No-one expected Winston Reid would be West Ham's hero on their Upton Park farewell


After the ugly scenes off the pitch before kick-off, West Ham's farewell to Upton Park got the farewell it deserved as Winston Reid secured a comeback 3-2 win over Manchester United.

Not many people would have guessed that a New Zealand defender would score the final goal at the famous old ground, but given England once lost an international friendly to Australia there, perhaps we should have expected an Antipodean intervention.

Okay, maybe not. It's Winston Reid, he doesn't score goals.

It was a glorious moment for the 27-year-old who only moments earlier had been turned inside out by Anthony Martial as the Frenchman scored his second goal to put United 2-1 up after 71 minutes and have the home fans fearing the worst.

Reid's redemption was not far away as Dimitri Payet first provided the assist for Michail Antonio's equaliser before then putting it on a plate for the Kiwi to win the game in the 80th minute and send an already-throbbing home support into a frenzy of emotion.

The pulsating end only served to make the events before the match - when windows on the United team bus were broken after being pelted with object - even more regrettable.

Any tension was at least pricked early on in the match, which was delayed by 45 minutes due to the trouble, when Diafra Sakho put the Hammers ahead early on.

But Martial's equaliser brought yet more controversy.

When the France international scored again the shift in mood was palpable, but Payet's wizardry and Reid's unlikely goal ensured everyone in east London would go home happy.

Just like this guy predicted would happen.