These two West Ham stars let their outstanding teammate Dmitri Payet down

Slaven Bilic

Dmitri Payet was outstanding once again for West Ham, only for the strikers to let him and themselves down.

West Ham produced a late fightback to snatch an equaliser with Sunderland, but the result was a disappointment for the side.

The Hammers had won away to Arsenal, Manchester City, and Liverpool. yet failed to beat a side floundering in the relegation zone.

The difference on this occasion was wasteful finishing, and strikers Diafra Sakho and Nikica Jelavic can count themselves responsible.

Dmitri Payet was outstanding once again, matching his season's best performance in terms of creativity, by making seven key passes.

The strikers were unable to take advantage of Payet's passes, and further opportunities, managing 10 shots between them - and not a single one on target.

  Key PassesTotal ShotsShots On TargetMins Played
Dimitri Payet 7 2 2 90
Nikica Jelavic 1 5 0 32
Diafra Sakho 0 5 0 90

Jelavic was only on the pitch for just over half and hour, yet managed to show an unrelenting wastefulness, failing to test the goalkeeper with any of his five efforts.

Sunderland have been so poor this season, and low on confidence, that Sakho and Jelavic should have been the difference makers from the sheer number of chances they squandered, but instead their efforts were simply inept.

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