West Ham United drew 1-1 with West Bromwich Albion this afternoon - here are five things we learned from the game.
In the absence of Dimitri Payet, Manuel Lanzini and Mauro Zarate had to step up and fill the Frenchman's role. Today, both Argentines were in top form, providing flair and skill in the final third. Lanzini didn't get himself on the scoresheet but he was instrumental throughout, whilst Zarate whipped a superb free kick in to the net for West Ham's opener - and Slaven Bilic needs both players to continue in this form, as they terrorised West Brom throughout.
Sakho injury a blow - can Jelavic step up?
Senegalese hitman Diafra Sakho provides an athletic presence in attack, possessing power power and pace to cause problems. However, the striker went off in the second half with a muscle injury, and with Enner Valencia also out injured, West Ham now lack some speed up top. Croatian Nikica Jelavic may have a bigger role, but he has yet to impress since his deadline day move from Hull City. Sakho's injury is a real blow to Bilic, and it seems doubtful that Jelavic can fill his role in the Hammers attack.
Home comforts still missing
After seven home games this season, West Ham have won just twice; once against a terrible Newcastle side and once against a Chelsea side low on confidence at the time. With draws against Norwich City, Everton and West Brom, as well as defeats against Leicester City and Bournemouth, West ham are still searching for momentum at home, having impressed away from Upton Park this season. In their last season at the Boleyn Ground, this isn't quite how fans envisaged the campaign going at home, and Bilic needs to find the right formula to pick up home wins after squandering today's 1-0 lead.
With Mark Noble suspended, Bilic went with Cheikhou Kouyate and Pedro Obiang, and the athletic duo impressed in front of the West Ham back four. When West Brom got on top, the bite of Alex Song could have been useful, but one thing is for sure - Bilic has options in the middle. With Obiang proving that he is getting up to speed in English football with his performance today, Bilic could feasibly pick any combination of Kouyate, Noble, Obiang and Song in the middle of the park, giving the Hammers some exciting possibilities.
More needed from Moses?
One of the disappointments in recent weeks has been Nigerian winger Victor Moses. A deadline day arrival from Chelsea, Moses made a huge impact on his debut with a superb performance against Newcastle. A goal against Manchester City shortly after once again showed what Moses can do, but he has really tailed off in recent weeks. Today, Moses had very little impact on the game, and squandered West Ham's last chance, volleying wide from Lanzini's cross. Moses must improve his performances in the coming weeks, or risk losing his place out wide to Michail Antonio.