CM – West Ham 2-2 Crystal Palace: Conor Gallagher’s doubles throw Eagles off track to end Hammers’ perfect start



Report and free highlights when Conor Gallagher pulled back from Crystal Palace twice to draw a 2-2 draw with West Ham at the London Stadium; Pablo Fornals and Michail Antonio score in both halves for David Moyes’ team, who lose their first points of the season

Digital football journalist

Conor Gallagher scored Crystal Palace’s first goals of the season when they came back twice to end West Ham’s perfect start with a 2-2 draw at London Stadium.

The Hammers could have been out of sight at halftime if they didn’t have their own weak composure, only having Pablo Fornals’ second goal in five days to prove their pre-break dominance and ending a nice team move after a one-two with Michail Antonio (39).

In the second half the one-way traffic initially continued, but Palace was able to equalize out of nowhere when Gallagher benefited from Angelo Ogbonna’s hesitant defense to fire Lukasz Fabianski and that Turning the tide (58.).

Despite Palace’s newfound beliefs, they were soon behind when Antonio Joachim Andersen’s weak challenge to snatch a long ball forward and hit it in Vicente Guaita’s short post (68) before he celebrated his 50th Premier League goal for the club by posing as a chicken.

Their lead was only one minute and 42 seconds. This time it was Craig Dawson who received a lesson in defense when Gallagher’s sharp turn in the penalty area took him out of play and a powerful close equalized Palace (70).

Marc Guehi would have the Eagles in stoppage time supposed to steal all three points as he headed Gallagher’s free-kick from six yards, but the return of the guests in the second half will give Patrick Vieira a lot of courage and David Moyes will leave David Moyes frustrated with a third win in a row.

West Ham: Fabianski (6), Coufal (6), Dawson (5), Ogbonna (4), Cresswell (7), Reis (7), Soucek (6), Bowen (7), Benrahma (6), Fornals (7 ), Antonio (8).

Subs: Lanzini, Yarmolenko (n / a).
Crystal Palace: Guaita (6), Ward (8), Guehi (6), Andersen (5), Mitchell (5), Gallagher (9), Kouyate (5), McArthur (6), Ayew (5), Zaha ( 5), Benteke (6).

Subs: Schlupp (n / a).
Man of the Match: Conor Gallagher

Patrick Vieira was already feeling the pressure after setting up a full line-up against a second-rate Watford in the middle of the week of Palace’s Carabao Cup exit, and it was also from kick-off at the London Stadium hardly better.

The ball narrowly missed the first half of the guest half, and West Ham had blamed its own lax decision-making for not putting Guaita’s goal to the test. Instead, it was a tied header from Andersen that almost broke the deadlock before Joel Ward was able to save his teammate on his own goal line.

Six minutes before the break, the Hammers’ dominance finally paid off when they were with their only one Halftime shot on goal ended a wonderfully flowing play.

Said Benrahma slipped the ball through for Antonio, who played a couple of doubles with Fornals to bypass Andersen and find a position for the midfielder, who hit from 12 yards.

They suspected that Vieira’s past could play a role in the dressing rooms at break – instead, the supremacy of the hosts only deteriorated after half time. Benrahma fired into Guaita’s body when he should have doubled the lead before Tomas Soucek did more catching practice after a tame header.

West Ham looked as comfortable as it could possibly be, but a one-goal lead is never secure. From the first shot on goal of the day, Palace let them pay when Christian Bentekes’ header was missed by Ogbonna, but not by Gallagher, who shot flat into the far post to equalize Fabianski.

Palace’s newfound faith was obviously, although the hosts were still confident and regaining the lead when Antonio Andersen struck Cresswell’s long ball over the channel and Guaita brilliantly struck at his near post for his 50th league goal in Hammer’s colors.

The celebrations were barely any subsided when they were completely silenced. James McArthur’s low ball found Gallagher, and after being swept past Dawson with a delicate touch on the turn, he buried the ball from six yards to save his team for the second time that afternoon.

Palace appeared with a point always happier as full-time approached but should have grabbed all three in the final moments when Gallagher’s free-kick from Guehi nodded, who had escaped even more lax mark from Ogbonna.

The Chelsea loanee from Crystal Palace She single-handedly fought another painful defeat and gave his team-mates the faith they needed to finally compete.

His team-mates owed both goals a lot, but were given by the 21-year-old with the tact of an experienced striker real sovereignty.

He would also have had an template for his name if Guehi had finished his excellent free kick in stoppage time and 11 of his Won 15 duels over 90 minutes in a sensational solo performance.

« Gallagher was fantastic, » said Vieira after the game. « He did a really good job and gave us a lot of energy. »

West Ham are heading to the south coast to face Southampton on Saturday 11th September. Kick-off at 3 p.m.

Crystal Palace will face another London derby in their next game against Tottenham. Kick-off at 12.30pm.

The £ 250,000 is up for grabs on Super 6 and, as always, it’s completely free to play. Admission until Saturday 3 p.m.

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