Premier League
West Ham United 1-1 Crystal Palace 

Saturday, 2nd December 2023
by James Haley

In what was to prove a dour derby, Crystal Palace created the first chance of the game when Joachim Andersen flicked a header back to Odsonne Edouard, whose acrobatic attempt went wide of the post.

But the Hammers would be the team that took the lead on 13 minutes as James Ward-Prowse's diagonal switch found Vladimir Coufal, who pulled it back for Mohamed Kudus. His shot deflected off Marc Guehi and into the back of the net.


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West Ham looked to double their lead when an impressive long pass from Nayef Aguerd played Jarrod Bowen in behind the Palace defence, but the stand-in centre forward's shot never really troubled Sam Johnstone.

The Eagles came close to equalising when Andersen's free-kick deflected off the wall and looped towards the goal, but Alphonse Areola was relieved to see the ball drop the right side of the post.

Kudus thought he had scored a minute into the first half as his cross turned into a shot and found its way into the net, but as Tomas Soucek took a swing at it and was in an offside position the goal was ruled out.

Crystal Palace came close to scoring after a Micheal Olise free-kick set up Guehi at the back post. Guehi's header flashed across the face of the goal, but Ward-Prowse did well to turn the ball away rather than turn it into his own net.


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The Eagles would eventually equalise when Konstantinos Mavropanos inadvertantly passed the ball backwards directly to Edouard, who drove into the box and finished into the bottom right corner.

The Hammers looked to bounce back from this mistake as Lucas Paqueta clipped a ball into the box for the onrushing Emerson, but his volley went over the bar when he should've done better.

Mavropanos sought to make up for his error when he got on the end of Kudus' cross, but the ball went wide of the post. The final chance of the game fell to Bowen whose header from substitute Pablo Fornals' cross went straight into the 'keeper's hands.

The Hammers are now five games unbeaten in all competitions heading into their second out of three London derbies in a row against Tottenham Hotspur.

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Player Ratings

Alphonse Areola
Didn't have much to do and the Palace goal was a good finish which he couldn't have done much about.


Vladimir Coufal
Good vision to see Kudus for the opening goal and defended well against Jordan Ayew. That's 5 assists in the Premier League now for the Czech International which is 4 more than he got last season.


Emerson Palmieri
Nullified the threat of Olise but attacking wise he is missing that left winger so that him, Paqueta and a left winger can play triangles.


Konstantinos Mavropanos
Low rating for the mistake he made for the Palace goal but apart from that he was solid.


Nayef Aguerd
Solid performance from the Morrocan who has started to iron out those mistakes in his game.


Edson Alvarez
Played well in the sitting in front of the defence.


James Ward-Prowse
Great ball for the Kudus goal but apart from that he didn't provide much impact.


Tomas Soucek
Pressed well but didn't really provide an impact on the game at all.


Lucas Paqueta
Poor performance by his standards as he failed to live up to his usual best.


Mohamed Kudus
Every time he touched the ball you thought something would happen. Great finish for the goal.


Jarrod Bowen
Tried and tried to make his mark on the game but didn't get the right service just like Divin Mubama on Thursday.



Substitutes

Pablo Fornals
(Replaced Alvarez, 89) Looked bright and energetic when he came on and provided a few good crosses when he came on. If we brought him on earlier we might have had a chance of getting a winner.


Lukasz Fabianski
Did not play.


Thilo Kehrer
Did not play.


Aaron Cresswell
Did not play.


Angelo Ogbonna
Did not play.


Maxwel Cornet
Did not play.


Said Benrahma
Did not play.


Danny Ings
Did not play.


Divin Mubama
Did not play.



Match Facts

West Ham United: Alphonse Areola, Vladimir Coufal, Emerson Palmieri, Konstantinos Mavropanos, Nayef Aguerd, Edson Alvarez, James Ward-Prowse, Tomas Soucek, Lucas Paqueta, Mohamed Kudus, Jarrod Bowen.

Goals: Mohammed Kudus 13                  .

Booked: James Ward-Prowse 0 Vladimir Coufal 0        .

Sent off: None.

Crystal Palace: Johnstone, Ward, Guéhi, Andersen, Richards, Olise, Lerma, Hughes (Riedewald 82), Mitchell, Ayew, Édouard (Mateta 87).

Subs not used: Matthews, Whitworth, Tomkins, Clyne, Ahamada, Matheus Franca, Ebiowei.

Goals: Edouard (52).

Booked: .

Sent off: None.

Referee: Michael Oliver.

Attendance: 62,459.

Man of the Match: Mohamed Kudus.