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Crystal Palace 2-1 West Ham: Jordan Ayew nets brilliant late winner to beat Hammers

Jordan Ayew
Ayew's goal was his second late winner against West Ham this season

Jordan Ayew's sensational 90th-minute winner will "live long in the memory", says manager Roy Hodgson after his Crystal Palace side came from behind to beat West Ham at Selhurst Park.

Ayew danced through the Hammers defence on the edge of the box and then brilliantly beat goalkeeper Roberto with a calm chip to claim the three points.

He also set-up Cheikhou Kouyate with a knock-down for Palace's equaliser, as the midfielder swept home a volley from seven yards to cancel out Robert Snodgrass' opener.

"It was a fantastic effort," Hodgson said.

"I thought Jordan did ever so well to set up the first goal.

"The second was one of those wonderful individual efforts that will live long in the memory and get lots of airings on TV.

"He deserves that - it's a fine reward for his performance today and this season so far."

The win takes Palace up to eighth in the Premier League table but West Ham fall to 17th, just a point above the relegation zone as pressure increases again on manager Manuel Pellegrini.

Ayew magic grabs deserved three points for Palace

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Crystal Palace 2-1 West Ham: Hodgson praises excellent Ayew

Ghanaian Ayew unsurprisingly said afterwards his goal was one of the best he has scored in his career.

He drove in from the right wing, beat Declan Rice with a drag-back and dribbled around two more defenders before showing brilliant composure to send Selhurst Park delirious.

A dreary first half did not hint at what was to come later, but the winner was deserved reward for Palace's second-half performance.

Ayew and Luka Milivojevic had both gone close before Snodgrass' curled the opener inside the far post against the run of play.

That said, the Scotland international could have scored again moments before Ayew's goal if not for an excellent block from Jairo Riedewald.

Palace have rarely grabbed the headlines this season but they now go into the second half of the season with 26 points - just three off the top six - and have a chance to secure just a second top-10 Premier League finish.

Pressure back on Pellegrini's stuttering Hammers

West Ham
West Ham have won three of their past 13 matches

When Snodgrass put West Ham in front, the Hammers were en route to a second successive Premier League win which would have moved them well clear of the drop zone.

Instead, not helped by wins elsewhere for Southampton and Aston Villa, they are looking worryingly over their shoulders once again.

They have had 12 days without a match since their win at Southampton but have followed those three points with defeat - as they did when they beat Chelsea in November.

Pellegrini was reportedly facing the sack had his side lost at Southampton and will have to face more questions about his position after this defeat.

They only had two shots on target in the 90 minutes and will wonder how Ayew was able to beat so many defenders for the winner.

The Hammers have a difficult game against Leicester at London Stadium on Saturday before they host Bournemouth on New Year's Day.

"We need to recover as soon as we can," said Pellegrini, whose side have only won twice at home this season.

"We need to play our home game where we are not having good results - we have two games in a row there and I hope we start winning."

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Injuries mount for Palace

The only negatives for Palace were further additions to their growing injury list.

The Eagles were already without five first-team players - Scott Dann, Gary Cahill, Joel Ward, Andros Townsend and Jeffrey Schlupp - before striker Christian Benteke was ruled out of this game with a muscle injury that Hodgson said would sideline the Belgian a "few weeks".

Full-back Patrick van Aanholt was then substituted in the second half after pulling up with what looked to be a hamstring injury.

Hodgson said he will try to sign "a few" players in January to bolster their squad.

Man of the match - Jordan Ayew (Crystal Palace)

Jordan Ayew
The winner from Ayew (left) could be a contender for goal of the season and capped an excellent performance

Ayew the late goal specialist - the best stats

  • Crystal Palace recorded a Premier League double over West Ham for just the second time, having previously done so in the 2013-14 season under Tony Pulis.
  • The team scoring first has not won any of the past six Premier League meetings between Crystal Palace and West Ham (D3 L3), with the Eagles coming from behind to win 2-1 in both meetings this season.
  • Crystal Palace are unbeaten in their past three London derbies at Selhurst Park in the Premier League (W2 D1) - their longest such run since between March 1993 and September 1994 (also three games).
  • No fewer 76% of Crystal Palace's goals in the Premier League this season have been scored in the second half of games (13 out of 17), including eight of their nine at Selhurst Park.
  • Ayew has scored 21 goals in the Premier League, with 20 of those being netted in the second half (95%) - the highest such ratio of any player with 20 or more goals in the competition's history.
  • Snodgrass has scored four league goals against Crystal Palace - only against Bristol City (five) has he netted more in English league competition.
  • Kouyate became the fourth player to score for both the Eagles and West Ham in the Premier League, after Iain Dowie, Michael Hughes and James Tomkins.
  • Wilfried Zaha completed 12 dribbles for Crystal Palace in this game; the most by a player in a Premier League outing since Chelsea's Eden Hazard in February (13 versus Huddersfield).

