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Michail Antonio delighted "Jewel" Manuel Lanzini shines again at West Ham

The former Argentina international sustained a serious knee injury in 2018 (Author: Gardener)

Michail AntonioWest Ham's Manuel Lanzini celebrates his second goal in a victory at Crystal Palace (PA) - PA Wire Michail Antonio praised the skills of West Ham teammate Manuel Lanzini after beating Crystal Palace 3-2, saying the gem was back. Their goals in the first half earned the Hammers a hard-fought Premier League victory over their London compatriots on Saturday night. Antonio scored the goal in the 22nd minute at Selhurst Park before Lanzini scored an excellent second goal, dribbling past Joachim Andersen with quick feet and then shooting into the roof of the net. The former Argentina international has scored five goals this season, which is his best record since his anterior cruciate ligament damage in 2018. "They call him the jewel here because he's obviously magical," Antonio told Sky Sports of his team-mate Lanzini. “The guy has come back from his knee injury, it took a couple of years to get back, but now you can see the quality he had when he first came in 2016/17. "He shows it again and we are glad that we have the gem again." West Ham boss David Moyes paid tribute to the 28-year-old after his decisive brace and highlighted the change in position that he has overseen. Four of Lanzini's five goals this season have fallen since late November and the Hammers will be hoping for more next month while Said Benrahma takes Algeria to the African Nations Cup. Moyes added: “I think Manuel is a changed player because of the injury and has had to adapt. “He's more of a midfielder now than a number 10 to say it. I know we played him a little higher against Crystal Palace, but he had to adapt and change so I'm happy for him. We don't have a lot of options since Said is gone. He only brought some form with his goals so we'll miss him. ”Saturday was a return to the sidelines for Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira after missing the club's last two games with Covid-19. "It's the same situation for every coach in the league," emphasized Vieira. “We just have to adapt as well as possible. Some teams sometimes have all of their players available and sometimes one team doesn't have enough to play. "We have to deal with that and we just have to accept it, but as a football club we will always try to play the games." When he returned, Vieira admitted: "The atmosphere was great again so I was really excited to be back. I couldn't wait to be with the players."

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David Moyes “excited” about West Ham's progress following Crystal Palace victory

The Hammers are only one point up on fourth-placed Arsenal (Author: Gardener)

David MoyesThe Hammers moved up just one point to fourth place. After Michail Antonio's opening game in the 22nd minute in south London, Manuel Lanzini added a brace in the first half to bring the Hammers closer to fourth-placed Arsenal. After winning seven of the first eleven league games, West Ham has been struggling for consistency in recent months, but survived late goals from Odsonne Edouard and Michael Olise to back up their 4-1 win over Watford on Tuesday with another three points, to stay in fifth place. "This time of year you take what you get, you drive the players out and try to prepare them for games when you don't know how they're doing, so I have to praise the players," Moyes said. I told the players that we are setting really big standards at the beginning of the season and we have to come back to them. “We are trying to get back to them and there are small signs that we are better. "Our scoring comes back after we played a few away games without goals, so we're shooting away, which I'm happy, but we have to be pretty mean again and not give the teams opportunities to get back into games." After a slow start at Selhurst Park, a tap-in from Antonio after a wonderful cross from Said Benrahma gave West Ham the lead before they doubled their lead in the 25th minute. The Argentine added another penalty in the first half in stoppage time, making four league goals for the season. Moyes added: “Lanzini has played well for us at the moment and we needed him to give us something different while we may not have the same rhythm as we did in the first three or four months. "He interferes, helps us with his game and also helps us with his goals." Palace boss Patrick Vieira returned to the sidelines after missing the last two games with Covid-19 and being frustrated not being able to take his chances. Jeffrey Schlupp hit the post early, while Edouard hit the crossbar and lost several openings before pulling back a cross from Olise with the provider and then in the 90. “I think if you conceded the first goal, like we did the next 10 to Creating 15 minutes is a lack of experience, ”emphasized Vieira. “We're building something here that will take time, but the first half shows some parts of the game that we need to improve. "Overall we are giving West Ham a really good game and we have to be happy about that because they have worked together over the last few years, built the team and the way we play them away and at home gives us a 'lot of hope for the future. "Vieira admitted that referee Darren England was right to award a penalty at the end of the first half after captain Luka Milivojevic acted, but upon his heated conversation with the full-time official that resulted in the Palace manager was booked, not pulled.

