West Ham Wins First Home Game

West Ham United moved to fifth in the English Premier League after Dimitri Payet’s brace against Newcastle United on Monday at Upton Park secured a 2-0 win.  Payet gave the Hammers an early lead when he scored a spectacular goal just nine minutes into the game.  He placed the ball into the top right corner beating Tim Krul from the edge of the area, from Mark Noble’s low cross from the left wing.

The hosts maintained the advantage throughout the game and there were no threatening chances at goal for the visitors as the match went into half-time with the home side in front.  The home side doubled its lead just three minutes into the second stanza.  A second strike from Payet put the outcome beyond doubt with the Magpies appearing impotent on the night.

Victor Moses picked up a clearance from a Newcastle free-kick just inside his own half, and beat two Toon defenders for pace, before crashing his shot against the crossbar.  Payet was there to apply the finish as Slaven Bilic’s boys looked set for a first home win in the league this season.  Moses and Payet formed a good combination with the Nigerian looking solid on the night although predictably it was the Frenchman who bagged the man of the match award.

Worryingly for Steve McClaren was his side’s total lack of penetration.  The visitors showed  no threat and remain without a win after five matches.  In fact, the Geordies’ two draws and three defeats sees them sit at the bottom of the league.  

The north east club will have a chance to redeem itself, against Watford on Saturday while Bilic’s high flyers will face table-topping Manchester City.