West Ham player ratings against Newcastle: French mustard Payet shines with brace for Hammers

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Here's how the players rated for West Ham United after their first home win of the new Premier League season over Newcastle United on Monday night.

The Hammers got off the mark at home to rise up to fifth place in the table after five games, their best start to a Premier League season at this stage for seven years.

Dimitri Payet was the undoubted star of the match, showcasing his supreme skill throughout and scoring both goals.

It was another victory for Slaven Bilic over old international nemesis Steve McClaren as the Hammers dominated for long periods against a sloppy Newcastle side lacking any cutting edge.

Here's how West Ham's players fared against the Magpies.

Randolph - 8

Randolph really has put the seal on a very difficult dilemma for Bilic with another solid performance. Made three very good saves, kicking was excellent, he looked calm and assured and it will take a brave man to mess with the Hammers' settled defence to bring back Adrian now his three-game ban is up. Surely he should keep the shirt until Adrian earns it back?

Tomkins - 7

Tomkins looked solid and rightfully kept his place after playing in both of West Ham's brilliant wins at Arsenal and Liverpool. Justified his place but didn't look as assured when he moved to centre back after Ogbonna's injury where he was bailed out on more than one occasion by Winston Reid after missed, sloppy or hashed clearances.

Reid - 9

Rock solid as usual. Comfortably one of West Ham's best players and did not give Newcastle a sniff. Mopped up after some slack moments when the Magpies were on top for short spells. So crucial to the Hammers having a good season.

Ogbonna - 7

Him and Reid have formed a really mean partnership and that was on show again until he picked up an injury before half-time, making way for Jenkinson who slotted in at right back while Tomkins moved inside.

Cresswell - 8

Bounced back after his horrendous pair of howlers in the last home game with a typical Aaron Cresswell performance. Solid defensively and always supporting the attack. Also went close with a free-kick in the second half.

Lanzini - 6

West Ham's man of the match in the historic win at Liverpool last time out but struggled to get into the game out on the right. Didn't do anything wrong really, but we didn't see the same attacking threat he posed against the Reds and was substituted for Pedro Obiang in the second half.

Noble - 8.5

Officially named West Ham's captain ahead of the game and showed why with a brilliant all-action display. His reading of the game was excellent and it was his pressing and lay-off which led to Payet's first goal. Hit some wayward cross-field passes which could have put his team in danger against a better side but was absolutely everywhere yet again getting stuck in and cajoling his teammates.

Kouyate - 8.5

So important to West Ham's midfield. Goes about his job with minimal fuss, breaks up play, set up numerous counter attacks and was box-to-box throughout. A lot of the time, the things Kouyate does off the ball, the space he occupies and areas he closes his opponents down, forces them into errors or forces them to be where they don't necessarily want to be. A real fans' favourite and like Reid and Payet is crucial to the club having a successful campaign.

Moses - 8

What a debut from the exciting winger. Chelsea may be wondering if they made the right decision to let him go after this display. Took a while to get into his stride but once he did Newcastle couldn't live with him. The way he burst away at the start of the second half leaving two Magpies defenders in his wake was breathtaking and deserved a goal. He hit the bar allowing Payet to get his second but Moses will be another key player for Bilic this year. Subbed to a standing ovation for Carroll late on.

Payet - 10 STAR MAN

Outstanding. That is the only word to describe Payet yet again. The French international scored both goals, the first a stunning finish but it's what he does for the team which is more impressive. Such is his quality he raises the game of the rest of West Ham's team and is their key player. Keep him fit and the last ever season at the Boleyn Ground will be one to remember.

Sakho - 7

Worked tirelessly for the team and ran the channels like any good striker should do. Did not hold the ball up as well as he usually does but was always a threat and willing runner even if he didn't have a great day in terms of chances.

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Jenkinson - 7

Like Cresswell, had an awful game last time out at home against Bournemouth and was at fault for two goals as well as getting himself sent off. Rightly started on the bench but came on for the injured Ogbonna and replaced Tomkins at right back as he moved inside. Started somewhat nervously but grew into the game and got back to something like the Jenkinson Hammers fans know and love.

Obiang - 7

Tried to get on the ball as much as possible and played some neat forward passes. Faces a battle to earn a regular first team place when everyone is fit.

Carroll - 6

Only on for a few minutes during which he only touched the ball a few times. Gave it away sloppily once but that was just ring rust. Was a great relief to fans, players and manager to see him back. Bilic will just hope it's for an extended spell this time.

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