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Crystal Palace 1-3 West Ham United

Filed: Saturday, 17th October 2015
By: Staff Writer

West Ham's unbeaten run away from home in the Premier League this season continued at Selhurst Park this afternoon thanks to two late goals from Manuel Lanzini and Dimitri Payet.

Slaven Bilic's side made it 13 points from a possible 15 away from the Boleyn this term - but were forced to wait until the final few minutes of the game to condemn ten-man Palace to defeat in front of their own fans.

Carl Jenkinson got Bilic's side off to the perfect start with an opening goal on 22 minutes when finishing smartly from close range. However Palace were level within 90 seconds when the right-back felled Dwight Gayle inside the penalty area at the other end of the field.

Although Yohan Cabaye was forced to retake his penalty, Adrian was unable to stop either effort - despite coming perilously close to making it four Premier League penalty saves in succession by getting a hand to the French international's second effort.

The game turned dramatically in West Ham's favour two minutes ahead of half time when Gayle was dismissed for a second bookable offence by referee Mark Clattenburg.

And despite Palace playing for the entire second half with a man less, it looked as if they would escape with a point - until Lanzini struck two minutes from the end of normal time from no more than eight yards out, following a good move by the Hammers.

Payet added the cherry on the cake deep into added-on time when coolly lifting the ball over Palace 'keeper Hennessey with Palace caught out whilst searching for an equaliser. It was no more than West Ham deserved, having created 25 attempts at goal to Palace's six.

The three points take West Ham back above Palace and into the top three once again, just four points behind current league leaders Manchester City and two behind second placed Manchester United.

How things stand: tonight's Premier League table

Today's Starting XIs

West Ham Utd: Adrian, Jenkinson, Tomkins, Collins, Cresswell, Kouyate, Noble, Lanzini, Payet, Moses, Sakho.

Crystal Palace XI: Hennessey, Kelly, Hangeland, Dann, Souare, Cabaye, McArthur, Zaha, Puncheon, Bolasie, Gayle.

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