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April 19, 2014
• Boleyn Ground, London
Referee: M. Atkinson
• Attendance: 34977
West Ham United
M. Jedinak 59'
My name's Ben Cullimore and it's been a pleasure describing the action to you today. Have a great Easter!
As for West Ham, they have now lost their last three consecutive league games, and remain just seven points clear of the relegation zone with three games left to play. They face 16th-place West Bromwich Albion next weekend in arguably their last winnable game of the season, before difficult games against Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City in May.
The victory extends Crystal Palace's winning streak to five games, and means that they have now won three consecutive Premier League away games for the first time in their history. They now have two tough clashes at home to Manchester City and Liverpool, before travelling to London rivals Fulham on the last day of the season.
Tony Pulis' Crystal Palace side go marching on after yet another fantastic performance. At times they were arguably second best, but their defence held firm and dealt with the continuous aerial assault from the hosts, matching them physically before hitting them on the counter attack down the wings, which West Ham's defenders found difficult to deal with. Bolasie was particularly excellent, as was Puncheon down the right flank, but the entire team's organisation and togertherness is the reason why they are able to return to Selhurst Park with all three points.
FT: WEST HAM UNITED 0-1 CRYSTAL PALACE
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Yellow CardGlenn Murray
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Dikgacoi brings down Carroll 25 yards out, gifting West Ham with their last opportunity to score an equaliser. Noble whips in the free kick but it's too short, and Crystal Palace are able to fire it back out of their penalty area.
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All West Ham can do now is send more balls into the heart of the Crystal Palace penalty area and hope for the best. However, none of them are finding their way past the visiting side's defence, and they seem to be running out of ideas as the full time whistle approaches.
There will be four minutes of added time.
Carlton Cole is brought to the ground by Jedinak in front of goal, resulting in the West Ham fans crying for a penalty. However, like so many times before, Martin Artkinson waves play on.
West Ham have pushed so many bodies forward, but they can't seem to find a way past the Crystal Palace defence. A plethora of long diagonal balls are sent in towards Carlton Cole and Carroll in the penalty area, but, after having to deal with them for the vast majority of the game, the Crystal Palace defence are finding them easy to deal with.
Joe Cole once again finds himself in space with the ball, this time inside the penalty area, but his shot is poor and it clears the crossbar by some distance.
Crystal Palace win a corner, which is whipped in towards a group of yellow shirts in the middle of the six-yard box. Adrian rushes out and punches the ball away, allowing West Ham to push forward for another attack.
Joe Cole picks the ball up on the edge of the penalty area and unleashes his first shot since coming on for Downing, but it swings just wide of Speroni's left post.
Crystal Palace are quite happy to keep possession in the centre of the pitch, rather than pushing for a second goal, but Puncheon lets them down at the last minute by sending a wayward ball out for a throw-in, gifting possession back to the hosts.
West Ham are lacking pace and precision in the final third as they push for an equalising goal, allowing Crystal Palace plenty of time to fall back and arrange themselves before holding firm and cutting out attack after attack.
Crystal Palace patiently push forward, and the ball once again ends up with Bolasie. This time, however, McCartney gets the better of him, throwing himself in front of his attempted cross-cum-shot to send it out for a corner.
Tomkins forces Puncheon into the corner of the pitch and pushes him up to the corner flag, but the Crystal Palace winger escapes by cheekily putting the ball through the legs of the West Ham defender, which delights the visiting fans.
McCartney is struggling against Bolasie down the left flank. Again, the Northern Irishman is beaten, but Bolasie's resulting shot is blocked, keeping Crystal Palace just one goal ahead.
Diame skips through the middle of Bolasie and Ward but is brought down by the legs of both players, resulting in Martin Atkinson awarding a free kick to West Ham in a dangerous position. Noble sends the ball into the heart of the penalty area but, after a few nervy moments, Jedinak is able to clear the danger up the field.
A poor Noble pass allows Crystal Palace the chance to attack again. Ward bursts into the box and beats Tomkins after a slight scuffle between the two players, but Martin Atkinson blows for a free kick to West Ham, bringing an end to a promising Crystal Palace attacking movement.
Great play once again by Bolasie, but his low cross just misses the outstretched leg of Jerome in front of goal.
Jarvis leaves the field to be replaced by Cole, and the West Ham fans answer with a loud chorus of boos aimed at Sam Allardyce.
Chance after chance for Crystal Palace, but nobody can put the ball into the back of the net! Bolasie and Puncheon are both gifted with two fantastic chances to double Crystal Palace's lead, but both spend far too long on the ball and they remain just one goal in front.
Crystal Palace break away on a counter attack though Jerome on the right wing. He beats Reid and sends a low ball towards Bolasie in the centre of the penalty area, but he scuffs his shot and it loops over the goal by some distance.
A plethora of long balls are being sent forward by West Ham as they desperately try to find an equaliser, but all are being dealt with by the multitude of yellow shirts that have pushed back to defend their lead.
Downing and Nolan try to break away quickly down the left wing, but the latter's final touch is poor and the ball goes out for a goal kick.
