Crystal Palace 2 West Ham United 1
Thursday, 26th December 2019
by Chris Wilkerson
A Boxing Day in all white saw West Ham United cast their shadow of disappointment over the Christmas festivities, throwing away a lead to lose 2-1 to Crystal Palace.
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Player RatingsRoberto Jimenez Gago
Not the greatest way to start his West Ham spell. Conceded four, probably could've done a little better with the last.
Enjoyed a productive opening 45 minutes, making several forays down the wing. A little less efective once City brought their big players on at the break.
No notable error. Good to see Pellegrini taking a closer look at his in pre-season.
One vital error that led to City's third goal, as he conceded possession cheaply and unnecessary. As you might expect from a youngster.
Still looking a little clumsy and conceded the penalty that put Manchester City ahead.
Not involved to any great degree but made several decent interceptions and kept it simple.
It seems his legs still haven't gone - and he's looking like a leader in every game.
A decent half from the Brazilian winger, who gave one or two City defenders nightmares in the opening stages.
A decent first half but like many others, faded after the break.
Fit again and it showed - and long may that remain the case.
A real busy bee in the 45 minutes he played as the lone striker - a role to be filled by the club's record signing upon returning from China.
(Replaced Rice) A pretty horrible appearance, in which he was responsible for the final City goal and lucky not to concede a (fairly clear) penalty.
(Replaced Wilshere) Largely anonymous against the better City players.
(Replaced Rice) "I'll be like a new signing!" he (sort of) said last week. And he was a bit. Unlucky not to score with an effort that rattled the post.
Match FactsWest Ham United: Roberto Jimenez Gago, Ryan Fredericks, Ben Johnson, Issa Diop, Angelo Ogbonna, Declan Rice, Mark Noble, Felipe Anderson, Manuel Lanzini, Jack Wilshere, Michail Antonio.
Goals: Mark Noble 25 .
Sent off: None.
Crystal Palace: Guaita, Kelly, Tomkins, Sakho, Van Aanholt (Riedewald 64), Milivojevic, Kouyate (McCarthy 88), McArthur, Meyer (Wickham 75), Zaha, Ayew.
Subs not used: Hennessey, Woods, Camarasa, Pierrick.
Goals: Kouyate (68), Ayew (90).
Sent off: None.
Referee: Andre Marriner.
Man of the Match: Ryan Fredericks.