We’ve got Payet – superstar back in business

payetarmsoutGame changer Dimi Payet drove the Irons to an incredible victory after they had fallen behind to an early Cherries goal.

And by the end of the evening Slav’s men had extended their unbeaten run to the longest since 2000 and are now  within a point of the Champion League places.

Andy Carroll left the action in the 11th minute after going down following a fine run and cross down the right. He walked off seemingly in no discomfort but that he should depart so early doesn’t feel good.

It hadn’t looked good in the first half after Adrian had failed to collect a speculative Harry Artur shot from distance which was enough to give the Cherries a half time lead after their keeper Boruc had made great saves from a deflected Jelavic effort and a Payet piledriver.

But the home team were never at the races in the second period as dynamc Dimi showed himself a class above anybody else on the pitch.

He smashed home an amazing free kick with all the dip and swerve in the world  in the 67th minute after Antonio had been brought down.

Seven minutes later he wriggled down the dead ball line to set up an easy chance for Valencia to score and after leaving the action watched the Ecuador international belt home his own brilliant free kick six minutes from time.

It was a night to celebrate as our star players returned to top form and even the sharp edge of the Carroll injury was blunted knowing that Diafra Sakho is due back by the beginning of February according to the boss.

West Ham are looking a very good team indeed.

Match verdict in detail will appear later


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9 comments on “We’ve got Payet – superstar back in business

  1. Hope the genius Lawerson gets us down for a defeat against Newcastle 1 more place that the spuds hold for a few more days,
    We may need Jelavic for a few more games if Carroll takes his normal break we won’t sell him now,
    Payet is pure perfection but great to have Enner back in form you could sense it coming in the last few games,
    Great match for Obiang hope Kouyate is back soon,
    But another game still only 4 defeats where are Hippo fans with the normal we had the same amount of points this time last year,
    But most importantly ENTERTAINMENT pure Westham 1-0 down and then Slav weaves his half time magic that ones for Bowie

    • Top man bubs,or should I say Starman – Valencia,the return of the thin black duke – that’s a bit obscure…jeezus i’m pizzzzed…

    • The Hippos media buddies have been quiet since the start of the season.The fat one could not get a 2nd half performance like that from any of the squads he has managed.

  2. Brilliant result, the standard were reporting that we are still 6th perhaps they didn’t realise Newcastle got a last minute equaliser and we have now jumped Man U into 5th, Villa winning also helps us. I think Newcastle may be harder work than if they had lost but we still have no reason to fear them, COYI !!!

  3. get carrolls wages down to £50 quid a day and we can keep himmmm to make the tea about all he is good for.
    great show from the lads proud to be a hammer, albeit an old one!

  4. Be careful what you wish for remember

  5. Fantasic result ! We are more than likely to score when Payet plays . Never out of a game when only 1 goal behind . Pray to whatever God you have that he stays fit !

  6. Two cracking free kicks and a man of the match display from Payet!

    COYI ⚒

  7. Great win, shows the strength and fight in the squad to go dig out results, what a great second half. Payet was quality, Valencia coming good.

    We controlled it while Carroll on the pitch, lost the plot a llttle then, Bournemouth could have been four up if they took their chances. They say quality shines through in the end and thts what happened.

    Nice to see Payet respect the badge after scoring too..

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