Video Palace v West Ham- Cresswell assist, Benteke penalty miss and shocking Atkinson!

It was a decent performance from West Ham as they beat Crystal Palace 1-0 at Selhurst Park. Not outstanding, but it got the job done.

Plenty of talking points from the game- Aaron Cresswell returning from injury, making his first start of the season and the beautiful interplay between Payet and him for Lanzini’s goal. Then Benteke’s penalty miss and Martin Atkinson’s howler- giving Cresswell two yellows in the space of a minute (neither of which were really deserved!) and ensuring he misses the next game.

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Palace Frustrates The Irons

Crystal Palace not only frustrated promotion prospects West Ham with a goalless draw but the Upton Park crowd also voiced their opinions at each half of the game after a mediocre performance from their side.

According to West Ham’s manager, Sam Allardyce, his stars were upset about being booed off the field after their poor display against Crystal Palace which ended in a 0-0 draw.

Although the Hammers managed to keep all 11 players on the pitch against Palace 馃檪 , they just could not find a way past their guard as Palace were so resolute. Keeper, Green kept the hammers in the game and then some poor finishing after the break put the tin lid on a rather poor afternoon for the home side.

Allardyce said:

“As a manager you have to take it but one or two of the players in the dressing room were a little disappointed to get booed because we are at the top of the league”. “You build up the expectation as we have done recently having done so well, and we didn’t deliver today. But the fans have to stay with us and have to be patient, and then we’ll all benefit in the end.”

The only person who felt like he’d won something was Palace manager Dougie Freedman, who said:

“I’m pleased we could come to a big club like West Ham and force them to change shape and personnel,” he said. “West Ham will always cause you problems but we stuck to our game plan and I felt a draw was pretty much a fair result.”

The hammers next match is on 4th March against Cardiff City at the Cardiff City Stadium and kick-off is at 12:45. Cardiff will be smarting from their loss against Liverpool in the Carling Cup on penalties and will be “up for it”, make no mistake lads!

Allardyce: No Long Ball Game

West Ham United were back in training this Tuesday fresh from a spirited display at Crystal Palace when their poised passing performance should have earned more than the single point.

Speaking after the match, the Palace manager had said: “Two teams, playing two different ways; very much a physical powerful team in West Ham, knocking a lot of balls into your box, against the team that we had with the guile, the sharpness and the interchange to play and try to create chances.”

However, the Hammers had 366 passes in play compared to the home side’s 224. They completed nearly 80 per cent of these while Palace’s success rate was just 72 per cent. The visitors also carried the ball into the final third of the pitch on 93 occasions as opposed to the Eagles’ 68 times.

Speaking to whufc.com, Big Sam said: “We had more than 4,000 travelling fans at Selhurst Park. That is fantastic support again and they all saw another exciting team performance to go with the big wins we had at Watford and Nottingham Forest.

“We dominated the Palace game and outplayed the home side so it disappoints me to hear a young manager talking in the way that he did about my team. Just to get the facts straight, we were on top in terms of passing and possession and should have won the game with the chances we created.”

I am liking the statistics we are getting from WHUFC now! Shows the depth Sam Allardyce and his team go into to make sure they are fully prepared for every game, and of course analyse every performance. Feels a much more professional outfit than in the past.