West Ham look riled up and desperate to get forward. After arguably being the better side for most of the game, they now find themselves a goal down and increasingly frustrated in the final third by a strong Crystal Palace defence.
Penalty GoalMile Jedinak
GOAL! Jedinak, who has never scored a Premier League goal before, steps up and fires a rocket of a shot past Adrian, who was left with no chance of saving it. 1-0!
Penalty! After turning down several appeals, Martin Atkinson finally awards one, and it goes Crystal Palace's way. Jerome beats Armero but the Colombian leaves a trailing leg, bringing down the Crystal Palace striker just inside the box.
Great block by Delaney! Carroll finds himself with the ball at his feet on the edge of the Crystal Palace penalty area and he sends a side-footed shot towards goal, but Delaney throws himself in front of the ball and deflects it out for a corner.
Bolasie sprints away down the centre of the pitch before sending a through-ball to Puncheon on the right of the penalty area. Armero puts his body in front of the Crystal Palace winger and sends him to the ground just inside the penalty area, but Martin Atkinson waves play on.
West Ham are embarking on attack after attack, but they can't find their way through a resolute Crystal Palace defence. The ball finally ends up with McCartney on the right flank, but the cross is weak and poor and ends up in the arms of Speroni.
Downing switches to the left wing once again and fires a great low cross towards the far post. Every single Crystal Palace defender misses the ball and it ends up with Carroll, who decides to hold the ball up and turn on the spot before firing towards goal. However, the angle is too tight his shot rolls wide of the post.
Bolasie brings a long ball down with a great first touch and beats McCartney down the left flank, forcing the Northern Irishman to tug on the shirt of the winger to stop him sprinting into the box. He's awarded a yellow card and gives away a free kick in a dangerous position, but Crystal Palace are unable to turn it into a clear chance on goal.
Yellow CardGeorge McCartney
Carroll is bundled over in the centre of the penalty area, but, again, Martin Atkinson waves play on, much to the frustration of the West Ham striker.
Noble tries to dink a ball over the Crystal Palace defence towards Diame, but Jedinak tracks back to cut out the danger.
And we're off once again!
The two sides are back on the pitch ahead of the second half. No substitutions have been made so far.
Despite impressive moments for both sides, it remains goalless at half time. Crystal Palace arguably started the stronger of two teams, but West Ham forced their way back into the game as the half wore on, and Speroni has been called on several times to deal with the aerial threat of Carroll. For now, the Crystal Palace defence are on top, but with each wave of strong attacking movements, particularly down both flanks, the West Ham forwards are getting nearer to opening the scoring.
HT: WEST HAM UNITED 0-0 CRYSTAL PALACE
There will be one minute of added time.
Downing sends another good ball into the heart of the Crystal Palace penalty area. It's knocked on by Nolan at the near post but marginally misses the head of Carroll, allowing Ward to swallow up the danger.
Things have calmed down somewhat as we head towards the half time break. West Ham aren't pushing as hard for the opening goal as they were five minutes ago, but are still in control and frustrating Crystal Palace, who are finding it difficult to push too far forward.
Ledley loses the ball to Nolan midway inside the West Ham half, allowing the hosts to embark on a swift counterattack. However, Jedinak rushes across the pitch to dispossess the Senegalese midfielder, sending the ball out for a throw-in near the halfway line.
Another chance for Carroll! This time, it's Armero who sends a long ball towards the Englishman, but his header isn't as good as his last, and it bounces wide of the left post.
What a save by Speroni! The West Ham attack stays alive, allowing Downing to whip in a cross towards Carroll at the far post. He jumps high and this time makes perfect contact with the ball, but the Crystal Palace goalkeeper saves fantastically.
Much better play by West Ham, who are looking far more dangerous than they did earlier in the half. Another angled cross is sent towards Carroll, who chests the ball down towards Nolan. He then sets up Diame with a deft through-ball, who fires low from close-range, but Speroni pulls off a great save to deny him the opening goal of the game.
West Ham are exerting so much pressure on the Crystal Palace defence, leading to an almighty scramble near the far post. Every available foot kicks out in the hope of making contact with the ball, and it's the visitors that are able to send the ball back up the pitch before West Ham can get a shot in.
The West Ham players cry for a penalty after Carroll is pushed to the ground in front of goal by Jedinak, but Martin Atkinson is uninterested and waves play on.
Three corners in quick succession for Crystal Palace are all dealt with admirably by the West Ham defence, but the visitors seem to be getting closer to opening the scoring.
Fantastic shot by Diame! West Ham take their time on the ball and it ends with Diame, who decides to unleash a rocket of a shot towards Speroni. The Argentinian pulls off a great save to tip the ball over the crossbar for a corner.
Downing shows great pace as he darts down the right wing, but the cross with his weaker foot is poor and fails to make it past the first line of yellow shirts.
Noble is clipped from behind by Jerome, and West Ham are awarded a free kick near the centre spot. Tomkins overhits his attempted long ball forward to Carroll and the striker is unable to control it, giving possession back to Crystal Palace.
The temperature is rising as we reach the halfway mark in the first half. Bolasie goes down under a challenge by Armero but no foul is given, and the midfielder is left on the floor clutching the back of his head. West Ham refuse to kick the ball out of play so that he can receive treatment, leading to pushing and shoving from the infuriated Crystal Palace players.
