Dimitri Payet ensured Slaven Bilic enjoyed another memorable evening at Steve McClaren’s expense as West Ham cruised to a 2-0 win over struggling Newcastle on Monday.
Almost eight years after Bilic’s Croatia earned a 3-2 win at Wembley that ended McClaren’s hopes of leading England to Euro 2008, the two coaches faced off again at Upton Park with Premier League points the prize.
It was a depressingly similar script for Newcastle manager McClaren as Payet scored once in each half to lift Bilic’s Hammers to fifth place and leave Newcastle rooted to the bottom of the table without a league win this season.
Mark Noble was able to captain the Hammers after winning an appeal following his red card at Liverpool and the midfielder made the most of his reprieve to set up Payet’s ninth minute opener.
Noble squared the ball to Payet and, from the edge of the penalty area, the former Marseille midfielder slotted a superb side-footed curler into the top corner.
Victor Moses, on loan from Chelsea, should have marked his West Ham debut with a goal before half-time, but the winger shot wide after Payet’s pass sent him clean through.
EPL: West Ham 2 (Payet 9, 48) bt Newcastle 0.
La Liga: Rayo Vallecano 1 (Embarba 27) lost to Deportivo La Coruna 3 (Borges 7, Alberto 28, Lucas 61).
Serie A: Sampdoria 2 (Eder 75, Soriano 79) bt Bologna 0.
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