Ham­mers on the up with Palace coup

Kuwait Times - - SPORTS -

West Ham United climbed out of the rel­e­ga­tion zone with just their sec­ond Premier League win of the sea­son af­ter Manuel Lanzini’s goal se­cured a 1-0 vic­tory away to Lon­don ri­vals Crys­tal Palace yes­ter­day.

The Ham­mers hung on to all three points de­spite play­ing the fi­nal 15 min­utes a man down af­ter Aaron Cress­well was sent off to record their first win since Au­gust. Lanzini put the Ham­mers ahead in the 19th minute at a rain­swept Sel­hurst Park when he turned in Creswell’s hard, low cross with a first-time touch.

Palace, man­aged by former West Ham boss Alan Pardew, should have equalised on the stroke of half-time when they were awarded a penalty fol­low­ing An­gelo Og­bonna’s chal­lenge on Chris­tian Ben­teke.

The Bel­gium striker took the spot-kick him­self but, try­ing to place the ball rather than power it into the net, he side-footed a shot wide of the right post.

There was still time in the half for Ben­teke to go rather closer to mak­ing it 1-1 when he rose above the Ham­mers de­fence and beat goal­keeper Adrian with a header that hit the post.

In the sec­ond half, the Ham­mers had a chance to double their lead. Lanzini burst through on goal but he was forced wide by a com­bi­na­tion of a poor touch and on­rush­ing Palace goal­keeper Steve Man­danda.

The ball fell to Dim­itri Payet, whose well-struck shot was saved by France in­ter­na­tional Man­danda.

It took Palace nearly an hour to pro­duce their first shot on goal, with Eng­land mid­fielder An­dros Townsend fir­ing straight at Adrian. The Eagles were given a boost, how­ever, 15 min­utes from time when Cress­well was sent off af­ter col­lect­ing two yel­low cards in quick suc­ces­sion.

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