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Eagles snatch late point

October 28 2017

Wilfried Zaha

Wilfried Zaha

Crystal Palace came from two goals down to draw 2-2 at home to West Ham United.

Wilfried Zaha rescued a valuable point for the Eagles with a stoppage-time equaliser that was no less than his side deserved after a dominant second half display.

West Ham were indebted to keeper Joe Hart who pulled off a number of saves to deny the South Londoners, who also hit the woodwork twice.

Palace suffered an early injury after Patrick van Aanholt tweaked his hamstring and he was replaced by Timothy Fosu-Mensah at left back.

Despite starting the game positively, they fell a goal behind in the 31st minute with West Ham's first attempt as Javier Hernandez slotted in Aaron Creswell's left-wing cross from close range.

Hart then pulled off a stunning double save, first from James Tomkins' header and the stopper didn't know much about the second that smacked his arm from Jeffrey Schlupp on the rebound.

Out of nowhere two minutes before the break, the Hammers doubled their lead with a cracking 20-yard strike from Andre Ayew with their second effort on Julian Speroni's goal after Luka Milivojevic lost the ball in midfield.

A stirring Roy Hodgson half-time team talk seemed to have inspired Palace as they flew out of the traps and pulled a deserved goal back in the 50th minute. Andros Townsend was fouled in the box by Angelo Ogbonna and Milivojevic calmly converted the resulting penalty.

Shortly after, Yohan Cabaye's shot beat Hart but struck the post and rebounded clear. Hart then kept out Zaha's strike and the goalkeeper then beat away Cabaye's free-kick.

Hart managed to fingertip Tomkins' header from a Cabaye corner onto the cross bar and substitute Bakary Sako hooked the loose ball over.

In the sixth minute of stoppage time, Palace got the goal they had fully earned as Ruben Loftus-Cheek broke clear and laid off to Zaha, who jinked past a defender and rifled low into the far corner for 2-2.

Palace: Speroni, Ward (Sako 59), Dann, Tomkins, Van Aanholt (Fosu-Mensah 11), Loftus-Cheek, Cabaye, Milivojevic, Schlupp, Townsend, Zaha.

Not used: Hennessey, Riedewald, Kelly, Delaney, Puncheon.

West Ham: Hart, Zabaleta (Antonio 61), Fonte (Rice 76), Ogbonna, Cresswell (Masuaku 46), Kouyate, Noble, Fernandes, Lanzini, Ayew, Hernandez.

Not used: Adrian, Obiang, Arnautovic, Carroll.

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