Selhurst Park, London, England
45′ Benteke missed penalty
74′ Cresswell Sent off (Second bookable offence)
West Ham United climbed out of the relegation-zone after defeating Crystal Palace 1-0 in the London Derby at Selhurst Park.
Manuel Lanzini’s first-half strike put the Hammers ahead before Christian Benteke missed a penalty a minute before the break. That was before Aaron Cresswell was controversially dismissed for a second bookable offence in the second-half. The Eagles couldn’t make the most of the man advantage, however, as the Hammers earned their second league victory of the season to ease the pressure on under-fire manager Slaven Bilić.
The visitors started well and went close in the third minute when Cresswell fired an effort into the side-netting after finding acres of space. Two minutes later the Hammers went close when Cresswell found Simone Zaza, whose deflected effort forced Steve Mandanda into a smart save.
The visitors went ahead in the 18th minute when a dangerous cross from Cresswell was met first-time by Lanzini, who got ahead of his man to tap home.
In the 37th minute the Hammers went close to a second when a Dimitri Payet corner fell into the path of Zaza, but Joel Ward got ahead of the Italian to head the ball onto the roof of the net.
Six minutes later Lanzini went close to his second of the game when the Argentine exchanged passes with Payet before firing an effort at goal but Mandanda made a good save.
A minute later the Eagles were given a golden opportunity to level the scores from the penalty-spot after Benteke was brought down by a late challenge from Angelo Ogbonna. Benteke stepped up to to take the resulting penalty and despite Adrián going to ground early, the Belgian fired the spot-kick wide.
A minute later Benteke almost immediately atoned for his miss. The Belgian met a James McArthur cross with a header that struck the post.
The visitors started the second-half well and went close nine minutes into the restart when Lanzini was played through on goal by Zaza, the Argentine under-pressure opted instead to find Payet, whose effort was smothered well by former Marseille teammate Mandanda.
In the 73rd minute West Ham nearly doubled their lead when a Payet corner was met by Michail Antonio, whose header struck the post. Seconds later the visitors thought they should have had a penalty when Antonio and Cresswell went to ground following challenges from Yohan Cabaye. The Frenchman was adjudged to have pulled out of both challenges by referee Martin Atkinson, who booked Cresswell for simulation despite contact from Cabaye.
A minute later the West Ham full-back was sent off. Cresswell received a second yellow card for a cynical foul on Wilfried Zaha, despite there being very little contact before receiving his marching orders. It was very harsh on the full-back.
Palace went close from the resulting set-piece when Cabaye’s delivery fell to former West Ham defender James Tomkins, but he couldn’t react in time and Adrián claimed the loose ball.
In the 80th minute the Eagles had another great opportunity when Benteke headed wide from a corner after Adrián had come out in no man’s land.
In the second minute of injury-time the Eagles had one last chance to level the scores when a dangerous delivery from Andros Townsend was met by substitute Connor Wickham, whose header from a tight-angle was somehow instinctively denied by Adrián, who palmed the effort behind.
The result meant that Crystal Palace remain in eighth on 11 points, ahead of ninth-placed Bournemouth (also on 11 points) on goal difference. West Ham climbed up 15th on seven points, behind 14th-placed Burnley (also on seven points) on goal difference, before the rest of the weekend’s games.