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Published: 17:45 | 5/3/16

Payet inspires West Ham to win at Everton


West Ham fought back from 2-0 down to beat 10-man Everton 3-2 at Goodison Park to move to within three points of third-placed Arsenal at the top of the Premier League.

The home side went 2-0 up after 56 minutes thanks to Romelu Lukaku's 13-minute opener and Aaron Lennon's fifth goal in seven Premier League appearances, despite losing Kevin Mirallas on 33 minutes for a second bookable offence.

In 31 matches before today, Lennon has never been on the losing side in a Premier League match he had scored in, and that record looked in little danger when. midway through the second half, Lukaku had the chance to give his side a 3-0 lead from the penalty spot following Alex Song's foul on Mo Besic.

But the Belgian wasted the opportunity, as his unconvincing penalty was saved by West Ham goalkeeper Adrian.

Dimitri Payet, West Ham's inspirational £10.7m summer signing from Marseille, seized the opportunity and took charge against the tiring ten men of Everton, and the visitors deservedly pulled a goal back on 78 minutes thanks to Michail Antonio's fifth goal in eight matches, following good work by Mark Noble.

Three minutes later, it was 2-2, as Diafra Sakho headed home Payet's cross for the Senegal international's first goal in the Premier League since the 2-2 draw with Norwich at Upton Park in September.

And Payet hit the winner, his eighth goal in the Premier League this season, in the 90th minute to lift West Ham to fifth in the table and keep his side's Champions League hopes on track.

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