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    Crystal Palace 1-3 West Ham Report


    By Scott Hunt           
    @scotthunt92

    Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew criticised referee Mark Clattenburg after Dwight Gayle was sent off as they fell to a 3-1 defeat to West Ham at Selhurst Park.

    Pardew believed the decision to dismiss his striker changed the result of the game and felt that it was a harsh call by the referee.

    The score was 1-1 when Gayle departed on the stroke of half time and Palace defended resiliently until the 88th minute when the Hammers broke through and went on to wrap up the victory.

    Carl Jenkinson had shocked the home support by putting West Ham ahead but Palace responded within three minutes through a Yohan Cabaye penalty. Two goals in the last three minutes from Manuel Lanzini and Dimitri Payet snatched West Ham’s fourth away win of the season.

    Pardew praised the way his side defended with ten men but hit out at the referee over the Gayle red card and says the fans were justified to boo him.

    "I think the referee is really harsh to send him off,” Pardew told Sky Sports after the game.

    “The first tackle is a bad one, the second one he has missed the ball by a fraction, and that's enough to get a second yellow when you know the player has been booked.

    "I think he's got to use a bit of common sense there. I thought the fans had it just about right about Mark today. 

    “It was a really great game until the sending off, the referee has spoiled the game. It's very difficult to play for 60 minutes with 10 men. That changed the game.

    “I thought they were magnificent, the 10 that tried to see it out. We hardly gave them a chance, but they've got through at the death.”

    West Ham, who boast the best away record in the Premier League this season, took the lead after 22 minutes through Carl Jenkinson who was put clear by ex-Palace man Victor Moses and slotted past Wayne Hennessey.

    But the Eagles weren’t behind for long. Jenkinson brought down Gayle and Cabaye converted from the spot, only for the referee to request a retake after Gayle encroached into the area. Cabaye took again and became only the fourth man in Premier League history to score a penalty in four successive games – though replays showed the dopey Gayle was in the area once again.

    The red card came on the stroke of half-time. Having already been booked for a foul on Payet, Gayle stupidly flew in on Cheikhou Kouyate and referee Clattenburg had no hesitation in dismissing the forward.

    Despite having 24 shots in the match, West Ham managed just four on target but the introduction from the bench of Andy Carroll made a difference. His header in the 88th minute found Lanzini eight yards out and the forward smashed home to put his side in front.

    And Payet notched his fifth goal of the season in the 90th minute when he broke through and dinked the ball past Hennessey to seal the victory for Slaven Bilic’s men.

    The victory continues West Ham’s superb away record this season, winning four of their five games including victories over Arsenal, Manchester City and Liverpool. They have now scored 12 goals in those five games and victory at Selhurst Park moved them into the top four – just three points adrift of second-placed Arsenal.

    Palace drop to sixth having won just two of their home games so far. They will welcome a chance to build on their impressive away record with a trip to fifth-placed Leicester next weekend.

    The Hammers meanwhile will entertain Chelsea and will hope to dash hopes of a Blues revival with a win at Upton Park.


    Photograph: Alex Broadway/Getty Images


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