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West Ham United 1-3 Crystal Palace

Glenn Murray
Glenn Murray rises highest to give Crystal Palace the lead against West Ham at Upton Park.

Glenn Murray scored twice and was sent off as Crystal Palace recorded an excellent win over West Ham, who were booed off by their own fans.

Murray put Palace ahead four minutes before the break when Aaron Cresswell sliced his header into the Hammers net.

Scott Dann doubled Palace's lead before Murray added another when he turned home Jason Puncheon's free-kick.

Murray was sent off after charging into Winston Reid for a second booking before Enner Valencia's consolation.

Crystal Palace's Premier League club record of five away games without defeat
28 DecemberQPR 0Crystal Palace 0
1 JanuaryAston Villa 0Crystal Palace 0
17 JanuaryBurnley 2Crystal Palace 3
7 FebruaryLeicester 0Crystal Palace 1
28 FebruaryWest Ham 1Crystal Palace 3

Saturday's result was the 300th Premier League defeat for the Hammers - and continued a concerning run of form for Sam Allardyce's team.

They have won only one of their last 10 league games - and taken just eight points from a possible 30.

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West Ham 1-3 Crystal Palace: Alan Pardew hails 'huge' win

This is in sharp contrast to Palace, who have won four of their last seven league fixtures and are now nestled firmly in mid-table.

Alan Pardew, who spent three years in charge of the Hammers before he was dismissed in late 2006, described it as a "huge" win for his team.

But it was West Ham who started better as Cresswell almost caught Julian Speroni off-guard with a shot from the corner of the area before Diafra Sakho had a shot deflected over.

Palace responded, with Adrian twice denying Murray before he opened the scoring with a header, although Cresswell should have cleared close to the goal-line but sliced his attempt to do so.

The introduction of James McArthur for Jordon Mutch, who appeared to be suffering from a thigh injury, just after the half-hour mark provided Palace with another avenue of attack.

McArthur had a shot from the edge of the area blocked by a West Ham side who failed to manage a single shot on target in the opening period.

It took Palace only six minutes of the second-half to increase their lead.

Yet again, West Ham were unable to deal with Puncheon's corner. This time, Dann got above Reid at the far post to power home his fourth goal of the season.

Worse was to follow when Murray, who has spent most of the season on loan at Reading, turned home Puncheon's free-kick, taking him to three goals in two games after his effort against Arsenal seven days ago.

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Allardyce 'shocked' at Hammers defeat

The 31-year-old's day came to an abrupt end following his foul on Reid and, with the man advantage, West Ham clawed themselves back into the game.

Substitute Nene struck a post after being introduced for his debut before Valencia's shot proved too strong for Speroni to keep out.

Carl Jenkinson, Stewart Downing and Valencia threatened to set up a thrilling finale but, ultimately, Palace were able to claim a win that took them to a Premier League club record of five away games without defeat.

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce:

"I'm shocked. Our level of performance wasn't where I expected it to be. It's disappointing when we've built expectation levels so high at home.

"It's about the basics, really. If we don't play to our best, we'll struggle. We warned the lads about Crystal Palace's set plays because 50% of their goals have come from set-plays. And we've conceded from two corners and a free-kick.

"I think Glenn Murray could have been sent off in the first half for the number of fouls he committed. He was lucky to stay on for that long. We should have had a penalty for the foul on Diafra Sakho, and it should have been a red card for Mile Jedinak too. That would have made it 3-2, and then you never know."

Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew:

"Up until the sending off, we were in total control, but we don't make it easy for ourselves. We had some scary moments.

"It was a mixed afternoon for Glenn Murray. He could have had a hat-trick in the first half. He gets into the right positions. The sending off was a little bit unlucky. He has to go for the ball, and I don't think he deserved that.

"I spoke to him at half-time. We all knew he was on a knife edge. But I'm absolutely delighted with him. He was terrific. It shouldn't take away from a terrific performance."

