West Ham, Sunderland arrest slide with hard-fought draws

West Ham and Sunderland came from behind to earn 1-1 draws from their respective games to earn some respite as Watford and Bournemouth also played out a thrilling draw.

West Ham United's Dimitri Payet in action with Middlesbrough's Marten de Roon.   -  REUTERS

Dimitri Payet scored a sensational equaliser against Middlesbrough to prevent Slaven Bilic's team succumbing to a fifth straight league defeat.

Cristhian Stuani headed Boro in front early in the second half, but West Ham levelled in the 57th minute when Payet waltzed across the box from the left, beating five defenders, before drilling home.

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Watford and Bournemouth played out an entertaining 2-2 draw at Vicarage Road.

Bournemouth twice went in front, through Callum Wilson and substitute Joshua King, but Watford equalised on each occasion courtesy of captain Troy Deeney and substitute Isaac Success.

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Patrick van Aanholt's 83rd-minute equaliser earned Sunderland manager David Moyes a measure of respite in a 1-1 draw at home to West Bromwich Albion, which had gone ahead through Nacer Chadli.

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