West Ham 3-2 Crystal Palace: Felipe Anderson and Robert Snodgrass light up London Stadium with superb goals to down struggling Eagles
- Crystal Palace took an early lead just seven minutes in as James McArthur prodded home after free-kick
- Robert Snodgrass then scored beautiful equaliser, sending his curled effort into the top corner of the net
- West Ham then grew into their stride and went ahead in the game through strike Javier Hernandez
- Felipe Anderson then got himself in on the act, scoring a sensational goal past Lukasz Fabianski
- The Eagles weren’t dead and buried quite yet and Jeffrey Schlupp cut the deficit to one in closing stages
Before this game began they waved West Ham flags with badges going back to the Thames Ironworks days at pitchside. This Felipe Anderson-inspired win was apt, then. It is, after all, one for the history books.
Throughout a first-half full of frustration, it seemed like the hosts’ good recent run would be coming to an end. Then Robert Snodgrass bent in a half volley, Javier Hernandez did what he does best and Anderson managed to outdo his Scottish colleague.
That made it three wins in which they’ve scored three goals over the space of the last eight days, Manuel Pellegrini’s side achieving a run of results and goals that has not been achieved by West Ham since October 1982.
Robert Snodgrass celebrated his peach of a goal after curling West Ham back on level terms from 20 yards out
The winger impressed for Manuel Pellegrini’s side and capped off a fine performance with a goal to remember
The dejected Crystal Palace players had to pick themselves back up after letting their lead in the game slip
London Stadium erupted as Snodgrass scored the leveller his side deserved against the visitors
Fabianski could do nothing to keep out the curled, looping strike from Felipe Anderson that nestled into his top corner
This is the West Ham way they talk about in these parts.
It has not been an easy period for Pellegrini either. He has lost one of his best players in Marko Arnautovic to injury. The Chilean selected Lucas Perez in his place. Roy Hodgson, meanwhile, stuck with the side that lost 3-1 to Brighton.
Not that said defeat against their rivals will have been on Palace minds for long at the London Stadium. It took just five minutes for James McArthur to prod the ball past Lukasz Fabianski – just – after meeting a James Tomkins header across the box first.
MATCH FACTS, LIVE TABLE AND MATCHZONE
Fabianski 6.5, Zabaleta 7, Diop 6.5, Balbuena 6.5, Masuaku 7; Snodgrass 7.5, Noble 7, Rice 7, Anderson 8 (Obiang 84min); Perez 6 (Carroll 45min 7), Hernandez 7.5 (Diangana 74min 6)
Subs (not used): Adrian, Cresswell, Ogbonna, Antonio
Goals: Snodgrass 48, Hernandez 61, Anderson 65
Hennessey 6, Wan-Bissaka 6, Tomkins 6, Sakho 5.5, Van Aanholt 6 (Schlupp 54min 6.5); McArthur 6 (Ayew 65min 5), Milivojevic 5, Kouyate 6, Meyer 5 (Puncheon 83min); Townsend 6, Zaha 6
Subs (not used): Guaita, Ward, Sorloth, Kelly
Goals: McArthur 5, Schlupp 75
Referee: A Taylor (Lancashire) 7
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James McArthur opened the scoring for Crystal Palace from a free-kick in the first half
Palace had their noses in front and were keen to sustain it. They dragged out goal kicks and set pieces while offering a strong resistance at the back. A bad mood spread throughout this crowd as West Ham failed to create any real opportunities of their own.
Hernandez and Perez were struggling to work together up front.
A volley that went wide from the former Arsenal man and a Declan Rice header over the bar from a corner were the sum total of their efforts at the end of the half.
Javier Hernandez then put the Hammers in front for the first time in the game with a neat finish from a tight angle
The Mexican striker sprinted off towards the home fans to lap up the acclaim as the hosts took control of the match
Felipe Anderson roared in celebration after lighting up the stadium with a wonderful finish from range
Palace will feel hard done by as there was little they could do about the high quality goals they conceded
When Snodgrass dragged a cross back to no one in the 45th minute, his own fans reacted with jeers. Little did they know what was to come next.
Shortly after the break – which saw Andy Carroll brought on for Perez – the Scot decided to drag West Ham out of their stupor. The ball dropped to him on the edge of the box and he curled a beautiful half-volley into the top corner past the diving Wayne Hennessey.
Anger turned into joy and the crowd pushed their team on.
Within a quarter of an hour, they were ahead. Carroll was felled on the edge of the box. Felipe Anderson’s free-kick was met by the Palace goalkeeper, but his parry only reached the onrushing Hernandez, who fired into the roof of the net.
Confidence was clearly growing, which explained Anderson’s decision to shoot from the left hand edge of the box. Hennessey dived again. The Brazilian’s curled strike, though, was destined for the top corner and flew into the back of the net.
Jeffrey Schlupp converted Max Meyer’s cross but it proved to be little more than a consolation goal
James McArthur broke the deadlock, slipping his shot under Lukasz Fabianski to put Crystal Palace ahead
He wheeled away in celebration as the West Ham players appealed to the sidelines but their shouts were in vain
It took just seven minutes for the Eagles to score as they capitalised from a free-kick in a wide position
McArthur showed his coolness with the goal at his mercy and the visitors carried their lead into half time
London Stadium fell silent after the Hammers fans watched their city rivals take the lead early on in the game
Javier Hernandez appealed for a foul and the West Ham players were frustrated at falling behind in the manner they did
The life had been taken out of Palace and their fans. The stadium was now glad all over – barring the away end. Jeffrey Schlupp did manage to reduce the deficit with 15 minutes remaining with a header from a corner. Hodgson’s side, though, failed to muster many more efforts.
West Ham held out.
Much has been made of their move to this stadium over the last few years, not least the departure from all that came before. Now Pellegrini’s team are starting to give fans runs to remember and reasons to like their new ground.
The past is increasingly becoming just that – the past. With the festive period just around the corner, this recent run is the present.
Ultimately the Hammers came out triumphant and deserved their victory punctuated by some sensational goals
Roy Hodgson took exception to some decisions and approached Anthony Taylor after the full time whistle was blown
The home side are up to tenth in the table after winning their sixth game of the season under Pellegrini