What's next?

Both sides are back in action in two days time. Crystal Palace travel to Southampton on 28 December (15:00 GMT kick-off) while West Ham host Leicester later the same day (17:30).

Line-ups

Crystal Palace

  • 31Guaita
  • 34Kelly
  • 5Tomkins
  • 12Sakho
  • 3van AanholtSubstituted forRiedewaldat 65'minutes
  • 7MeyerSubstituted forWickhamat 75'minutes
  • 8KouyatéSubstituted forMcCarthyat 88'minutes
  • 4Milivojevic
  • 18McArthur
  • 11Zaha
  • 9J Ayew

Substitutes

  • 13Hennessey
  • 21Wickham
  • 22McCarthy
  • 23Camarasa
  • 35Woods
  • 40Pierrick
  • 44Riedewald

West Ham

  • 13Jiménez
  • 5ZabaletaBooked at 89mins
  • 4Balbuena
  • 21Ogbonna
  • 3CresswellBooked at 90mins
  • 11SnodgrassSubstituted forAjetiat 90+1'minutes
  • 16Noble
  • 41Rice
  • 18FornalsSubstituted forLanziniat 58'minutes
  • 30Antonio
  • 22HallerSubstituted forFelipe Andersonat 75'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Felipe Anderson
  • 10Lanzini
  • 15C Sánchez
  • 23Diop
  • 26Masuaku
  • 27Ajeti
  • 49Anang
Referee:
Andre Marriner
Attendance:
25,462

Match Stats

Home TeamCrystal PalaceAway TeamWest Ham
Possession
Home58%
Away42%
Shots
Home13
Away10
Shots on Target
Home4
Away2
Corners
Home7
Away6
Fouls
Home5
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Crystal Palace 2, West Ham United 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Crystal Palace 2, West Ham United 1.

Booking

Aaron Cresswell (West Ham United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

James McCarthy (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Aaron Cresswell (West Ham United).

Foul by James McCarthy (Crystal Palace).

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

Substitution

Substitution, West Ham United. Albian Ajeti replaces Robert Snodgrass.

Goal!

Goal! Crystal Palace 2, West Ham United 1. Jordan Ayew (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Connor Wickham.

Booking

Pablo Zabaleta (West Ham United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Pablo Zabaleta (West Ham United).

Substitution

Substitution, Crystal Palace. James McCarthy replaces Cheikhou Kouyaté.

Foul by Connor Wickham (Crystal Palace).

Angelo Ogbonna (West Ham United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt blocked. Robert Snodgrass (West Ham United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Aaron Cresswell.

Attempt missed. Cheikhou Kouyaté (Crystal Palace) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.

Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Pablo Zabaleta (West Ham United).

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Pablo Zabaleta.

Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Martin Kelly.

Attempt missed. Robert Snodgrass (West Ham United) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Manuel Lanzini with a cross.

Attempt saved. Connor Wickham (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jordan Ayew with a through ball.

Attempt missed. Michail Antonio (West Ham United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Manuel Lanzini with a headed pass.

Attempt missed. Declan Rice (West Ham United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Crystal Palace. Connor Wickham replaces Max Meyer.

Substitution

Substitution, West Ham United. Felipe Anderson replaces Sébastien Haller.

Attempt missed. Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Max Meyer.

Attempt missed. Sébastien Haller (West Ham United) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Mark Noble following a set piece situation.

Foul by Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace).

Robert Snodgrass (West Ham United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Goal!

Goal! Crystal Palace 1, West Ham United 1. Cheikhou Kouyaté (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jordan Ayew with a headed pass.

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Robert Snodgrass.

Attempt missed. James Tomkins (Crystal Palace) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Luka Milivojevic with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Aaron Cresswell.

Substitution

Substitution, Crystal Palace. Jairo Riedewald replaces Patrick van Aanholt because of an injury.

Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Martin Kelly.

Attempt blocked. Michail Antonio (West Ham United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Manuel Lanzini.

Attempt missed. Patrick van Aanholt (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left misses to the right. Assisted by Wilfried Zaha.

Substitution

Substitution, West Ham United. Manuel Lanzini replaces Pablo Fornals.

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