Former West Ham hero amused by Dimitri Payet's latest brilliance

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A former West Ham United star has been left laughing by the performance of hero Dimitri Payet in the 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace.

The Hammers are flying high in the Premier League and pushing for a place in the Champions League under Slaven Bilic this season.

West Ham's progress was hampered when they were held to a draw after key midfielder Kouyate was controversially sent off for a challenge on Palace's Dwight Gayle with the Hammers winning 2-1.

Free-kick master

But the game will be remembered most for the latest piece of brilliance in the ever growing free-kick portfolio of France star Payet.

The Hammers talisman curled in a stunning free-kick from 35 yards in the FA Cup at Old Trafford last month.

And he went one better when he curled home an almost identical effort from ever further out for his national team in their recent win over Russia.

Payet showed he can do it from close range too, bending an unstoppable free-kick around a seven-man Palace wall and right into the top corner to give Bilic's side the lead in the match.

Now popular former Hammers star Ian Wright has heaped praise on the star's sheer ability.

'It's just unbelievable'

Speaking in his role as a pundit on BBC's Match of the Day, a giggling Wright reserved special praise for the ex-Marseille man.

"It's just unbelievable," Wright told MOTD.

"With Payet, we know what he's going to do and (Wayne) Hennesey (Palace goalkeeper) says 'I know what you're about mate, I'm going to put seven men in the wall, if you're going to beat me you, you're going to have to put it in the top corner'.

"When people say 'I want to put it in the top corner'... that is it!

"It's unsavable, yes he (Hennesey) does take a step to his right but I still feel he wouldn't get it... that is perfect.

"He's put seven men in the wall, you normally only see four. He's put seven in the wall saying 'Right you ain't going to beat me there' ... so er see you later!"

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