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West Bromwich Albion
West Ham United
December 3, 2013
• Selhurst Park, London
Referee: L. Mason
• Attendance: 23891
M. Chamakh 41'
West Ham United
90' + 6'
Yellow Card Ravel Morrison
90' + 5'
FULL-TIME! Crystal Palace beat West Ham 1-0 at Selhurst Park! What a priceless win that could be for Tony Pulis' men in the manager's first home game in charge. West Ham were the better side, but Palace were truly excellent in the second half and they are worthy of their win.
90' + 3'
What a massive chance for Palace!! Kebe pounced on a long ball from the back and beat Jaaskelainen to it. The winger then cut it back on to his right foot and tried to lift it over the goalkeeper and into the net, but he fired just over. Agonising for the hosts.
90' + 1'
Five minutes of stoppage time added by the referee.
In goes the corner and James Collins meets it, but he guides it just over the bar. It takes a slight deflection off Jedinak, but the referee fails to spot it as Palace get a goalkick.
West Ham corner as Kebe is forced to stick the ball behind.
Not long left for Allardyce's Hammers. They are pressing intensely for an equaliser, but they look short of ideas.
Encouraging play by the exciting Jonny Williams as he weaves in and out before slipping a disguised pass through two opponents. O'Keefe then feeds Kebe in down the right, but the resulting cross is dreadful.
A few seconds later Kebe does well down Palace's right as he draws a foul from McCartney.
West Ham looked to be creating a good move down the left as Downing charged on to a throughball, cut inside and poked a pass through for Maiga, but the referee penalised him.
Another change for Palace now as Bannan is replaced by O'Keefe.
Palace get themselves some respite and a breather as Chamakh holds the ball up well in the West Ham half before winning a free-kick.
West Ham clear easily and quickly. Diame breaks into the hosts' half and threads a throughball beyond the defence for Cole, but Bannan tracks back well to shield the ball from him. Speroni collects in the end.
Patient build-up by Palace and they eventually get the ball to Dikgacoi about 30 yards from goal. The South African sets himself with his first touch and then fires a fearsome left-footed drive towards the net, but Jaaskelainen rises to make the save.
West Ham pressing for an equaliser currently They try to play their way through Palace's defence, they are packed so tightly. The move ends as Morrison lashes a half-volley just of the target.
Good effort by Downing as his whipped effort gets up and over the ball before dropping down towards the bottom corner, but Speroni watches it the whole way and makes a save.
Lovely feet from Diame as he produces a stepover and lures Jedinak into making a foul just outside the Palace area. Excellent position for a shot at goal.
The recent pauses in play have broken up the pattern of the match a little. Hopefully it can return to its previous tempo.
We are having another break in play for, wait for it... For someone to repair a hole in the Palace net.
Another goal is disallowed! Bannan's free-kick is kept in by Jedinak at the back post and he puts the ball into the danger area, where Kebe is waiting to fire home. The Palace captain was offside, however.
Yellow Card James Tomkins
Diame gives the ball away cheaply and Palace quickly play it forward to Jerome. The forward's first-touch is excellent as he bursts away from Tomkins, who is forced to bring him down and get a yellow card.
West Ham have the ball in the back of the net, but it is not allowed! They took their free-kick quickly and got it to Cole on the left. He crossed to O'Brien at the far post, who nodded the ball down for Downing. to smash in. The assistant has his flag in the air, however, seemingly for a foul by O'Brien.
This is becoming a feisty encounter in midfield now. Morrison cleverly beats Bannan and Jedinak before poking the ball through to Noble. Dikgacoi produces a ridiculously over-the-top challenge and concedes a free-kick.
We have a brief pause in play now as Diame seeks medical attention after hitting his head on Jedinak. He should be alright.
Two changes now for West Ham as Maiga and Joe Cole come on for Carlton Cole and Nolan.
Downing comes inside from the right and passes square to Morrison. The young midfielder tries to pick out the winger with a chipped ball into the area, but it is too heavy. Right idea, but it did not have the correct execution.
West Ham are still yet to come out from half-time, it seems.
Marvellous start to the second half, particularly for Palace, who really should be at least two goals clear now.
Another brilliant opportunity for Palace! Jerome is slipped through on goal, but when one-on-one with Jaaskelainen he telegraphs his effort and the goalkeeper palms it away.
Bannan's initial corner is very poor, but it comes straight back to him. He curls a cross in and Dikgacoi heads over a golden chance.
Great chance for Palace! Jedinak played a searching ball forward for Jerome. The forward ran on to it in the penalty area before cutting it back and Jedinak eventually sees a shot deflected wide.
Allardyce's substitutions were his saving grace against Fulham. Will he have to go to the bench again today?
Downing runs at Moxey with intent, but he knocks the ball straight at the full-back's legs before getting pushed over.
West Ham will be hoping to get Nolan further forward in order to support Cole in this second half if they are to get anything from the match.
Right, we're back underway for the second half.
45' + 2'
HALF-TIME! Crystal Palace take a 1-0 lead into half-time after a quite entertaining first half in which West Ham have generally dominated. Allardyce's men will feel hard done by, but they have simply not taken their chances. Will they improve after the break? Find out when we return in 15 minutes.
45' + 1'
Excellent move by West Ham. Morrison feeds a lovely pass in behind the right-back for Diame, who then crosses left-footed. Downing controls it on the far side of the area and then smashes a volley towards goal, but it is deflected over. Great block.
West Ham are doing their best to hit back before half-time, but they waste an advanced throw-in as Cole gives away a free-kick in the penalty area.