Dikgacoi tries to test Adrian from 25 yards out, but his shot is weak and the Spaniard claims the ball with ease.
Crystal Palace try something different with this corner kick, sending it short to Mariappa on the edge of the penalty area. He hits the ball first time but his shot is blocked by Nolan in front of goal. The Crystal Palace players and fans appeal for a penalty after it seemed to hit the West Ham captain's arm, but referee Martin Atkinson shakes his head and waves play on.
Once again, Bolasie wins the battle against McCartney down the left wing. He beats the Northern Irishman and chips a cross towards Dann at the far post, but Armero is able to head the ball over the crossbar and out for yet another corner.
Ward muscles his way into the West Ham penalty area and unleashes a shot, which is blocked and trickles out for a corner. The resulting set-piece is sent in and meets the head of Dikgacoi, who sends the ball towards goal, but Carroll sticks out a foot to clear the attempt off the line.
Patient build-up from West Ham looks promising, but, again, their midfielders decide to send a lofted ball into the box, which, again, Crystal Palace are easily able to deal with.
Noble and Jarvis link up well again, allowing the latter to pull the ball back to Diame. He whips in yet another cross towards Carroll, but, once again, there's a yellow shirt there to dispossess him.
Great play by West Ham! Noble sends a wonderful long-range ball to Jarvis on the left wing, and he sprints quickly before sending a low cross into the heart of the box. However, it's cut out by Dann with a back-heel volley that sends the ball away from danger.
There's a mix-up by the Crystal Palace defenders at the back, allowing Nolan to pick up the ball on the edge of the penalty area on the right hand side. He whips in a looping ball towards the head of Carroll, but Mariappa is able to use his frame to put off the big Englishman, forcing his headed effort over the crossbar.
Crystal Palace win the first corner of the game, which Bolasie attempts to put into the centre of the six-yard box, but he overhits his attempt and it bounces out feebly for a goalkick.
Downing crosses in towards Carroll but Dann rises high to cut out the danger, sending the ball out to the left flank where Diame is unable to control it and gives away a throw-in to Crystal Palace.
Noble and Jarvis link up well in the centre of the field before the former sends a ball through to Armero on the left wing, but Puncheon is there to dispossess the Colombian before he can send a cross into the box.
Almost immediately after Crystal Palace's attack breaks down, West Ham embark on one of their own, but McCartney's cross fails to find Carroll in the penalty area and instead ends up with Speroni.
Crystal Palace embark on an early attack through Bolasie down the left flank. He whips in a cross that deflects off Ledley's shin and into the arms of Adrian.
And we're off! West Ham get us underway, kicking from right to left.
Everybody inside Upton Park rises to their feet to applaud the memory of Dylan Tombides, the young West Ham striker who tragically died on Friday at the age of 20 after a three-year battle with testicular cancer.
The sun is shining brightly in east London as the two teams make their way onto the pitch, with both sets of fans in fine voice.
As for West Ham, they have stumbled somewhat recently, with a run of two victories and five defeats in their last seven league games leaving them in 12th place, seven points above the relegation zone. However, their home form has been impressive, winning four out of their last six games. With tough clashes against Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City ahead, today's game is a must-win for the Hammers.
Crystal Palace are easily in the better form of the two sides coming into this afternoon's clash, with four wins in a row under their belts, including impressive victories against both Chelsea and Everton. Since taking over in November, Tony Pulis has led his side to 10 victories, lifting them up to 11th place in the table ahead of today's game. A win here will move them equal on points with his former team Stoke, if the Potters are beaten by struggling Cardiff City in their clash at Cardiff City Stadium this afternoon.
Meanwhile, Tony Pulis has decided to make just one change to the Crystal Palace side that picked up a fantastic 3-2 victory away to Everton on Wednesday. Kagiso Digkacoi comes into the starting line up, replacing former West Ham loanee Marouane Chamakh.
Sam Allardyce has made two changes to the side that were beaten 3-1 by Arsenal on Tuesday evening. Replacing Guy Demel is George McCartney, whilst, in midfield, Kevin Nolan returns to the starting line-up to replace Antonio Nocerino, who drops to the bench.
Crystal Palace substitutes: Hennessey, Gabbidon, Parr, Ince, Guedioura, Murray, Gayle
Crystal Palace starting line-up: Speroni; Mariappa, Dann, Delaney, Ward; Puncheon, Digkacoi, Jedinak, Ledley, Bolasie; Jerome
West Ham United substitutes: Jaaskelainen, O'Brien, Taylor, Johnson, J. Cole, Nocerino, C. Cole
West Ham United starting line-up: Adrian; McCartney, Reid, Tomkins, Armero; Jarvis, Nolan, Noble, Diame, Downing; Carroll
First, let's have have a look at how the two teams will line up, starting with the hosts…
Good afternoon and welcome to the live text commentary of today's Premier League game between West Ham United and Crystal Palace. My name is Ben Cullimore and I will be keeping you up-to-date with all of the action from Upton Park.
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