Half-Time Report: Goalless first half at Upton Park

West Ham United and Crystal Palace head into the break level following a goalless first half at Upton Park.

West Ham United and Crystal Palace have headed into half time level following a goalless first half at Upton Park this afternoon.

Julian Speroni of Crystal Palace makes a save from Andy Carroll of West Ham during the Barclays Premier League match between West Ham United and Crystal Palace at Boleyn Ground on April 19, 2014© Getty Images

A minute's applause was held ahead of kickoff in memory of West Ham striker Dylan Tombides, who passed away at the age of 20 yesterday following a three-year battle with testicular cancer.

Kevin Nolan tried to pick out Andy Carroll early on, curling the ball in for the striker, but Adrian Mariappa did enough to stop him heading in.

Carroll stopped Palace taking the lead at the other end later in the half, clearing a Kagisho Dikgacoi header off the line.

The visitors started to dominate possession, while Yannick Bolasie, Mariappa and Dikgacoi all had further efforts to break the deadlock, but West Ham did just enough to keep them out.

West Ham believed that they should have had a penalty when Carroll fell under a challenge from Mile Jedinak, but the referee was not interested in their appeals.

Julian Speroni was tested in the Palace goal shortly before the break when Nolan and Carroll both unleashed shots in the space of a minute, but he was able to stop the home side from taking the lead.

Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis smiles prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Hull City at Selhurst Park on January 28, 2014
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