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Mikey delighted to beat ‘unbelievable’ Palace

Mikey Antonio was left utterly delighted after the Hammers held on to beat Crystal Palace 3-2 on New Year’s Day.

The two sides went toe-to-toe in a five-goal thriller that really had everything.

Mikey scored the opening goal of the game, poking home a genuinely phenomenal cross from Said Benrahma, before Manuel Lanzini scored a wonder goal and a penalty to give the Irons a comfortable lead at half-time.

Palace attempted to mount a comeback in the second half, with Odsonne Edouard and Michael Olise scoring for Patrick Vieira’s side, but they were beaten by the clock, as time ran out.

And Mikey was thrilled to pick up three important points on a day when Arsenal were beaten by Manchester City and Spurs managed to nick a last-minute winner against Watford.

Speaking after the game, the striker said, as per BBC Sport: “To be fair this season Crystal Palace are playing unbelievable football. The way their gaffer has them playing is quality.

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“All game they were after us but when opportunities dropped for us we took them. They managed to get two and we had to hold out. You saw the pressure they put us under but we managed to hold out and it’s three points to start the year.

“It shows our resilience. They hit the post early and we came back and scored two goals, then we added a third.”

And Mikey also made sure to reserve special praise for Benrahma’s wicked ball in, leading to the opening goal.

He added: “Striker’s dream. Unbelievable. I just had to get a touch on it. I wish I had those every week.”

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About Dave Langton

A journalist with 10 years' experience of working on National newspapers, now chief reporter covering the club that I've loved since I was a boy. Upton Park remains the greatest football stadium ever built.