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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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Hammers avoid a late fight against the palace in order to advance to the fourth point

Report and Free Highlights as West Ham moves up to one point below Arsenal's fourth place in the Premier League; First-half goals from Michail Antonio and Manuel Lanzini (2) bring Hammers back-to-back wins; Odsonne Edouard and Micheal Olise score late for Palace for a nervous finish (Author: Gardener)

fourthWest Ham made a solid start in the top four in 2022 as goals in the first half gave them a 3-2 victory at Crystal Palace in the Premier League despite a late clash between the hosts. After Arsenal lost 2-1 to Man City on New Years Day, West Ham are just one point behind fourth, while Norwich and then Leeds are next up at home in the Premier League, but that was far from easy. After their first win in five at Watford mid-week, West Ham scored three unanswered goals in the first half. Michail Antonio opened the goal with a home goal from Said Benrahma (22nd), before Manuel Lanzini's sweet touch and a fatal volley from the edge led to the 2-0 (25th). Lanzini defended a penalty late at half-time after Luka Milivojevic barely managed to control the ball without a defense (45 + 5), a decision that infuriated Palace. But their manager Patrick Vieira, who had escorted those responsible through the tunnel at kick-off, admitted after the game: "It was a penalty." The halftime result was misleading - Palace hit the wood twice and had multiple chances - but they scored the goals they deserved late when Odsonne Edouard overtook Lukasz Fabianski on a brilliant cross from Sub Michael Olise (83 '). Olise's free-kick crossed through dead bodies in the box in the 90th minute, and West Ham held out by three points despite a nervous finish when Jean-Philippe Mateta's free-kick went just wide. Vieira said after the game on Sky Sports that the naivete cost Palace in a game where they were "the better team" while West Ham boss David Moyes was "thrilled", although he admitted he was "not very special." played well ”. That result means West Ham have recorded their first straight wins in the Premier League since early November, while Palace remain in 11th place. In a first half of scoring action, Palace got off to a brilliant start, hitting the post from Jeffrey Schlupp's hooking attempt from six yards. But he couldn't keep West Ham out long as the visitors flattened Palace with a rapid-fire double. Benrahma's attack from the left was impossible for Palace defenders and it took only the slightest finger of Antonio to defeat Guaita for the opener, only Antonio's second goal in nine games but his 11th this season. West Ham was ahead and scored again two minutes later; the dominant Declan Rice drove through midfield, spotting a gap that Lanzini filled, and after transforming into Joachim Andersen, the ball bounced perfectly for Lanzini to shoot a brilliant volley past Guaita. Palace had their chances - Edouard tipped the crossbar and Christian Benteke saw two half-chances from Fabianski - but the hosts were only to blame in the last moments of stoppage time in the first half. To control the ball, Milivojevic instinctively played right in the penalty area, with the VAR stepping in and Darren advising England to check the screen on the edge of the field. England gave up the penalty and Lanzini shot into the lower left corner to make it 3-0. Edouard stretched to take Jordan Ayew's ball in front of goal but could only turn and although Vieira Mateta brought in to reinforce the attack, Palace didn't get in the way until it was too late. Antonio took a shot out of bounds for West Ham, Edouard took a good chance at Mateta's shot on goal, but Edouard finally scored and hit Olise's fantastic, curled shot from the right seven minutes from time. Palace pushed on and left West Ham's nerves dangling in stoppage time - Olise's cross after a free kick somehow found the back corner through the crowd in the penalty area to make it 3-2 - before Mateta's overhead kick fell an inch from the right post in the last minute of stoppage time Fabianski. Few could have grudged Palace a point despite the deficit in the first half as they scored 62 percent of possession and 22 shots on West Hams 10, but the Hammers held on for a pivotal win after scoring nine goals in their last three games . After a difficult period of only one out of nine possible points before and shortly after Christmas, West Ham is firmly back in the top four chase with consecutive away wins. At Selhurst Park, West Ham won without playing particularly well - as David Moyes said. Yes, that's a good sign etc etc, but while Moyes' squad has exciting and interchangeable attack options - this time it was Manuel Lanzini who delivered an MOTM performance while Pablo Fornals was out - their game plan often focuses on that Abandon ball. West Ham only had 37 percent of the ball on Saturday, the seventh time out of 20 games this season they had in their 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's really difficult because I think we played good football tonight and we had a number of chances to win the game. I think we were the better team today." [West Ham] are a mature team , and [we] allowed them to win the game today. We were also unlucky because I think we had the best chances in the game. Playing well is not good enough to win football games. “With more maturity and experience, we will design the game differently. But I think we should at least get one point today. ”Really good result, very satisfied, at the end of a pretty difficult week with games and injuries. so excited about the win. We didn't play well, but we scored three goals and we are capable of that. I think we didn't play very well. "I thought you saw the qualities of Palace in the first half, they started the game better than we did. We won two away games in the Premier League, around Christmas time, it's not easy." Regarding Lanzini's goal: "He's capable of it. We've seen it a couple of times, he's playing well for us at the moment." "We have played West Ham twice now and we dominated them both times. I think we should just win this game. We should win this game." No punishment. It is obvious that it is not a punishment. “We had so many chances in the first half and that gave us hope. We said at halftime that we would create the chances, we just had to take them. The penalty made it difficult to make it 3-0 before the break. Regarding Lanzini's great goal: "They call it the jewel here, it is magical. Crystal Palace goes to the Millwall Championship in the third round of the FA Cup this coming Saturday; kick-off at 12:45 pm. West Ham will play in the third round on Sunday, the January 9, against Leeds; kick-off at 2 p.m.

