West Ham United 0-1 Crystal Palace

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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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.

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.

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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.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Liverpool34245593425177
2Chelsea35236667264175
3Man City33225688345471
4Arsenal34207759411867
5Everton34199655342166
6Tottenham35196105149263
7Man Utd331761056381857
8Southampton351310125045549
9Newcastle35144173954-1546
10Stoke351111133949-1044
11Crystal Palace35134182841-1343
12West Ham35107183848-1037
13Swansea3599174751-436
14Hull33106173440-636
15Aston Villa3498173549-1435
16West Brom33615124051-1133
17Norwich3488182653-2732
18Cardiff3579193165-3430
19Fulham3593233577-4230
20Sunderland3478193357-2429
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