- Lanzini scores in rain
- Benteke misses penalty
- Cresswell sent off in return
Manuel Lanzini‘s first half goal propelled West Ham out of the drop zone, as the Irons snared three points from a 1-0 win over Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Saturday.
Christian Benteke missed a penalty just before halftime, and Adrian flew through the air to deny another equalizer moments later.
Palace stays eighth with 11 points, while 15th place West Ham is one of three teams on 7 points.
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Wilfried Zaha had a good chance at the other end in the ninth minute, but he had his aim wrong with a shot that dragged across the goal and wide.
Lanzini then provided the goal in the 19th minute, as Dimitri Payet and Aaron Cresswell combined well for several passes on the left flank before the latter’s cross was pushed in by the Argentine. 1-0.
Crystal Palace had successive penalty shouts in seconds, and the second gave West Ham a controversial penalty. Benteke airmailed his attempt high and wide of the goal.
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The second half was full of rain-slicked drama and some end-to-end action as well. Andros Townsend was particularly lively for Crystal Palace, but getting on the end of his work proved a problem.
Moments later, his arm made contact with the face of a charging, crouched Wilfried Zaha. Referee Martin Atkinson shocklingly produced a second yellow, and West Ham would play the final 15 minutes plus stoppage with 10 men.