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Crystal Palace 1-1 West Ham Utd

Filed: Saturday, 9th February 2019
By: Staff Writer

West Ham faced 25 shots at goal but still managed to leave Selhurst Park with a point following a thrilling London derby.

Manuel Pellegrini's side were by far the better team in the opening 45 minutes but the tables were well and truly turned after the interval as Palace dominated whilst scoring a deserved equaliser.

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However the hosts probably should've played the last half-hour a man short after Luka Milivojevic, already in the book for a first half offence went through the back of Mark Noble - a challenge that went without so much of a warning by referee Craig Pawson.

West Ham, who caught Palace on the counter several times during a thrilling first half scored the opening goal of the game from the penalty spot, after Michail Antonio was bundled over by Palace 'keeper Vicente Guaita.

Mark Noble, restored as United's penalty taker in the absence of substitute Marko Arnautovic sent Guaita the wrong way to give West Ham a priceless lead with 27 minutes on the clock.

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And Palace were forced to wait until 15 minutes from the end of normal time before drawing level, with a goal that had more than a slice of good fortune about it.

Wilfried Zaha, whose suspension for last weekend's dismissal at Southampton was delayed by an appeal (allowing him to feature this afternoon) attempted to send a low cross back across goal.

However the delivery took a wicked deflection via Issa Diop before looping over the otherwise excellent Lukasz Fabianksi to earn Roy Hoidgson's side a point they probably deserved, on balance of play.

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West Ham Utd: Fabianski, Fredericks (Zabaleta 84), Ogbonna, Diop, Cresswell, Rice, Noble, Snodgrass, Antonio (Obiang 73), Felipe Anderson, Hernandez (Arnautovic 68).

Subs not used: Adrian, Masuaku, Diangana, Carroll.

Goals: Noble (pen 27).

Crystal Palace: Guaita, Wan-Bissaka, Kelly, Sakho, van Aanholt, Milivojevic (c), McArthur (Meyer 79(, Schlupp, Townsend, Zaha, Benteke (Batshuayi 61).

Subs not used: Hennessey, Ward, Dann, Sako, Ayew.

Goals: Zaha (76).

Booked: Wan-Bissaka, Milivojevic, McArthur.

Referee: Craig Pawson.

Attendance: 25,552.

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