• Palace's struggles continue
  • West Ham new boy Mauro Zarate scores on his debut
  • Palace lose Joe Ledley to injury in the warm-up
  • Hammers boss Sam Allardyce: "We got everything right."

Crystal Palace's turbulent start to the new season continued as they were beaten comfortably by West Ham United at Selhurst Park.

Palace chairman Steve Parish's urgency to appoint a new manager after Tony Pulis left less than 48 hours before the start of the campaign will have increased after a second successive Premier League defeat.

Mauro Zarate scored a spectacular debut goal and Stewart Downing added a second before half-time to put Sam Allardyce's side in control as the Eagles' caretaker manager Keith Millen watched his players struggle desperately.

Keith Millen making no excuses

Marouane Chamakh offered some hope for Palace when he pulled a goal back after the restart but Carlton Cole quickly re-established West Ham's supremacy and they closed out a fully deserved win.

Parish must now turn his attention to ending the turbulence that has overtaken the club since Pulis's departure and the ill-fated move for Malky Mackay.

The move for Mackay was halted after he became embroiled in revelations about texts he shared with Iain Moody while manager at Cardiff City, which subsequently led to Moody's departure as Palace's sporting director.

Tim Sherwood, an early contender to be Eagles' boss, pulled out of the race after Palace moved away from the Mackay appointment and now Parish is left with a major dilemma.

The Eagles chairman must decide whether to hand control to Millen with the transfer window not long off closure or move for an outsider, with former Celtic manager Neil Lennon the latest to be linked with the job after rumours that Pulis might make a dramatic return were dismissed.

Sam Allardyce praises quality goals

The search for a new manager overshadowed Palace's first home game of the season - but even the pre-match warm-up was not without its troubles as Joe Ledley suffered a groin injury and was replaced by Shaun O'Keefe.

The Eagles' passionate support did their best to lift the mood and there were early moments of hope, notably when Chamakh almost got on the end of Martin Kelly's driven cross.

The rot soon set in, however, and West Ham's control led to a splendid opener from Argentine debutant Zarate 11 minutes before the interval, meeting a dropping clearance from a corner with the outside of his right foot to beat Julian Speroni from 20 yards.

Zarate had shown a nasty streak when he left a foot in on the back of O'Keefe's ankle but this was the sort of quality Allardyce - and indeed new attacking coach Teddy Sheringham - would have had in mind from the man who had a loan spell at Birmingham City and arrived from Velez Sarsfield this summer.

Stuart Downing

West Ham's Stuart Downing capped a fine display with a superb individual goal

Downing matched that three minutes later when he cut in from the right flank before a perfect placement from 20 yards with his left foot beat Speroni low to his right.

James Tomkins headed against the underside of the bar for West Ham in the opening minutes of the second half, and Palace took advantage of the reprieve as Chamakh pulled a goal back with a clinical low finish from the edge of the area.

It was fleeting hope for the hosts though, and West Ham soon restored their two-goal advantage when Cole was given too much time and space in the area and drilled a low effort into the corner.

There was nothing else for West Ham to do other than ensure Palace could not mount any sort of recovery and they did so with ease against a side that looked in desperate need of fresh faces and the sort of inspiration a new manager may be able to provide.

Chamakh

Marouane Chamakh's drilled effort could not prevent consecutive defeats to London opposition for Palace

Crystal Palace caretaker manager Keith Millen: "I won't be watching Match of the Day tonight. I'll recover hopefully and watch it on Sunday.

"It doesn't get any easier. What's gone on this week has been tough for the lads. We never got going at all.

"I'll be speaking to the chairman tomorrow to see what the developments are."

West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce: "We got everything right. We could have scored more than we did.

"We had a plan of attack to break Crystal Palace down with a patient approach.

"We have spent long hours throughout summer trying to acquire the players we have. At the moment they are progressing very well and I hope we can get better."

