West Ham United 2-2 Crystal Palace

2 Apr

Substitute Dwight Gayle grabbed an equaliser for Crystal Palace in a 2-2 draw after West Ham’s Cheikhou Kouyate had been sent off.


Match Reports: West Ham United 2-2 Crystal PalaceMatch Reports: West Ham United 2-2 Crystal Palace

Damien Delaney opened the scoring for the hosts but West Ham led at the break thanks to goals from Manuel Lanzini and Dimitri Payet.

Palace, who are without a Premier League win since December, went ahead on 15 minutes when Delaney headed home following a mistake from Hammers stopper Adrian.

The hosts drew level soon after though as Lanzini’s beat Wayne Hennessey with a low drive into the bottom corner after latching on to a loose ball.

Jason Puncheon fired over the bar for Palace just after the half-hour mark but the momentum was with West Ham and Payet gave them the lead just before the break, moments after Diafra Sakho headed an effort wide from a corner.

Joel Ward conceded a free-kick 20 yards from goal and Payet stepped up to take the set-piece, with the Frenchman firing a fantastic effort into the top right-hand corner that gave Hennessey no chance in the Eagles goal.

However, Kouyate was perhaps harshly sent off on 67 minutes for a foul on Gayle and Palace made the most of their numerical advantage to snatch a share of the spoils.

With 15 minutes of normal time remaining Gayle pounced on an Angelo Ogbonna’s error and found himself one-on-one with Adrian before calmly slotting the ball past the West Ham stopper.

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