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West Ham United 0-1 Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace secured Premier League survival and a club-record equalling fifth straight top-flight win as a Mile Jedinak penalty saw off West Ham.

The Eagles had a penalty appeal turned down after the ball hit Kevin Nolan's shoulder, but almost fell behind to Andy Carroll's header before the break.

Carroll fluffed a good chance and West Ham paid the price when Pablo Armero tripped Cameron Jerome in the box.

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West Ham 0-1 Crystal Palace: Remarkable Eagles surprise Pulis

Jedinak converted and Joe Cole shot wide as a poor West Ham came up short.

At the final whistle the Palace players and the noisy travelling fans celebrated a result that matches their record of five successive top-flight wins in the 1992-93 campaign and ensures they will continue in the Premier League for another season at least.

West Ham, by contrast, departed to jeers after their direct approach failed to unlock Palace's committed defence.

With seven points and six places separating West Ham from the drop, manager Sam Allardyce seems to have done enough to avoid relegation but is still far from winning over the home crowd.

Both sets of fans were united before kick-off as they paid tribute to Hammers' striker Dylan Tombides, who died earlier this week at the age of 20, with a minute's applause.

Dylan Tombides' father and brother brought his shirt onto the pitch during the minute's applause

The Australian's father Jim and brother Taylor laid his number 38 shirt on the centre spot during the commemorations. The number will be retired in his memory making him only the second player - after the legendary Bobby Moore - to be remembered in such a way by the club.

Clear-cut chances were rare once the action got under way with Carroll clearing Kagisho Dikgacoi's header before the visitors' appeals for a penalty were turned down despite Nolan appeared to lean a shoulder into Adrian Mariappa's shot.

Scott Dann and Damien Delaney had initially marshalled Carroll well at the other end but West Ham's barrage of crosses almost produced a goal as the striker's muscular header brought a good save from Julian Speroni.

That demonstrated the threat that Carroll carries against even the best-organised defence, but his fluffed near-post finish after the break will not have helped his chances of making England's World Cup squad.

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Hammers lacked composure - Allardyce

Shortly after that Armero needlessly fouled Jerome and Jedinak responded to goalkeeper Adrian's attempts to distract him by rifling the spot kick into the top left-hand corner.

Allardyce's decision to bring on Carlton Cole for Matt Jarvis as West Ham struggled to force their way back into the game prompted chants of "you don't know what you're doing" from sections of the home support.

The change made little impression beyond a hopeful and unsuccessful late penalty appeal from Cole and the action played out with Palace's fans singing the praises of boss Tony Pulis as the Hammers joined Chelsea and Everton as victims of their latest run.

Line-ups

West Ham

  • 13Adrián
  • 3McCartneyBooked at 49mins
  • 8Armero
  • 16Noble
  • 5Tomkins
  • 2Reid
  • 4NolanSubstituted forNocerinoat 85'minutes
  • 21Diamé
  • 9Carroll
  • 23DowningSubstituted forColeat 78'minutes
  • 7JarvisSubstituted forColeat 70'minutes

Substitutes

  • 14Taylor
  • 17O'Brien
  • 22Jääskeläinen
  • 24Cole
  • 26Cole
  • 28Johnson
  • 47Nocerino

Crystal Palace

  • 1Speroni
  • 3Mariappa
  • 2Ward
  • 8Dikgacoi
  • 6Dann
  • 27Delaney
  • 13PuncheonSubstituted forGabbidonat 87'minutes
  • 15Jedinak
  • 30JeromeSubstituted forMurrayat 82'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 28Ledley
  • 7BolasieSubstituted forParrat 90+2'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Parr
  • 11Ince
  • 16Gayle
  • 17Murray
  • 19Gabbidon
  • 26Hennessey
  • 31Guédioura
Referee:
Martin Atkinson
Attendance:
34,977

Match Stats

Home TeamWest HamAway TeamCrystal Palace
Possession
Home65%
Away35%
Shots
Home13
Away11
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home3
Away11
Fouls
Home7
Away16

Live Text

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

Full Time

Second Half ends, West Ham United 0, Crystal Palace 1.
Andy Carroll (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Kagisho Dikgacoi (Crystal Palace).
James Tomkins (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Glenn Murray (Crystal Palace).

Booking

Glenn Murray (Crystal Palace) is shown the yellow card for hand ball.
Hand ball by Glenn Murray (Crystal Palace).

Substitution

Substitution, Crystal Palace. Jonathan Parr replaces Yannick Bolasie.
Foul by James Tomkins (West Ham United).
Glenn Murray (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Crystal Palace. Daniel Gabbidon replaces Jason Puncheon.
Attempt missed. Joe Cole (West Ham United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Carlton Cole with a headed pass.
Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by James Tomkins.

Substitution

Substitution, West Ham United. Antonio Nocerino replaces Kevin Nolan.
James Tomkins (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Glenn Murray (Crystal Palace).
Attempt missed. Joe Cole (West Ham United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Mark Noble.
Mohamed Diamé (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace).

Substitution

Substitution, Crystal Palace. Glenn Murray replaces Cameron Jerome.
Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by George McCartney.

Substitution

Substitution, West Ham United. Joe Cole replaces Stewart Downing.
Foul by Carlton Cole (West Ham United).
Joe Ledley (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt blocked. Yannick Bolasie (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Cameron Jerome.
Attempt missed. James Tomkins (West Ham United) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Carlton Cole with a headed pass following a set piece situation.
Mohamed Diamé (West Ham United) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Yannick Bolasie (Crystal Palace).
George McCartney (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Joel Ward (Crystal Palace).

Substitution

Substitution, West Ham United. Carlton Cole replaces Matthew Jarvis.
Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Mark Noble.
Attempt blocked. Jason Puncheon (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
Attempt missed. Joe Ledley (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Joel Ward.
Attempt blocked. Jason Puncheon (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Yannick Bolasie.
Attempt missed. Yannick Bolasie (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Cameron Jerome with a cross.
Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Cameron Jerome.
Attempt blocked. Stewart Downing (West Ham United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Kevin Nolan.
George McCartney (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
goal

As It Stood

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4Arsenal3420771867
5Everton3419962166
6Tottenham3519610263
7Man Utd33176101857
8Southampton35131012549
9Newcastle3514417-1546
10Stoke35111113-1044
11Crystal Palace3513418-1343
12West Ham3510718-1037
13Swansea359917-436
14Hull3310617-636
15Aston Villa349817-1435
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17Norwich348818-2732
18Cardiff357919-3430
19Fulham359323-4230
20Sunderland347819-2429
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