Crystal Palace 2-3 West Ham: Tomas Soucek double sends Hammers fourth

Crystal Palace 2-3 West Ham: Tomas Soucek double sends Hammers fourth

Tomas Soucek
Since his debut in February 2020, solely Bruno Fernandes (19) has scored extra PL objectives than Tomas Soucek (10) amongst midfielders

West Ham continued their flawless begin to 2021 with one other spectacular win to maneuver into the highest 4 of the Premier League.

Crystal Palace took an early lead via their returning talisman Wilfried Zaha, however David Moyes’ facet had been quickly again on phrases via Tomas Soucek and from there on in dominated.

The free-scoring Soucek added one other and Michail Antonio will really feel he ought to have had a hat-trick of his personal, twice hitting the put up and seeing Vicente Guaita make an exquisite reflex save to maintain him out.

Craig Dawson did add the third with a routine header from a nook as Roy Hodgson’s facet continued their very own run of kind – the mirror picture of West Ham’s resurgence.

Michy Batshuayi’s late strike for the hosts took among the shine off the scoreline for West Ham however in reality they had been not often troubled.

Three factors made it six wins in a row in all competitions for the guests, however Palace – nonetheless a wholesome 11 factors away from hazard – have now gained one in 10.

Europe the restrict for West Ham?

The Hammers sit fourth within the desk, above champions Liverpool, a state of affairs few would have imagined only a yr in the past.

West Ham had been seventeenth within the Premier league, only one level above the relegation zone, when Moyes returned for a second spell in December 2019.

Now he might have his sights on matching the membership’s finest ever Premier league end of fifth in 1999 – though he’ll know in addition to any supervisor to not take his facet’s kind as a right on this most unpredictable of seasons.

Zaha’s good early aim had the Hammers on the again foot instantly however they settled properly and had been stage when Antonio hooked a ball throughout for the ever harmful Soucek to energy in a header.

The Czech, a relative cut price at £19m, has had an important yr beneath Moyes and shortly added a second, controlling a deep free-kick on his thigh earlier than smashing in on the close to put up.

Straight from the restart Antonio hit the put up from the sting of the world and he did the identical earlier than the break, turning a miscued shot from Aaron Cresswell on to the woodwork.

His misses wouldn’t matter although, regardless of Batshuayi’s stoppage-time end. Dawson’s highly effective header made it 5 wins for Moyes in 5 matches at Selhurst Park, for 5 totally different groups – Preston (2001), Everton (2004), Manchester United (2014), Sunderland (2017) and West Ham (2021).

Extra to observe.

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Price gamers out of 10 all through or after the sport. The rater will shut half-hour after the ultimate whistle.

Score vary key1 = Give it up10 = Pure perfection

Crystal Palace

  1. Squad quantity31Participant titleGuaita

  2. Squad quantity2Participant titleWard

  3. Squad quantity8Participant titleKouyaté

  4. Squad quantity24Participant titleCahill

  5. Squad quantity27Participant titleMitchell

  6. Squad quantity10Participant titleTownsend

  7. Squad quantity18Participant titleMcArthur

  8. Squad quantity4Participant titleMilivojevic

  9. Squad quantity25Participant titleEze

  10. Squad quantity20Participant titleBenteke

  11. Squad quantity11Participant titleZaha

  1. Squad quantity9Participant titleJ Ayew

  2. Squad quantity23Participant titleBatshuayi

  3. Squad quantity44Participant titleRiedewald

West Ham United

  1. Squad quantity1Participant titleFabianski

  2. Squad quantity5Participant titleCoufal

  3. Squad quantity15Participant titleDawson

  4. Squad quantity21Participant titleOgbonna

  5. Squad quantity3Participant titleCresswell

  6. Squad quantity28Participant titleSoucek

  7. Squad quantity41Participant titleRice

  8. Squad quantity20Participant titleBowen

  9. Squad quantity9Participant titleBenrahma

  10. Squad quantity18Participant titleFornals

  11. Squad quantity30Participant titleAntonio

  1. Squad quantity7Participant titleYarmolenko

  2. Squad quantity16Participant titleNoble

  3. Squad quantity24Participant titleFredericks


Crystal Palace

Formation 4-4-2

  • 31Guaita
  • 2Ward
  • 8Kouyaté
  • 24Cahill
  • 27Mitchell
  • 10TownsendSubstituted forBatshuayiat 66′minutes
  • 18McArthur
  • 4MilivojevicSubstituted forRiedewaldat 73′minutes
  • 25Eze
  • 20BentekeSubstituted forJ Ayewat 73′minutes
  • 11Zaha


  • 1Butland
  • 3van Aanholt
  • 6Dann
  • 9J Ayew
  • 17Clyne
  • 22McCarthy
  • 23Batshuayi
  • 34Kelly
  • 44Riedewald

West Ham

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Fabianski
  • 5Coufal
  • 15Dawson
  • 21Ogbonna
  • 3Cresswell
  • 28Soucek
  • 41Rice
  • 20BowenSubstituted forFredericksat 81′minutes
  • 9BenrahmaSubstituted forNobleat 87′minutes
  • 18Fornals
  • 30AntonioSubstituted forYarmolenkoat 83′minutes


  • 4Balbuena
  • 7Yarmolenko
  • 10Lanzini
  • 16Noble
  • 23Diop
  • 24Fredericks
  • 25Martin
  • 31Johnson
  • 45Odubeko

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