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Premier League Statistics: West Ham United 1-1 Crystal Palace


  • Date – 30th January 2018
  • Venue – London Stadium
  • Attendance – 56,911
  • Referee – Neil Swarbrick
  • Bookings – Tomkins, Milivojevic, Townsend, Byram
  • Goals – Benteke (24), Noble (43 pen)
  • Star Eagle – Christian Benteke/ Wilfried Zaha (7.3)


Another good example of respecting the point particularly when it is secured away from home although the Eagles will likely be disappointed that they did not build on taking a first half lead. There is enough about this Palace team to have seen off a depleted Hammers side in what was a tightly fought contest, but it was a decent reaction to the hefty defeat to Arsenal. It is getting to the stage of the season now where performances rarely matter as long as the points column is ticking over but that does not excuse what was a poor second half from the visitors.

PLAYER RATINGS (courtesy of Who Scored)

1 WAYNE HENNESSEY (6.5) – Made a couple of excellent saves but fans will always remember the poor throw which went to the full back position rather than the midfielder he was aiming for.

24 TIMOTHY FOSU-MENSAH (7.1) – Solid showing at full back after the debacle at the Emirates which was reflected all across the back line. Rightly held onto his starting spot even with a fit again Joel Ward on the bench looking on.

5 JAMES TOMKINS (7.2) – You just know what you are going to get every game now from the centre back who faced his former club. Only mistake was giving away the penalty.

34 MARTIN KELLY (6.1) – Struggled again which is likely to signal a return to the bench with Mamadou Sakho on his way back to full fitness.

3 PATRICK VAN AANHOLT (7.2) – Good performance from the Dutchman and one that put him in contention for the man of match.

28 LUKA MILIVOJEVIC (6.5) – Early booking and played the remainder of the game walking a tightrope but dealt with it well in the circumstances.

18 JAMES MCARTHUR (6.1) – Like Kelly, this was another poor performance by the Scotsman which will put his starting spot under threat.

10 ANDROS TOWNSEND (7.2) – Good to see the return of the winger after injury and provided us with another dimension out wide that we had been used to. Took a knock which may make him a doubt for Sunday.

11 WILFRIED ZAHA (7.3) – Has not lived up to much of his form so far this season in recent matches and at times looked a little disinterested but dealt with the close attentions of the opposition better that he has done of late. Always gave the hosts plenty to think about when in possession and continues to be one of our main threats.

26 BAKARY SAKO (6.0) – Not his usual lively high tempo performance before being forced off due to what looked a worrying injury. Replaced by 7 YOHAN CABAYE (6.3) on 41 minutes who provided that usual touch of class in the midfield which created openings throughout the second half.

17 CHRISTIAN BENTEKE (7.3) – A very welcome goal indeed and not before time for the big Belgian. His all round play was good as well and hopefully this will be one of many more to come.

Unused substitutes – 1 Julian Speroni, 2 Joel Ward, 12 Mamadou Sakho, 23 Pape Souare, 44 Jairo Riedewald, 14 Chung-yong Lee


“The chairman and sporting director Dougie Freedman are working – they certainly haven’t left the phone and haven’t stopped trying to improve our squad as they realise it’s something we have to do.There are always players out there – but are they players who are going to improve you and help you win games? Those players are much harder to find.” – Roy Hodgson courtesy of BBC Sport.

“I was pleased with a point because of the amount of key players we had. Palace have probably been the form team outside the top six. Every club has injuries, it’s a chance for other players to show what they can do. Joao Mario settled in really quickly, which is always a worry when you bring a player in from abroad.” – David Moyes courtesy of BBC Sport.


The Who Scored man of the match was Mark Noble (7.9) while Aaron Cresswell, Luke Milivojevic and Andros Townsend (2) had the most shots. Sam Byram (6) made the most tackles as Wilfrid Zaha (6) had the most dribbles.

  • Team rating: 6.98 – 6.74
  • Total shots: 8 – 9
  • Shots on target: 3 – 3
  • Possession: 39.5% – 60.5%
  • Pass success: 71% – 82%
  • Dribbles: 12 – 8
  • Aerials won: 21 – 26
  • Tackles: 25 – 12
  • Corners: 5 – 3
  • Dispossessed: 9 – 15


Palace move up to 12th in the Premier League with 26 points from 25 games, level with Watford in 11th place and a point ahead of Bournemouth in 13th.


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  • 10/02/2018 Everton (a)
  • 26/02/2018 Tottenham Hotspur (h)




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Jay Crame

Jay Crame

Jay is the founder of TEB and site editor. An avid Palace fan since the late eighties with a passion for music and too many other sports. Presenter and producer of The Meridian Sports Show on 107 Meridian FM.

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