Hammers hero and villain day in poor draw


It was a Hammers hero and villain day as we were held to a 1-1 draw by Crystal Palace writes Hughie Southon. 

Hammers hero and villain day in poor draw

Magnificent Mohammed Kudos was the star turn and Konstantinos Mavropanos the villain as the Hammers were held to a draw by lack lustre Palace.

Kudus crashed home an 11th minute winner from a neat Coufal ball in but Mavro managed to ensure the visitors levelled with an awful ball straight into the path of Edouard in the 52nd minute.

Hammers hero and villain day in poor draw

The Palace striker had the simplest of chances thumping the ball low into the corner of the net to give his team their hardly deserved point.

The Hammers should have increased their lead before that when Kudus, as ever, created a fine moment when his shot hit the net but captain for the day Soucek had taken  a swing at the ball from an offside position and the Kudus strike was therefore disallowed.

Emerson failed to find the net from a few yards out following a fine Paqueta cross and Bowen headed straight at the Palace keeper from close in after Kudus again caused all sorts of problems again- this time down the left. Mavro tried to make amends with a header but in the end a point was all we could manage.

Palace created very little and with players missing through injury looked like a team there for the taking so make no mistake this was a far better point for them than us.

In fairness, the Irons had played some bright attacking stuff having, for once, got off to a bright start until Mavro shot himself and us in the foot with that dreadful second half error.

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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  • Moondog says:

    How much longer do we have to put up with watching this utterly crap that Moyes insists on playing

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