A fantastic response after a terrible 8 days for West Ham United. From Man City tearing us apart to former Hammers favourite Dimitri Payet throwing his toys out of the pram and deciding he wants to leave.
Although Payet was on the radar before he joined us, he did not have the same profile that ourselves and the Premier league gave him. For me, it’s clear the club treated him well and somewhat indulged him with the undoubted talent he has. It’s shame then that having given him that platform, he rewards us with such behaviour. I’m a big believe in karma, and though he will always have money, it’s unlikely he will look back on places where he was truly loved when his career comes to an end in the not too distant future. Perhaps he should have had a word with Carlos Tevez, who left without sulking and who will always be hugged by a West Ham fan no matter where in the world he is. Additionally, I do not put this on the board at all, yes the Summer signings have not worked out as we had hoped, but it is pretty appalling to turn round and behave as he has. The buck stops with Payet, he is a grown man who can makes his own decisions, and I hope to never see him in a Hammer shirt again.
To today’s game and there was an excellent vocal backing for manager Slaven Bilic from beginning to the end. We were nervous in the first half and things were not quite panning out how they were intended, so Slav moved to four at the back by taking off Ogbonna and moving Byram to right back. It turned out to be a masterstroke as our attacking prowess subsequently improved.
The three goals has everything…a tap in, a scintillating scissor kick and a dinked one on one. Lanzini did not shy away from the role bestowed on him today, that of creative playmaker. Without Payet, he is the only one on the pitch and was buzzing around looking for the ball. Other great performances came from Obiang, Feghouli, Antonio and Carroll. I also thought Sam Byram did really well when he came on and hopefully we now have ourselves a right back!
A great result and performance and one which we can take to Middlesborough with some confidence. Hopefully some of you go onto the more than 2.5 goals action and the Hammers completed your weekend. Irons!