Our performance on Saturday evening was such a relief, wasn’t it?
After five games without a Premier League win and a string of poor performances, the lads finally turned up with a superb performance that more than deserved all three points against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.
Manuel Lanzini’s goal was the end product of some wonderful play down the left between Aaron Cresswell and Dimitri Payet and was reminiscent of the threat we posed almost every week last season.
Cresswell’s return to the team was long overdue and he proved just how important he is to our cause with a brilliant display before he was disgracefully sent off for two supposedly bookable offences.
Payet was also in his usual creative mood and enjoyed a very good performance, much like he did at Selhurst Park last season.
And the Frenchman took to Instagram after the game to describe the win with one single word: “Pleasure.”
A pleasure to help the team get a much needed victory? A pleasure to wear the famous claret and blue each week? Whichever it is, it’s equally a pleasure to see him do his thing for the mighty Hammers each week.
What a guy.
Payet’s performance against Palace was typical of what we’re all so used to seeing from him.
The 29-year-old boasted a pass success rate of 74% after completing 25 of his 34 passes.
Payet also completed three key passes, had a 50 % dribble success rate, 50% shot accuracy from his two shots on goal, completed one tackle and one interception.
Now we desperately need him to take such performances in to our next run of fixtures, which gets considerably tougher after the visit of Stoke City on November 5th.
After that we travel to Spurs, Man United and Liverpool as well as host Arsenal at London Stadium. We desperately need to pick up points in the league before then as, given the form we’ve been in before the Palace win and the good form of our aforementioned opponents, it’s unlikely we come away with many points.
However, the best betting websites out there will no doubt have us priced handsomely to pick up maximum points in any of those tough fixtures.