Dimitri Payet double helps West Ham to home win against Newcastle
West Ham United finally nabbed their first home win of the Premier League season, with a brilliant Dimitri Payet brace helping the hosts dispatch Newcastle United 2-0.
It did not take long for the goal-hungry Hammers to get off the mark at Upton Park, as lovely link-up play between Mark Noble, now named official skipper, and striker Diafra Sakho opened up the Northeast outfit in only the eighth minute.
Sharp Sakho’s cheeky back-heel bamboozled visitors Newcastle, allowing the captain to pick out Payet on the edge of the area, where the Frenchman ditched marker Vurnon Anita and unleashed an unstoppable strike past Tim Krul.
The Magpies enjoyed plenty of possession, but it was hosts West Ham that always looked likelier to make the most of their chances, as playmaker Payet was gifted another golden opportunity shortly after his stunner.
Summer loan signing Victor Moses left Dutch defender Daryl Janmaat for dust, and some resulting pinball in the Magpies’ box fell to instrumental Payet, who sliced wide.
Steve McClaren’s side had their own attempts, with Janmaat wasting a weak shot when in on Darren Randolf’s goal, while a sloppy Noble pass almost allowed Papiss Cisse sight of net. As the story has been so far this season, however, the Tyneside team could not convert.
It was Payet who once again caused further panic towards the end of the half, as he supplied lively Manuel Lanzini, but the eager Argentine young-gun blazed his punt over the bar. Quick on the counter, Slaven Bilic’s boys then capitalised on a blocked Janmaat attempt, with Payet once again splitting open Newcastle’s defence in response, unleashing Moses, though the Chelsea-owned wingman could not control his shot.
The Hammers hitting their guests on the break was also an exhilarating feature of the second half, as Newcastle won an early free kick but were unlucky to see their loose set piece seized upon by Moses, who rampaged up the pitch at great speed.
Having done all the hard work, the Nigeria international could only rattle the bar, but impressive Payet was on hand to make sure his weaving run was not wasted, and simply slotted in the rebound to make it 2-0 around the 48th minute mark.
A double substitution from McClaren livened proceedings up a little, with attacking pair Siem de Jong and Ayoze Perez both brought on, but it was Janmaat, rampant from right back all match, who next tested Randolf from a tight angle and again later with a stretched shot straight at the stopper.
Still, as the match wore on, West Ham looked increasingly comfortable, and Bilic will take heart from finally overseeing a league victory at Upton Park, over former international football foe McClaren no less, with his summer purchases continuing to gel seamlessly.
McClaren’s Magpies adventure, meanwhile, is still stuttering and there will be recriminations back at St James’ Park now that Newcastle have slipped into the bottom three following a third defeat.