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West Ham holds out despite late resistance at the Crystal Palace

It was certainly a Happy New Year for West Ham United at Selhurst Park, where they opened 2022 with this exciting win over Crystal Palace. (Author: Gardener)

West HamIn the end, however, the Hammers held on to make it a second, successful away day of the season, thanks to a free volley in the first half, in which main shooter Michail Antonio broke the dead end in the middle of the opening period, before Manuel Lanzini with a sensational solo Strike and a clinical aftermath spot kick keep visitors under control. Surely West Ham had looked home and hosed himself off, except that Odsonne Édouard and substitute Michael Olise scored twice in the last eight minutes of a gripping derby, leaving Moyes grateful when he heard the final whistle on a hectic, festive three-game schedule. Tuesday afternoon's impressive four-goal win at Watford had left the Hammers fifth at half-time of the season, and the Scot made only one predictable change with suspension-free Declan Rice - he made his 150th Premier League game - and took over the skipper's armband from Mark Noble, who is now sitting on the bench. After West Ham conceded early goals in their two previous vacation games, Palace followed in the footsteps of the Hornets and Southampton in the first 45 seconds when Will Hughes' deep cross slid into goal from the left side of Craig Dawson's scalp in the path of Jordan Ayew whose side cut was forced onto the right post by Łukasz Fabiański and luckily, to everyone's relief, was brought to safety at Claret & Blue. Palace had also signed off with a comfortable win in 2021, coming on the 11th Luka Milivojevic for ex-hammer Cheikhou Kouyaté and substitute Jean-Philippe Mateta. And after he rattled the wood so quickly, Milivojevic rolled a 20-meter free kick over the guest wall and way out before Ben Johnson fired another slip shot when the Ghanaian international jumped in unnoticed at the far post. After a dozen minutes on the clock, West Ham finally penetrated deep into palace territory, but when Johnson's left flank was only half cleared, Vladimír Coufal was unable to keep his 18 meters down and the ball landed in the home fans behind the goal by Vincente Guaita. Moments later, those two full-backs of the Hammers almost got the start out when another Johnson cross was blocked by Coufal into the six yard area, where the onrushing Antonio saw his shot at close range from the Eagles goalkeeper, who then saw the ball in front of the top scorer from West Ham before he parried the follow-up header from Lanzini. In fact, Johnson played in the 22nd minute after another attack on the right side in the overlapping Benrahma, whose low cross towards the edge of the box met by the stretching Antonio and crept behind marker Marc Guéhi. The Jamaican international pushed his ninth goal of the season home through the clutches of the helpless Guaita. And it got even better just three minutes later, when Rice raged through the Palace midfield before finding Lanzini on the edge of the box and overpowering both Schlupp and Joachim Andersen with his fast, eccentric footwork, the Argentine scored a wonderful 15m - Half volley that burned through Selhurst Park night and under Guaita's crossbar. And to make the enraged French world champion's dejected squad worse, West Ham tripled their lead in added time when another deep cross from Johnson was only half cleared and Milivojevic handled in his attempt to get the ball out of defense. With practically the last shot of the first half, Lanzini fired the subsequent shot into the base of the left post over the guaita's groping glove, scoring five goals of the season and an incredible sixth in ten games against Palace. Palace had the lion's share of possession and shots in the first half, but they still fell short of those three hammer goals, and the second period took on a similar shape with Tyrick Mitchell's long-range counterfeiting before "douard found his shooting shoes again" . left him when he slipped far off the far post. In response, Antonio shot just a foot from the edge of the box, while substitutes Mateta and Édouard both threatened on the other end. With eight minutes to go, Palace was finally on the scorers list when Édouard's radar finally found the target. The French U-21 striker scored his fifth goal of the season after substitute Olise turned a cross from the right into the six-yard box. Creator then went on to top scorer in preparation for that frenzied final when Olise rolled in a free kick from practically the same blade of grass and the ball landed in the far corner when the center was all in the field to narrow the gap to just one, lone goal. Mateta then sent an acrobatic overhead kick as the Eagles threw caution to the wind, but the clock was ticking frantically against them and the Hammers held on to take another three points, finishing fifth at the end of three consolidated games in a hectic seven-day festive season.

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