Premier League
Crystal Palace 1-3 West Ham United 

Saturday, 23rd August 2014
by Gordon Thrower

Sssh everyone. Let's see how long it takes for our wonderful football press to notice we're playing football.

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Player Ratings

Adrian San Miguel del Castillo
Largely untroubled but solid when called upon.

Joey O'Brien
Caught napping a bit in the build up to their goal but otherwise fine.

Aaron Cresswell
Another good run out. Looking very comfortable at thiis level so far (albeit against two average sides so far).

James Tomkins
Fine defensively ?EUR" had his header gon ine in the second half we'd probably have run up a cricket score. Nd not an Indian one at that.

Winston Reid
Arsenal can do one as far as I'm concerned ?EUR" get that contract sorted guys.

Mark Noble
Pivotal in linking between defence and attack ?EUR" it was his goalbound effort that fell to Zarate for his goal.

Cheikhou Kouyate
MOTM. Quite simply the opposition had no legal way of countering him. Are we allowed to call him Wile E.?

Mauro Zarate
Splendid first half but faded in the second. Excellent finish for the goal but I'd rather not see a repeat of the awful challenge on O'Keefe.

Stewart Downing
Fine display. Looked to be enjoying himself and his goal was superb.

Ricardo Vaz Te
Possibly the one weak link in the side ?EUR" better than he was against Spurs but we could do with better down that side.

Carlton Cole
Got nothing out of either Clattenburg or the Palace defence but took the goal well.


Diafra Sakho
(Replaced Cole) Some good chasing down in the 20 minutes he was on. One header saved. Promising.

Diego Poyet
(Replaced Zarate) A tidy 7 minutes plus stoppage for him.

Mo Diame
(Replaced Downing) Did ok in the few minutes o stoppage that were available to him.

Jussi Jasskelainen
Did not play.

Guy Demel
Did not play.

Ravel Morrison
Did not play.

Enner Valencia
Did not play.

Match Facts

West Ham United: Adrian San Miguel del Castillo, Joey O'Brien, Aaron Cresswell, James Tomkins, Winston Reid, Mark Noble, Cheikhou Kouyate, Mauro Zarate, Stewart Downing, Ricardo Vaz Te, Carlton Cole.

Goals: Mauro Zarate 34 Stewart Downing 37 Carlton Cole 62              .

Booked: Winston Reid 40 James Tomkins 45 Joey O Brien 76      .

Sent Off: None sent off.     .

Crystal Palace: Julian Speroni, Martin Kelly, Brede Hangeland, Damien Delaney, Joel Ward, Barry Bannan, Mile Jedinak, Stuart O'Keefe, Yannick Bolasie, Marouane Chamakh, Fraizer Campbell.

Subs not used: Wayne Hennessey, Adrian Mariappa, Patrick McCarthy, Adlene Guedioura.

Goals: None.

Booked: None booked..

Sent off: None.

Referee: Mark Clattenburg.

Attendance: 24,242.

Man of the Match: Cheikhou Kouyate.