Dimitri Payet scored twice as West Ham beat Newcastle United 2-0 at Upton Park to climb to fifth in the early Premier League table.
Slaven Bilic famously masterminded Steve McClaren’s darkest hour in management eight years ago when his Croatia side beat England 3-2 at Wembley.
That defeat prevented the Three Lions qualifying for Euro 2008 and cost McClaren his job as England boss, as well as a large chunk of his credibility.
And in their first competitive meeting since that rain-soaked night, Bilic once again came out on top as McClaren’s Newcastle side slipped to the bottom of the table without a win, having not scored in the league since the opening day of the season.
West Ham’s start to the campaign has been somewhat bizarre, with wins at Arsenal and Liverpool sandwiching home defeats by Leicester and Bournemouth.
But they could sense Newcastle were there for the taking after just nine minutes when £10.5million summer signing Payet capped a sweeping move with a stunning opener.
Mark Noble collected Diafra Sakho’s backheel in the penalty area and laid the ball back for the French midfielder to coolly sidefoot a curling effort into the top corner.
Payet arrived from Marseille with a reputation for creating goals as well as scoring them, and he showed why by teeing up Manuel Lanzini for a shot which the youngster blazed over, before playing in debutant Victor Moses only for the Chelsea loanee to fire wide.
By contrast, the sum total of Newcastle’s efforts in the first half was a Janmaat shot which Hammers keeper Darren Randolph comfortably kept out.
Moses impresses for West Ham
And three minutes into the second half West Ham doubled their lead.
Moses was desperately unlucky not to mark an impressive first appearance with a goal when he ran almost the length of the field following a Newcastle corner, only to crash his shot against the crossbar.
The ball bounced down and out towards the lurking Payet, who thumped it into an empty net to take his tally for the season to three.
Newcastle tried to find a way back into the match, but the closest they came was a shot from Siem de Jong which was deflected narrowly over the top, much to McClaren’s frustration.
Andy Carroll made his return against his former club when he replaced Moses with a couple of minutes remaining to give the buoyant West Ham crowd a further boost.