Marouane Chamakh’s goal took Crystal Palace off the bottom of the Premier League table as they beat West Ham 1-0 in Tony Pulis’s first home game in charge at Selhurst Park on Tuesday.
Chamakh scored the only goal of the game – the Moroccan’s first since August 24 – when he headed in Barry Bannan’s curling cross in the 42nd minute.
After Bannan’s initial cross was blocked, the Scotland midfielder whipped in a second ball which was glanced in by the unmarked Chamakh.
The striker had previously scored just one goal this season – although that was still one goal more than he managed in five months on loan at West Ham last term.
West Ham came into this all London clash boosted by a 3-0 win over Fulham but have still to record back-to-back Premier League wins since being promoted last year.
Victory left Palace just three points adrift of safety and West Ham, one of several clubs on 13 points who could yet get drawn into a relegation battle.
West Ham manager Sam Allardyce bemoaned his side’s performance at both ends of the pitch.
“Not enough cutting edge. I think that’s the problem for us,” Allardyce said.
“Then we gave away the most ridiculous goal I’ve seen in a long, long time from our point of view.
“On such a crucial game we should not have let that slip. A point at the end of the day wouldn’t have been a bad result. It’s all our fault today.”AFP
On such a crucial game we should not have let that slip. A point at the end of the day wouldn’t have been a bad result. It’s all our fault today.