Celebration time? It ought to have been for each groups. Helmed by the Premier League’s two oldest managers, Crystal Palace and West Ham United kicked off having seeminglyconcluded their respective flirtations with demotion and ready to precise themselves with out worry.
After a contest which, for all of the closeness of the scoreline, was a one-sided affair, Crystal Palace have reached the standard assure of security that’s 40-points, with a bravura – and, sure, celebratory – efficiency. In contrast to West Ham.
“I delight myself on my groups being exhausting to play towards and exhausting to beat,” lamented David Moyes, the West Ham supervisor. “At the moment we had been neither exhausting to play towards nor exhausting to defeat. We didn’t play properly, however no person ought to under-estimate how properly Crystal Palace performed”
For all that they scored three targets, every from a poorly defended nook, West Ham had didn’t learn the security script and, following on from Wednesday’s defeat to Liverpool, they’ve managed to dump themselves again within the relegation ferment.
Whether or not it was worry or complacency or the problem to hyperlink sole striker Michail Antonio with these theoretically supporting him, West Ham had been second finest.
The 4 targets they conceded reeked of complacency moderately than worry. Tomas Soucek and Kurt Zouma had been too gradual to know the risks for the primary. And Nayaf Aguerd performed an element within the last three: serving to on Michael Olise’s cross for the returning Wilfried Zaha to faucet within the second; casually passing to Soucek, who misplaced possession to Jeffrey Schlupp for the third and knocking down Eberechi Ezi for the penalty which introduced the fourth.