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David Moyes “excited” about West Ham's progress following Crystal Palace victory

The Hammers are only one point up on fourth-placed Arsenal (Author: Gardener)

David MoyesThe Hammers moved up just one point to fourth place. After Michail Antonio's opening game in the 22nd minute in south London, Manuel Lanzini added a brace in the first half to bring the Hammers closer to fourth-placed Arsenal. After winning seven of the first eleven league games, West Ham has been struggling for consistency in recent months, but survived late goals from Odsonne Edouard and Michael Olise to back up their 4-1 win over Watford on Tuesday with another three points, to stay in fifth place. "This time of year you take what you get, you drive the players out and try to prepare them for games when you don't know how they're doing, so I have to praise the players," Moyes said. I told the players that we are setting really big standards at the beginning of the season and we have to come back to them. “We are trying to get back to them and there are small signs that we are better. "Our scoring comes back after we played a few away games without goals, so we're shooting away, which I'm happy, but we have to be pretty mean again and not give the teams opportunities to get back into games." After a slow start at Selhurst Park, a tap-in from Antonio after a wonderful cross from Said Benrahma gave West Ham the lead before they doubled their lead in the 25th minute. The Argentine added another penalty in the first half in stoppage time, making four league goals for the season. Moyes added: “Lanzini has played well for us at the moment and we needed him to give us something different while we may not have the same rhythm as we did in the first three or four months. "He interferes, helps us with his game and also helps us with his goals." Palace boss Patrick Vieira returned to the sidelines after missing the last two games with Covid-19 and being frustrated not being able to take his chances. Jeffrey Schlupp hit the post early, while Edouard hit the crossbar and lost several openings before pulling back a cross from Olise with the provider and then in the 90. “I think if you conceded the first goal, like we did the next 10 to Creating 15 minutes is a lack of experience, ”emphasized Vieira. “We're building something here that will take time, but the first half shows some parts of the game that we need to improve. "Overall we are giving West Ham a really good game and we have to be happy about that because they have worked together over the last few years, built the team and the way we play them away and at home gives us a 'lot of hope for the future. "Vieira admitted that referee Darren England was right to award a penalty at the end of the first half after captain Luka Milivojevic acted, but upon his heated conversation with the full-time official that resulted in the Palace manager was booked, not pulled.

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Michail Antonio delighted "Jewel" Manuel Lanzini shines again at West Ham

The former Argentina international sustained a serious knee injury in 2018 (Author: Gardener)

Michail AntonioMikhail Antonio praised the skills of West Ham teammate Manuel Lanzini after beating Crystal Palace 3-2, declaring the gem was back. Their goals in the first half earned the Hammers a hard-fought Premier League victory over their London compatriots on Saturday night. Antonio scored the goal in the 22nd minute at Selhurst Park before Lanzini scored an excellent second goal, dribbling past Joachim Andersen with quick feet and then shooting into the roof of the net. "They call it the jewel here because it is obviously magical," Antonio told Sky Sports about his team-mate Lanzini. “The guy has come back from his knee injury, it took a couple of years to get back, but now you can see the quality he had when he first came in 2016/17. "He shows it again and we are glad that we have the gem again." West Ham boss David Moyes paid tribute to the 28-year-old after his decisive brace and highlighted the change in position that he has overseen. Four of Lanzini's five goals this season have fallen since late November and the Hammers will be hoping for more next month while Said Benrahma takes Algeria to the African Nations Cup. Moyes added: “I think Manuel is a changed player because of the injury and has had to adapt. “He's more of a midfielder now than a number 10. I know we played a little higher against Crystal Palace but he had to adapt and change so I'm happy for him. We don't have a lot of options since Said is gone. He only brought some form with his goals so we'll miss him. ”Saturday was a return to the sidelines for Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira after missing the club's last two games with Covid-19. "It's the same situation for every coach in the league," emphasized Vieira. “We just have to adapt as best we can. Some teams sometimes have all of their players available and sometimes one team doesn't have enough to play. "We have to deal with that and we just have to accept it, but as a football club we will always try to play the games." When he returned, Vieira admitted: "The atmosphere was great again so I was really excited to be back. I couldn't wait to be with the players."

