I thought at times our football was exceptional and at others exceptionally sloppy. The Anderson finish was sublime but the passing beforehand was just superb. We got ourselves into great positions with quick one twos and overlaps in the wide areas but our final ball, particularly in the first half, was shoddy.
Zaba was excellent. He never stopped trying to get forward to support the attack and in the main, played Zaha well. He showed all his title winning experience at the end to see the game out and at the same time, wind up the petulant Palace diver. Snodgrass worked his nads off while Noble dictated; the turn to beat two in a tight space showed his bravery on the ball. Rice was again top drawer. His defensive work is great but for me, it’s the quality of his passing, both short and long. I thought it was one of Hernandez’s best games for us and was a tad disappointed to see him go off. He was the only one who moved for his goal. And then Anderson. You sense the anticipation when he gets on the ball. Early days but it’s startkng to feel a bit like that last season at Upton Park where I felt we could beat anyone... I’m sure I will regret saying that when we lose to Fulham. This is West Ham after all!
I am a little concerned with the goals we are giving away, particularly as I think 4 of the 5 regulars at the back (keeper included) have been good this season.