Three wins in a row for West Ham

Kuwait Times - - Sports -

LON­DON: West Ham United con­tin­ued their fine re­cent form with a 3-2 come-from-be­hind derby win at home to Crys­tal Palace in the Pre­mier League yes­ter­day.

Palace came into the con­test hav­ing won once in their last 10 league games but got off to a per­fect start with James McArthur break­ing the dead­lock with six min­utes on the clock.

How­ever, the in­tro­duc­tion of striker Andy Car­roll at half­time re­vi­talised West Ham, who turned the match on its head with goals from Robert Sn­od­grass-his first in the league for the club-and Javier Her­nan­dez.

Close-sea­son sign­ing Felipe An­der­son fired a stun­ning third in the 65th minute-his fifth goal in his last six league games-to calm the nerves around the Lon­don Sta­dium.

But the hosts had to hang on for their third suc­ces­sive win-the first time they have done so since De­cem­ber 2016 — with Jef­frey Schlupp get­ting Palace back in it with 14 min­utes left.

West Ham climbed to 10th while Palace’s woe­ful run of form leaves them 16th, two points above the rel­e­ga­tion zone.

Ear­lier, Burn­ley earned a badly-needed three points to move out of the Pre­mier League rel­e­ga­tion zone with a hard-earned 1-0 win over Brighton & Hove Al­bion yes­ter­day.

On a rainy, windy af­ter­noon at Turf Moor, noth­ing was go­ing to wipe away the smiles of man­ager Sean Dy­che and the Burn­ley fans as James Tarkowski’s goal late in the first half proved de­ci­sive be­fore they fin­ished by soak­ing up late pres­sure. Though the goal was cred­ited to Tarkowski, it was Jack Cork who was re­spon­si­ble for the 40th minute break­through when his shot de­flected off the Eng­land de­fender’s midriff into the net.

It was only what Burn­ley de­served though af­ter they took con­trol of af­fairs in the sec­ond part of the open­ing pe­riod with Chris Wood and Rob­bie Brady, who had al­ready volleyed nar­rowly over, forc­ing fine saves from Mat Ryan.

Burn­ley, who had lost their last three fix­tures at Turf Moor while con­ced­ing nine goals in the process, felt they should have earned a sec­ond-half penalty when Yves Bis­souma’s ex­trav­a­gant bi­cy­cle kick in his own box caught Phil Bard­s­ley. It marked a spe­cial day for Burn­ley goal­keeper Joe Hart, who was mak­ing his 400th league ap­pear­ance in English foot­ball and proved his qual­ity in the late stages as the home side held on un­der se­vere pres­sure from mid-ta­ble Brighton. — Reuters

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