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West Ham Edge victory at the Palace

West Ham United starts the new year by winning an exciting Premier League game at Crystal Palace. (Author: Gardener)

the PalaceWest Ham United survived a late comeback from Crystal Palace and started the new year with a narrow Premier League win at Selhurst Park. The Hammers were backed by a lavish finish from the home side and were tactical even in front of goal as they scored three times in the first half. Palace winger Jeffrey Schlupp spun and hit the post after 46 seconds from a promising position, Odsonne Edouard rattled with a first shot against the crossbar. But in between, West Ham took advantage of Palace's waste when Mikhail Antonio fitted in mid-half to turn Said Benrahma's glorious flank. At halftime, referee Darren awarded England a penalty on Palace skipper Luka Milivojevic for handball after reviewing the incident on the field monitor, and Lanzini confidently converted him. The hosts scored seven minutes from time when Edouard shot a Michael Olise cross up and the substitute pocketed a late free kick for Palace's second - but failed to equalize dramatically. Patrick Vieira missed his team's last two games while isolating himself after testing positive for Covid-19. The Frenchman has led his new club to a solid first half but will be dissatisfied with the way he lost his second home game of the season. No defender watched Antonio's run for the first goal, and his midfield failed to get an assault by Declan Rice - in his 150th Premier League game - to set up the second, while skipper Milivojevic was guilty of the third. The Hammers also emulated the feat of claiming 10 wins from their first 20 games last season when they eventually finished sixth and battling for a spot in the Champions League again. Edouard had already hit the wood and fired well from a promising position before the Frenchman scored well-deserved goals to start an unlikely comeback. In the 90th minute, Olise pulled out a cross from the right, which sailed all the way into the goal and gave the noisy spectators the hope of a sensational equalizer. * Our coverage of your Premier League club is bigger and better than ever - everything you need to know is here to make sure you don't miss a moment

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West Ham and Tottenham are battling it out for fourth place alongside Arsenal and Man Utd

Manchester City takes an important step towards the title with the undeserved victory at Arsenal - and opens the fight for the last Champions League place ... (Author: Gardener)

