West Ham 3-0 Crystal Palace: 5 things we learned

Written by FYP Fanzine

Sam Allardyce is still searching for a win as Palace as the Eagle went down 3-0 at his former side West Ham.

Three second half goals punished Palace after a fairly decent first half showing to leave them deep in a relegation battle, although somehow still outside the bottom three.

What did we learn from the disappointing defeat at the London Stadium? Here’s five talking points...

Benteke needs to do more

It was another game where the £28m signing didn’t really do much. It could be argued that the service wasn’t there and the team hasn’t worked out how to get the best out of him, but he still needs to do more.

Midfielders James McArthur and Jason Puncheon closed West Ham keeper Darren Randolph down more times than the Belgian and in times of need where players need to dig in, his lethargic swagger doesn’t look good.

At one point Joel Ward got the ball on the right and went to cross to Benteke in the box and he was five yards to Ward’s right, outside the box. Not where he needed to be. Allardyce needs to work out how to get the best out of him quickly because right now Palace are not getting value for money.

Speroni has to start

Forget the meaning of life, the big question on most Palace fans lips is ‘why on earth is Julian Speroni not first choice?’ Steve Mandanda is injured and Wayne Hennessey is in terrible form.

It was another game where he produced a game changing error; rushing out of his box when he didn’t need to, to allow Michail Antonio to round him with ease and square to Sofiane Feghouli to open the scoring.

It looks like the defence has no confidence in him, with Damien Delaney giving him the death stare after that goal and an incident in the first half where they nearly collided after Hennessey came and stopped for a cross.

Any other team would have changed the keeper by now. What Julian has to do to start a league game is a mystery, especially after doing well when he has deputised recently against Bolton and Manchester United late last season.

Lack of leaders

It’s been said before but this current Palace team has a lack of leaders. In previous seasons when the team has been in the mire there have been big characters able to drag their team-mates up to the level required. Not anymore.

The sale of Mile Jedinak is increasingly looking like on of the the worst decision in recent years, the legacy of a manager who wanted to be the alpa male and stripped the team of it’s big hearts as a result.

Allardyce has a history of signing big characters to drag his teams out of dangers and he is going to need to do the same very soon or else Palace are in big trouble.

Puncheon looked…ok

I’m racking my brains to think of a positive from today and I guess it’s Puncheon. He was the only Palace player looking to make things happen, certainly in the first half.

He is very good at holding onto the ball and releasing it at at the right time. His runs were intelligent too, including one in behind the back four early on that Scott Dann found, only for Puncheons volley to be high and wide.

When Pardew first game in he transformed a Puncheon whose confidence has been stripped by Neil Warnock and made him into a game-changer. Allardyce needs to do the same.

At least we don’t play at the London Stadium

The phone coverage is terrible, the view is awful, the stewards are wankers and those f***king bubbles are well annoying.

Whatever is happening, at least we still have Selhurst, Glad All Over, Kayla, Pete, Alice and…erm…Chris Grierson??


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