West Ham vs. Newcastle was not one of the most exciting Monday night football matches we have ever witnessed. After Newcastle took an age to get to the stadium thanks to road closures and tube problems galore, it seemed their heads were still on the bus in the first half.
Payet got the home side off to the great start scoring early on during the first 45 minutes and Newcastle never really seemed to get into the game. The Magpies have now replaced local rivals Sunderland at the bottom of the Premier League table and if they carry on playing like they have been it seems impossible to see when they will be off it. At the other end of the table, the Hammers have had their best start for seven years and Bilic is one happy manager.
Here’s three things we learnt from a slightly quiet 90 minutes of football.
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Despite being scared of bubbles, Dimitri Payet has made a great start to his West Ham career. A goal in each half secured the Hammers their first win at Upton Park this season and has put them into fifth place in the table. Since joining over the summer, the 28-year-old attacking midfielder has already scored twice and has looked like a force to be reckoned with.
Payet isn’t the only summer signing who has shown some real potential for the Hammers. Despite his lack of ‘big game’ experience, Manuel Lanzini has adapted to the Premier League superbly. He had more of the ball than any other West Ham player against Newcastle and only misplaced one pass all game. That is some impressive stats!
It’s going to be a long journey back for those fans travelling back up to Newcastle. The Magpies are yet to win a game this season, they haven’t scored in four games and tonight’s loss cemented their worst start for 10 years. It’s becoming an all too familiar sight seeing Newcastle down the bottom at this point in the season. They’re going to need something to change if they are going to claw their way out this year.