MX23RW : Wednesday, February 20 08:20:30
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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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City27212474205465
2Liverpool26205159154465
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs26200654252960
4Manchester UnitedMan Utd26156552351751
5Arsenal26155653371650
6Chelsea26155645291650
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves2611693433139
8Watford2610793434037
9Everton2796123639-333
10West Ham UnitedWest Ham2696113239-733
11Bournemouth26103133747-1033
12Leicester CityLeicester2695123134-332
13Crystal Palace2676132734-727
14Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2676132839-1127
15Burnley2676132947-1827
16Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2667132234-1225
17Cardiff CityCardiff2674152447-2325
18Southampton2659122844-1624
19Fulham2645172558-3317
20Huddersfield TownHuddersfield2625191448-3411

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