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Late West Ham winner adds to Sunderland troubles

Dimitri Payet

Winston Reid scored a late winner for West Ham at the London Stadium as Sunderland's winless start extended to nine games.

The hosts may well have had a penalty when Reid was wrestled to the ground by Javier Manquillo early on.

Dimitri Payet then drew a smart save from Sunderland keeper Jordan Pickford before firing a low strike against the post after some clever footwork on the edge of the box.

Wahbi Khazri had the visitors' best chance after Steven Pienaar's deflected pass put him through on goal, but his tame shot was easily saved by Adrian.

Sunderland must have thought they had earned a point, but Reid turned smartly on the edge of the box from a West Ham corner to fire left-footed past Pickford.

It leaves David Moyes' side bottom of the Premier League with just two points from their first nine games this season.

Home sweet home?

West Ham's tricky start to life at the London Stadium has been well documented with Slaven Bilic's side only picking up four points from four Premier League games at their new ground before Sunderland's visit.

Payet's wonder goal salvaged a point against Middlesbrough last time out in east London and eased some of the frustration the home fans have expressed since their move from the Boleyn Ground.

Those claret and blue-clad supporters were growing restless as the Hammers looked to have been held by the division's bottom side, despite dominating in the first half.

Moyes and Sunderland looked content to return home with a point as the former Everton and Manchester United boss threw on defensive reinforcements and watched his side drop deep into their own half.

But it was a moment of hesitation that caught the visitors out, as a short corner from West Ham was worked to Reid and his effort snuck through a maul of bodies in the box.

Line-ups

West Ham

  • 13Adrián
  • 8Kouyaté
  • 2ReidBooked at 68mins
  • 21Ogbonna
  • 30Antonio