Slaven Bilic’s West Ham, saved themselves some embarrassment this Saturday as three second-half goals gave them a comfortable victory against a Palace side that were really poor on the night. Dimitri Payet and his antics before the start of the game were soon forgotten by the fans who saw their club put in a superb second-half performance to dominate and beat the Eagles in a satisfying game for the Hammers.
Sofiane Feghouli gave West Ham the lead 23 minutes from time, while Andy Carroll’s goal of the season contender put the game out of the reach of Palace. The sensual chip from Lanzini for the third goal was the icing on the cake as West Ham moved within a point off the top half of the table.
Here are the player ratings for the Hammers for this game:
Darren Randolph (6):
Was hardly tested by Palace on the night but was up to the task in the first half as he kept a stinging shot from Cabaye away from goal to keep his side in the game.
Winston Reid (7):
Stuck to his task of keeping Benteke away from danger as he put in a decent performance to help his side to all three points.
Angelo Ogbonna (6):
The Italian had a decent game in the first half but he had to make way at half time as Bilic decided to shift from a 3-4-3 to 4-4-2 in the second half of the game.
James Collins (7):
Helped Reid deal with Benteke and also threw himself around to keep his side’s goal away from danger throughout the game.
Michail Antonio (8):
Though restricted in the first half as a wing back, Antonio, who shifted into a more advanced role, had a great impact on the game, as he picked up two assists in a comfortable victory for West Ham.
Mark Noble (6):
Lethargic and best in the first half and though he slowly grew into the game, he was quite a distance away from the level of performances expected of him.
Pedro Obiang (7):
Had to be at his best with Noble struggling and Obiang put in a solid performance in the middle of the field to keep the Hammers in the game in the first half.
Aaron Cresswell (6):
Stuck to his task well as he kept the Palace attackers away from his goal and also helped his side in the final third on the wing playing in both the systems used by the manager on the night.
Manuel Lanzini (8):
Shouldering the responsibilities of the side in the absence of Payet, Lanzini was superb in front of goal, creating a few chances and also picking up a goal in the process.
Sofiane Feghouli (6):
Was completely ineffective in the first half but the tactical switch from his manager got him back into the game and also gave him his first Premier League goal.
Andy Carroll (8):
Having scored a bicycle kick that is certainly a contender for the ‘goal of the season’, Carroll, who is now the first choice for Bilic at West Ham, had a day to remember against Palace as he was constantly putting them under pressure, helping his side to a victory.
Sam Byram (6):
Replaced Ogbonna at half time as Bilic decided to change the system, a plan that worked wonders.
Edimilson Fernandes (5)
Ashley Fletcher (5)