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Crystal Palace 0-1 West Ham United

By Chris OsborneBBC Sport
Manuel Lanzini
Manuel Lanzini side-footed in his second goal of the season for West Ham

West Ham beat Crystal Palace to climb out of the relegation zone as Christian Benteke missed a penalty for the hosts.

Manuel Lanzini converted Aaron Cresswell's low cross to secure the Hammers' first win in six Premier League games in an uninspiring match at Selhurst Park.

Benteke missed two chances to level for Palace, floating a woeful spot-kick wide after he was fouled by Angelo Ogbonna and heading against the post moments later.

West Ham, who started the game in the bottom three but are now up to 15th, were reduced to 10 men for the last 15 minutes when Cresswell received two bookings within the space of 51 seconds.

Hammers keeper Adrian had to make a point-blank save from Connor Wickham's header in injury time, but Alan Pardew's eighth-placed Palace were generally lacking in attack as their five-game unbeaten run in the league came to an end.

Bilic breathes a sigh of relief

Crystal Palace 0-1 West Ham: Slaven Bilic 'never stopped believing'

It was a timely result for West Ham boss Slaven Bilic, whose only other league win this season had come against Bournemouth in August.

After leading West Ham to a seventh-placed finish last season, Bilic had overseen the Hammers' worst start to a top-flight campaign since 1988-89 in the first seven games this term.

But this solid, if not exhilarating, win will ease fears of a relegation battle for a club that has moved into the London Stadium, which currently has a 57,000-capacity.

The Croat reshaped his side from the 1-1 draw against Middlesbrough two weeks ago, playing with three centre-backs and bringing left wing-back Cresswell back into the team for the first time this season after a knee injury.

And it was Cresswell, who has been touted as a possible England international, who provided the tantalising ball from the left that Lanzini side-footed past Steve Mandanda for his eighth West Ham goal.

The Hammers almost finished the game off before Cresswell's dismissal, but Jason Puncheon was on hand to clear Michail Antonio's header off the line.

Lanzini heat map
Manuel Lanzini not only scored his side's goal, but he also worked tirelessly for West Ham, covering 11.05km in the game - only Mark Noble covered more ground for both teams

Cresswell unlucky to go?

Instead, West Ham had to hold on to their lead with a one-man disadvantage after a harsh sending off for Cresswell.

His first booking, moments after the Antonio chance, was given for a dive in the area, although there looked to be some contact from Yohan Cabaye's challenge.

And less than a minute later he was shown another questionable yellow card for putting an arm across Wilfried Zaha when the pair were chasing a ball down the Palace right flank.

Palace, who had improved in the second half, immediately saw more of the ball and pinned back the visitors, but only produced the late chance for substitute Wickham.

Wasteful Benteke costs Eagles

Christian Benteke tried to clip his penalty into the top-right corner, but drifted the ball wide of the post

For Crystal Palace, it was a performance uncharacteristic of their season so far, having won four of their first seven league games and soaring into the top half of the table.

And even though they failed to register a shot on target until the 57th minute, the Eagles could have won the game had Benteke not been so wasteful.

The Belgian has three goals already this season and scored a hat-trick for his country against Gibraltar on Monday, but his wayward penalty, alongside a pair of headed chances - one that hit the post and another that went over from close range - could have salvaged something for Palace from an uninspiring display.

The result continues Palace's recent struggles against West Ham, having won just one of their past five top-flight meetings with their London rivals.

Man of the match - Manuel Lanzini

Manuel Lanzini
Goalscorer, plenty of running, finding space, lively in possession - Manuel Lanzini was the best player on the park

What they said - 'yellow card extremely harsh'

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic told BBC Sport: "We opened them up really well and created chances. We produced a really good performance.

"The second yellow card was an extremely, extremely harsh decision. Those two decisions were not correct. I don't like to moan. I'm the first to say it's very hard for referees... but those two decisions today... thank God it didn't affect the result.

"It was by far Simone Zaza's best performance today. He won more balls in the air than in the previous games. I hope we have turned the corner. We need to repeat this. We have to have this kind of approach. It's a cruel league but I never stop believing."

Crystal Palace 0-1 West Ham: Pardew rues 'crucial' missed chances

Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew told BBC Sport: "I was disappointed with a lot of aspects of the game.

"We didn't start well and they got a deserved lead. We had to make changes at half-time because weren't playing with the fluidity as we have done. We were better in the second half.

"We should have at least got a draw. With the penalty I was thinking with the week Benteke has had it'll go in.

"That would have been a lifeline and would have turned the game on its head. We would gave gone in 1-1 at half-time. This happens in the course of the season. Adrian made a good save at the end."

The stats you need to know

  • For the first time, West Ham have won three in a row away to Crystal Palace in the league
  • The Eagles have lost each of their past five Premier League London derbies at Selhurst Park
  • Six of Manuel Lanzini's eight Premier League goals have come away from home
  • Lanzini has scored in each of West Ham's last three top-flight clashes with Palace (three goals in total)
  • Since his debut in August 2014, Aaron Cresswell has provided nine assists in the Premier League, a haul only two other defenders can better (Janmaat 11, Baines 10)


Crystal Palace

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 30Mandanda
  • 2Ward
  • 5Tomkins
  • 27Delaney
  • 34KellySubstituted forFryersat 45'minutes
  • 18McArthurSubstituted forWickhamat 70'minutes
  • 16LedleySubstituted forCabayeat 45'minutes
  • 10Townsend
  • 42Puncheon
  • 11Zaha
  • 17BentekeBooked at 48mins


  • 7Cabaye
  • 9Campbell
  • 13Hennessey
  • 14Lee
  • 19Fryers
  • 21Wickham
  • 26Sako

West Ham

Formation 3-4-2-1

  • 13Adrián
  • 2Reid
  • 8KouyatéBooked at 90mins
  • 21OgbonnaBooked at 62mins
  • 30Antonio
  • 16NobleBooked at 21mins
  • 14Obiang
  • 3CresswellBooked at 75mins
  • 10LanziniSubstituted forNordtveitat 88'minutes
  • 27PayetSubstituted forFernandesat 78'minutes
  • 11ZazaSubstituted forCalleriat 86'minutes


  • 4Nordtveit
  • 7Feghouli
  • 19Collins
  • 24Fletcher
  • 28Calleri
  • 31Fernandes
  • 34Spiegel
Martin Atkinson

Match Stats

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Live Text

  1. Post update

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

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Håvard Nordtveit (West Ham United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jonathan Calleri.

  4. Booking

    Cheikhou Kouyaté (West Ham United) is shown the yellow card.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Connor Wickham (Crystal Palace).

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

    Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Winston Reid.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Adrián.

  9. Post update

    Attempt saved. Connor Wickham (Crystal Palace) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Andros Townsend with a cross.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Connor Wickham (Crystal Palace).

  11. Post update

    Jonathan Calleri (West Ham United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Håvard Nordtveit.

  13. Post update

    Ezekiel Fryers (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Jonathan Calleri (West Ham United).

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, West Ham United. Håvard Nordtveit replaces Manuel Lanzini.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Damien Delaney (Crystal Palace).

  17. Post update

    Jonathan Calleri (West Ham United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  18. Post update

    James Tomkins (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Jonathan Calleri (West Ham United).

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, West Ham United. Jonathan Calleri replaces Simone Zaza.

As It Stood

1Man City86111981119
7Man Utd7412138513
8Crystal Palace8323119211
10West Brom824298110
15West Ham8215917-87
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