West HamLiverpool have lost one of their last two Premier League games and drew one. The demands of the festive schedule - perhaps more severe than ever given the illnesses and injuries suffered by the teams - have taken their toll on Man City's title rivals. Against Arsenal on Saturday, it looked like City would go the same route. But City somehow found a way to win. That was far from certain at various points in the fight as a formidable Arsenal side - dubbed the better side by Guardiola - saw the ball clear the line and Gabriel Martinelli hit a post after Bukayo Saka swept their opener. There will be a lot of debate about the decisions of those in charge of the game around the two most important penalties and the red card from Gabriel Magalhaes, but regardless of the controversy, City fought until the last moment when Rodri - a key figure for them in midfield this season - emerged as an unlikely match winner. It's now 11 Premier League wins for the defending champions, nearing the 15-game winning streak that drove them to the title last season. Even better, you can sit back on Sunday and watch Chelsea and Liverpool battle it out. Whatever the outcome in this case, City's lead at the top of the table will still be sizeable. The lost points in the Emirates may have given their declining rivals some hope, but even when they are exhausted, this City side cannot be stopped. Arsenal had just been beaten by Manchester City - nothing new, of course. But this time it was different. The home fans stayed and cheered their team with great enthusiasm, in full recognition that Mikel Arteta's men were absolutely great in waiting against the champions, despite the fact that their manager was forced to isolate himself at home after a positive Covid test. They were the better team for 85 minutes of the game. Seldom has a game changed so much in such a short time. Gabriel Martinelli - full of energy and quality - snapped an open scoring opportunity after Nathan Ake's miraculous distance from the line. And then the moment of Gabriel Magalhaes' inexperience erased his notebook when he received his second yellow card for an unnecessary foul. Elite teams like Man City eat up mistakes like this and while Arsenal were superb in every way, the big moments of the game were devoured by the City machine. "In the end it is very frustrating, but Mikel was very proud of the performance and at the same time frustrated," said Arsenal coach Albert Stuivenberg, who represented the absent Arteta. Frustration was the perfect word to sum up feeling in the ground while working full time. But when the dust settles, Arsenal fans can look back on an achievement that gives the club so much hope and excitement for the future. Watford has been defending poorly for a while now, but New Years Day you could see for 95 minutes why there are at least three teams that are having a worse season than them. Claudio Ranieri's side have now lost their last six Premier League games, conceding 16 goals in the process, but their efforts against a Tottenham side revived under Antonio Conte were really determined. "We live and we will survive," said Ranieri defiantly. "It's a shame to collect so late, but I was proud of my players and so should our fans." Spurs were almost frustrated for a second game in a row after two goals from the VAR were controversially ruled out in Tuesday's 1-1 draw at 10-man Southampton, before Sanchez scored low in nearly 10 minutes of stoppage time after a late break medical emergency in the crowd. It certainly felt gruesome for Ranieri, but Tottenham had 74 percent possession and 21 shots, including nine on goal. They deserved to win, but they could have lost if it weren't for the brilliance of Hugo Lloris, whose fingertips represented a turning point in the 0-0 draw against Joshua King. The 33-year-old Frenchman is without a contract at the end of the season and has hinted that he is ready to return home, but Conte is determined to keep his captain after proving himself again. When asked about the Spurs goalkeeper's future, Conte said, “Sure [we want him to renew].” We can see the goalkeeper's level in these circumstances, when he doesn't have to do much for the game but he was focused continue to focus on the team and that's very important to me because when I talk to him and the team, the connection between the goalkeeper and the team is very important. “If you play very high with a defensive line, the keeper has to follow the game and not just stay on the line. He's very important to us and I'm sure the club will find a solution in a short time because he loves Tottenham and Tottenham loves him. "What Watford would give for a goalkeeper of Lloris' quality and calm leadership after that Waiting for a first goal conceded of the season past an 18th game, with 20 games left, but how much longer? After a difficult period of just one out of nine possible points before and just after Christmas, West Ham are in a row Away wins firmly back in the top four chase. At Selhurst Park, West Ham won without playing particularly well - that's what David Moyes said. Yes, that's a good sign etc etc, but exciting and interchangeable attacking options for Moyes' team has - this time it was Manuel Lanzini who delivered a MOTM performance while Pablo Fornals was out - their game plan often focuses on giving up the ball, with West Ham only having 37 percent on Saturday ent des ball, the seventh time of 20 games this season they had in the 30s. They won four of those games - against Chelsea, Liverpool, Tottenham and that Palace win - and only suffered narrow losses to Man Utd and Man City. In fact, this season West Ham has recorded more points per game (1.85) in games where they have possession in their thirties than in games where they have over 40 percent of the ball (1.61). Four of their most disappointing results this season came in games where they dominated the ball - draws at Burnley and Saints (59 and 58 percent) and home losses to Brentford and Saints (60 and 56 percent). They're playing at home against four of the current bottom six in their next six games. It looks like a welcome streak of games on paper, but you need to show skill when it comes to forcing open gaps on the ball.

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David Moyes “excited” about West Ham's advances

The Hammers moved up to one point on fourth-placed Arsenal. (Author: Gardener)

David MoyesDavid Moyes has challenged West Ham to keep striving for more after winning the Premier League with a hard-fought 3-2 win at Crystal Palace in a row. After Mikhail Antonio's opening game in the 22nd minute in south London, Manuel Lanzini added a brace in the first half to bring the Hammers to one point at fourth-placed Arsenal in recent months, but survived late goals from Odsonne Edouard and Michael Olise to underpin the 4-1 win against Watford on Tuesday with another three points and thus stay in fifth place. "This time of year you take what you get, you drive the players out and try to prepare them for games when you don't know how they're doing, so I have to praise the players," Moyes said. I told the players that we are setting really big standards at the beginning of the season and we have to come back to them. "Our scoring comes back after we played a few away games without goals, so we're shooting away, which I'm happy, but we have to be pretty mean again and not give the teams opportunities to get back into games." After a slow start at Selhurst Park, a tap-in from Antonio after a wonderful cross from Said Benrahma gave West Ham the lead before they doubled their lead in the 25th minute. Declan Rice carried the ball forward impressively in midfield and found Lanzini, who showed excellent ball control, to escape Joachim Andersen and shoot into the net. The Argentine added another penalty in the first half in stoppage time, making four league goals for the season. Moyes added: “Lanzini has played well for us at the moment and we needed him to give us something different while we may not have the same rhythm as we did in the first three or four months. "He interferes, helps us with his game and also helps us with his goals." Palace boss Patrick Vieira returned to the sidelines after missing the last two games with Covid-19 and being frustrated not being able to take his chances. Jeffrey Schlupp hit the post early, while Edouard hit the crossbar and lost several openings before pulling back a cross from Olise with the provider and then in the 90. “I think if you conceded the first goal, like we did the next 10 to Creating 15 minutes is a lack of experience, ”emphasized Vieira. “We're building something here that will take time, but the first half shows some parts of the game that we need to improve. "Overall we are giving West Ham a really good game and we have to be happy about that because they have worked together over the last few years, built the team and the way we play them away and at home gives us a 'lot of hope for the future. "Vieira admitted that referee Darren England was right to award a penalty at the end of the first half after captain Luka Milivojevic acted, but upon his heated conversation with the full-time official that resulted in the Palace manager was booked, not pulled.

