West Ham’s away form continues to amaze with an impressive 1-3 victory against Crystal Palace who, on Saturday morning (October 17) sat above them at the top end of the Premier League.
The Irons were assisted by an early sending-off, which was viewed as a harsh decision, but the visitors were able to capitalise on their advantage with a man-of-the match performance by Manuel Lanzini.
He topped his performance with an 88th minute goal which was given a gloss by Dimitri Payet in the 90th. Before that Carl Jenkinson’s 22nd minute strike was cancelled out by Yohan Cabaye’s penalty – taken twice.
A third goal was perhaps more than the visitor’s could have hoped for. They managed only four shots on target, scoring three and the loss of Dwight Gayle after two yellow cards did not significantly improve their strike rate.
However, the two late goals will delight manager Slaven Bilic because they were finely crafted and neatly dispatched and left the team fourth in the Premier League.
Bilic said: “We knew it was going to be a hard game. I said that before the game – this was the game I was looking forward to the most.
“Palace are playing as a team, they have pace and a lot of front players who can make the pitch very short. They are what a manager wants his team to be.
“It was a big test for us, but the way we approached it from the beginning, with respect for them but with confidence passing the ball, I’m so proud.
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“So far for me, it’s the proudest moment because of the way we did it.”
Former West Ham boss Alan Pardew said: “We dug in and it looked like we’d get the point that perhaps we deserved for the effort that we put in but fair play to West Ham. They kept knocking and found a way.”