A superb display of attacking football from West Ham handed them a thoroughly deserved 3-2 win over Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Tuesday evening.
The Hammers actually got off to the worst possible start, as Wilfried Zaha fired a wonderful effort past Lukasz Fabianski with only three minutes on the clock. But the lead didn’t last long as Pablo Fornals and Michail Antonio combined to provide Tomas Soucek with the opportunity to power home a header from close range.
From then on, West Ham took control of the game and really could have been three of four up by half-time. As it was, they went into the break leading 2-1, after Soucek latched onto Aaron Cresswell’s free kick to control nicely and fire home from an acute angle.
Antonio missed a handful of chances – hitting the post twice – but there was no stopping Craig Dawson’s towering header from Jarrod Bowen’s exquisitely delivered corner. Michy Batshuayi bagged a stoppage-time consolation but it was a worrying night for Roy Hodgson’s Palace, as the defensive frailties that reared their ugly head in the 7-0 home thumping by Liverpool came to the fore once more.
In truth, it could and should have been more for West Ham.