C Palace 2 – 3 West Ham

West Ham started 2022 firmly in the top-four game thanks to first-half goals that gave them a 3-2 win at Crystal Palace in the Premier League, despite a late rally from the hosts.

With Arsenal losing 2-1 to Man City at the start of the new year, West Ham are only within a point of fourth, with Norwich struggling and then Leeds leading the way at home in the Premier League. League, but this was far from simple.

Fresh off their first of five wins at Watford midweek, West Ham scored three unanswered goals in the first half. Michail Antonio opened the scoring, hitting the bad home delivery of Said Benrahma (22), before Manuel Lanzini’s cute touch and deadly goal on the edge flyby made it 2-0 (25).

Manuel Lanzini (left) scored a splendid second

Lanzini slipped a penalty in the final of the first half after Luka Milivojevic managed just inside the area as he went to control the ball without opposition (45 + 5), a decision that infuriated Palace. But their coach Patrick Vieira, who accompanied the referees down the tunnel on the whistle, admitted after the game: “It was a penalty.”

The result at half-time was misleading – Palace hit two woods and had several chances – but they got the goals they feel deserved their game at the end when Odsonne Edouard touched past Lukasz Fabianski on a brilliant cross from sub Michael Olise (83).

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See Manuel Lanzini’s brilliant goal in West Ham’s 3-2 win over Crystal Palace from all angles.

Olise’s free-kick cross then found the net through bodies in the area in the 90th minute, and despite a nervous shot when Jean-Philippe Mateta’s overhead kick fell just wide, West Ham held by three points.

Vieira said after the match in progress Sky Sports that naivety cost Palace in a game where they were “the best team”, while West Ham boss David Moyes was “thrilled” despite admitting that his “didn’t play particularly well”.

This result means that West Ham have achieved their first consecutive victories since the beginning of November in the Premier League, while the Palace remains 11th.

Player ratings

Crystal Palace: Guaita (6), Ward (6), Guehi (6), Andersen (6), Mitchell (6), Milivojevic (5), Hughes (5), Schlupp (6), Ayew (6), Edouard (6), Benteke (5)

Subtitles: Mateta (6), Olise (7), Riedewald (5)

West Ham: Fabianski (5), Coufal (6), Diop (6), Dawson (6), Johnson (6), Soucek (6), Rice (7), Lanzini (8), Bowen (7), Benrahma (7), Antonio (7)

Subtitles: Masuaku (6), Vlasic (5), Noble (NA)

Man of the match: Manuel Lanzini

How did West Ham resist in the New York thriller?

In an action packed first half on goal, Palace got off to a brilliant start, hitting the post with a hooked shot from Jeffrey Schlupp from six yards.

Vicente Guaita then made a sensational double save that first denies Antonio’s shot from close range, then Benrahma’s return header while the Spaniard was on the ground. But it failed to keep West Ham out for long as visitors crushed Palace with a rapid-fire double.

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Antonio puts West Ham ahead!

Benrahma’s delivery from the left was impossible for Palace’s defenders and needed only the slightest touch from Antonio to beat Guaita for the lead, just Antonio’s second goal in nine appearances, but his 11th of the season so far.

West Ham lost their minds and scored again two minutes later; dominant Declan Rice crossed the midfield, spotted a space occupied by Lanzini and, after turning inside Joachim Andersen, the ball leapt perfectly for Lanzini to deliver a brilliant volley over Guaita.

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“Absolutely sensational!” – Lanzini makes a crash

Palace had his chances – Edouard threw a shot on the crossbar and Christian Benteke saw two half chances saved by Fabianski – but the hosts were only to blame themselves in the last moments of halftime recovery.

In an attempt to control the ball, Milivojevic instinctively made a hand shot just inside the area, with the VAR stepping in and advising Darren England to watch the sideline screen. England gave the penalty, and Lanzini slipped it into the lower left corner 3-0.

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Lanzini’s penalty puts the Hammers ahead 3-0!

The second half was initially much less eventful. Edouard stretched to receive Jordan Ayew’s ball on goal but could only turn, and even though Vieira brought Mateta to reinforce the attack, things didn’t work out in Palace’s favor until it was too much. late.

Antonio sends a great snap shot to the side for West Ham, Edouard pulls a good chance to the side on a lay-up from Mateta, but Edouard eventually finds his goal, hitting home Olise’s fantastic curled shot from right to seven minutes left.

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Edouard pulls one back for Palace!

