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Crystal Palace 1-1 West Ham United: Zaha strike earns deserved point

Wilfried Zaha scores
Wilfried Zaha's goal was his sixth in the Premier League this season - he finished last season with nine

Roy Hodgson says his Crystal Palace side should "not be concerned" about the sides below them after the Eagles edged up the Premier League table with a draw at home to West Ham.

Wilfried Zaha's deflected equaliser gave Palace a deserved point after an entertaining clash.

The point puts Palace into 13th place, four points above the relegation zone.

"I'm entitled to have faith in this team," said Hodgson, "I believe that they should be less concerned about the teams below them."

Zaha surged into the West Ham area in the 75th minute, and saw his shot from a tight angle hit the boot of Issa Diop before looping into the net to cancel out Mark Noble's first-half penalty.

"There are a lot of games to play. I can continue to hope these performances can get us into the top half of the table," Hodgson added.

"My perception is that I think I've got a very good football team and they showed it today."

The home side should have been level earlier in the second half, but James McArthur shot against the post despite being free inside the six-yard box.

And Zaha could have put his side ahead just after his leveller, but West Ham keeper Lukasz Fabianski made an excellent save to his left.

The Ivorian's goal was his third in as many games and came as he returned to the side following his ban for a red card against Southampton in January.

The result sees West Ham climb two places into 10th after their second 1-1 draw of the week, while Palace climb one place into 13th to sit three points above the relegation zone.

Palace earn point the hard way

The home side's second-half performance meant that they were good value for a point, but for so long their finishing looked like they would draw yet another blank on home soil.

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Crystal Palace 1-1 West Ham: Hodgson 'really pleased' with Palace performance

They had scored just eight times at Selhurst Park in the Premier League prior to West Ham's visit, and they were chasing the game after goalkeeper Vicente Guita's clumsy challenge on Michail Antonio gifted the away side the chance to score from the spot.

McArthur's miss from close range could scarcely be believed, and when Martin Kelly headed over the bar despite being free in the area another frustrating result for the hosts looked on the cards.

But Zaha showed the kind of ruthlessness Palace needed in front of goal, just a few minutes after substitute Michy Batshuayi missed the target despite also finding space in the area.

Diop can count himself unlucky that Zaha's shot struck him to deceive Fabianski, but the goal was just reward for Palace who tried 17 shots after the break.

The Eagles have gleaned five points from a possible nine of late to edge up the table, but they will need to take their chances if they are to stay away from danger.

West Ham's game of two halves

West Ham could have put this game out of reach before the break, even before Noble stepped up from the penalty spot.

Ryan Fredericks and Robert Snodgrass both had chances after coming in off either flank, but in each instance Guaita made important saves.

Palace's Spanish keeper was sent the wrong way by Noble, but another important block to deny Javier Hernandez in the first half proved to be one of the last occasions he had much to worry about.

Palace touchmap
The touchmap for the second half shows West Ham, on the right, having just four touches in Palace's area after half-time

While the hosts were trying their 17 shots in the second half, West Ham managed none and Manuel Pellegrini looked to shore things up by bringing on Pedro Obiang and Pablo Zabaleta.

The Chilean also introduced striker Marko Arnautovic to a mixed reception from his own fans following the recent wrangle over a potential move to China, which ended with a new contract for the Austrian.

Felipe Anderson was excellent in the first half but faded after the resumption, while the home side's revival was typified by Zaha's tormenting of Fredericks and then Zabaleta right the way to the final whistle.

In the final analysis, it was West Ham who looked more grateful to have come away from South London with a draw.

Man of the match - Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace)

Wilfried Zaha
Palace mirrored Zaha's display - both got better and better as the match wore on. Zaha had three shots on target, and his disbelieving reaction after McArthur's terrible miss seemed to spur the 26-year-old on.

'Good, but frustrating' - What the managers said

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson speaking to Match of the Day: "I am frustrated as it was such a good performance. The first half I thought was even, but in the second half it was pretty much one-way traffic.

"We had to work hard for our equaliser, we had 17 attempts in the second half, we swarmed around the goal but we found Fabianski in very good form.

"We have a group of players who don't put their heads down, they fight for each other and they believe we're a good team, even if our position does not indicate that.

"I'm not concerned about what is going on below us, if we keep doing our bit and with performances like today we will get points off our own backs. We know we are good enough to stay out of it."

West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini speaking to Match of the Day: "It was a good game; in the first 45 minutes we had a brilliant performance and played better than Crystal Palace.

"In the second half we made a mistake and dropped inside our own half and allowed them to have to the ball too much.

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Crystal Palace 1-1 West Ham: Pellegrini content with 'deserved draw'

"They were a bit lucky with the goal but they had other chances so the draw was the logical result.

"In 95 minutes I think that was the fair result. We have a lot of players missing, we play away so I'm happy with the first 45 and not too happy with the second 45."

