Crystal Palace vs West Ham United: Crystal Palace host West Ham United at Selhurst Park on Matchday 21 of the ongoing edition of the Premier League.
An intense start to the game from Crystal Palace was eventually snuffed out as the Irons scored two goals in quick succession and further increased their lead right on the cusp of half-time. It was one-way traffic in the second half until the introduction of Michael Olise who managed to assist and score to show the Eagles a dim light of hope but it was too little, too late as we came to a nail-biting ending to a relatively close game as West Ham just about edge a victory.
Let’s take a look at the player ratings for the match:-
Vicente Guaita (GK) (5.5/10): An insane triple save from Guaita early on, kept Crystal Palace alive in the game but there was no saving the Eagles once the flood gates were open.
Tyrick Mitchell (7.5/10): Tyrick Mitchell defended his flank well and was always a willing receiver who looked to pass the ball into dangerous areas which started several counter-attacks.
Marc Guéhi (5.5/10): Guehi had no clue completely lost track of Michail Antonio as Benrahma’s cross dipped over his head and West Ham grabbed their second goal.
Joachim Andersen (6/10): A great last-ditch tackle from Joachim Andersen on Bowen, avoided what would’ve been a great opportunity for West Ham.
Joel Ward (6/10): Joel Ward’s experience showed as he dealt with the relentless attack from West Ham. Was combative and aggressive throughout the game.
Will Hughes (6.5/10): An average performance from Will Hughes tonight as he tried to find an incisive pass but it wasn’t forthcoming and got subbed out for Riedewald.
Luka Milivojević (5.5/10): A misjudged control from Milivojevic further increased problems for the Eagles as he conceded a penalty due to a handball and put the game beyond Palace’s reach. He eventually got subbed out at the hour mark for Mateta.
Jeffrey Schlupp (6.5/10): A good performance from Schlupp as he linked up well with the defence and started several attacks.
Odsonne Édouard (7.5/10): Edouard should’ve scored as he rattled the bar off a clever pass from Ayew. He was also a little slow to reach Ayew’s ball across the face of the goal and blazed his effort wide. His efforts finally paid off though as he managed to get a toe to Olise’s ball and nudge it past Fabianski.
Christian Benteke (7/10): A quick turn and shot from close range had the Irons worried but Fabianski got low quickly to deny Benteke’s effort. Got subbed out for Olise in the 68th minute.
Jordan Ayew (7.5/10): An intelligent pullback and a dangerous low cross from Ayew put the ball on a plate for Edouard who unfortunately could only hit the crossbar. Constantly put the West Ham defence on the backfoot with his pace and creativity.
Jean-Philippe Mateta (6.5/10): Mateta was a constant aerial threat and even attempted the spectacular but came up short.
Michael Olise (6.5/10): The substitute was brilliant after coming on as he played in some brilliant balls, one of which found Odsonne Edouard and gave Crystal Palace their first goal of the game. He also scored the second goal for Palace as he whipped a ball in from a freekick that couldn’t be dealt with and ended up in the back of the net.
Jaïro Riedewald (N/A)
Łukasz Fabiański (GK) (5/10): Fabianski was certainly busy tonight and he got low with cat-like reflexes to save Benteke’s effort but didn’t control his box well enough as he conceded the second goal.
Vladimír Coufal (6/10): Coufal put in some important tackles in the first half to keep Palace in the lead and linked up well with the attack. He also denied Palace from grabbing a second goal on a couple of occasions.
Craig Dawson (5.5/10): Craig Dawson challenged in the air pretty well and stood his ground against Benteke on multiple occasions.
Issa Diop (5.5/10): Could’ve done better in dealing with the freekick which he conceded but miscommunication led to Palace grabbing a second goal.
Ben Johnson (7/10): A good performance from Ben Johnson with the exception of a yellow card which resulted in him being subbed off at half-time.
Declan Rice (7/10): The young Englishman made a brilliant run with the ball on the counter and intelligently squared the ball to Lanzini grabbing an assist in the process.
Tomáš Souček (7/10): Tomas Soucek contributed immensely in defensive and constantly cut out passing lanes.
Jarrod Bowen (6.5/10): A quiet second half which was preceded by a decent first half where Bowen broke free behind the Palace defence and created opportunities.
Manuel Lanzini (9/10): A brilliant bit of skill to skip past Andersen with a great finish on the volley and a cool head from the penalty spot capped off an amazing performance from Manuel Lanzini as he doubled and then further increased West Ham’s lead.
Saïd Benrahma (7.5/10): An excellent ball in the box which looped over the defenders head helped West Ham grab the lead in an intense affair until that point. He eventually got subbed out for Vlasic.
Michail Antonio (8/10): A lunging effort from Antonio as he got a toe to Benrahma’s cross, gave West Ham the lead.
Arthur Masuaku (6/10): Maskuaku did well until he got beaten by Olise in a dangerous position and decided to stop him in his tracks at the cost of a yellow card.
Nikola Vlašić (6/10): A subpar performance from Vlasic as he was bought to see the game out but couldn’t deal with the mounting pressure from Crystal Palace.
Mark Noble (N/A)