Premier League
Crystal Palace 2 West Ham United 2

Saturday, 28th October 2017
by Staff Writer

West Ham threw away two points with virtually the final kick of the game at Selhurst Park this afternoon.

Having got themselves into a comfortable 2-0 half-time lead, the Hammers were up against it from the moment the second half began.

Even still, Palace had to wait until the SEVENTH minute of added-on time - after a minimum of SIX had been indicated by the fourth official - to equalise through Wilfried Zaha.

Having gone into the game with the 3-2 win against Tottenham still fresh in their minds, West Ham's largely unchanged team (featuring four changes from midweek) were full of confidence.

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And that manifested itself in the shape of two fine first half goals from West Ham that sent them into the half time break in total control of the game.

Javier Hernandez opened the scoring for Slaven Bilic's side on the half-hour mark following a great move involving Andre Ayew and Manuel Lanzini that ended with the Mexican finding the net with a clever finish from eight yards out.

There was more good news for West Ham two minutes ahead of the interval when Ayew, Wednesday's Man of the Match hit a sorcher from 20 yards that whistled past Palace 'keeper Julian Speroni to give the Irons a commanding lead at the break.

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Whilst West Ham were content to play on the backfoot and protect their two-goal advantage, Palace were having none of it - and within five minutes of the restart had halved United's advantage.

Angelo Ogbonna, with little danger apparent clumsily felled Andros Townsend inside the box and Luka Milivojevic made it 2-1 from the resulting spot kick.

As Palace turned up the heat, West Ham somehow managed to remain in front; that mostly thanks to Joe Hart, who made a couple of tremendous stops, and his woodwork which also twice denied Roy Hodgson's side.

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However in the end the Hammers were, yet again, unable to hold on to a lead - and, once again, were architects of their own demise. With six added minutes indicated by the fourth official, substitute Michail Antonio collected the ball in the far corner (with 95:45 on the clock).

Inexplicably, the England winger gave the ball away depite having the option of three players to aim for and the opportunity of remaning by the corner flag - and 24 seconds later (with 96:09 played), Wilfried Zaha beat Joe Hart having worked a shooting opportunity to make it two apiece.

The point leaves West Ham 16th in the Premier League, a point above Swansea and Everton (the latter of whom have a game in hand).

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Player Ratings

Joe Hart
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Cheikhou Kouyate
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Declan Rice
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Angelo Ogbonna
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Pablo Zabaleta
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Mark Noble
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Edimilson Fernandes
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Aaron Cresswell
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Andre Ayew
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Javier Hernandez
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Manuel Lanzini
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Jose Fonte
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Michail Antonio
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Arthur Masuaku
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Adrian San Miguel Del Castillo
Did not play.

Pedro Obiang
Did not play.

Marko Arnautovic
Did not play.

Andy Carroll
Did not play.

Match Facts

West Ham United: Joe Hart, Cheikhou Kouyate, Declan Rice , Angelo Ogbonna, Pablo Zabaleta, Mark Noble, Edimilson Fernandes, Aaron Cresswell, Andre Ayew, Javier Hernandez, Manuel Lanzini.

Goals: Javier Hernandez 31 Andre Ayew 43  0              .

Booked: Pablo Zabaleta 37 Arthur Masuaku 85        .

Sent off: None.

Crystal Palace: Speroni, Ward (Sako 60), Tomkins, Dann, Van Aanholt (Fosu-Mensah 11), Milivojevic, Cabaye, Townsend, Loftus-Cheek, Schlupp, Zaha.

Subs not used: Hennessey, Delaney, Kelly, Puncheon, Riedewald.

Goals: Milivojevic (pen 50), Zaha (90+7).

Booked: Dann (84).

Sent off: None.

Referee: Bobby Madley.

Attendance: 25,242.

Man of the Match: Andre Ayew.