Goal burst leads West Ham past Crystal Palace

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  • PVA, Palace takes early lead
  • Chicharito goal, assist
  • Felipe Anderson goal, assist

West Ham United scores three goals for the third-straight time, extending its win streak to three matches with a 3-2 win over Crystal Palace on Saturday at the London Stadium.

Felipe Anderson, Javier Hernandez, and Robert Snodgrass scored for West Ham, now 10th with 21 points.

James McArthur and Jeff Schlupp scored for Palace, who has 12 points and sits two points above the drop zone.

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Palace took a lead after just seven minutes, when Patrick Van Aanholt‘s free kick was headed into the path of McArthur. His low shot was enough for 1-0.

West Ham had a lot of the ball, but little danger. Lucas Perez volleyed wide, and Felipe Anderson hit a fine cross that found no receiver as the Irons looked to level the score before halftime (to no avail).

You’d call Snodgrass’ second half equalizer well-deserved, as the in-form Scottish midfielder beat Wayne Hennessey with a swerving left-footed shot.

West Ham kept moving forward, with Pablo Zabaleta hitting a shot wide of goal.

The Irons took their first lead when Hennessey saved Felipe Anderson’s free kick and only primo poached Chicharito followed up the rebound, blasting it into the goal.

And it was 3-1 when Chicharito cued up Anderson for a goal that had been coming his way.

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WATCH: Andone’s remarkable solo goal cooks rivals Palace

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It wouldn’t surprise us if Florin Andone was still running around the Amex Stadium after his industrious goal in the M23 Derby.

“Andone’s third was special,” said Brighton and Hove Albion boss Chris Hughton. “It showed real desire.”

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No kidding. Brighton’s 25-year-old Romanian scored for the second-straight match, and his goal was a fantastic feat.

Having bagged a goal against Huddersfield Town on Saturday, Andone chased down a ball few men would’ve kept after on Tuesday.

Andone cooked James Tomkins for pace, then cut back to lose him before using Mamadou Sakho as a screen to shoot past Wayne Hennessey from an acute angle.

It’s exhausting just to watch.

Manchester United’s flailing attack fails vs. Palace

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  • Palace outshoots United 13-12
  • Van Aanholt wasteful for Eagles
  • United fails to rebound from derby loss

It was a day for the goalkeepers at Old Trafford, where Jose Mourinho’s idealess Manchester United drew Crystal Palace 0-0 on Saturday.

Wayne Hennessey and David De Gea both made fine saves, but Palace will be much happier as it ends a daunting schedule run with a point.

United will finish the weekend at least six points back of the Top Four, while Palace moves 15th with nine points.

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Crystal Palace was very physical with United, scooping up a pair of yellow cards while working over Jesse Lingard and crew.

Mamadou Sakho and Luka Milivojevic both were cautioned, but Patrick Van Aanholt sent a warning to the hosts when he flubbed a Wilfried Zaha feed and sent his chance shy of the goal.

Cheikhou Kouyate was just offside before the break when he nodded a Milivojevic free kick past David De Gea.

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Romelu Lukaku was just as offside — meaning only a shoulder — when he pushed a rebound over the line in the 57th.

De Gea made a double save on Van Aanholt in the 63rd minute, as Palace looked the better bet to break through for an opener.

United looked to have its table set when Marcus Rashford won consecutive sliding challenges to cue up Alexis Sanchez in space, but the Chilean made a poor decision and worse pass to flub it.

At the other end, Townsend became the second player to let United off the hook with a wild effort after cutting Nemanja Matic and Victor Lindelof in two.

To be fair to United, it was up against an in-form keeper in Wayne Hennessey. The veteran Welsh keeper made a late stop on Lukaku to keep it 0-0.

Tottenham edge past Crystal Palace

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  • Foyth scores first career goal
  • Sixth PL win in last seven for Spurs
  • No home win for Palace this season

Tottenham Hotspur beat Crystal Palace 1-0 at Selhurst Park on Saturday as young center back Juan Foyth scored a second half winner.

In soggy conditions in south London there was little between the teams but Foyth headed home the first goal of his career to give Spurs all three points and solidify their spot in the top four.

With the win Tottenham are in fourth on 27 points, while Palace are in 16th place on eight points.

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Palace started brightly and Spurs needed a fantastic defensive header from Lucas Moura to clear the danger after a smart move and cross from the left.

Townsend then got free on the left but drilled his shot into the side-netting, while Moussa Sissoko then cut in from Spurs’ left but his shot was blocked.

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Kieran Trippier went off injured before half time, which will be a worry for England ahead of the international break, as Tottenham’s injuries continue to mount up.

Before half time Dele Alli went close with a header he got all wrong, Harry Kane smashed a shot on goal which Wayne Hennessey beat away and then James McArthur defended a cross bravely to put off two Spurs players.

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In the second half James Tomkins went close but his header was wide and Palace’s defender was then forced off through injury.

That would have a big impact on the game as Martin Kelly came on and then lost Kane who had his effort blocked but Foyth followed up to score his first goal for Tottenham and make it 1-0.

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Late on Palace pushed forward in search of an equalizer but Hugo Lloris saved well from Jeffrey Schlupp, Townsend and especially Alexander Sorloth as Spurs held on for another tight win.

Sarri happy for Morata, says Chelsea defense must improve

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Even acknowledging the world of regurgitated coach speak, it’s interesting to note that Maurizio Sarri struck a similar tone to Pep Guardiola after both men’s Premier League powers posted comfortable wins on Sunday.

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Neither manager was upset by their teams’ performances — City beat Saints 6-1 while Chelsea topped Palace 3-1 — but both saw flaws in their opportunities they allowed to their bottom half competition.

Here’s Sarri, via the BBC:

“We need to improve from a tactical point of view. In the first 15 minutes of the second half we were not compact. In the defensive phase we need to improve. When we can’t cover the ball in the opponent’s half we are in trouble. So we need to improve.”

Sarri was happy with his Spanish striker Alvaro Morata, who would’ve notched a hat trick had he done anything but chip his stoppage time breakaway effort within reach of Palace backstop Wayne Hennessey.

The manager admits that Morata’s mind has been a problem, but he has little doubt about the striker’s skill set.

“I am really very happy for Alvaro,” he said. “He improved in the last month in confidence and personality. He improved also from a tactical and technical point of view. He plays with more continuity from the team. He has great potential physically and technically. He can improve more. Potentially he can be (a top striker at a top club). Sometimes he is a little bit fragile.”