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West Ham relies on attack flair to punish Crystal Palace and rekindle the top 4 push

Crystal Palace 2-3 West Ham: Said Benrahma and Manuel Lanzini's attacking qualification moments inspired a formidable first-half performance that proved crucial at Selhurst Park (Author: Gardener)

Crystal PalaceIf you're still trying to make new year resolutions, there are far worse things you could do than stick to this particular rule: always look to West Ham. David Moyes' team survived their mid-season layover and played back with the buccaneer and aggressiveness that fueled their impressive start to the season and made them surprising candidates for the top 4 of the Premier League. A 3-2 win at Crystal Palace, which should never have been so close, was the latest reminder of their historical reference and the fact that they are always a must. The Selhurst Park win marked the first time West Ham had entered half-time in an away game in the Premier League, and in the end they were grateful for that. With three goals, the team scored three or more goals for the seventh time in the Premier League this season. The Hammers did so in style, too, with Said Benrahma's delicious flank setting up Michail Antonio's opener and Manuel Lanzini's quick feet and stormy finish for their second two jaw-dropping attack moments. The two goals within three minutes left Palace on the ground but Patrick Vieira's side reacted well and could easily have taken the break after halving or even leveling the score only to see Lanzini's penalty short before half time the winning goal scored competition beyond them. It didn't seem like West Ham was involved in any such drama, but after Odsonne Edouard and Michael Olise withdrew late goals, the Hammers had to stick to their three points. Jean-Philippe Mateta's overhead kick, narrowly missed in the last few moments, would have crowned a notable comeback for Palace or a collapse of West Ham. There was more last-minute action in the Premier League. Earlier in the day, the Gunners were denied a point against Manchester City when Rodri hit deep in stoppage time while Davinson Sanchez's winner for Tottenham was even later at Watford. West Ham is somewhere in between but they will be back on track at the end of their postponed home game against Norwich on Wednesday and have come into this game with the incentive to return to the Champions League with two wins at the expense of the Champions League would from Arsenal. The return of Declan Rice was a boost for West Ham (AFP). Their defensive weaknesses were exposed in the first minute when Jordan Ayew bounced around the outside of Ben Johnson and pulled the ball back to Jeffrey Schlupp, who hit the outside of the post with a bobble stroke from six yards. Schlupp was re-selected seconds later at the back post, forcing Johnson into a block. Despite these defensive concerns, West Ham found balance in their attack and it is in this division that they were brought to life. Johnson sent a ball low towards the back post and Vladimir Coufal kept it alive. Antonio was sharp, forcing Vicente Guaita to make a close save before the goalkeeper parried Benrahma's header with an instinctive, outstretched arm as he tried to get back on his feet. It was the first of many flashes of danger, and there was nothing Guaita could do when Antonio threatened the six-yard space shortly afterwards, but the full credit had to be due to the utility. West Ham's kick-off was entirely down to the quality of delivery from Benrahma. It landed perfectly in Antonio's path and the striker pushed a finish past Guaita to score his eighth Premier League goal of the season. Antonio greeted the prelude with a celebration of typical humor, with a swallow leap onto the lawn, followed by Benrahma, who hopped on his back. The two were in sync during the routine, just as they were during the West Ham breakthrough. In fact, no other duo in the Premier League have scored more goals than their five this season. If Antonio's goal was inspired by creation, the magic of West Ham's second came from the finishing touches of Lanzini. Rice stole the ball in midfield and drove West Ham forward with a typical bursting run. He put the ball on Lanzini, which ended in exquisite style and sent an unstoppable shot into the top of the net after dancing past Joachim Andersen after many hits and fast feet. Mikhail Antonio said his cheers were inspired by Mortal Kombat (AFP). The Argentine is a patterned player, a talented striker who only seems to score spectacular goals, usually against London opponents. His two goals here now mean that over 50 percent of his Premier League goals have been scored in London derbies. West Ham's third was a brutal blow to Palace. Not only did it effectively end the game after they got so excruciatingly close to West Ham's leadership, but it was so frustratingly preventable. Luka Milivojevic, who only played his eighth game of the season, tried to remove the danger from inside the edge of the box when he did more with a clumsy arm movement. It was spotted by the VAR, who advised Darren England to take a closer look, and Lanzini converted on the spot to condemn Palace to a halftime score they didn't deserve on the match record. Vieira's team had continued to threaten after hitting the post in their first attack of the game when Edouard thundered a shot against the underside of the crossbar and Christian Benteke slammed a volley into Lukasz Fabianski's gloves. In the considerable absence of Conor Gallagher and Wilfried Zaha, their top two scorers this season, it was the introduction of Olise that gave Palace some hope as he set up Edouard's finish at close range before hitting a free kick that struck the Victory hit, Fabianski hit the net. It resulted in a nervous ending for West Ham that was totally preventable and few saw coming. They continue to be one of the great entertainers in the Premier League, but with a home win against Norwich on Wednesday they can show why they are more than that to reclaim their top four spot.

