Payet wonder goal secures a point


Dimitri Payet scored another wonder goal as West Ham managed to end their losing streak and secure a 1-1 draw with Middlesbrough at London Stadium.

Following a run of four consecutive Premier League defeats, Slaven Bilic was looking for a reaction from his players and they were thankful once to their talisman Payet for coming away with a point.

The omens didn't look good for the Hammers after Cristhian Stuani had headed Middlesbrough into the lead early in the second half.

But Payet showed his class once again as he weaved his way past four Middlesbrough players before striking the ball past Victor Valdes.

It was another moment of genius from the Frenchman but the Hammers had to settle for a draw as they now head into the international break.

Bilic revealed that the players had been working even harder in training during the week as they looked to turn their season around.

But he was forced to change his team around after just four minute following another injury setback.

Sam Byram was carried off on a stretcher after he fell awkwardly following a headed clearance and was replaced by Alvaro Arbeloa.

Middlesbrough looked to capitalise on the early change and could have broken the deadlock on 12 minutes when Viktor Fischer made space inside the box and fired a shot inches past the post.

The home side also came to opening the scoring on 18 minutes when Payet saw an opening when weaved his way into the penalty area and saw his low shot superbly blocked by Calum Chambers.

Payet was involved in the heart of the again once again on 20 minutes as he cut in from the left hand side and curled his shot inches wide of the goal.

This was much better from the Hammers who had another golden opportunity to open the scoring on 39 minutes when they caught Middlesbrough on the counter attack as Antonio raced towards goal before picking out Mark Noble who drilled a low shot from the edge of the box and his effort flew just wide of the goal.

The woodwork then denied the Hammers skipper on the stroke of half-time as he found himself unmarked inside the box and saw his curling shot hit the bar.

Despite the missed opportunities, Middlesbrough still looked dangerous on the break and Adrian came to the home side's rescue on 50 minutes when he raced out of his goal to block Jordan Rhodes close-range shot.

The London Stadium was then silenced when Middesbrough took the lead on 52 minutes.

Fischer's corner picked out Stuani who rose above Michail Antonio and powered a header past Adrian.

Noble attempted to clear his header, but replays showed the ball had crossed the line.

The Hammers were looking for an immediate response and no guessing who to the home side's rescue as Payet scored a contender for goal of the season on 57 minutes.

The Frenchman has already scored some spectacular goals during his time in east London, but this was up there with the very best of them.

Payet picked up the ball on the left hand side and then produced an incredible piece of skill as he raced past four defenders before striking the ball into the corner of the net.

It was a run that was reminiscent of Diego Maradona and lifted the 56,945 who were present to see it inside London Stadium.

The goal ignited the home fans and they were now desperate to see the Hammers clinch a winner.

Payet was involved once again on 64 minutes when the home side were awarded a free-kick on the edge of the box.

The French winger saw his set-piece strike the wall. The rebound fell to Arbeloa who struck his shot inches past the post.

Despite introducing Manuel Lanzini into the action, West Ham couldn't find the crucial second goal and had to settle for a point.

Bilic will be hoping the point will be the start of a positive run for the Club as they now prepare for the next Premier League game against Crystal Palace on 15 October.

West Ham: Adrian, Byram (Arbeloa 4), Collins, Reid, Ogbonna, Obiang, Noble (c) (Lanzini 73), Kouyate, Tore (Zaza 46), Payet, Antonio

Subs not used: Randolph (GK), Feghouli, Fletcher, Fernandes

Bookings: Obiang, Arbeloa

Middlesbrough: Valdes, Barragan, Gibson, Chambers, Friend (c), Fischer (Ramirez 59), de Roon, Forshaw, Downing, Rhodes (Negredo 67), Stuani

Subs not used: Guzan (GK), Ayala, Espinosa, Clayton, Traore

Bookings: Stuani, Barragan, De Roon

Referee: Neil Swarbrick

Attendance: 56,945