luckily fell to him yards from goal following a block from Aaron Cresswell.

West Ham remain 12th in the table but move onto 30 points, four clear of the relegation zone.

Manager David Moyes has certainly had a positive impact since replacing Slaven Bilic in November and whilst a run of three league games without victory had seen the team slip towards the bottom three, this result gives renewed confidence in the battle for survival.

There is no match for the Hammers next week but they return to action with a tricky trip to Anfield to take on Liverpool on February 24.

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