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Three things we learnt from West Ham's vital draw with Middlesbrough

With Slaven Bilic reportedly having three games to save his job in anticipation of the visit of Middlesbrough on Saturday, a point represents an improvement after four consecutive defeats. It took a piece of magic from Dimitri Payet to save his side after Christian Stuani put Boro ahead just after the break.

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After an even first half, Stuani’s strike gave Boro the advantage but it was the Hammers who had more chances in the game. Mark Noble’s first half effort had hit the crossbar and nearly put his side ahead, but Stuani’s header opened the scoring to poison the London Stadium atmosphere.

Payet saved his side only six minutes later and the Irons had a number of chances to turn that point into three but failed to do so as Slaven Bilic watched on from the sideline knowing that good results against Crystal Palace and Sunderland are vital if he is to keep his job.

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Read on over the next few pages to see what we can learn from the game…

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