West Ham United winger Dimitri Payet is defending his choice of using a rabona pass to set up the Hammers’ second goal against Watford on Saturday.
Payet picked up two assists in the game as he provided Michail Antonio with the final pass before scoring. But the second one was a delicious rabona that created a lot of headlines. Watford’s Troy Deeney said it inspired the team to come back and win the game, as he saw it as Payet showing off. The Frenchman is claiming that it was instinctual.
“It was something that came instinctively to me at that time in the game,” Payet told the club’s official website.
I thought that it was the best thing to do at that moment and I did it and it worked. When it works, the skill becomes even more impressive.”
Payet reckons that it was a special thing, and that it won’t be a go-to move for him.
“If it worked every time, then of course,” Payet said. “Unfortunately, it is not a piece of skill that you can use every time, so we will have to see.”
West Ham ultimately suffered a 4-2 loss to Watford, and Payet admitted that they weren’t good enough in the second half.
“Against Watford, you have to say that we had two very different halves. The first, apart from the last five minutes, we were playing well and scored two times. Unfortunately, we let them get back into the game and then in the second half, they managed to get another. We lost this game and I think we didn’t quite do enough to see the game through and to win it.”
West Ham takes on West Bromwich Albion on Saturday at the Hawthorns.