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Hammers' Payet evokes memories of Maradona

Associated Press Associated Press 1/10/2016 Rob Harris

Thirty years after Diego Maradona's goal of the century, West Ham winger Dimitri Payet wound back the clock with a brilliantly executed solo goal, evoking memories of the Argentina great.

Unlike Maradona's 1986 World Cup strike , after charging through brittle English resistance, Payet's mazy run through Middlesbrough's defence came on a far less significant occasion.

But the English Premier League point it secured might just have saved Slaven Bilic's job, with the 1-1 draw preventing West Ham from crashing to a fifth successive loss.

Payet lit up a drab game about an hour in at the Olympic Stadium, with home fans restless after Cristhian Stuani's header six minutes earlier.

The France international dropped a shoulder to turn past Antonio Barragan on the left touchline, jinked around Marten de Roon, and skipped past Calum Chambers and Ben Gibson.

After cutting through the defence with ease, Payet provided the perfect finish to score his first goal of the league.

One that evoked memories for Payet's manager of Argentina's current star rather than Maradona.

``It reminded me of Lionel Messi's goals,'' Bilic said.

``It was a brilliant moment of magic.''

But West Ham remain winless since the opening day of the season, lodged in the relegation zone with four points from seven games.

Problems keep cropping up off the pitch, too, with the enhanced policing operation around West Ham's new stadium failing to prevent another outbreak of unrest following disorder in the opening weeks of the season.

Two men were arrested for fighting outside the stadium on suspicion of affray, and a third was held on suspicion of assaulting an officer.

Chelsea defeated Hull 2-0 as the London club started the new month in style thanks to Diego Costa's second-half contribution.

First, Costa picked out William, who turned Markus Henriksen and David Meyler before curling a shot into the top of the net.

Then Costa curled in his strike from a similar position.

Chelsea sit in sixth place, while Hull is in 15th place.

Earlier, a halftime spray from Liverpool boss Juergen Klopp did the trick as his side scored a 2-1 comeback win over Swansea.

``I was very angry,'' the Liverpool manager said.

``We were not ready and it is my responsibility. It was not good. The build-up was too static, no movement ... the second half was better, but still not brilliant.''

Roberto Firmino's header and James Milner's penalty were enough to take Liverpool up to second.

Watford and Bournemouth shared the points after a 2-2 draw, while Sunderland and West Brom drew 1-1.

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