New Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis earned his first win as a rare Marouane Chamakh goal helped beat West Ham.

After the Hammers had early control with Mohamed Diame heading over, Chamakh headed in his first goal since August from Barry Bannan's cross.

Pulis praises 'unbelievable' effort

Palace could have extended their lead as Jussi Jaaskelainen made two saves to deny Jason Puncheon and Cameron Jerome.

But Pulis's side defended stoutly and the three points helped them move off the bottom of the Premier League.

The Eagles are still three points behind fourth from bottom Cardiff, yet the manner in which they held onto their lead will give Pulis hope as he bids to maintain his record of never having been relegated in 21 years of football management.

For West Ham, a disappointing evening ended in controversy as Ravel Morrison appeared to shove Palace defender Joel Ward in the face after the final whistle, earning the Hammers 20-year-old a booking.

He will miss West Ham's next game at Liverpool after collecting five yellow cards this season.

Palace's upcoming fixtures

  • 7 December: Cardiff (home)
  • 14 December: Chelsea (away)
  • 21 December: Newcastle (h)
  • 26 December: Aston Villa (a)
  • 28 December: Manchester City (a)

The fact he did not receive a red card may be considered fortunate, but there was nothing lucky about Palace's second victory in three games, which was hard-fought, if not exactly pretty.

Chamakh, who criticised West Ham boss Sam Allardyce after playing only three games while on loan at Upton Park last season, scored his second goal of the season.

And his header came against the run of play in a first half in which West Ham had started to take control.

Palace were playing their first home game since Pulis took charge and began brightly as Jason Puncheon tested Jaaskelainen with a stinging shot.

But with Morrison back in the Hammers line-up, the visitors were better in possession than their opponents.

That led to a glut of opportunities around the half-hour mark as Kevin Nolan miscued a volley from Mark Noble's free-kick and Diame headed over from Stewart Downing's cross.

Allardyce 'frustrated and angry' at loss

Carlton Cole, who replaced Modibo Maiga in attack after scoring in the 3-0 victory over Fulham on Saturday, also created another chance for Downing, which he mis-controlled.

The Hammers have only scored three of their 12 goals this season in the first half, and they went behind in a manner which would have infuriated Allardyce, who spoke proudly about his side's defensive record before the game.

Barry Bannan's poor corner was cleared back to the Scot, and he had time to pick out the unmarked Chamakh, who glanced his header into the goal from five yards out.

Whatever Pulis said at half-time, his players came out in the second half like a team transformed.

They had three great chances to score in the space of two minutes as Jaaskelainen tipped Puncheon's shot around the post, watched Kigasho Dikgacoi head over from the resulting corner and then blocked Jerome's effort when the striker was clean through.

That period had the home supporters bouncing and they were mocking their West Ham counterparts soon after as Downing was denied a goal as the referee's assistant saw Joey O'Brien foul Chamakh after they challenged for a cross at the back post.

With Joe Cole and Maiga introduced, the visitors pressed for an equaliser with Downing's free-kick saved well by Julian Speroni.

But Palace came closest to scoring the next goal as Dikgacoi had a shot saved before substitute Jimmy Kebe fired over with the goal gaping.

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce:

"I haven't got the words for it [the goal] when everybody has a marker and the ball comes in from the corner, you still have your marker, you don't lose your marker but we did and being in the middle of the goal with a free header they're not going to miss.

"That's the most disappointing thing for me today because that's lost us the game effectively.

"On such a crucial game we should not have let that slip. A point at the end of the day wouldn't have been a bad result.

"It's all our fault today."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (6)

Crystal Palace

  • 01 Speroni
  • 02 Ward
  • 21 Moxey
  • 15 Jedinak
  • 19 Gabbidon
  • 27 Delaney Booked
  • 13 Puncheon (Kébé - 66' )
  • 08 Dikgacoi
  • 30 Jerome
  • 29 Chamakh (Williams - 85' )
  • 46 Bannan (O'Keefe - 82' )

Substitutes

  • 03 Mariappa
  • 09 Phillips
  • 12 O'Keefe
  • 16 Gayle
  • 20 Williams
  • 28 Kébé
  • 34 Price

West Ham United

  • 22 Jääskeläinen
  • 17 O'Brien
  • 08 Rat (McCartney - 78' )
  • 04 Nolan (Cole - 58' )
  • 19 Collins
  • 05 Tomkins Booked
  • 23 Downing
  • 16 Noble
  • 24 Cole (Maiga - 58' )
  • 15 Morrison Booked
  • 21 Diamé

Substitutes

  • 03 McCartney
  • 07 Jarvis
  • 10 Collison
  • 11 Maiga
  • 13 Adrián
  • 20 Demel
  • 26 Cole
Ref: Lee Mason
Att: 23,891

Match Stats

Shots

10 11

On target

5 2

Corners

3 4

Fouls

10 9

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Crystal Palace 1, West Ham United 0.

90:00 +5:30 Booking

Booking Ravel Morrison (West Ham United) is shown the yellow card.

90:00 +5:00 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Crystal Palace 1, West Ham United 0.

90:00 +2:52

Attempt missed. Jimmy Kébé (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

90:00 +2:09

Offside, West Ham United. Ravel Morrison tries a through ball, but George McCartney is caught offside.

90:00 +0:54

Offside, West Ham United. Mark Noble tries a through ball, but James Collins is caught offside.

90:00 +0:32

James Tomkins (West Ham United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

90:00 +0:32

Foul by Cameron Jerome (Crystal Palace).

