Three wins in a row for West Ham
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