It’s time to worry again as Hammers collapse at Palace


Match verdict by Hugh Southon as The Hammers collapse at Palace

West Ham were beaten by the better team at Selhurst Park where Palace completed a double over David Moyes squad.

Making excuses is pointless really but it needs to be said the fourth Palace goal – a spot kick –  was one of the softest one could see.

Aguerd...unlucky to concede a penalty

Aguerd was unable to stop the Hammers collapse at Palace

Aguerd barely laid a hand on Eze but the decision -, as ever – went against us and the Palace player produced a fine pen.

The Hammers – looking tired – were always second best against the quick moving Palace midfield where even Declan was overwhelmed at times.

In Zaha Palace of course have a genuinely creative player and Coufal was caught struggling against him on various occasions.

Comparing Zaha to our second half sub Benrahma is a bit like comparing wine to water but in fairness even the previously improving Paqueta was out of sorts as Palace dominated.

Defensively we were dreadful and we are now back to looking for miracles with the boys hopefully able to present me with a remarkable birthday present on May 3 which is as unlikely as it gets.

Then we meet Manchester United at our gaff next Sunday – the worrying continues!

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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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