West Ham were held to a draw in a frustrating afternoon where an equalising goal was gifted to Crystal Palace.
David Moyes side looked comfortable for large parts of the game, having taken a deserved lead in the opening 15 minutes thanks to a well worked goal which saw Kudus fire in after a sublime cut back ball from Coufal.
Our Hammers were hunting for that vital 2nd goal to get a much needed cushion to settle the nerves, but to give credit to the visitors, they were well organised and tough to break down.
The second half arrived but a Soucek early goal was ruled out – then the turning point struck when Mavropanos gifted the ball to Edouard, who slotted in the bottom corner and pull things level.
West Ham continued to fight in the dogged affair, but ultimately struggled to put any significant dents in the resolute Palace back line.
Emerson could have got us back in front, but he couldn’t get himself on the end of an inviting cross effectively enough to steer it in.
The points were shared in east London in what will be most definitely seen as 2 points dropped – although credit must also go to Roy Hodgsons side, who were well drilled throughout.
The West Ham Way Podcast host Dave Walker was understandably a frustrated figure at the final whistle, stating that it took too long for Moyes’ side to burst into life.
“Another painful performance,” stated Walker. “Two managers with similar styles were always likely to deliver that.
“It’s so frustrating because we are so much better than what we watched, yet it takes us until about the 86th minute to have a go. Not good enough”