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2021-22 English Premier League
  • Odsonne Édouard (83')
  • Michael Olise (90')
  • Michail Antonio (22')
  • Manuel Lanzini (25', 45'+5' PEN)

West Ham keep up top-four push with win at Crystal Palace

West Ham players celebrate after scoring a goal against Crystal Palace in the Premier League. Getty Images

West Ham United began the new year in the same manner as they saw out the last, with an impressive away victory as they beat Crystal Palace 3-2 in the Premier League on Saturday.

Manuel Lanzini scored twice at Selhurst Park, before a late rally from the home side with two goals, as fifth-placed West Ham moved within a point of fourth-placed Arsenal.

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David Moyes' side, the surprise package of the season, took the lead in the 22nd minute with Michail Antonio sliding in to poke home a wonderful cross from Said Benrahma.

Three minutes later, the Hammers made it 2-0 with an outstanding finish from Lanzini, who flicked the ball to his left foot and volleyed home after good work from Declan Rice.

Lanzini made it three just before the break, drilling home a penalty after a VAR review found that Luka Milivojevic had handled in the box.

Palace got a goal back in the 83rd minute when Odsonne Edouard stretched to turn in a fine cross from substitute Michael Olise who then scored himself in the 90th minute with a free kick.

Patrick Vieira's side had hit the woodwork twice in the first half and enjoyed the bulk of possession and Antonio was generous in his praise of Palace.

"To be fair this season Crystal Palace are playing unbelievable football. The way their gaffer has them playing is quality," Antonio said.

"All game they were after us, but when opportunities dropped for us we took them. They managed to get two and we had to hold out. You saw the pressure they put us under but we managed to hold out and it's three points to start the year."

The meeting between the two sides in August had ended 2-2 and Palace defender Joachim Andersen said it was hard result to take.

"We've played West Ham two times now and both times we have dominated them. I think we should win this game easy. They had two chances and a penalty which isn't a penalty. We should win this game," he said.

West Ham are on 34 points, one more than Tottenham Hotspur and three ahead of Manchester United, although both those teams have two games in hand.

English Premier League Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Manchester City 38 +73 93
2 Liverpool 38 +68 92
3 Chelsea 38 +43 74
4 Tottenham Hotspur 38 +29 71
5 Arsenal 38 +13 69
6 Manchester United 38 0 58
7 West Ham United 38 +9 56
8 Leicester City 38 +3 52
9 Brighton & Hove Albion 38 -2 51
10 Wolverhampton Wanderers 38 -5 51
11 Newcastle United 38 -18 49
12 Crystal Palace 38 +4 48
13 Brentford 38 -8 46
14 Aston Villa 38 -2 45
15 Southampton 38 -24 40
16 Everton 38 -23 39
17 Leeds United 38 -37 38
18 Burnley 38 -19 35
19 Watford 38 -43 23
20 Norwich City 38 -61 22