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West Ham United 0-1 Crystal Palace

By Mike HensonBBC Sport
Mile Jedinak celebrates after scoring the winner against West Ham

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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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.

Crystal Palace players pay tribute to Dylan Tombides
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.

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.


West Ham

Formation 4-3-3

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


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

Crystal Palace

Formation 4-4-1-1

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


  • 4Parr
  • 11Ince
  • 16Gayle
  • 17Murray
  • 19Gabbidon
  • 26Hennessey
  • 31Guédioura
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Match Stats

Home TeamWest HamAway TeamCrystal Palace
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Live Text

  1. Post update

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

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

    Andy Carroll (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Kagisho Dikgacoi (Crystal Palace).

  5. Post update

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

  6. Post update

    Foul by Glenn Murray (Crystal Palace).

  7. Booking

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

  8. Post update

    Hand ball by Glenn Murray (Crystal Palace).

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Crystal Palace. Jonathan Parr replaces Yannick Bolasie.

  10. Post update

    Foul by James Tomkins (West Ham United).

  11. Post update

    Glenn Murray (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Crystal Palace. Daniel Gabbidon replaces Jason Puncheon.

  13. Post update

    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.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by James Tomkins.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, West Ham United. Antonio Nocerino replaces Kevin Nolan.

  16. Post update

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

  17. Post update

    Foul by Glenn Murray (Crystal Palace).

  18. Post update

    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.

  19. Post update

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

  20. Post update

    Foul by Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace).

As It Stood

3Man City33225688345471
7Man Utd331761056381857
11Crystal Palace35134182841-1343
12West Ham35107183848-1037
15Aston Villa3498173549-1435
16West Brom33615124051-1133
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