Crystal Palace Punish West Ham

Crystal Palace have collected three points from West Ham United after a 3-1 English Premier League win at Upton Park on Saturday.  It was an exciting start to the match with both sides having chances but in the 14th minute, after having survived a scare two minutes earlier, the Eagles got away with one.  Palace keeper Julian Speroni was beaten but saved by the woodwork after Hammers captain Mark Noble saw his curling free-kick from the edge of the box bash the top of the crossbar.

The visitors threatened on 31 minutes after breaking quickly with Glenn Murray aiming to wriggle clear and unleashing a low angled shot which was beaten away by Adrian.  Alan Pardew was forced into a first half substitution when Jordon Mutch limped off rubbing his thigh and on came James McArthur.  Pardew’s side would begin to have the better of the game as half-time approached and sure enough it was 1-0 on 41 minutes courtesy of Murray.

From a corner the Palace striker headed towards goal and Aaron Cresswell’s attempted clearance simply sliced Adrian.  It took just six second half minutes for the Eagles to double their lead.  Scott Dann easily leapt above the home defence at the far post to head home Jason Puncheon’s corner.

On 63 minutes it was 3-0 to the away side as Murray beat his marker before heading in a Puncheon free-kick.  Just six minutes later the striker was shown a second yellow card for a late challenge on Winston Reid.  Down to 10 men, the visitors conceded seven minutes later.

Enner Valencia found the bottom corner with a fierce drive from 20 yards to pull one back.  Despite further probing by Sam Allardyce’s charges, there was no way through as Pardew’s lot left with all three points.