MX23RW : Wednesday, December 12 10:21:39
Jan 30, 2018 at 7.45pm UK at ​London Stadium
Attendance: 56,911
West HamWest Ham United
1-1
Crystal Palace
Noble (43' pen.)
FT(HT: 1-1)
Benteke (24')

Result: West Ham United, Crystal Palace ends all square

Result: West Ham, Palace ends all square
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West Ham United climb into the top half of the Premier League table after coming from behind to claim a 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace at the London Stadium.

West Ham United have climbed into the top half of the Premier League table thanks to a 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace at the London Stadium on Tuesday night.

The visitors took the lead in the 24th minute when Andros Townsend's cross into the box was nodded home by Christian Benteke from close range.

David Moyes's charges, however, equalised on the stroke of half time when Javier Hernandez was brought down in the area for a penalty, which Mark Noble duly converted.

The first effort of the game came on four minutes from new Hammers arrival Joao Mario, whose first-time connection from Chicharito's knock-down sent the ball flying wide of target.

Hernandez then nearly turned goalscorer when Timothy Fosu-Mensah nudged the ball into the Mexico forward's path, only for former West Ham man James Tomkins to make a last-ditch tackle.

Despite the Hammers' best efforts, their spurned opportunities allowed Palace to take the lead, Townsend charging deep into the opposition half and lofting the ball to the middle of the penalty area where the unmarked Benteke nodded beyond Adrian.

The visitors suffered an injury setback five minutes before half time, however, when Bakary Sako limped off following a heavy challenge by Pablo Zabaleta.

Three minutes later the Hammers were level as Tomkins made a late challenge on Hernandez in the area, prompting the referee to blow for a penalty, which Noble dispatched into the bottom-left corner for his 50th Premier League goal.

Wayne Hennessey kept Palace in the game with a smart save from Hernandez's bullet header five minutes after the restart, while Declan Rice blasted over from the edge of the box on 64 minutes.

The second half was a tighter affair for the most part and, save for Aaron Cresswell's header on 75 minutes which went over, there was little to separate the two sides on the pitch as the final whistle indicated a share of the spoils.

WEST HAM (5-4-1): Adrian; Zabaleta, Collins, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Rice; Byram, Noble, Kouyate (Oxford 86'), Mario; Hernandez

CRYSTAL PALACE (4-4-2): Hennessey; Fosu-Mensah, Kelly, Tomkins, Van Aanholt; Zaha, McArthur, Milivojevic, Townsend; Benteke, Sako (Cabaye 41')

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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool1613303462842
2Manchester CityMan City1613214593641
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs16120430161436
4Chelsea16104233132034
5Arsenal16104235201534
6Manchester UnitedMan Utd167542826226
7Everton166642319424
8Bournemouth167272526-123
9Leicester CityLeicester166462120122
10Wolverhampton WanderersWolves166461719-222
11West Ham UnitedWest Ham166372325-221
12Watford166372023-321
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton166371922-321
14Cardiff CityCardiff1642101530-1514
15Newcastle UnitedNewcastle163491322-913
16Crystal Palace1633101323-1012
17Burnley1633101532-1712
18Huddersfield TownHuddersfield1624101027-1710
19Southampton161691330-179
20Fulham1623111640-249

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