West Ham United 1-2 Crystal Palace

Match Report
Jordan Ayew’s late VAR-assisted strike secured Crystal Palace a come-from-behind 2-1 win against West Ham to move them up to fourth in the Premier League.

Jordan Ayew’s late VAR-assisted strike secured Crystal Palace a come-from-behind 2-1 win against West Ham to move them up to fourth in the Premier League.

West Ham made two changes from the 2-2 draw with Bournemouth last weekend as injured goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski was replaced by Roberto Jimenez and Pablo Fornals dropped to the bench, replaced by Manuel Lanzini.

Crystal Palace made just the one change from last week’s 2-0 win against Norwich as suspended captain Luka Milivojevic was replaced by James McCarthy at the London Stadium.

The game started slowly with the first opportunity going to Palace on 24 minutes when Gary Cahill headed a Patrick van Aanholt corner back across the area towards Ayew who watched as his effort was cleared away from near the line by Sebastien Haller.

West Ham’s first chance came on 29 minutes when Andriy Yarmolenko got clear down the right and picked out Haller in the centre, but his first-time effort from close range was well saved by Vicente Guaita.

Palace had another effort hacked away from the line on 36 minutes when Aaron Cresswell cut the ball back to Jeffrey Schlupp in the six-yard box but Ryan Fredericks was on hand to block his effort.

Roberto made a diving save as he pushed away a James McCarthy effort on 42 minutes, before Manuel Lanzini picked up Felipe Anderson’s pull-back just inside the box and curled a shot just wide of Guaita’s far corner at the other end moments later.

West Ham took the lead nine minutes into the second half when Fredericks ended a superb passage of play from the hosts by laying the ball on a plate for Haller to sweep it into the net from close range.

Mark Noble was not too far away with an effort from distance which flew just over the crossbar on 59 minutes.

Two minutes later, Palace were awarded a penalty for a handball against Declan Rice and, in the absence of Milivojevic, Van Aanholt coolly sent Roberto the wrong way with his spot-kick to equalise.

Palace snatched the win with just four minutes remaining when Martin Kelly headed an Andros Townsend cross down into the path of Ayew who finished from inside the six-yard box.

The assistant had his flag raised, but after two minutes of checking via the Video Assistant Referee (VAR), the goal was eventually given.

Palace had to survive six minutes of stoppage time for the win which moves Roy Hodgson’s side up to fourth place on 14 points, while the Hammers drop to seventh on 12 points.

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