West Ham Power Past Palace Into Champions League Places

Craig Dawson, West Ham. (Photo by CLIVE ROSE/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Craig Dawson, West Ham. (Photo by CLIVE ROSE/POOL/AFP via Getty Images) /
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Second Half

Palace had a glorious chance to pull themselves level after a mistake in the Hammers backline. Eberechi Eze played Zaha through on goal. The Palace talisman was one-on-one with Fabianski, but it was the keeper to come out on top and preserve West Ham’s lead.

The home side continued to dominate the match during the early stages of the second half. The Hammers were defending well and limiting their chances. Moyes’ side were venturing forward but weren’t able to create anything meaningful.

Benrahma did create a great chance for the Hammers to double their lead. The Algerian hit the byline and fired in a dangerous cross. Antonio got his head on the ball, forcing a great save from Guaita. Benrahma tried to convert the rebound but too was denied by the keeper.

The Hammers started to threaten continuously after the hour mark. Antonio had a chance blocked, and Guaita kept a deflection out. The third goal did come through a set-piece. Jarrod Bowen whipped in a cross, and Dawson lost his marker. The Englishman masked his header passed Guaita to double the lead.

Craig Dawson, West Ham.
Craig Dawson, West Ham. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images) /

West Ham had their tails up after the goal and almost scored again. Rice played a deep cross to Vladimir Coufal. The Czech’s shot was going wide but straight into the path of Antonio. Similar to his earlier chance, he got a touch on the ball but couldn’t hit the target.

As the game entered the final twenty minutes, Palace pushed forward trying to get themselves back into the game. The Eagles were looking threatening but were unable t break down a resilient Hammers defence.

Palace continued to press, trying to find a goal that would cause a grand-slam finish. James McArthur and Zaha went close from range. The Eagles just could make a clear cut chance on the Hammers goal.

Palace did get themselves a consultation right at the end of the game. Substitute Michy Batsuyhai slotted past Fabianski after some good play. The goal was the final action of the game as West Ham claimed all three points.

Tomas Soucek, West Ham.
Tomas Soucek, West Ham. (Photo by Chloe Knott – Danehouse/Getty Images) /

Man Of The Match – Tomas Soucek

The Czech midfielder was imperial across the park against Palace. Soucek was key to breaking down the Eagles attacks and disrupting their flow. Not only did The 25-year-old add to the Hammers defence but of course he grabbed two fantastic goals.

The goals started and completed the comeback for West ham at Selhurst Park. Soucek is now the leading scoring in the Premier League for the Hammers with 7 goals after his brace.

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West Ham will be keeping an eye out on the games tomorrow to see where they are in the table. Next up for the Hammers is a return to the London Stadium to take on fellow top-four contenders Liverpool.