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David Moyes “excited” about West Ham's advances

The Hammers moved up to one point on fourth-placed Arsenal. (Author: Gardener)

David MoyesDavid Moyes has challenged West Ham to keep striving for more after winning the Premier League with a hard-fought 3-2 win at Crystal Palace in a row. After Michail Antonio's opening game in the 22nd minute in south London, Manuel Lanzini added a brace in the first half to bring the Hammers closer to fourth-placed Arsenal. After winning seven of the first eleven league games, West Ham has been struggling for consistency in recent months, but survived late goals from Odsonne Edouard and Michael Olise to back up their 4-1 win over Watford on Tuesday with another three points, to stay in fifth place. "This time of year you take what you get, you drive the players out and try to prepare them for games when you don't know how they're doing, so I have to praise the players," Moyes said. "Our scoring comes back after we played a few away games without goals, so we're shooting away, which I'm happy, but we have to be pretty mean again and not give the teams opportunities to get back into games." After a slow start at Selhurst Park, a tap-in from Antonio after a wonderful cross from Said Benrahma gave West Ham the lead before they doubled their lead in the 25th minute. The Argentine added another penalty in the first half in stoppage time, making four league goals for the season. Moyes added: “Lanzini has played well for us at the moment and we needed him to give us something different while we may not have the same rhythm as we did in the first three or four months. "He interferes, helps us with his game and also helps us with his goals." Palace boss Patrick Vieira returned to the sidelines after missing the last two games with Covid-19 and being frustrated not being able to take his chances. Jeffrey Schlupp hit the post early, while Edouard hit the crossbar and lost several openings before pulling back a cross from Olise with the provider and then in the 90. “I think if you conceded the first goal, like we did the next 10 to Creating 15 minutes is a lack of experience, ”emphasized Vieira. “We're building something here that will take time, but the first half shows some parts of the game that we need to improve. "Overall we are giving West Ham a really good game and we have to be happy about that because they have worked together over the last few years, built the team and the way we play them away and at home gives us a 'lot of hope for the future. "Vieira admitted that referee Darren England was right to award a penalty at the end of the first half after captain Luka Milivojevic acted, but upon his heated conversation with the full-time official that resulted in the Palace manager was booked, not pulled.

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West Ham and Tottenham are battling it out for fourth place alongside Arsenal and Man Utd

Manchester City takes an important step towards the title with the undeserved victory at Arsenal - and opens the fight for the last Champions League place ... (Author: Gardener)

