Five things we learned from West Ham's magnifique first home win of the season over Newcastle

West Ham - Upton Park: Boleyn Ground

West Ham United got their first home victory of the last ever season at the Boleyn Ground beating Newcastle United 2-0, but what did we learn from the game?

Dimitri Payet scored both goals as Slaven Bilic's side cruised to a comfortable win, their second in a row after a famous victory at Liverpool the last time out.

So from a West Ham perspective, what did we learn from the game?

1) France manager Didier Deschamps doesn't have a clue

West Ham fans have known it for weeks, but anyone who hadn't had the fortune of watching Dimitri Payet play got to see against Newcastle just how gifted the Frenchman is. Two goals, the first a sublime curling effort into the top corner and another faultless display from what, at £10.5 million, is surely one of the bargains of the summer on this form. Despite hitting the ground running with a string of brilliant performances so far to continue his fine form from the last two seasons, Payet was inexplicably left out of the last France squad by manager Didier Deschamps for recent friendlies against Portugal and Serbia despite such an impressive start to his Premier League career. Deschamps said he expected to see even more from the exciting 28-year-old. But Payet once again showed not only has he got a ridiculous amount of skill and class, but he also gets goals, assists and puts in the hard graft and tracks back to help his teammates too. With everyone raving about Payet again after his display against the Magpies, ex-Chelsea man Deschamps will be left a little red-faced over the omission.

2) Win makes it West Ham's best start to a Premier League season for seven years

The win over Newcastle sealed West Ham's best start to a Premier League season for even years. Wins over Arsenal, Liverpool and the Magpies have seen the Hammers up to fifth in the table after five games, with the only two blots on the copybook coming against Leicester City and Bournemouth. Back in the 2008/9 campaign under then manager Alan Curbishley the Hammers started the season with a 2-1 win over Wigan Athletic before a 3-0 defeat to Manchester City. They bounced back with a 4-1 win over Macclesfield Town in the League Cup and followed that up by beating Blackburn Rovers in the league by the same scoreline. A 3-2 defeat away to West Brom followed but the Hammers, like this season, completed the first give-game league cycle with a victory over Newcastle, by 3-1.

3) There IS a 'West Ham Way' ... and this is IT

From the minute West Ham parted ways with Sam Allardyce in the summer a number of football pundits and opposition fans have been very outspoken on why the little old Hammers should be careful what they wish for. Big Sam was a virtual guarantee to stay in the league, and that according to pundits such as Alan Shearer, Graeme Souness, Jamie Carragher, Richard Keys, Alan Brazil, Robbie Savage and many others is the height of the club's ambition.

Hammers fans are tired of watching sneering pundits like Souness belittle their values. It seems fashionable at the moment to mock the 'West Ham way' laughing it off as a fallacy. Well the West Ham way is very simple. It is seeing players giving 100% and trying to play football in the right way attacking the opposition like they did at Arsenal, like they did at Liverpool and like they did against Newcastle. Bilic was a risk they said. West Ham will struggle without Allardyce they said. Well West Ham fans everywhere will enjoy seeing their side sat fifth in the fledgling Premier League table knowing they have been playing some exciting football on the floor and getting results at the same time. Allardyce was adamant West Ham did not have a good enough squad to play the type of football fans wanted to see while also getting results. Well Bilic has so far proved him wrong, providing an attacking side which is averaging two goals a game and keeping clean sheets too... now that's the West Ham way.

4) Steve McClaren is sick of the sight of Slaven Bilic

Sky chose to broadcast live from the match at Upton Park, and beforehand cynics would suggest it was more because of the men sat in the dugouts than the teams on the pitch. Ever since the fixtures were announced, an eye was cast to the first meeting of the two managers - which comes eight years on from a match so important it has shaped the reputations and career paths of both men ever since.

Revenge, no matter how much he says otherwise, would have been high on the agenda for former England boss McClaren who suffered his biggest failure at the hands of his Croatian counterpart in 2007. Bilic broke the hearts of the nation and ruined the reputation of a man when his Croatia side beat England 3-2 at Wembley to deny them a place at Euro 2008. And the former Derby County manager will be sick of the sight of his nemesis after another tactical trumping in London. West Ham were better all over the pitch and could have won by more. Like that fateful day all those years ago, the result puts McClaren's job under pressure again with the Magpies nailed to the bottom of the fledgling league table by the Hammers.

5) Hammers finally have options from the bench

Any West Ham fan looking at their bench for the game may have had to do a double take such was its quality. It has been many, many years since the Hammers have had such a good bench and credit must go to not only Bilic but also West Ham co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold who have backed their new man with some very intelligent signings. New signing Michail Antonio, experienced fans' favourite defender James Collins, Pedro Obiang, Carl Jenkinson and Andy Carroll were all on West Ham's bench for the Newcastle game giving Bilic a number of options and plenty o flexibility in terms of style of play too.

Like any team, West Ham are sure to pick up injuries throughout the season and even saw Angelo Ogbonna taken off holding his hamstring during the win over Newcastle. But with number one goalkeeper Adrian to return following suspension and the likes of Alex Song and Enner Valencia also due to come back around the end of October it will be a real battle to not only get in the team but to choose it in the first place. What it showed against Newcastle, though, was that the strength-in-depth is already pushing players to perform better and more consistently to keep their places.

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