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West Ham cannot expect Payet to keep weaving magic, warns Collins


West Ham United's Dimitri Payet

West Ham United's Dimitri Payet


West Ham United's Dimitri Payet

James Collins admits West Ham can't keep relying on Dimitri Payet.

The Hammers were staring a fifth straight defeat in the face until Payet rescued a 1-1 draw with a stunning solo goal against Middlesbrough on Saturday.

They were trailing to Cristhian Stuani's header when Payet picked up the ball on the left and beat half the Middlesbrough outfield players before slotting past Victor Valdes.

The France star turned Antonio Barragan on the wing, breezed past Marten de Roon on the edge of the area and then skipped away from Calum Chambers and Ben Gibson before leaving George Friend on his backside as he rolled the ball home.

It was a goal which led manager Slaven Bilic to compare Payet to Barcelona forward Lionel Messi, but defender Collins knows they cannot expect him to bail them out every week.

"It's a great goal and Dimi is a world-class player, but we can't depend on him," Collins said. "We can't depend on him to keep making goals like that, we need to be better defensively and better going forward.

"It's a lot to keep asking Dimi to come up with goals like that, so it's something we need to work on.

"I thought we played better than that and deserved three points, but it stops the rot and we've got a break and can get our heads on for the next game."

Belfast Telegraph