Tuesday 20 March 2018

Chamakh breathes new life into Palace

Crystal Palace 1 West Ham 0

Jamie Holland

Marouane Chamakh gave Crystal Palace's survival bid the kiss of life and dragged West Ham back into the relegation battle.

The much-maligned Moroccan striker headed home a 42nd-minute winner at Selhurst Park to lift the Eagles off the bottom of the table in Tony Pulis' first home match in charge.

Chamakh had previously found the net only once this season – which was still one goal more than he managed in five months on loan with West Ham last term. His header earned Palace only their third win of the season.

West Ham thought that they had equalised when Stuart Downing lashed in a low volley on 65 minutes, but James Tomkins had already been penalised for a foul.

The Hammers went into the match knowing victory would catapult them into the top half, but instead they are now just three points ahead of a Palace side who looked doomed a few weeks ago.

Sam Allardyce's team, fresh from a 3-0 thumping of Fulham last Saturday, are yet to string together back-to-back Premier League victories since they were promoted last year – a statistic that could cost them.

Irish Independent

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