A proper game of two halves saw Palace come back from a goal down to look the most likely to take all three points at Selhurst against West Ham. Mike Scott looks at how the players performed…
Vincente Guaita - 6
The Spaniard conceded the penalty and, while he was left in a difficult position by his defence, he was clumsy for that. But he made some good stops in the first half as West Ham ran riot. His longer balls out were not as solid as his build up play balls out.
Patrick Van Aanholt – 6
Antonio was afforded a lot of space by Van Aanholt, who again was not at his best. At times, Zaha and Townsend had to swap round so Andros could offer extra cover. Did look sharper going forward than recent weeks, however, and pulled out an excellent long-range effort that just whistled over the bar.
Mamadou Sakho – 7
Made Hernandez’s life difficult and did well against Arnautovic when he came on but looked a little out of sorts at time in the first half without Tomkins next to him. He telegraphed a couple of passes too that left the crowd groaning, although he started moves off just as often.
Martin Kelly - 7
You couldn’t ask more from the man again, who kept his composure even after a rocky first half an hour. Communication between him and Sakho doesn’t seem to be quite up to the standard of Tomkins, but that would come with game time.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka – 7
Had a torrid time against Felipe Anderson, who was the best player on the pitch in the first half, before Palace’s half time team talk changed things round. Was booked for a fine challenge on the edge of the area, which hamstrung him for the rest of the game, but he managed fan regardless. Was lacking passing options when he went forward.
Luka Milivojevic – 6
He may have been lucky to have seen out the full game, but a booking in the first half didn’t stop him anchoring the midfield and keeping the visitors quiet in the second half. Again, his corners did little to inspire though – and his promising free kick was floored into the wall.
James McArthur – 6
I was rendered speechless after that miss at the beginning of the second half, sinking to my knees in the lower Holmesdale. But aside from that, he put in a hell of a shift, covering more forward ground than he usually does and (seemingly) being pushed up to sit behind the forward at times. Having said that, for all the effort, he was shut out from causing too much by a resolute West Ham central pairing.
Jeffrey Schlupp – 7
Whenever Palace created something, Schlupp was part of it. And as the game progressed, his pace, strength and speed on the ball caused West Ham more and more problems. Before Meyer came on, he was really the only outlet for Zaha and others to play one-twos with. Early on, he was vital cover for a flagging defence, too.
Andros Townsend – 6
Townsend had immense problems getting involved in the game. Build up was slow and so his usual, hazy runs were virtually non-existent. Later on, he was a good outlet for balls from AWB, picking the ball up near the bye-line and knocking half a dozen crosses in, but by his own high standards, he was fairly anonymous for long periods.
Wilfried Zaha – 7
As great as Zaha was in the second half, he can only get a seven out of ten simply because he didn’t really come alive until the teams changed ends. In the first half, he was very quiet. In the second, everyone was desperate to get him the ball and he was at the centre of everything Palace created, especially after Meyer came on. A vital goal, too.
Christian Benteke – 6
Benteke was a good outlet for a team in trouble in the first half, but too often he was pushing for headers or receiving the ball miles from the box, or over on one side of the pitch, which left him with a thankless task. He could do very little to affect the game.
Michy Batshuyai - 7
On for Benteke on the hour, he looked very sharp again and caused West Ham issues, particularly with the prowess on the ball. Having said that, missed a sitter which would have opened his account nicely.
Max Meyer – 7
As with other games, when Max came on, Palace looked more likely. A superb move between him and Zaha underlined quite how much those two players are on the same page.