West Ham 1-1 Crystal Palace: Hammers fail to see off 10-man Eagles

Sebastien Haller scored a spectacular equaliser with an overhead kick to earn us a point against London rivals Crystal Palace but many would argue we should’ve picked up all three points.

Christian Benteke, who was later sent off, had put Palace on course for an away win at London Stadium with his third goal in as many games. Benteke beat Issa Diop to Joel Ward’s superb delivery to plant a diving header beyond Lukasz Fabianski.

But we levelled when Ivory Coast forward Haller showed wonderful technique to send an overhead kick beyond Vicente Guaita after meeting Vladimir Coufal’s cross.

The £45m signing from Eintracht Frankfurt described it as a “special” goal, while West Ham boss David Moyes added: “One of my first games he scored a scissor kick. It’s the tap-ins I want him to score as well. We need somebody to come up with the goods. We got a wondergoal from him, we really did.”

Benteke, who had earlier caught Angelo Ogbonna with his elbow, was dismissed 20 minutes from time for a second yellow card for a similar offence on Tomas Soucek.

Despite dropping two points and missing a chance to move into the top five, West Ham are approaching Moyes’ first anniversary in good health. We were 17th in the table, one point above relegation, when he returned to take charge for a second time on 30 December 2019.

Twelve months on and Moyes has put together a side that is hard to beat and boasts creative flare and a hard-working mentality. We now have 21 points from 13 games, just 18 short of the total we managed for the whole of 2019-20.

Against a determined Palace side, we struggled to hit the heights of last Friday’s performance when we came from behind to win at Leeds, but once again we showed character to claw ourselves back after falling behind.

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