West Ham player ratings vs Crystal Palace: Lanzini continues terrific turnaround but Diop shaky in nervy win

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  • Crystal Palace
    Crystal Palace
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  • West Ham United
    West Ham United
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  • Manuel Lanzini
    Manuel Lanzini
    Argentine association football player
  • Michail Antonio
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  • Declan Rice
    English association football player
  • Michael Olise
    French association football player
Declan Rice and Manuel Lanzini were among West Ham’s top performers against Crystal Palace  (Getty Images)
Declan Rice and Manuel Lanzini were among West Ham’s top performers against Crystal Palace (Getty Images)

West Ham began 2022 with a bang as they moved to within a point of fourth place with a London derby victory at Crystal Palace.

After a shaky start with Jeffrey Schlupp hitting the post in the opening 60 seconds, West Ham struck twice in three minutes to take control of the game.

Michail Antonio opened the scoring as he poked home from Said Benrahma’s cross, before Declan Rice played in Manuel Lanzini to score a sublime goal.

Lanzini added another in injury time at the end of the first half from the penalty spot after a foolish handball from Palace captain Luka Milivojevic.

Odsonne Edouard scored late for the hosts as he poked home Michael Olise’s cross before the provider turned goalscorer as his 90th minute free-kick found the far corner.

Here is how Standard Sport’s Jack Rosser rated the Hammers…

Lukasz Fabianski 7

Made some superb first-half saves from Christian Benteke to prevent a Palace comeback.

Vladimir Coufal 7

Not overly troubled defensively and showed plenty of energy going forward.

Craig Dawson 6

Conceded more chances than Moyes would have liked throughout but solid enough against Palace’s forward line.

Issa Diop 5

Made up for a couple of shaky moments early on but then ducked out of the way as Olise crossed for Edouard to score. Gave away a cheap free-kick from which Olise scored Palace’s second.

Ben Johnson 6

A couple of dangerous crosses from the left before being withdrawn at the break.

Declan Rice 8

A welcome return to the side. Plenty of energy and created Lanzini’s opening with one of his now trademark driving runs.

Tomas Soucek 6

Plenty of energy in the middle but rather wasteful on the ball at times.

Jarrod Bowen 7

Unrelenting in his efforts to run at the Palace back line.

Manuel Lanzini 9

Always looking to make things happen for those around him before chipping in with a smart penalty and a simply stunning solo goal.

Said Benrahma 7

Superb cross for Antonio’s opener. Faded a touch in the second half before being replaced with 20 minutes to go.

Michail Antonio 8

Caused plenty of problems and showed good movement to get in behind and score the opener from Benrahma’s cross.

Substitutes

Arthur Masuaku 6

A couple of good challenges but earned a cheap booking for pulling back Olise.

Nikola Vlasic 6

Got into good positions but lacked the final ball once there.

Mark Noble n/a

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