West Ham v Crystal Palace 2018 Report- Injury hit Hammers pick up point against mid table rivals

A late first half penalty from Mark Noble, his 50th goal in West Ham colours, saw the home side draw against Roy Hodgson’s Crystal Palace in their midweek clash at the London Stadium. It also marked the first time in over four decades (1974 to be precise) that the Hammers have gone unbeaten in their first five top flight games of the calendar year.

With Manuel Lanzini, Marko Arnautovic, Andy Carroll and Pedro Obiang injured, and Arthur Masuaku beginning the first of a six game ban for spitting at Nick Powell, West Ham boss David Moyes had to dig deep to field a match day squad. Fortunately for him, his task was made easier by Noble, Declan Rice and Cheikhou Kouyate shaking off their pre-game knocks in time for this fixture. Michail Antonio, whose mistake had cost West Ham dear in the reverse fixture at Selhurst Park earlier in the season, didn’t feature in the squad- Moyes later revealed that he had been left out for disciplinary reasons (coming late to team meetings)

With Masuaku suspended, Aaron Cresswell was moved from his position in defence to left wingback. In came Declan Rice as part of a back three with Angelo Ogbonna and James Collins. Joao Mario was handed a home debut, albeit in a slightly advanced role than he would probably have wanted, with the Portuguese international and Kouyate playing just behind Javier Hernandez. Pablo Zabaleta was chosen to partner Noble in midfield, meaning a first league start of the Premier League season for young Sam Byram at right back [Read more…]

Diafra Sakho | Crystal Palace in talks to sign West Ham striker

Crystal Palace are in talks with West Ham over a move for unsettled striker Diafra Sakho. The Senegalese international has made no secret of the fact that he wants out of the London Stadium and Palace, who are one spot above West Ham in the league standings, have expressed interest in bringing him to Selhurst Park.

Palace already have Mamadou Sakho and Bakary Sako in their ranks, so signing Diafra will make it a third Sakho at Selhurst Park! [Read more…]

Video Manuel Lanzini’s delicate chip finish v Palace

Didn’t get as much attention owing to the stunner that Carroll’s goal was, but Manuel Lanzini again showed his class and his liking for Palace! (he’s scored every time he’s played them) with this delicate chip goal, scored after a wonderful counter attack from West Ham [Read more…]

Video Andy Carroll’s goal of the season contender v Palace

We’ve run out of superlatives to describe this one, so we’ll let the video do the talking. Check out Andy Carroll’s wonderful scissor kick v Palace (the same team against whom Giroud scored his “scorpion” kick) [Read more…]

Reid and Cresswell named in Garth Crooks’ team of the week for Round 8

West Ham had two representatives in Garth Crooks’ team of the week for Round 8, with both Winston Reid and Aaron Cresswell making it to the BBC analyst’s XI.

While Crooks blasts Martin Atkinson for his controversial decision to send Cresswell off, he also complains about the “lack of atmosphere” at the Olympic Stadium, comparing it to “watching football in the middle of the Nevada Desert” [Read more…]

Video Aaron Cresswell red card v Crystal Palace (two yellows) & Howard Webb’s reaction

Aaron Cresswell had an eventful evening in West Ham’s 1-0 win over Crystal Palace on Saturday evening, providing the assist for Lanzini’s goal but then bizarrely getting sent off by collecting two yellows in the space of a minute.

Was Cresswell’s red card a red?

Some weird officiating from Martin Atkinson (many reckoned the first should have been a West Ham penalty and the second should never have been a card in the first place) and here’s a video opinion on the two controversial incidents from Howard Webb [Read more…]