89:08

Attempt missed. James Collins (West Ham United) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Stewart Downing with a cross following a corner.

88:54

Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Jimmy Kébé.

87:30

James Collins (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

87:30

Foul by Cameron Jerome (Crystal Palace).

84:52 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Crystal Palace. Jonathan Williams replaces Marouane Chamakh.

84:12

Foul by George McCartney (West Ham United).

84:12

Jimmy Kébé (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick on the right wing.

82:59

Offside, West Ham United. Ravel Morrison tries a through ball, but Stewart Downing is caught offside.

81:48 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Crystal Palace. Stuart O'Keefe replaces Barry Bannan.

80:44

Hand ball by Marouane Chamakh (Crystal Palace).

77:54

Foul by Mohamed Diamé (West Ham United).

77:54

Marouane Chamakh (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

77:34 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, West Ham United. George McCartney replaces Razvan Rat.

76:40

Attempt saved. Kagisho Dikgacoi (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Jimmy Kébé.

75:23

Attempt missed. Ravel Morrison (West Ham United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

74:00

Attempt saved. Stewart Downing (West Ham United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

73:07

Mohamed Diamé (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

73:07

Foul by Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace).

68:55

Attempt blocked. Stewart Downing (West Ham United) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Mark Noble.

67:15

Offside, Crystal Palace. Barry Bannan tries a through ball, but Mile Jedinak is caught offside.

66:40 Booking

Booking James Tomkins (West Ham United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

66:26

Foul by James Tomkins (West Ham United).

66:26

Cameron Jerome (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

65:18 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Crystal Palace. Jimmy Kébé replaces Jason Puncheon.

63:37

James Collins (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

63:37

Foul by Cameron Jerome (Crystal Palace).

62:53

Foul by Joey O'Brien (West Ham United).

62:53

Marouane Chamakh (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

61:55

Ravel Morrison (West Ham United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

61:55

Foul by Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace).

60:34

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

59:59

Delay in match Mohamed Diamé (West Ham United) because of an injury.

57:51 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, West Ham United. Joe Cole replaces Kevin Nolan.

57:35 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, West Ham United. Modibo Maiga replaces Carlton Cole.

57:18

Foul by Carlton Cole (West Ham United).

57:18

Daniel Gabbidon (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

54:21

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Joey O'Brien.

51:42

Attempt saved. Cameron Jerome (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Mile Jedinak with a headed pass.

51:05

Attempt missed. Kagisho Dikgacoi (Crystal Palace) header from very close range is too high. Assisted by Barry Bannan with a cross following a corner.

50:25

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Jussi Jääskeläinen.

50:21

Attempt blocked. Jason Puncheon (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Marouane Chamakh.

49:19

Attempt missed. Mohamed Diamé (West Ham United) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Ravel Morrison.

45:00

Second Half begins Crystal Palace 1, West Ham United 0.

45:00 +2:02 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Crystal Palace 1, West Ham United 0.

45:00 +0:42

Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Mile Jedinak.

45:00 +0:41

Attempt blocked. Stewart Downing (West Ham United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Mohamed Diamé with a cross.

43:09

Foul by Carlton Cole (West Ham United).

43:09

Marouane Chamakh (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

41:20 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Crystal Palace 1, West Ham United 0. Marouane Chamakh (Crystal Palace) header from very close range to the top left corner. Assisted by Barry Bannan with a cross following a corner.

40:36

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by James Tomkins.

40:33

Attempt blocked. Joel Ward (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

39:05

Offside, Crystal Palace. Barry Bannan tries a through ball, but Cameron Jerome is caught offside.

37:42

Attempt missed. Mohamed Diamé (West Ham United) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Stewart Downing with a cross following a set piece situation.

37:38

Attempt blocked. Ravel Morrison (West Ham United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Mark Noble.

37:18

Mark Noble (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

37:18

Foul by Jason Puncheon (Crystal Palace).

30:49

Attempt saved. Kevin Nolan (West Ham United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Mark Noble.

30:00 Booking

Booking Damien Delaney (Crystal Palace) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

29:52

Ravel Morrison (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

29:52

Foul by Damien Delaney (Crystal Palace).

26:46

Foul by Mohamed Diamé (West Ham United).

26:46

Joel Ward (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

26:20

Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Mile Jedinak.

24:55

Ravel Morrison (West Ham United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

24:55

Foul by Kagisho Dikgacoi (Crystal Palace).

22:00

Offside, West Ham United. Stewart Downing tries a through ball, but Kevin Nolan is caught offside.

20:27

Attempt blocked. Carlton Cole (West Ham United) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Stewart Downing with a cross.

19:18

Offside, West Ham United. Kevin Nolan tries a through ball, but Carlton Cole is caught offside.

16:52

Attempt missed. Razvan Rat (West Ham United) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Kevin Nolan.

15:59

Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Dean Moxey.

14:33

Attempt saved. Jason Puncheon (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Mile Jedinak.

13:23

Attempt missed. Barry Bannan (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Jason Puncheon.

12:40

Attempt missed. Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a set piece situation.

12:07

Jason Puncheon (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick on the right wing.

12:07

Foul by Razvan Rat (West Ham United).

11:21

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

10:36

Delay in match Damien Delaney (Crystal Palace) because of an injury.

9:51

Offside, West Ham United. Stewart Downing tries a through ball, but Kevin Nolan is caught offside.

8:08

Foul by Marouane Chamakh (Crystal Palace).

8:08

Razvan Rat (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

4:51

Foul by Mohamed Diamé (West Ham United).

4:51

Jason Puncheon (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick on the right wing.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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