Media Player Ratings- How did West Ham’s players fare against Crystal Palace?

West Ham halted their four game losing streak on the road across all competitions with a hard fought 1-1 win against Crystal Palace over the weekend.

The Hammers opted to field the same XI that had drawn against table toppers Liverpool. They dominated the first half, with Felipe Anderson looking unstoppable as he pulled the strings on attack. The visitors went in 1-0 ahead at the break, with Mark Noble converting from the spot after Guaita had fouled Michail Antonio in the box.

The second half was an altogether different story, with Anderson and his team mates effectively opting to park the bus as they tried to repel wave after wave of Palace attack. The Eagles finally did manage to score, with Wilfried Zaha’s shot taking a deflection off Issa Diop en route to goal. The Hammers did not even have a single shot on target after the interval, with Marko Arnautovic not really able to influence the game in the half odd hour he spent on the pitch as a second half sub.

It was a bit of a Jekyll and Hyde performance from the Hammers, but few would disagree that a point was a fair result. Polish goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski admitted as much in his post match interview. Manuel Pellegrini also agreed saying that the “first 45 was West Ham’s” and the second was “Palace’s”

Could’ve probably gone West Ham’s way though- in the Liverpool game, the linesman missed a clear offside in the build-up to Mane’s goal, and here referee Pawson chose not to book Luka Milivojevic for a tackle on Noble which could’ve potentially reduced the hosts to ten men when West Ham were 1-0 up.

From the ratings, the poorest West Ham player on show was Robert Snodgrass. The best was Fabianski, who made several excellent saves, notably from McArthur and Benteke to prevent Palace from scoring. FL and Sky gave Mark Noble a higher rating than Declan Rice but the Mail rated the youngster better.

Arnautovic, Obiang and Zabaleta were the three subs used by West Ham in this game.


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