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First-half performance against Palace creates reason of optimism for West Ham fans

First-half performance against Palace creates reason of optimism for West Ham fans

Despite not getting the win at Selhurst Park on Saturday afternoon, West Ham United fans can be really positive and optimistic about their team’s performance.

The Hammers were kept to a 1-1 draw by Crystal Palace thanks to a second-half equaliser by Wilfried Zaha, but in the first 45 minutes it was all West Ham as they dominated proceedings.

Manuel Pellegrini’s men were quick out of the blocks and applied heaps of pressure on the Eagles’ defence and would’ve felt they had more than enough chances to put the game to bed with a few goals before the interval.

Felipe Anderson and Michail Antonio were especially causing Palace problems and their movement across the pitch put West Ham in good positions to attack with force.

Their link-up play with Javier Hernandez and Robert Snodgrass was also very impressive with both Hernandez and Snodgrass coming close to finding the back of the net.

West Ham were all over Roy Hodgson’s men and were finally rewarded when Antonio was brought down in the box.

Mark Noble stepped up and calmly converted the penalty to give the East London club the deserved lead.

The first-half showing was very similar to the one Pellegrini’s men produced at the London Stadium against Liverpool last week where they showed great determination to go forward with the ball in possession and have shots at goal whenever they are in good positions.

Although West Ham struggled in the second-half against Palace, the way they started the match should set the platform for the type of football they should want to play for the rest of the season.

West Ham looked fearless whenever players like Antonio and Anderson had the ball at their feet, while their teammates seemed eager to get into good positions or make runs in behind the Palace defence.

Even a player like Declan Rice moved high up the pitch to offer his support to the rest of the attackers.

If Pellegrini continues to let his team play with this type of freedom then West Ham could cause the rest of the teams in the Premier League major problems.

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