GOAL!!! Palace take the lead against the run of play! Bannan takes a short corner and swiftly receives possession back again. He takes a touch and bends a good cross into the centre, which Chamakh glances into the bottom far corner.
Assist Barry Bannan
Goal Marouane Chamakh
Puncheon is given space on the left wing and he finally has the chance to use that excellent left foot of his. He opens his body up and curls in a cross, but his effort is pretty dreadful as it bobbles towards Tomkins, who hacks it away with what appears to be a shrug of derision.
That long ball from Rat up to Cole is becoming a feature of West Ham's play in this first half, however on this latest occasion it does not come off as the forward accidentally heads it off the pitch.
Free-kick from deep on the right for West Ham. They take it quickly and Morrison's initial delivery is blocked, but Downing then whips in a cross of his own. Diame rises to meet it, but he nods it just over.
Another great chance for West Ham! Rat plays a lofted pass through for Cole, who spins around his marker and runs through to collect it. He gets into the left side of the area and fires a square ball through for Downing, but his control is poor and Palace escape by the skin of their teeth.
Palace are offering virtually nothing in attack at the moment. West Ham have come closest to taking the lead and that would not have been unfair.
Big chance for Nolan! The free-kick evades all defenders and finds its way through to Nolan, but the contact he gets on the ball is minimal and Speroni catches gratefully.
Yellow Card Damien Delaney
Excellent run by Morrison as he skips past one challenge and then Delaney, who brings the youngster down. Good position for a free-kick.
The match is completely passing by the Palace midfield. West Ham are playing through them with Morrison, Nolan and Cole, while they are also going around them via Downing and Diame.
The resulting corner comes to nothing, but a couple of West Ham players are appealing for a penalty as replays show the ball bouncing off Gabbidon and on to Delaney's arm. There was little the defender could have done to avoid it, however.
Sam Allardyce's men are really starting to control this. Downing again does well on the right and he wins a corner.
Clever free-kick from the Hammers. From deep on the left, the ball is delivered towards the front post where Nolan is waiting. He shields the ball and then squares it into the six-yard box, but Palace squeeze it clear.
Morrison is starting to look a lot more lively, but he has lost possession a couple of times in the last few minutes. Nevertheless, the more he is involved, the better football we should see - in theory.
West Ham are liking that move at the moment, where Downing cuts in from the right and crosses towards the back post. He tries it again and - like before - the assistant puts his flag up for offside. This time he is correct, however.
Lovely play by Diame down the left as he skillfully beats his man down the left, but when he looks set to cross into the goal mouth, he leaves the ball behind him.
Thankfully for the match, West Ham are starting to get the ball down and play.
Encouraging attack by West Ham as Nolan threads a clever pass into the area for Cole, but the offside forward is too slow and he leaves Speroni in a bit of pain.
Diame holds up the ball in the 18-yard box. He squirms it through for Morrison who cuts the ball back again. Diame misses it completely and Rat attempts to run on to it and smash it towards goal, but his effort flies well wide.
The corner is played short and ultimately wasted, but the visitors do retain possession near the Palace area.
Moxey fails to deal with Noble's lofted pass out to the right for Downing. The winger beats his full-back and crosses right-footed, but the defender deflects it behind for a corner.
Decent effort from Puncheon as he latches on to a pass just to the left of the centre and fires a low shot straight at Jaaskelainen.
Bannan is involved again, this time he picks up the ball on the right corner of West Ham's area. He cuts on to his left foot and curls a cross-cum-shot into the danger zone, but it goes over the crossbar.
Bannan slices the ball into the area, but West Ham clear relatively easily.
Razvan Rat unfairly jumps through Puncheon to win a header, giving Palace a free-kick just inside the visitors' half.
Promising move by West Ham as Downing cuts in from the right and crosses to the back post. Cole heads it back across the face of the goal for Diame, but Palace hack it away. The referee then realises that his assistant has his flag in the air, as he incorrectly calls Cole offside.
West Ham win themselves a throw-in in an advanced position on the right wing and it is launched in towards Carlton Cole, but his first touch gives possession straight back to Palace.
Free-kick to West Ham just outside their own area as Chamakh hauls down O'Brien.
There isn't a lot football happening at the moment. Neither side looks too intent on getting the ball on the ground and knocking it around.
Jerome and Puncheon do well on the right-hand side as they shield possession from the West Ham defence. The latter can only win a throw-in when he attempts to cross, however.
West Ham boot the ball forward fairly aimlessly and Gabbidon simply nods it back to his goalkeeper.
Fairly uneventful open few minutes as both sides feel their way into this contest.
Off we go. Palace start the action at Selhurst Park.
The players are out on the pitch, with kick-off a few moments away.
The match will see Tony Pulis take charge of his home match at Crystal Palace after losing away to Norwich City on his return to Premier League football.
West Ham, meanwhile, have won just two of their last 20 away matches in the league.
Palace have only won four of their 24 London derbies at home in the Premier League.
And the West Ham line-up is: Jaaskelainen; O'Brien, Collins, Tomkins, Rat; Noble, Nolan; Morrison, Diame, Downingl C.Cole. SUBS: Adrian, McCartney, Jarvis, Maiga, Demel, J.Cole, Collison
The Crystal Palace team is: Speroni; Ward, Gabbidon, Delaney, Moxey; Jedinak, Dikgacoi Bannan; Puncheon, Chamakh, Jerome. SUBS: Price, Mariappa, O'Keefe, Williams, Kebe, Gayle, Philiips
Hello and welcome to the live text commentary for Crystal Palace vs West Ham United. My name is Ryan Benson and I shall be describing the action for you.
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