West Ham beat 10-man Palace to go third
PUBLISHED: 17:13 17 October 2015 | UPDATED: 17:13 17 October 2015
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The Hammers showed their prowess away from home again with another superb Premier League win
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The Hammers finally shot down the high-flying Eagles at Selhurst Park to extend their unbeaten run to six games and soar up into third place in the Premier League.
A late double-barrelled blast from Manuel Lanzini and Dimitri Payet did the damage against a Crystal Palace side that was forced to play the entire second half with 10 men.
Earlier, Carl Jenkinson had made it two goals in two games to put the Hammers ahead on 23 minutes but, within seconds, the on-loan Arsenal defender turned from hero to villain, when he chopped down Dwight Gayle to allow Yohan Cabaye to level with a twice-taken penalty.
But with Gayle receiving a senseless second booking on the stroke of half time, Alan Pardew’s side just could not hold out for a point.
A 2-2 draw at the Stadium of Light last time out had extended the Hammers unbeaten away-day run to four matches and, following last weekend’s international break, Slaven Bilic made just one enforced change from the side that had earned that point against 10-man Sunderland, as James Collins came in for the injured Winston Reid (hip), while the fit-again duo of Enner Valencia and Angelo Ogbonna returned to the bench.
Certainly, West Ham almost got off to a dream start when Lanzini burst down the left flank inside the opening 50 seconds, but when he cut back into the six-yard box, the stretching, sliding Payet could only toe-poke the inviting low ball wide.
And with the Hammers enjoying the better of the opening exchanges, Payet again found himself in the home penalty area a few minutes later, only for Wayne Hennessey to save his low 15-yarder.
A two-goal victory over West Bromwich Albion a fortnight ago, meant that Palace kicked off in fourth-spot, one point and two places above the visitors and, predictably, ex-Hammers boss, Pardew, named an unchanged side.
Apart from a Jason Puncheon scuff towards the corner flag, the hosts had offered nothing going forward but, on 10 minutes, West Ham were lucky to survive a frantic goalmouth scramble that saw both Wilfried Zaha and Gayle threaten.
Brede Hangeland’s clumsy tackle on Diafra Sakho then saw Aaron Cresswell fire the consequent 25-yard free-kick over the crossbar, while Payet’s deep corner was nodded behind at the far post by James Tomkins, who was then booked for nudging over the unsteady Gayle.
Midway through the half, though, the Hammers deservedly broke the deadlock, when Payet squared to Victor Moses on the edge of the Palace area and the former Palace starlet slotted the ball behind his old team-mate Zaha, who could only stand flat-footed as the over-lapping Jenkinson raced in to send an angled, 12-yarder across the face of the unprotected Hennessey.
But Jenkinson quickly went from hero to zero for, just seconds later, he clumsily tripped Gayle leaving referee Mark Clattenburg with little option to point to the spot.
Although Cabaye comfortably despatched the penalty, the Eagle-eyed official ordered a re-take for encroachment by Gayle and, second time around, the Frenchman breathed a sigh of relief as the ball fizzed across Adrian’s left glove as it arrowed under the ‘keeper’ right-hand angle.
By now, Gayle was becoming a niggly, nuisance and, after Sakho’s shot deflected off Hangeland for a corner, the Palace striker was cautioned for tripping Payet, who himself soon saw yellow for kicking the ball away.
With an intriguing first-half coming to an end, the escaping Puncheon could have engineered a Palace advantage, but his final pass left Zaha with too much to do and then, with just seconds of normal time remaining, the grass-cutting Gayle received his second yellow for treading on Cheikhou Kouyate’s foot as he slid in for the ball.
Facing the entire second half with ten men, Pardew sacrificed Zaha for Bakary Sako at the break yet, undeterred by the imbalance, the hosts still pressed and Puncheon soon curled an 18-yarder inches wide.
With West Ham failing to capitalise on their numeric advantage and, with Hennessey hitherto untroubled, Bilic introduced Andy Carroll at the expense of skipper Mark Noble for the final half-hour, while Mile Jedinak came on for James McArthur.
Both substitutes were still finding their feet on the Selhurst Park turf, when Jenkinson floated over a right-wing cross that Sakho headed onto Hennessey’s left-hand upright and, shortly afterwards, Carroll nodded Payet’s near-post corner wide, while Jedinak made his presence felt, too, with a juddering tackle on Moses that earned him a quick-fire caution.
Lanzini was more Maradona than Manuel with a mazy run that took him from halfway into the area but, having charged deep into Palace territory he was finally crowded out and, moments later, the Argentinian had a 25-yarder deflected wide, too.
Mauro Zarate came on for Moses and soon fired inches wide, while Carroll’s long-ranger flew high over and, with Bilic looking to add yet more fresh firepower to his attack, Nikica Jelavic stepped from the dug-out to replace Sakho for the final six minutes.
With a blanket of red and blue striped shirts blocking their route to goal, it looked like the Hammers were going to have to settle for a point but with just two minutes remaining, Zarate floated a hanging, right-wing cross to the far post, where Carroll nodded back across goal and, although Jelavic failed to make contact, Lanzini was there to slam a six-yarder into the net.
Then with the last kick of the match Payet got behind Sako to cleverly clip an inch-perfect throughball from goalscorer-turned-provider Lanzini over the advancing Hennessey to cement victory.
EAGLES: Hennessey, Kelly, Souare, Dann, Hangeland, Puncheon, Cabaye (Ledley 76), McArthur (Jedinak 62), Zaha (Sako h/t), Bolasie, Gayle. Unused subs: McCarthy, Bamford, Campbell, Delaney.
HAMMERS: Adrian, Jenkinson, Cresswell, Collins, Tomkins, Kouyate, Noble (Carroll 62), Moses (Zarate 72), Lanzini, Payet, Sakho (Jelavic 84). Unused subs: Randolph, Valencia, Obiang, Ogbonna.
Bookings: Tomkins (20), Gayle (32) Payet (40), Jedinak (44), Jelavic (90+3)
Sent-Off: Gayle (44).
Referee: Mark Clattenburg