Premier League
West Ham United 3 Crystal Palace 0

Saturday, 14th January 2017
by Gordon Thrower

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Player Ratings

Darren Randolph
Largely untested. Dealt with what little Palace had to offer with relative comfort.


Michail Antonio
Ok at wing back in the first half. Better as a foil for Carroll in the second half. Provided assists for all three goals. All of that after getting out of bed with a temperature approaching that of molten steel.


Aaron Cresswell
The lack of attacking threat from the visitors allowed him to get forward to supplement the attack, which he did well.


Winston Reid
Another strong defensive performance from the Kiwi. I have but one question: is he that angry off the pitch as well as on it?


Angelo Ogbonna
Did ok first half but was sacrificed in the switch to a flat back four.


Pedro Obiang
Another good solid runout from a player who rarely grabs the headlines.


Sofiane Feghouli
Continues to improve. Not the greatest defensively but today he didn?EUR(TM)t have to be.


Mark Noble
Distinctly mediocre first half as pass after pass went astray. Improved in the second half.


Andy Carroll
Even if you take the goal out of the equation this was AC at his best. Won everything in the air both with his head and I his chest. Laid the ball off well and brought players into the game on a regular basis. Then there was the goal. MOTM.


Manuel Lanzini
Showed signs of coming out of the shadows. Pulled strings and we would all be raving about his goal were it not for?EUR?..


James Collins




Substitutes

Sam Byram
(Replaced Ogbonna) Received wisdom has it that he is not highly rated behind the scenes. There will be sterner tests to come ?EUR" possibly against a team who actually pose an attacking threat. However, his introduction and the reversion to a flat back four was the catalyst for the second half. Still early days.


Edimilson Fernandes
(Replaced Lanzini) A four minute cameo ?EUR" little time to exert any influence.


Ashley Fletcher
(Replaced Antonio) A three minute cameo ?EUR" so he had a minute less than Fernandes to exert any influence.


Adrian San Miguel Del Castillo
Did not play.


Reece Oxford
Did not play.


Domingos Quina
Did not play.


Jonathan Calleri
Did not play.



Match Facts

West Ham United: Darren Randolph, Michail Antonio, Aaron Cresswell, Winston Reid, Angelo Ogbonna, Pedro Obiang, Sofiane Feghouli, Mark Noble, Andy Carroll, Manuel Lanzini, James Collins.

Goals: Cheikhou Kouyate 8 Cheikhou Kouyate 22 Sofiane Feghouli 81              .

Booked: Michail Antonio  Sofiane Feghouli  Enner Valencia       .

Sent Off: None sent off.     .

Crystal Palace: Hennessey; Tomkins, Dann, Delaney, Ward; Cabaye, McArthur (Lee 70), Ledley (Schlupp 80), Puncheon, Townsend (Remy 70); Benteke.

Subs not used: Speroni, Fryers, Kelly, Flamini.

Goals: .

Booked: Ledley (38), Ward (91).

Sent off: None.

Referee: Neil Swarbrick.

Attendance: 56,984.

Man of the Match: Andy Carroll.