Noble on the spot yet again - the stats

  • 55% of West Ham midfielder Mark Noble's Premier League goals have come from the penalty spot (21/38). Of players with at least 30 goals in the competition, only Leighton Baines (63%) and David Unsworth (58%) have scored a higher proportion from the spot.
  • West Ham are unbeaten in their last eight Premier League meetings with Crystal Palace (W4 D4).
  • Only Southampton (12) and Huddersfield (5) have picked up fewer home points in the Premier League this season than Crystal Palace (13).
  • West Ham didn't manage a single attempt on goal in the second half, while allowing Crystal Palace 17 shots after half-time.
  • Wilfried Zaha scored his first home goal in 11 games in all competitions for Crystal Palace, since netting against West Brom on the final day of the 2017-18 campaign.
  • Wilfried Zaha had six shots on goal for Crystal Palace in this game, as many as the entire West Ham team managed.

What's next?

Palace face a tricky away trip to Doncaster Rovers in the FA Cup on Sunday, 17 February at 16:00 GMT before returning to Premier League action at Leicester City on 23 February at 17:30. West Ham, out of the Cup, don't play until Friday, 22 February when they host Fulham with a 19:45 kick off.

Line-ups

Crystal Palace

  • 31Guaita
  • 29Wan-BissakaBooked at 35mins
  • 34Kelly
  • 12Sakho
  • 3van Aanholt
  • 18McArthurBooked at 45minsSubstituted forMeyerat 79'minutes
  • 4MilivojevicBooked at 43mins
  • 15Schlupp
  • 10Townsend
  • 17BentekeSubstituted forBatshuayiat 60'minutes
  • 11Zaha

Substitutes

  • 2Ward
  • 6Dann
  • 7Meyer
  • 13Hennessey
  • 14J Ayew
  • 23Batshuayi
  • 26Sako

West Ham

  • 1Fabianski
  • 24FredericksSubstituted forZabaletaat 84'minutes
  • 23Diop
  • 21Ogbonna
  • 3Cresswell
  • 41Rice
  • 30AntonioSubstituted forObiangat 73'minutes
  • 16Noble
  • 11Snodgrass
  • 8Felipe Anderson
  • 17HernándezSubstituted forArnautovicat 68'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Zabaleta
  • 7Arnautovic
  • 9Carroll
  • 13Adrián
  • 14Obiang
  • 26Masuaku
  • 45Diangana
Referee:
Craig Pawson
Attendance:
25,552

Match Stats

Home TeamCrystal PalaceAway TeamWest Ham
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home25
Away6
Shots on Target
Home5
Away4
Corners
Home10
Away4
Fouls
Home12
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Crystal Palace 1, West Ham United 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Crystal Palace 1, West Ham United 1.

Offside, West Ham United. Declan Rice tries a through ball, but Marko Arnautovic is caught offside.

Offside, Crystal Palace. Max Meyer tries a through ball, but Michy Batshuayi is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Max Meyer.

Attempt blocked. Michy Batshuayi (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Mark Noble.

Attempt blocked. Andros Townsend (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Luka Milivojevic (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Max Meyer (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Issa Diop (West Ham United).

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Aaron Cresswell.

Attempt blocked. Michy Batshuayi (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Wilfried Zaha.

Substitution

Substitution, West Ham United. Pablo Zabaleta replaces Ryan Fredericks.

Offside, Crystal Palace. Max Meyer tries a through ball, but Michy Batshuayi is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Patrick van Aanholt (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Luka Milivojevic following a corner.

Attempt blocked. Michy Batshuayi (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Issa Diop.

Attempt saved. Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Max Meyer.

Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Martin Kelly.

Substitution

Substitution, Crystal Palace. Max Meyer replaces James McArthur.

Goal!

Goal! Crystal Palace 1, West Ham United 1. Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left to the top left corner. Assisted by James McArthur.

Foul by James McArthur (Crystal Palace).

Pedro Obiang (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Patrick van Aanholt.

Substitution

Substitution, West Ham United. Pedro Obiang replaces Michail Antonio.

Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Felipe Anderson (West Ham United).

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Ryan Fredericks.

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Aaron Cresswell.

Attempt missed. James McArthur (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jeffrey Schlupp following a corner.

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Ryan Fredericks.

Substitution

Substitution, West Ham United. Marko Arnautovic replaces Chicharito.

Attempt missed. Michy Batshuayi (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Patrick van Aanholt with a through ball.

Foul by Jeffrey Schlupp (Crystal Palace).

Michail Antonio (West Ham United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt blocked. Michy Batshuayi (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Crystal Palace. Michy Batshuayi replaces Christian Benteke.

Attempt missed. Patrick van Aanholt (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Christian Benteke.

goal

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2Man City26202468204862
3Tottenham25190651242757
4Man Utd26156552351751
5Chelsea25155545232250
6Arsenal26155653371650
7Wolves2511593332138
8Watford2610793434037
9Everton2796123639-333
10West Ham2696113239-733
11Bournemouth26103133747-1033
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13Crystal Palace2676132734-727
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15Burnley2676132947-1827
16Cardiff2674152447-2325
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