West Ham managed to halt their run of consecutive Premier League defeats with a 1-1 draw with Middlesbrough at London Stadium on Saturday.
It still means they’re without a league win in five games but their overall performance against newly-promoted Boro will have given everyone associated with the club a little bit more confidence that they can begin to turn around their torrid form.
West Ham did fall behind against the Teesiders, but a goal of the season contender from Dimitri Payet bailed them out and earned them a deserved point.
Payet himself has come under some criticism in recent weeks, mostly because everyone expects him to put in world-class performances every single week! That’s not always possible, obviously, and it will take the France international some time to get back to his best form after an extended summer with his national team at EURO 2016, and then a niggling injury at the beginning of the season.
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— WestHamWorld.co.uk (@WestHamWorld) October 1, 2016
But his performance against Boro was one that West Ham fans have been crying out for all season. The 29-year-old was absolutely sensational, as was his goal, and was the main reason West Ham managed to avoid defeat.
Payet produced a 73% pass success rate, made five key passes, enjoyed a 50% dribble success rate and scored one goal from his four shots – the sort of showing the Hammers faithful are used to.
If he can continue to produce these kinds of performances, just as he did throughout much of last season, West Ham will not be in the relegation zone for much longer…