Mauro Zarate

Mauro Zarate was an unused substitute last week for the Hammers

Palace West Ham

Palace have conceded two or more goals in their last five Premier League matches

Palace West Ham

Palace caretaker boss Keith Millen admitted Carlton Cole's goal killed the game

Palace West Ham

The result will not help caretaker boss Keith Millen's chances of keeping the job

Adrian

West Ham goalkeeper Adrian was rarely tested

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Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (6)

Crystal Palace

  • 01 Speroni
  • 34 Kelly
  • 02 Ward
  • 15 Jedinak Booked
  • 04 Hangeland
  • 27 Delaney
  • 25 Bannan (Williams - 71' )
  • 12 O'Keefe (Murray - 83' )
  • 10 Campbell (Gayle - 70' )
  • 29 Chamakh
  • 07 Bolasie

Substitutes

  • 03 Mariappa
  • 05 McCarthy
  • 08 Guédioura
  • 13 Hennessey
  • 16 Gayle
  • 17 Murray
  • 20 Williams

West Ham United

  • 13 Adrián
  • 17 O'Brien Booked
  • 03 Cresswell
  • 16 Noble
  • 05 Tomkins Booked
  • 02 Reid Booked
  • 11 Downing (Diamé - 90' )
  • 08 Kouyaté
  • 24 Cole (Sakho - 68' )
  • 10 Zárate (Poyet - 83' )
  • 12 Vaz Te

Substitutes

  • 14 Morrison
  • 15 Sakho
  • 20 Demel
  • 21 Diamé
  • 22 Jääskeläinen
  • 23 Poyet
  • 31 E Valencia
Ref: Mark Clattenburg
Att: 24,242

Match Stats

Shots

9 17

On target

4 8

Corners

6 9

Fouls

14 11

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Crystal Palace 1, West Ham United 3.

90:00 +4:09 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Crystal Palace 1, West Ham United 3.

90:00 +3:37

Attempt missed. Jonathan Williams (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Joel Ward.

90:00 +2:44

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Ricardo Vaz Te.

90:00 +2:36

Attempt saved. Glenn Murray (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jonathan Williams.

89:35

Attempt saved. Cheikhou Kouyaté (West Ham United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ricardo Vaz Te.

89:10 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, West Ham United. Mohamed Diamé replaces Stewart Downing.

88:48 Booking

Booking Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace) is shown the yellow card.

86:51

Ricardo Vaz Te (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

86:51

Foul by Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace).

84:55

Foul by Mark Noble (West Ham United).

84:55

Jonathan Williams (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

82:32 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Crystal Palace. Glenn Murray replaces Stuart O'Keefe.

82:05 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, West Ham United. Diego Poyet replaces Mauro Zárate.

80:39

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Winston Reid.

80:37

Attempt blocked. Yannick Bolasie (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jonathan Williams.

79:41

Offside, West Ham United. Stewart Downing tries a through ball, but Mauro Zárate is caught offside.

77:25

Diafra Sakho (West Ham United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

77:25

Foul by Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace).

77:05

Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Julian Speroni.

76:54

Attempt missed. Diafra Sakho (West Ham United) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Stewart Downing with a cross.

75:44

Diafra Sakho (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

75:44

Foul by Martin Kelly (Crystal Palace).

75:00 Booking

Booking Joey O'Brien (West Ham United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

74:58

Foul by Joey O'Brien (West Ham United).

74:58

Jonathan Williams (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick on the left wing.

70:02 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Crystal Palace. Jonathan Williams replaces Barry Bannan.

69:34 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Crystal Palace. Dwight Gayle replaces Fraizer Campbell.

68:17

Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Joel Ward.

68:11

Attempt blocked. Diafra Sakho (West Ham United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Winston Reid.

67:05 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, West Ham United. Diafra Sakho replaces Carlton Cole.

66:22

Mauro Zárate (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

66:22

Foul by Joel Ward (Crystal Palace).

65:51

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Joey O'Brien.

62:17

Foul by Ricardo Vaz Te (West Ham United).

62:17

Martin Kelly (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick on the right wing.

61:10 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Crystal Palace 1, West Ham United 3. Carlton Cole (West Ham United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner following a set piece situation.

60:22

Mark Noble (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

60:22

Foul by Stuart O'Keefe (Crystal Palace).

54:48

Attempt saved. Barry Bannan (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Stuart O'Keefe.

52:24

Foul by Mauro Zárate (West Ham United).

52:24

Yannick Bolasie (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick on the left wing.

52:02

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Cheikhou Kouyaté.

51:31

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Stewart Downing.

49:51

Foul by Carlton Cole (West Ham United).

49:51

Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

47:59 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Crystal Palace 1, West Ham United 2. Marouane Chamakh (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Mile Jedinak.

47:01

James Tomkins (West Ham United) hits the bar with a header from the centre of the box. Assisted by Stewart Downing with a cross following a corner.

