Crystal Palace 1 West Ham 0: Player ratings

Crystal Palace 1 West Ham 0: Player ratings as Marouane Chamakh net the winner at Selhurst Park

Paddy Dinham
By Paddy Dinham
Crystal Palace
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West Ham
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Crystal Palace

Julian Speroni Great handling all night, most particularly from a Downing free-kick that he did not see until late. 7/10

Joel Ward Got up and down the right side well, he looked dangerous in attack and solid in defence as he continues to make a good impression on the league. 8

Danny Gabbidon (man of the match) A fine defensive display against his former side with a series of tackles and headers to secure another vital clean sheet. 8

Damien Delaney Brilliant block to deny Downing’s goal-bound shot. Booked for tripping Morrison. 7

Dean Moxey Worked tirelessly but looked a little uncertain in possession at times and struggled to stop the supply from Downing. 6

Jason Puncheon Got involved and tried to increase the pace of the attacks but never quite managed to produce anything. Substituted. 6

Kagisho Dikgacoi Did a good job of making sure that Morrison did not dominate proceedings outside the Palace box with reliable positioning and firm tackling. 7

Mile Jedinak Often hailed for his defensive work but he played a series of defence-splitting passes and had it not been for a poor touch from Chamakh and terrible finish by Jerome, he could have had a couple of assists. 7

Barry Bannan Curled an early effort over. When his poor corner came back to him, his second delivery was absolutely superb to set up Chamakh. Had a good range of passing all evening. Substituted. 7

Cameron Jerome He struggled to make any sort of regular impression on the match and missed a golden opportunity when clean through. 5

Marouane Chamakh His goal was simple in its execution but may do wonders for his confidence, a well-directed header than gave Jaaskelainen no chance. Substituted. 7

Substitutes

Jimmy Kebe Missed a glorious chance to make the game safe in stoppage time with the goal at his mercy. 5

Stuart O’Keefe N/A

Jonathan Williams N/A

West Ham United

Jussi Jaaskelainen Did well to hold Puncheon’s shot as it came through a crowd of bodies and did well to smother Jerome’s shot when the striker was through. 7

Joey O’Brien Allowed Chamakh to get on his blind side and the striker duly took full advantage. Looked better going forward than defensively. 6

James Tomkins Made some excellent tackles but can be held accountable for Palace looking so dangerous from aerial crosses. 6

James Collins His lack of pace was exposed by the Palace strikers on several occasions, most notably when his desperate missed challenge allowed Jerome a free run on goal – he should have been punished. 5

Razvan Rat Offered little in the way of attacking threat but was solid defensively as he nullified the threat of Puncheon. 5

Mark Noble Never tried to over-complicate things and his touch under pressure was dependable. 7

Kevin Nolan Would have been disappointed when he scuffed a shot straight at Speroni after a clever free-kick routine had been executed perfectly. Fairly quiet game otherwise. Substituted. 5

Stewart Downing His service from the right wing was usually inviting. Unlucky to have a goal disallowed following a foul by Tomkins. 6

Ravel Morrison The only Hammers player on the pitch who looked dynamic every time he got on the ball but on several occasions he tried to take on one too many players. 6

Mohamed Diame Did okay out wide but was not as effective as he can be at the heart of a team. Should have done much better with a headed chance that sailed harmlessly over the crossbar. 5

Carlton Cole Worked hard on his first start since April but looked short on technical quality which was typified when he got in behind the Palace defence but failed to find a team-mate with the cross. Substituted. 4

Substitutes

Modibo Maiga Much like Cole, worked hard but never looked like bringing his side back into the game. 5

Joe Cole Very quiet game for the former England midfielder. 5

George McCartney Filled in and continued Rat’s work well. 6

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