Crystal Palace 0-1 West Ham United: Lanzini steals three points for ten-man Hammers at Palace

West Ham United secured a narrow 1-0 win over Crystal Palace.

Crystal Palace 0-1 West Ham United: Lanzini steals three points for ten-man Hammers at Palace
West Ham United players celebrating Manuel Lanzini's goal in their 1-0 win over Crystal Palace
CRYSTAL PALACE
WEST HAM UNITED
CRYSTAL PALACE : MANDANDA, WARD, TOMKINS, DELANEY, KELLY (FRYERS, MIN. 45), MCARTHUR (WICKHAM, MIN. 70), LEDLEY (CABAYE, MIN. 45), TOWNSEND, PUNCHEON, ZAHA, BENTEKE
WEST HAM UNITED: ADRIAN, REID, KOUYATE, OGBONNA, ANTONIO, NOBLE, OBIANG, CRESSWELL, LANZINI (NORDTVEIT, MIN. 87), PAYET (FERNANDES, MIN. 77), ZAZA (CALLERI, MIN. 85)
SCORE: 0-1, MIN. 19, LANZINI
REFEREE: MARTIN ATKINSON BOOKED NOBLE (MIN. 21) BENTEKE (MIN. 48) OGBONNA (MIN. 62) CRESSWELL (MIN. 73) ADRIAN (MIN. 90+3) SENT OFF CRESSWELL (MIN. 74)

West Ham United ended their five-match run without a win, as Manuel Lanzini secured a narrow 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace.

Lanzini opened the scoring in the 19th minute, before Chrisitan Benteke rounded off a quiet half with a missed penalty and clattering the post.

Dimitri Payet had two good opportunities to double the lead at the beginning of the second period, but were left with a mountain to climb after Aaron Cresswell's dismissal, but managed to secure the three points.

Above: Manuel Lanzini celebrating his goal in West Ham's 1-0 win over Crystal Palace | Photo: Getty Images
Above: Manuel Lanzini celebrating his goal in West Ham's 1-0 win over Crystal Palace | Photo: Getty Images

Starting well

Pressure was starting to build upon Slaven Bilic's side as they headed to Selhurst Park, and started brightly against Alan Pardew's side.

However it was Palace who had the first chance after 11 minutes, it was poor defending from the Hammers, as Wilfried Zaha was left out on the right. He received the ball back after his initial effort was blocked but his effort was just wide of Adrian's post.

The Hammers took the lead just before the 20-minute mark, it was a good start to Cresswell's return. The full-back put an excellent ball and it proved easy for the unmarked Lanzini as he swept it home.

Above: Christian Benteke missing his penalty in West Ham United's 1-0 win over  Crystal Palace | Photo: Getty Images
Above: Christian Benteke missing his penalty in West Ham United's 1-0 win over Crystal Palace | Photo: Getty Images

Hero to a villain

It was a pretty drab remainder to the half after Lanzini's opener, but the half ended with a bang as Palace were awarded a penalty.

The torrential rain was proving an issue for the 22 on the pitch, and Angelo Ogbonna's lunge on Benteke gave Anthony Taylor no option.

The Belgian striker looked confident as he stepped up, but he opened his body which saw him stick it wide of the right-hand post.

Benteke nearly redeemed himself almost instantaneously, as he rose for the header in extra-time but clattered the post.

Looking for a second

Bilic's side came flying out of the traps at the beginning of the second period, and had good opportunities to double their lead.

The goalscorer Lanzini looked to turn provider, as he played a over the top ball to Payet, but Frenchman's heavy touch allowed Steve Mandanda to save well.

The duo were at it again moments later, as Lanzini beat Mandanda to the ball before laying it off for Payet, yet his compatriot in the Palace net did brilliantly to block his effort.

Above: Aaron Cresswell receiving his red card in West Ham's 1-0 win over Crystal Palace | Photo: Getty Images
Above: Aaron Cresswell receiving his red card in West Ham's 1-0 win over Crystal Palace | Photo: Getty Images

Holding on

Nerves began to jangle as the clocked ticked down, and the Hammers made it more difficult on themselves as they were reduced to ten men.

Cresswell was booked in the 74th minute, but was heading for a early shower only a minute later, as he brought down Zaha and left his side with a job to do.

Pardew's side pushed for an equaliser, having gained the numerical advantage. Benteke came close with nine minutes to play as he managed to head Jason Puncheon's corner over from six yards.

Their best chance came two minutes into added time, as the Eagles piled into the area with Conor Wickham rising highest to Andros Townsend's cross, but Adrian did brilliantly to tip the header over the crossbar.