English Premier League

Moment of magic: Slaven Bilic likens Dimitri Payet to Lionel Messi after West Ham United wonder goal

The home side ended a run of four straight Premier League defeats with a 1-1 draw against Middlesbrough at London Stadium

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 02 October, 2016, 1:10pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 04 October, 2016, 1:36pm

West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic compared Dimitri Payet to Lionel Messi after the Frenchman’s show-stopping strike earned his side a 1-1 draw with Middlesbrough on Saturday.

West Ham were trailing to Cristhian Stuani’s header at London Stadium when Payet picked up the ball wide on the left in the 57th minute and span away from Antonio Barragan.

He jinked past Marten de Roon on the edge of the area and then skirted forlorn challenges by Calum Chambers, Ben Gibson and George Friend before rolling a shot past goalkeeper Victor Valdes.

“It was a great goal, a brilliant individual goal which brought us back into the game,” said Bilic, whose side had lost their four previous Premier League matches.

“I don’t see many players scoring these type of goals. You see free kicks, you see volleys, scissor kicks, all different types of goals, but this was like Messi’s goals.

“It was a brilliant, brilliant moment of magic. But we can’t rely on him doing that every week.”

It was France international Payet’s first league goal of the season and came two weeks after he set-up a goal for Michail Antonio with an outrageous rabona cross in a 4-2 loss to Watford.

Signed from Marseille last year, Payet was named West Ham’s Player of the Year after scoring 12 goals and providing 14 assists in his maiden campaign.

The draw kept West Ham in the relegation zone, below fourth bottom Swansea City on goal difference.

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