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West Ham's Payet double adds to McClaren's Newcastle woe

West Ham United 2-0 Newcastle United

By Andy Sims

Slaven Bilic gave Steve McClaren another miserable evening as West Ham finally got their home campaign up and running with a 2-0 win over Newcastle last night.

Goals in each half from Dimitri Payet proved enough to fire the Hammers up to fifth in the Barclays Premier League, and leave McClaren's Newcastle stuck in the bottom three.

Bilic famously masterminded McClaren's darkest hour in management eight years ago when his Croatia side beat England 3-2 at Wembley.

That defeat prevented the Three Lions qualifying for Euro 2008 and cost McClaren his job as England boss, as well as a large chunk of his credibility.

And in their first competitive meeting since that rain-soaked night, Bilic once again came out on top while McClaren's Toon side are still winless, having not scored in the league since the opening day of the season.

Hammers skipper Mark Noble said: "Payet doesn't just create and score goals, he works hard and plays for the team. That's why the team and players work so hard.

Bilic said: "Three points at home are vital because you want yours fans to go home happy, to go to the pub and have a drink.

"I know why they gave me the job because next year the club is moving to a new stadium and we need a really good season at Upton Park. I didn't set targets in terms on top 10, our target is we want a good team that can defend with numbers, than can attack with numbers, who can keep the ball.

"If we succeed in that that should give us more points. I don;t know if we will be fifth or 15th."

West Ham could sense Newcastle were there for the taking after just nine minutes when £10.5m summer signing Payet capped a sweeping move with a stunning opener. Noble collected Diafra Sakho's backheel in the penalty area and laid the ball back for the French midfielder to coolly sidefoot a curling effort into the top corner.

Three minutes into the second-half, West Ham doubled their lead.

Victor Moses was desperately unlucky not to mark an impressive first appearance with a goal when he ran almost the length of the field following a Newcastle corner, only to crash his shot against the crossbar.

The ball bounced down and out towards Payet, who thumped it into the net.

Northern Ireland striker Martin Paterson has signed for League One club Blackpool until the end of the season.

The 28-year-old left Huddersfield in January to join Orlando City, but only played once in the MLS.

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