Payet evokes mem­o­ries of Maradona with West Ham solo goal

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Thirty years af­ter Diego Maradona's goal of the cen­tury, West Ham winger Dim­itri Payet wound back the clock with a bril­liantly ex­e­cuted solo goal on yes­ter­day evok­ing mem­o­ries of the Ar­gentina great.

Un­like Maradona's 1986 World Cup strike, af­ter charg­ing through brit­tle English re­sis­tance, Payet's mazy run through Mid­dles­brough's de­fense came on a far less sig­nif­i­cant oc­ca­sion. But the English Premier League point it se­cured might just have saved Slaven Bilic's job, with the 1-1 draw pre­vent­ing West Ham from crash­ing to a fifth suc­ces­sive loss.

Payet lit up a drab game in the 57th minute at the Olympic Sta­dium, with home fans rest­less af­ter Cristhian Stu­ani's header six min­utes ear­lier. The France in­ter­na­tional dropped a shoul­der to turn past An­to­nio Bar­ra­gan on the left touch­line, jinked around Marten de Roon, and skipped past Calum Cham­bers and Ben Gib­son. Af­ter cut­ting through the de­fense with ease, Payet pro­vided the per­fect fin­ish to score his first goal of the league.

One that evoked mem­o­ries for Payet's man­ager of Ar­gentina's cur­rent star rather than Maradona.

"It re­minded me of Lionel Messi's goals," Bilic said. "It was a bril­liant mo­ment of magic."

But West Ham re­mains win­less since the open­ing day of the sea­son, lodged in the rel­e­ga­tion zone with four points from seven games. Pro­moted Mid­dles­brough is two points bet­ter off.

HULL 0, CHELSEA 2 Af­ter a mis­er­able Septem­ber yielded one point from three games, Chelsea started the new month in style thanks to Diego Costa's sec­ond-half con­tri­bu­tion. First, Costa picked out Wil­liam, who turned Markus Hen­rik­sen and David Meyler be­fore curl­ing a shot into the top of the net. Then Costa curled in his own strike from a sim­i­lar po­si­tion.

The re­sponse to last week's 3-0 loss at Ar­se­nal was man­ager An­to­nio Conte drop­ping Branislav Ivanovic and switch­ing to a three-man de­fense. It pro­duced a sec­ond clean sheet of the sea­son.

"It is very im­por­tant for the con­fi­dence," Conte said. "It was a big change in the tac­ti­cal as­pect but we feel we must find the right so­lu­tion to be more com­pact. We must trust in the work we are do­ing and it is im­por­tant to un­der­stand we must play this way."

Chelsea is sixth, while Hull is in 15th place.

SWANSEA 1, LIVER­POOL 2 With Liver­pool trail­ing at half­time to Leroy Fer's tap-in, Juer­gen Klopp en­tered the dress­ing room in a rage.

"I was very an­gry," the Liver­pool man­ager said. "We were not ready and it is my re­spon­si­bil­ity. It was not good. The buildup was too static, no move­ment.

"We were never com­pact enough and we lost a lot of balls ... the sec­ond half was bet­ter, but still not bril­liant."

Cru­cially for Klopp there were two goals — Roberto Firmino's header and James Mil­ner's penalty — which were enough to take Liver­pool up to sec­ond.

Swansea, though, is on a sixgame win­less run since mak­ing a tri­umphant start to the sea­son. Francesco Guidolin's fu­ture as man­ager is look­ing in­creas­ingly pre­car­i­ous, with for­mer Manch­ester United as­sis­tant Ryan Giggs linked with the Ital­ian's job.

"I am wor­ried for the table, not my po­si­tion," Guidolin said. "I am sure in the fu­ture this team can turn the sit­u­a­tion around."

WAT­FORD 2, AFC BOURNEMOUTH 2

Wat­ford twice fought back to en­sure man­ager Wal­ter Maz­zarri didn't en­dure a mis­er­able 55th birth­day. Both teams, though, re­main in the bot­tom half of the standings.

Cal­lum Wil­son's down­ward header was can­celed out by Troy Deeney. Josh King re­stored Bournemouth's lead but Isaac Suc­cess scored his first goal since join­ing in the sum­mer trans­fer win­dow to se­cure a point.

Jack Wil­shere, on loan at Bournemouth from Ar­se­nal, twice hit the out­side of the post, the sec­ond from six yards out with the goal gap­ing. Mo­ments later, Wil­shere was sub­sti­tuted, en­sur­ing he has not com­pleted 90 min­utes in a Premier League game in more than two years.

SUN­DER­LAND 1, WEST BROMWICH AL­BION 1

David Moyes re­mains win­less as Sun­der­land man­ager but the north­east team did cap­ture its first point in more than a month.

Pa­trick van Aan­holt, who was forced out of the Sun­der­land team last month on the ad­vice of a car­di­ol­o­gist, came off the bench to wipe out Nacer Chadli's goal.

West Ham’s Payet try­ing to get past Mid­dles­brough’s An­to­nio Bar­ra­gan

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