West Ham 0 – Watford 2
Watford enjoy playing West Ham at the London Stadium.
A few seasons ago the Hornets beat the Hammers 4-2 in this fixture.
While in round 18 of the season, Watford again upset West Ham with a 2-0 away win.
Troy Deeney fired Watford in front with a penalty in the 30th minute.
Gerard Deulofeu sealed the win for Watford with a second three minutes from time.
The result lifted Watford onto 27 points and sixth place in the Premier League.
As for West Ham, their good run is now over as they sit 12th in the table with 24 points.
Lee Mason accused of being unable to count
West Ham fans were furious after the Watford game.
And rather than turning on their players, Hammers fans were fuming at referee Lee Mason.
One image went viral on social media showing how ‘Lee Mason can’t even count’.
Mason stands accused of not knowing how to measure 10 yards, after Watford defended one set play against the Irons.
Dear Lee Mason. The penalty box measures 18 yards and the smaller box six (hence the name). Therefore halfway between – where Watford's players are standing in the below image – is another six yards. The law states ten yards distance, not six or seven. pic.twitter.com/iXwmDmQAdB
— KUMB.com (@kumbdotcom) December 22, 2018
Lee Mason backlash
West Ham fans are piling into referee Lee Mason after the Watford game.
HT 0-1 West Ham having the twin handicaps of losing Balbuena and playing against Lee Mason whose performance beggars belief. Deeney's celebration should have seen him carded and if someone could explain 10 yds to Mason….. #kumb
— Gordon Thrower (@kumbgnome) December 22, 2018
Horrible game to watch. Watford using spoiling tactics. Lee Mason – worst ref in the league. Shit decisions, can't measure 10 yards. Fucking idiot
— HammerUK (@mjd_hammer) December 22, 2018
Lee Mason is the first referee I’ve seen who can’t count to ten
— Kiran Moodley (@kirancmoodley) December 22, 2018
Lee Mason really is a shitshow of a ref
— James Longman (@longers1) December 22, 2018
This is why VAR is needed when you get horrendous referees like Lee Mason constantly getting away with appalling refereeing week in week out
— Dom ⚒ (@DOWHU_1995) December 22, 2018
@BBCMOTD do some thing useful for all the @premierleague & show tonight how Lee Mason only counts out 7 steps for a wall not once but twice. Seriously not fit to referee in many ways. Some of his decisions you just could not make up …. but a ref who can’t count to 10 shocking!
— PMarshall (@pbm1968) December 22, 2018