Palace kept pushing and put West Ham’s nerves on edge in injury time – Olise’s free-kick cross somehow found the furthest corner through the crowd in the 3-2 area – before the overhead kick. of Mateta in the last minute of recovery fell by a few centimeters. of Fabianski’s right post.

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Olise’s brilliant punishment gives Palace hope!

Few could have envied Palace a point despite the halftime disadvantage, recording 62% ball possession and 22 shots to West Ham’s 10, but the Hammers held out for a pivotal victory having scored nine goals in their last three games. .

Analysis: West Ham happy without the ball

After a difficult one-point run from a possible nine before and just after Christmas, West Ham are firmly back in the chase for the top four with consecutive away wins.

At Selhurst Park, West Ham won without playing particularly well – said David Moyes. Yes, that’s a good sign, etc, etc, but while Moyes’ team have electrifying, interchangeable attacking options – this time it was Manuel Lanzini who did a MOTM performance, with Pablo Fornals out – their game plan is often focused on the transfer of possession.

West Ham only had 37% of possession on Saturday, the seventh out of 20 this season they had possession in the 1930s. They have won four of those games – against Chelsea, Liverpool, Tottenham and this Palace win – and have only suffered narrow losses to Man Utd and Man City. In fact, West Ham record more points per game (1.85) this season in games they have possession in the 1930s, compared to games where they record more than 40 percent of the ball (1.61).

Four of their most disappointing results this season have come in games where they dominated the ball: draws at Burnley and Saints (59 and 58 percent respectively) and home losses to Brentford and Saints (60 and 56 percent respectively).

In the next six games, four of the current last six will play at home. On paper it looks like a welcome match series, but they will have to show dexterity when the burden is on them to force open spaces onto the ball.
Gerard Brand

Vieira: We were the best team | No penalty

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Crystal Palace boss Patrick Vieira felt his team’s inexperience in the 3-2 defeat to West Ham.

The boss of the building Patrick Vieira on Sky Sport:

“It’s really difficult because I think we played good football tonight and created several chances to win the game. I think we were the best team today.

“[West Ham] is a mature team, e [we] allowed them to win today’s game. Sometimes we were naive. We were also unlucky, because I think we had the best chance of the match. But we have to learn and improve. Playing well is not enough to win football matches.

“With more maturity and experience, we will manage the game differently. But I think we should at least make a point today. Maybe we lack experience but what we have in the locker room are players who believe until the end, like our fans.”

On the decision of the penalty: “It’s the referee’s decision and from where I was it was difficult to see. I saw it later and it’s a penalty”.

Moyes: enthusiastic about the win, but we didn’t play well

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David Moyes was “thrilled” to take all three points from the 3-2 win over Crystal Palace, but admits his side were not at their best.

West Ham boss David Moyes on Sky Sports:

“A really good result, very happy, at the end of a rather difficult week with matches and injuries, so excited about the victory.
We didn’t play well, but we scored three goals, and that’s what we’re capable of. I don’t think we played particularly well.

“I thought you saw Palace’s qualities in the first half, they started the game better than us. They had many opportunities but tonight we were more cynical, and luckily.

“It was a difficult schedule – before the three games, we also had a quarter of Carabao – it was a difficult schedule for the boys and the staff. We won two away games in the Premier League, over Christmas, and it’s not easy.”

On Lanzini’s goal: “He is capable of it. We have seen him several times, he is playing well for us at the moment.”

Andersen: We should have won easily

Crystal Palace defender Joachim Andersen on Sky Sport:

“We have played twice at West Ham and both times we have dominated them. I think we should win this game easily. They have had two chances and a penalty which is not a penalty. We should win this game.

“For me, his [Milivojevic’s] arm is close to his body so it is not a penalty. It is obvious that it is not a sanction.

“We had so many chances in the first half and that gave us hope. We talked at half-time that we would create the chances, we just had to take them. The penalty made it difficult at 3-0 before half-time. It’s hard to accept.”

Antonio: Lanzini the ‘jewel’ | Benrahma goes through a dream

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Michail Antonio: Manuel Lanzini is the jewel!

West Ham striker Michail Antonio on Sky Sport:

On Benrahma’s cross: “The attacker’s dream. Incredible. I just had to touch him. I wish I had them every week.”

On Lanzini’s amazing goal: “Here they call it the jewel, it’s magical. It is showing its qualities again and we are happy to have the jewel back”.

What’s next?

Crystal Palace will head to Championship Millwall in the third round of the FA Cup next Saturday; kick-off at 12:45.

West Ham’s third round match sees them host Leeds on Sunday 9 January; kick-off at 14.

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