West Ham 3-2 Crystal Palace: Anderson and Snodgrass light up the London stadium

Before this game started, the West Ham flags waved with badges returning to the Thames Ironworks days on the sidelines. This victory inspired by Felipe Anderson was apt, then. After all, it's one for history books.

During a first half full of frustration, it seemed that the good run of the landlords would come to an end. Then Robert Snodgrass folded halfway, Javier Hernandez did what he did best and Anderson managed to overtake his Scottish colleague.

This allowed for three victories in which they scored three goals in the space of the last eight days, with the team of Manuel Pellegrini who obtained a series of results and goals that were not achieved by West Ham from October 1982.

Robert Snodgrass celebrated his goal fishing after rewinding West Ham on equal levels 20 yards out

The wing impressed with the part of Manuel Pellegrini and ended a good performance with a goal to remember

Discarded Crystal Palace players had to recover after leaving their advantage in the game's slide

The London Stadium exploded when Snodgrass scored the level his team deserved against visitors

Fabianski could not do anything to keep out the wraparound strike of Felipe Anderson who nestled in his corner

This is the way West Ham talks about these parts.

It was not even an easy time for Pellegrini. He lost one of his best players to Marko Arnautovic through injury. The Chilean chose Lucas Perez instead. Roy Hodgson, meanwhile, remained with the team who lost 3-1 to Brighton.

Not that the defeat against their rivals has long remained in the minds of Palace at the London Stadium. It took only five minutes for James McArthur to push the ball over to Lukasz Fabianski – only – after meeting a header by James Tomkins.


West Ham:

Fabianski 6.5, Zabaleta 7, Diop 6.5, Balbuena 6.5, Masuaku 7; Snodgrass 7.5, Noble 7, Rice 7, Anderson 8 (Obiang 84min); Perez 6 (Carroll 45min 7), Hernandez 7.5 (Diangana 74min 6)

Subtitles (not used): Adrian, Cresswell, Ogbonna, Antonio

targets: Snodgrass 48, Hernandez 61, Anderson 65

Bookings: Diop

Crystal Palace:

Hennessey 6, Wan-Bissaka 6, Tomkins 6, Sakho 5.5, Van Aanholt 6 (Schlupp 54min 6.5); McArthur 6 (Ayew 65min 5), Milivojevic 5, Kouyate 6, Meyer 5 (Puncheon 83min); Townsend 6, Zaha 6

Subtitles (not used): Guaita, Ward, Sorloth, Kelly

targets: McArthur 5, Schlupp 75

Bookings: Zaha

Referee: To Taylor (Lancashire) 7

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James McArthur opened the scoring for Crystal Palace from a free-kick in the first half

Palace had a nose in front and wanted to keep it. They brought out goals and set pieces, offering strong resistance to their backs. The bad mood spread throughout this crowd while West Ham could not create any real opportunities.

Hernandez and Perez were struggling to work together in advance.

A volley shot that went wide from the former Arsenal man and a header from Declan Rice over the bar from a corner were the sum of their efforts at the end of the first half.

Javier Hernandez then puts the Hammers ahead for the first time in the game with a clear finish from a tight corner

The Mexican striker has snapped towards the hosts to get the compliments when the hosts have taken control of the game

Felipe Anderson roared festively after lighting the stadium with a splendid conclusion from distance

Palace will feel hard as there was little they could do for the high quality goals they conceded

When Snodgrass dragged a cross to no one in the 45th minute, his own fans reacted scornfully. They did not know what would happen next.

Shortly after the break – which saw Andy Carroll bet on Perez – the Scotsman decided to drag West Ham out of their torpor. The ball fell on the edge of the box and he collected a nice half volleyball in the top corner over the Wayne Hennessey diving.

Anger turned into joy and the crowd pushed their team.

Within a quarter of an hour they were ahead. Carroll was knocked down on the edge of the box. Felipe Anderson's free-kick was met by the goalkeeper of the Palazzetto, but his parade reached only Hernandez, who shot on the roof of the net.

Confidence was clearly growing, which explained Anderson's decision to shoot from the left edge of the box. Hennessey dived again. The Brazilian spiral strike, however, was destined for the top corner and flew to the back of the net.

Jeffrey Schlupp turned Max Meyer's cross but it turned out to be little more than a consolation goal

James McArthur has unlocked the situation, slipping under Lukasz Fabianski to anticipate Crystal Palace

He flew into the party while West Ham players appealed to the margins, but their screams were vain

It only took seven minutes before the Eagles scored their lead on a free kick in a wide position

McArthur showed his coolness with the goal at his mercy and the guests brought their lead in half the time

The London stadium has become quiet after the Hammers fans have seen their citizen rivals take the lead at the start of the game

Javier Hernandez has resorted to a foul and West Ham players have been frustrated to stay behind in the way they did

Life had been taken from Palace and their fans. Now the stadium was very happy, apart from the end of the game. Jeffrey Schlupp managed to reduce the deficit with a 15-minute lead over a header from a corner. Hodgson's team, however, failed to gather much more effort.

West Ham resisted.

Much has been made of their transfer to this stadium in recent years, not least the departure from all that has come before. Now the team of Pellegrini is starting to give fans of the races to remember and reasons to appreciate their new terrain.

The past is increasingly becoming that – the past. With the festive period just around the corner, this recent ride is the gift.

In the end the Hammers came out triumphant and deserved their victory punctuated by some sensational goals

Roy Hodgson took the exception to some decisions and approached Anthony Taylor after the full-time whistle jumped

The home team is in tenth place in the standings after winning the sixth match of the season under Pellegrini

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