Aaron Cresswell
Aaron Cresswell, left, turns towards his own goal after slicing Glenn Murray's header past Adrian to give Crystal Palace the lead against West Ham at Upton Park.
Glenn Murray
Referee Mike Dean shows Glenn Murray a red card after the two-goal Crystal Palace forward had been sent off for a second bookable offence, a foul on Winston Reid.

Line-ups

West Ham

  • 13Adrián
  • 18Jenkinson
  • 5TomkinsBooked at 59mins
  • 2Reid
  • 3Cresswell
  • 30SongSubstituted forde Carvalhoat 61'minutes
  • 8Kouyaté
  • 16Noble
  • 11Downing
  • 15Sakho
  • 31E ValenciaBooked at 65mins

Substitutes

  • 4Nolan
  • 7Jarvis
  • 12de Carvalho
  • 17O'Brien
  • 19Collins
  • 20Demel
  • 22Jääskeläinen

Crystal Palace

  • 1Speroni
  • 2WardBooked at 53mins
  • 6Dann
  • 27DelaneyBooked at 84mins
  • 34Kelly
  • 15Jedinak
  • 11ZahaSubstituted forAmeobiat 72'minutes
  • 42Puncheon
  • 22MutchSubstituted forMcArthurat 33'minutes
  • 7BolasieSubstituted forLedleyat 83'minutes
  • 17MurrayBooked at 69mins

Substitutes

  • 4Hangeland
  • 13Hennessey
  • 16Gayle
  • 18McArthur
  • 23Ameobi
  • 28Ledley
  • 40Souaré
Referee:
Mike Dean
Attendance:
34,857

Match Stats

Home TeamWest HamAway TeamCrystal Palace
Possession
Home66%
Away34%
Shots
Home22
Away12
Shots on Target
Home5
Away5
Corners
Home11
Away7
Fouls
Home12
Away19

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, West Ham United 1, Crystal Palace 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, West Ham United 1, Crystal Palace 3.

  3. Post update

    Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Julian Speroni.

  4. Post update

    Attempt saved. Nenê (West Ham United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Cheikhou Kouyaté.

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Diafra Sakho (West Ham United) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Aaron Cresswell with a cross.

  6. Post update

    Attempt saved. Diafra Sakho (West Ham United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Carl Jenkinson with a cross.

  7. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Diafra Sakho (West Ham United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Nenê with a cross.

  8. Post update

    Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Joel Ward.

  9. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Enner Valencia (West Ham United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Winston Reid.

  10. Post update

    Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Julian Speroni.

  11. Post update

    Attempt saved. Enner Valencia (West Ham United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Cheikhou Kouyaté.

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Diafra Sakho (West Ham United) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Stewart Downing with a cross.

  13. Booking

    Damien Delaney (Crystal Palace) is shown the yellow card.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Cheikhou Kouyaté (West Ham United).

  15. Post update

    Damien Delaney (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Crystal Palace. Joe Ledley replaces Yannick Bolasie.

  17. Post update

    Offside, Crystal Palace. Shola Ameobi tries a through ball, but Yannick Bolasie is caught offside.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Stewart Downing (West Ham United) left footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Mark Noble.

  19. Post update

    Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Julian Speroni.

  20. Post update

    Attempt saved. Carl Jenkinson (West Ham United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Mark Noble with a through ball.

As It Stood

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1Chelsea26186256223460
2Man City26167356253155
3Man Utd27148546262050
4Arsenal26146649292048
5Southampton27144938201846
6Liverpool2613673829945
7Tottenham2613584136544
8Swansea2711793134-340
9West Ham2710983933639
10Stoke27116103134-339
11Newcastle2798103242-1035
12Crystal Palace2779113138-730
13West Brom2779112534-930
14Everton26610103337-428
15Hull2768132536-1126
16Sunderland27413102238-1625
17QPR2664162745-1822
18Burnley27410132545-2022
19Aston Villa2757151337-2422
20Leicester2646162442-1818
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