West HamLiverpool have lost one of their last two Premier League games and drew one. The demands of the festive schedule - perhaps more severe than ever given the illnesses and injuries suffered by the teams - have taken their toll on Man City's title rivals. Against Arsenal on Saturday, it looked like City would go the same route. But City somehow found a way to win. That was far from certain at various points in the fight as a formidable Arsenal side - dubbed the better side by Guardiola - saw the ball clear the line and Gabriel Martinelli hit a post after Bukayo Saka swept their opener. There will be a lot of debate about the decisions of those in charge of the game around the two most important penalties and the red card from Gabriel Magalhaes, but regardless of the controversy, City fought until the last moment when Rodri - a key figure for them in midfield this season - emerged as an unlikely match winner. It's now 11 Premier League wins for the defending champions, nearing the 15-game winning streak that drove them to the title last season. Even better, you can sit back on Sunday and watch Chelsea and Liverpool battle it out. Whatever the outcome in this case, City's lead at the top of the table will still be sizeable. The lost points in the Emirates may have given their declining rivals some hope, but even when they are exhausted, this City side cannot be stopped. Arsenal had just been beaten by Manchester City - nothing new, of course. But this time it was different. The home fans stayed and cheered their team with great enthusiasm, in full recognition that Mikel Arteta's men were absolutely great in waiting against the champions, despite the fact that their manager was forced to isolate himself at home after a positive Covid test. They were the better team for 85 minutes of the game. Seldom has a game changed so much in such a short time. Gabriel Martinelli - full of energy and quality - snapped an open scoring opportunity after Nathan Ake's miraculous distance from the line. And then the moment of Gabriel Magalhaes' inexperience erased his notebook when he received his second yellow card for an unnecessary foul. Elite teams like Man City eat up mistakes like this and while Arsenal were superb in every way, the big moments of the game were devoured by the City machine. "In the end it is very frustrating, but Mikel was very proud of the performance and at the same time frustrated," said Arsenal coach Albert Stuivenberg, who represented the absent Arteta. Frustration was the perfect word to sum up feeling in the ground while working full time. But when the dust settles, Arsenal fans can look back on an achievement that gives the club so much hope and excitement for the future. Watford has been defending poorly for a while now, but New Years Day you could see for 95 minutes why there are at least three teams that are having a worse season than them. Claudio Ranieri's side have now lost their last six Premier League games, conceding 16 goals in the process, but their efforts against a Tottenham side revived under Antonio Conte were really determined. "We live and we will survive," said Ranieri defiantly. "It's a shame to collect so late, but I was proud of my players and so should our fans." Spurs were almost frustrated for a second game in a row after two goals from the VAR were controversially ruled out in Tuesday's 1-1 draw at 10-man Southampton, before Sanchez scored low in nearly 10 minutes of stoppage time after a late break medical emergency in the crowd. It certainly felt gruesome for Ranieri, but Tottenham had 74 percent possession and 21 shots, including nine on goal. They deserved to win, but they could have lost if it weren't for the brilliance of Hugo Lloris, whose fingertips represented a turning point in the 0-0 draw against Joshua King. The 33-year-old Frenchman is without a contract at the end of the season and has hinted that he is ready to return home, but Conte is determined to keep his captain after proving himself again. When asked about the Spurs goalkeeper's future, Conte said, “Sure [we want him to renew].” We can see the goalkeeper's level in these circumstances, when he doesn't have to do much for the game but he was focused continue to focus on the team and that's very important to me because when I talk to him and the team, the connection between the goalkeeper and the team is very important. “If you play very high with a defensive line, the keeper has to follow the game and not just stay on the line. He's very important to us and I'm sure the club will find a solution in a short time because he loves Tottenham and Tottenham loves him. "What Watford would give for a goalkeeper of Lloris' quality and calm leadership after that Waiting for a first goal conceded of the season past an 18th game, with 20 games left, but how much longer? After a difficult period of just one out of nine possible points before and just after Christmas, West Ham are in a row Away wins firmly back in the top four chase. At Selhurst Park, West Ham won without playing particularly well - that's what David Moyes said. Yes, that's a good sign etc etc, but exciting and interchangeable attacking options for Moyes' team has - this time it was Manuel Lanzini who delivered a MOTM performance while Pablo Fornals was out - their game plan often focuses on giving up the ball, with West Ham only having 37 percent on Saturday ent des ball, the seventh time of 20 games this season they had in the 30s. They won four of those games - against Chelsea, Liverpool, Tottenham and that Palace win - and only suffered narrow losses to Man Utd and Man City. In fact, this season West Ham has recorded more points per game (1.85) in games where they have possession in their thirties than in games where they have over 40 percent of the ball (1.61). Four of their most disappointing results this season came in games where they dominated the ball - draws at Burnley and Saints (59 and 58 percent) and home losses to Brentford and Saints (60 and 56 percent). They're playing at home against four of the current bottom six in their next six games. It looks like a welcome streak of games on paper, but you need to show skill when it comes to forcing open gaps on the ball.

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