46:03

Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Damien Delaney.

45:06

Offside, Crystal Palace. Damien Delaney tries a through ball, but Fraizer Campbell is caught offside.

45:00

Second Half begins Crystal Palace 0, West Ham United 2.

45:00 +4:07 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Crystal Palace 0, West Ham United 2.

45:00 +3:51

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

45:00 +2:59

Delay in match (Crystal Palace).

45:00 +2:35

Cheikhou Kouyaté (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00 +2:35

Foul by Joel Ward (Crystal Palace).

45:00 +1:14

Attempt missed. Damien Delaney (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right following a set piece situation.

45:00 +1:12

Attempt missed. Yannick Bolasie (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Marouane Chamakh following a set piece situation.

45:00 +0:20 Booking

Booking James Tomkins (West Ham United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

45:00 +0:13

Foul by James Tomkins (West Ham United).

45:00 +0:13

Yannick Bolasie (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

41:36

Attempt saved. Ricardo Vaz Te (West Ham United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

39:20 Booking

Booking Winston Reid (West Ham United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

38:37

Foul by Winston Reid (West Ham United).

38:37

Marouane Chamakh (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

36:25 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Crystal Palace 0, West Ham United 2. Stewart Downing (West Ham United) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Cheikhou Kouyaté.

35:16

Attempt missed. Joey O'Brien (West Ham United) left footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Stewart Downing.

34:19

Joey O'Brien (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

34:19

Foul by Yannick Bolasie (Crystal Palace).

33:19 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Crystal Palace 0, West Ham United 1. Mauro Zárate (West Ham United) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner following a corner.

33:15

Attempt blocked. Mark Noble (West Ham United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ricardo Vaz Te.

32:57

Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Martin Kelly.

31:12

Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Joel Ward.

29:55

Cheikhou Kouyaté (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

29:55

Foul by Marouane Chamakh (Crystal Palace).

29:22

Offside, West Ham United. Winston Reid tries a through ball, but Carlton Cole is caught offside.

29:00

Attempt saved. Mauro Zárate (West Ham United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Aaron Cresswell.

25:51

Offside, West Ham United. Winston Reid tries a through ball, but Carlton Cole is caught offside.

25:28

Attempt saved. Cheikhou Kouyaté (West Ham United) header from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ricardo Vaz Te.

24:58

Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Stuart O'Keefe.

23:30

Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Mile Jedinak.

23:28

Attempt missed. Aaron Cresswell (West Ham United) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Carlton Cole with a headed pass.

21:19

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

20:47

Delay in match Stuart O'Keefe (Crystal Palace) because of an injury.

19:16

Attempt saved. Carlton Cole (West Ham United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Joey O'Brien with a cross.

18:44

Carlton Cole (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

18:44

Foul by Damien Delaney (Crystal Palace).

18:06

Foul by Carlton Cole (West Ham United).

18:06

Stuart O'Keefe (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

17:03

Attempt blocked. Mauro Zárate (West Ham United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ricardo Vaz Te.

15:48

Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Barry Bannan.

14:36

Foul by Carlton Cole (West Ham United).

14:36

Joel Ward (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

13:51

Mauro Zárate (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

13:51

Foul by Stuart O'Keefe (Crystal Palace).

13:38

Attempt blocked. Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Marouane Chamakh.

10:53

Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Mile Jedinak.

10:50

Attempt blocked. Stewart Downing (West Ham United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by James Tomkins.

10:13

Attempt blocked. Mauro Zárate (West Ham United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Carlton Cole.

8:55

Stewart Downing (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

8:55

Foul by Yannick Bolasie (Crystal Palace).

8:11

Cheikhou Kouyaté (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

8:11

Foul by Stuart O'Keefe (Crystal Palace).

7:03

Foul by Carlton Cole (West Ham United).

7:03

Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

6:31

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

5:58

Delay in match Joey O'Brien (West Ham United) because of an injury.

5:28

Attempt saved. Fraizer Campbell (Crystal Palace) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Barry Bannan with a cross.

4:52

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Joey O'Brien.

3:46

Foul by Joey O'Brien (West Ham United).

3:46

Yannick Bolasie (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

2:55

Mauro Zárate (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

2:55

Foul by Brede Hangeland (Crystal Palace).

1:31

Ricardo Vaz Te (West Ham United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

1:31

Foul by Martin Kelly (Crystal Palace).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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