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Crystal Palace goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey must have wondered by the end of the game yesterday afternoon about his time-wasting tactics, after his side went one up on five minutes.
Palace manager Roy Hodgson reflected that his side probably played better in the second half but still lost 3-2 against West Ham.
"We had good spells in the second half. We had our moments, they had theirs.They took their chances," said a disappointed Hodgson.
Palace certainly contested this game keenly and were unlucky not to get something from it.
The first goal came from a long free-kick that was headed on by former West Ham defender James Tomkins. Hammers keeper Lukasz Fabianksi failed to come for the ball, allowing James McArthur to nip in and score.
Palace could have had a second goal in first-half added time, as a thumping free-kick from Luka Milivojevic came back off the crossbar.
West Ham came out with a new verve in the second half, which saw them quickly draw level via a Robert Snodgrass drive from just outside the box.
Felipe Anderson then took over proceedings, first striking a free kick-over the wall, that Hennessey could only push away to the incoming Javier Hernandez to force home.
Then, the Brazilian picked up an Hernandez pass on the left, which he expertly curled into the top corner beyond Hennessey.
Palace got one back in the 75th minute, when substitute Jeffrey Schlupp rose to head home a cross from Max Meyer.
West Ham boss Mauel Pellegrini was delighted to collect his third win in a week.
"We hope to change the style of this club,” said Pellegrini. We hope to add as many points as we can and be near the top of the table.”
He complimented Snodgrass for working hard in attack and defence.
An unhappy Hodgson told how Tomkins was still angry about the foul given against him for the second goal and his complaints after the final whistle led to a booking, which means he will be suspended for the next game against Leicester City.
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