Premier League - West Ham booed off as Palace win fifth in a row

Premier League, Upton Park - West Ham 0 Crystal Palace 1 (Jedinak 59 pen)

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Premier League - West Ham booed off as Palace win fifth in a row
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Fans react with frustration as West Ham lose to Crystal Palace (Reuters)

Sam Allardyce’s West Ham were booed off as Mile Jedinak’s penalty gave Crystal Palace a 1-0 victory, their fifth consecutive Premier League victory.

The match failed to live up to an emotional prelude when Upton Park paid tribute to West Ham youngster Dylan Tombides, who died of cancer on Friday aged just 20.

[MOVING TRIBUTES TO TOMBIDES]

Most of the action was contained midway through the first half. For Palace, Kagisho Dikgacoi had a header deflected away from goal by Andy Carroll, Scott Dann headed just over, and Adrian Mariappa’s shot from just inside the box was blocked by Kevin Nolan, possibly by his arm.

West Ham went closest with Mohamed Diame, who had one long-range shot tipped over by Julian Speroni, another low effort palmed away, and Andy Carroll’s back post header was saved. West Ham had dominated, with 68% of the ball, but failed to take advantage.

In the second half, Carroll wasted a chance after dragging Downing’s cross lazily wide, but it was Palace who took the lead when Jedinak converted a penalty on 59 minutes, after Armero tripped Cameron Jerome on the edge of the box. Jason Puncheon wasted two good chances inside the box on 68 minutes.

Substitute Joe Cole went close with a low shot on the edge of the box, but West Ham created little else as Palace comfortably held on for victory.

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KEY EVENTS

18’ - CRYSTAL PALACE CHANCES - Yannick Bolasie’s cross finds Dann whose header is deflected over, and then Nolan blocks Mariappa’s shot from the corner.

28’ - DIAME SHOT - Diame cuts onto his right, and strikes a fierce shot down the middle that Speroni does well to tip over.

36’ - WEST HAM CHANCES - First Diame has a low shot beaten away, and then a corner to the back post finds Carroll to head, but Speroni saves at close range.

51’ - CARROLL MISS - Downing’s cross comes to Carroll at the back post. He take a touch onto his left foot, then puts a low shot wide.

59’ - JEDINAK GOAL - Armero’s rash challenge on Jerome gives Palace a penalty. Jedinak takes a few steps and strikes the ball into the top corner.

84’ - COLE CHANCE - Just outside the box, Joe Cole aims a low shot towards the corner, but it’s sliced wide of the post.

MATCHCAST: FULL MATCH STATS AND COMMENTARY

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KEY STATS

Jedinak has played every single minute of each of Crystal Palace’s Premier League games this season.

Only once in top-flight history have Palace won five games in a row before (December 1992).

Only Chelsea (14) have conceded fewer goals than Palace (20) in the period Pulis has been in charge.

Palace have conceded fewer goals (20) in Pulis’ 23 games in charge than they did in the previous 12 this season (21).

West Ham have lost six of their last eight Premier League games.

Palace have scored only 16 goals from open play this season yet have 43 points.

TALKING POINT

West Ham need a change. It might not be as serious as needing to replace the manager, but Sam Allardyce needs at the very least some new ideas, and definitely some new players. Carlton Cole’s introduction was meant with chants of ‘You don’t know what you’re doing’ by West Ham’s fans. He does, obviously, know what he’s doing - it’s just not very interesting to watch.

MAN OF THE MATCH

Yannick Bolasie (Crystal Palace): Mile Jedinak deserves credit for taking responsibility when Palace won a penalty, and Cameron Jerome’s pace and control put them him in that position, but it was Bolasie who created a number of chances throughout, and allowed Palace to break forward to make light of West Ham’s dominance in possession.

PLAYER RATINGS

West Ham: Adrian 6, Reid 6, McCartney 6, Armero, Tomkins 6, Nolan 6, Jarvis 6, Noble, Diame 6, Downing 6, Carroll 5. Subs: C.Cole 5, J.Cole 6, Nocerino 6.

Crystal Palace: Speroni 6, Mariappa 6, Dann 6, Delaney 6, Ward 6, Digkacoi 6, Jedinak 7, Puncheon 6, Ledley 6, Bolasie 7, Jerome 6. Subs: Gabbidon 6, Parr 6, Murray 6.

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