Result: West Ham United ease past Crystal Palace

West Ham United coast to a 3-1 victory over managerless Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park this afternoon.

West Ham United picked up their first points of the season in a convincing 3-1 victory away at managerless Crystal Palace this afternoon.

Stewart Downing of West Ham celebrates scoring his team's second goal with team mates during the Barclays Premier League match between Crystal Palace and West Ham United at Selhurst Park on August 23, 2014© Getty Images

Palace were dealt a blow before a ball was even kicked when Joe Ledley, who was named in the original starting XI, picked up a injury during the warm-up and was replaced in the team by Stuart O'Keefe.

Ten minutes into the game, Marouane Chamakh neatly chested the ball down for the onrushing Mile Jedinak, but the midfielder's drive was blocked by a brave Aaron Cresswell.

Carlton Cole cut a forlorn figure for much of the first half and, although he did manage to direct a header towards goal, it was a tame effort that was easily collected by Julian Speroni.

However, when his teammates made forward runs beyond him, Cole found them and his cushioned header fell into the path of Cresswell in the 24th minute, but the left-back's shot was deflected wide.

The chance seemed to spark the visitors into life and, two minutes later, Mauro Zarate found himself free at a corner but his effort fell straight into the grateful arms of Speroni.

With the away side in the ascendancy, Zarate got the goal that the Hammers deserved in the 34th minute. After Mark Noble's initial shot was blocked, the Argentine sent a 20-yard strike arrowing into the top corner to make it 1-0.

Just three minutes later, Stewart Downing doubled their lead with a controlled finish into the far corner following a surge across the box.

A West ham win should have been assured just two minutes after the restart when Speroni fumbled a corner, but James Tomkins sent his header against the bar.

Marouane Chamakh of Crystal Palace and Mauro Zarate of West Ham in action during the Premiere League match between Crystal Palace and West Ham United at Selhurst Park on August 23, 2014© Getty Images

A minute later, Chamakh collected Jedinak's flick-on and crashed a powerful effort into the back of the net to half the deficit.

Summer signing Frazier Campbell seemed certain to draw his side back on level terms when he raced away from the West Ham defence, but the forward lost his footing at the crucial moment and the chance was squandered.

Shortly afterwards, Damien Delaney failed to deal with a high ball and Cole was left with the simple task of slotting the ball home from close range to restore his side's two-goal lead.

The fighting spirit so synonymous with Tony Pulis's tenure at Selhurst Park was severely lacking as West Ham were able to coast through the final 25 minutes, and Diafra Sako even came close to extending West Ham's lead in the closing stages, but Speroni made a good save from the debutant's header.

Marouane Chamakh of Crystal Palace and Mauro Zarate of West Ham in action during the Premiere League match between Crystal Palace and West Ham United at Selhurst Park on August 23, 2014
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