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  • December 3, 2013
  • • 3:00 PM
  • • Selhurst Park, London
  • Referee: L. Mason
  • • Attendance: 23891

Crystal Palace 1-0 West Ham: Chamakh lifts Eagles off bottom

Crystal Palace 1-0 West Ham: Chamakh lifts Eagles off bottom

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Tony Pulis tasted victory in his home debut, with the newly promoted side earning a deserved win over its London rival.

Marouane Chamakh haunted his old side as Crystal Palace defeated West Ham 1-0 to hand Tony Pulis a debut home win Tuesday.

After losing 1-0 to Norwich City on Saturday, Palace responded in perfect fashion as Chamakh met Barry Bannan's cross to lift his side off the bottom of the Premier League table at Sunderland's expense.

West Ham saw a penalty claim waved away in the first half when Kagisho Dikgacoi appeared to handle, while Stewart Downing had a second-half strike ruled out after James Tomkins was penalized for an apparent foul in the buildup.

By Jamie Dunn

In his first game in charge at Selhurst Park, Tony Pulis comes away with a hard-earned win. It wasn't a performance of immense quality from Crystal Palace, but the physical presence of Marouane Chamakh and Cameron Jerome made life difficult for West Ham.

The Hammers had actually been in the ascendancy toward the end of the first half, until they switched off at a corner and allowed Barry Bannan a second chance to deliver into the box, which was headed in - faintly, mind you - by Chamakh.

And there was only going to be one winner from there. Palace might have had one or two more were it not for Jussi Jaaskelainen, while West Ham simply could not create a decent chance at goal.
Palace stole ahead against the run of play 42 minutes in thanks to Chamakh's header, and Cameron Jerome could have made it 2-0 when he went one-on-one with the goalkeeper in the second half.

West Ham pushed for an equalizer and Downing thought he had grabbed one, but his low drive was chalked off with the linesman’s flag raised.

Carlton Cole was rewarded for his goal in Saturday's 3-0 win over Fulham with a first start since re-signing for West Ham in October, while Palace was unchanged.

The match started at a slow tempo but West Ham soon settled and was on top by the time its penalty appeal was rejected.

Downing's corner appeared to strike the arm of Dikgacoi as Damien Delaney looked to head clear, but referee Lee Mason waved away the protests.

Kevin Nolan wasted a fine chance, volleying tamely at Julian Speroni from 8 yards after being picked out by Mark Noble’s scooped free kick, as West Ham increased the pressure.

Yet it was Palace that moved ahead when Chamakh, unmarked 6 yards out, glanced home a whipped cross from Bannan after the latter had seen a corner cleared back to him.

West Ham searched for an immediate response and Delaney made a crucial block to deny Downing on the stroke of the interval.

Palace peppered the West Ham goal at the beginning of the second half, with Dikgacoi heading Bannan's center over the crossbar.

And the home side should have celebrated a second in the 53rd minute when Jerome broke free of the West Ham defense only to shoot straight at Jussi Jaaskelainen.

West Ham introduced Joe Cole from the bench and the midfielder looked to have made an instant impact when his deep cross was headed across goal by Tomkins and driven home by Downing. However, Tomkins was ruled to have been guilty of an infringement.

Palace also had the ball in the net for a second time in the 68th minute through substitute Jimmy Kebe, but Mile Jedinak was offside when he cut the ball back.

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