Review by Will Eldridge (Twitter: @willgeorgejourn)
Crystal Palace lost at the Olympic Stadium, thanks to three goals from West Ham’s Sofiane Feghouli, Andy Carroll and Manuel Lanzini – meaning Sam Allardyce will have wait even longer for his first win in his new position at SE25. Feghouli secured his first Premier League goal, Carroll impressed with a stunning bicycle kick and a stylish late third from Manuel Lanzini ensured the France star was not missed.
West Ham needed a win to end a depressing week on a high and halt a run of three straight defeats, and they did just that! All against their former boss Sam Allardyce, who is still without a victory since taking over at Palace last month. The only downside for West Ham was when police had to help with a disturbance between rival fans during the match.
The hosts should have taken the lead in the 26th minute, when Mark Noble scampered past Joel Ward down the right and pinged his cross towards Carroll. However unfortunately for the powerful striker, his fierce volley from 14 yards out fizzed inches over Wayne Hennessey’s crossbar.
Although Dimitri Payet was absent, there was another mercurial Frenchman on the field. Yohan Cabaye almost marked his 31st birthday with a goal, only to see Darren Randolph keep out his fierce volley.
Moments later West Ham old boy, James Tomkins, came up with an awful miss from two yards out, when he side-footed Andros Townsend’s free-kick across goal and wide. It was the sort of clearance the defender would have been proud of had he still been in a claret and blue shirt, and it meant the sides went in level at the interval.
But West Ham kept knocking at the door after the break and were rewarded in the 68th minute, when Michail Antonio rounded Hennessey and slipped the ball across goal for Feghouli to slide in. Ten minutes later Antonio whipped in a cross from the left, and Carroll launched himself into the air to lash home a special goal with his left foot. Lanzini then ensured it was a case of “Dimitri who?” five minutes from time, when he collected Antonio’s pass on the halfway line, raced clear and chipped Hennessey to wrap up a much-needed win.
It’s becoming increasingly difficult for Crystal Palace to find any rhythm, confidence or form at the moment. New manager Allardyce certainly has a big task in making sure that Crystal Palace remain a Premiership club by the end of the season.
West Ham manager, Slaven Bilic:
“Payet is a great player so you are losing quality, but the team showed it is about the team and not individuals. This is a great example for that.
“So let’s talk about Carroll, or Darren Randolph, or Mark Noble. Michail Antonio had flu and a temperature of 38.4C last night. He showed brilliant determination, brilliant quality. That’s what I want to talk about.”
Crystal Palace manager, Sam Allardyce:
“We don’t have the capability to make sure we don’t lose. That’s the first thing to put right at a struggling club and at the moment we don’t know how to get that result.
“Today after 70 minutes we didn’t look in any real trouble, but once we gifted them the first goal we lost our shape and our discipline.