- 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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Alan Pardew knows why Crystal Palace was failing when he got fired, knows he could’ve fixed it, and seems pretty bummed he’s not there any more.
Pardew emerged to make the comments after Sam Allardyce helmed another upset win for Palace, a 2-1 win over Liverpool which joins defeats of Arsenal and Chelsea.
The win moves Palace 12th, and the Eagles have a legitimate shot at a top-half finish despite their poor start to the season. But Pardew wants fans to know it was about a personnel mistake, and that Palace dropped into the relegation zone after he was fired.
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The Northeast Chronicle says Pardew aimed to bring former Newcastle left backs Davide Santon and Paul Dummett to Palace, but couldn’t get the moves over the line. Then Pape Souare was hurt in a car accident and Palace was in trouble.
Over to you, Pards (From the Chronicle’s Lee Ryder):
“We were kicking ourselves not to have any left-footed cover. We were playing right-footed players there and things were exploiting that situation. We became one dimensional.
“I was really disappointed I didn’t get to the window because Sam Allardyce followed me and the results didn’t really improve until the new players got bedded in and they made a big difference.”
Allardyce brought in Patrick Van Aanholt from Sunderland and Jeff Schlupp from Leicester to shore up the left side.
The story is made more amusing by the fact that Allardyce has not hesitated to make Palace’s return to form almost exclusively about his influence, while Pardew bleeds the very same blood.
Who’s on first?
He’s a man for where they are now, and where they’d like to be down the line.
Leicester City’s Jeff Schlupp is heading to Crystal Palace, where the 24-year-old will hope to help the Eagles stave off relegation.
Reports say the transfer fee is around $14 million. The Ghanaian midfielder was not called up for the Africa Cup of Nations.
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Schlupp played 24 matches in Leicester City’s Premier League title winning season, and hit the PL pitch 32 times as the Foxes avoided relegation the previous season.
Palace manager Sam Allardyce has been busy, as Sunderland boss David Moyes admitted that his club rebuffed a bid to reunited Allardyce with Patrick Van Aanholt.
Two penalties from Steven Gerrard opened up the scoring at Anfield, handing Liverpool a 2-0 lead over Premier League bottom-dwellers Leicester City before the Foxes surged back in the second half with two goals of their own from David Nugent and Jeff Schlupp.
Nugent struck in the 58th minute and Schlupp leveled the score two minutes later near the outside of the box.
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“It was a pulsating game, tried to win it, nearly did, [you] could argue we should’ve done,” Leicester manager Nigel Pearson said. “Today, we played some outstanding football and got a point at Anfield which I think at the very least we deserved.”
The penalty kicks awarded to the Reds were ultimately controversial, and Pearson, although he was careful not to single out instances in today’s match, strongly believes that video technology would benefit referees making correct calls.
“I would like, moving forward, for the officials to have the benefit of technology,” he said. “It would clear up indecisions and it wouldn’t create any difficulties within the ground.”
Set at last place in the league table, Leceister will have to work hard to avoid relegation, and Pearson is familiar with the typical obstacles at this point.
“We’ve had an unbelievable number of setbacks and I still don’t think we have the number of points that our performances have warranted, but that’s the nature of this Premier League. It’s very hard to be successful in.”