Slaven Bilic’s side halted a run of four successive Premier League defeats with a hard-earned 1-1 draw against Middlesbrough, Payet turning on the style with a wonderful solo effort to cancel out Cristhian Stuani’s header. After cutting through the defence easily, Payet provided the ideal finish to score his first goal of the league.
1-0 down and staring a fifth consecutive league defeat in the face as the match approached the hour-mark, West Ham United were in desperate need of a lift.
The result will come as something of a relief to the Sunderland fans and beleaguered manager David Moyes, but they are still without a win and have only two points from seven matches. Altercations with stewards over sitting accompanied by chants of “We should’ve stayed at The Boleyn”, “Stratford’s a s******e, we wanna go home” and “West Ham United, we’re treated like s**t” rang out around the London Stadium.
The France star turned Antonio Barragan on the wing, breezed past Marten de Roon on the edge of the area and then skipped away from Calum Chambers and Ben Gibson before leaving George Friend on his backside as he rolled the ball home.
But we think it’s safe to say that Sky Sports pundit Neville is more of the belief that it’s the players who are to blame for the sub-par performances, rather than their new surroundings.
Boro fans told of “absolutely terrifying” scenes outside the London Stadium on Saturday after violence broke out following the match, with one fan saying “all hell broke loose” when Hammers fans broke through a cordon.
Three people have been arrested after West Ham supporters clashed with Middlesborough fans outside West Ham’s new London Stadium.
“We got a point after four games lost and showed what character and spirit are all about. We must trust in the work we are doing and it is important to understand we must play this way”.
Bilic introduced Zaza as West Ham looked to build some momentum after the restart, but it was Middlesbrough who gained the upper hand as Adrian parried Jordan Rhodes’ strike wide. It’s a massive goal for us.