Three and easy for West Ham but Palace edge to­wards drop zone

The Sunday Telegraph - Sport - - Football - By Jon West at Lon­don Sta­dium

Not since 1982 had West Ham beaten three sides in a row while scor­ing three goals in each game. Manuel Pel­le­grini’s class of 2018 added Crys­tal Palace to New­cas­tle and Cardiff on their list of vic­tims af­ter the visitors had taken an early lead through James McArthur.

A trio of sec­ond-half replies from Robert Sn­od­grass, Javier Her­nan­dez and Fe­lipe An­der­son were enough to take the points and leave Palace, beaten by 10-man Brighton in mid­week, wor­ry­ing about rel­e­ga­tion.

West Ham are 10th and Pel­le­grini is keen to look up­wards. “We are now five points from sixth,” he said. “I al­ways look up. I al­ways talk with the play­ers they must have a win­ning men­tal­ity. They must de­cide to be a big team.”

Palace goal­keeper Wayne Hen­nessey made a smart save to deny Her­nan­dez just sec­onds be­fore McArthur struck at the other end in the sixth minute. West Ham switched off from a free-kick and the Scot was left free to poke past Lukasz Fabi­an­ski.

The first half ended with the Ham­mers grate­ful that Luka Milivo­je­vic’s free-kick crashed back off the cross­bar with Fabi­an­ski beaten. In re­sponse, Andy Car­roll re­placed the in­ef­fec­tive Lu­cas Perez at half-time and the change was im­me­di­ate. Within four min­utes the Ham­mers were level through Sn­od­grass, who launched a curl­ing left-footer in­side Hen­nessey’s near post. The Wales goal­keeper did well to palm away a free-kick, won by Car­roll and fired over the wall by An­der­son, but Her­nan­dez lashed in the re­bound in the 62nd minute. An­der­son made it 3-1 three min­utes later. The Brazil­ian took a touch on the edge of the box be­fore curl­ing across Hen­nessey, who had no chance. Jef­frey Schlupp, on for Pa­trick van Aan­holt, headed home with 14 min­utes re­main­ing to give Palace hope of an equaliser that never came. Wil­fried Zaha was booked for stand­ing on Pablo Za­baleta’s foot and James Tomkins for ar­gu­ing over the free-kick for Her­nan­dez’s goal. Both will now miss the home game with Le­ices­ter next week.

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