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Moyes’ Palace verdict

David Moyes wasn’t happy with the performance against Crystal Palace but was pleased the Hammers got the three points!

The Irons had to grind out the victory despite going into half-time 3-0 up.

A Mikey Antonio strike and a Manuel Lanzini brace, including a genuine wonder goal, gave the Irons a real advantage at half-time but Palace scored twice in the final 10 minutes to make it a really nervy end to the game.

Odsonne Edouard and Michael Olise both scored, with the Hammers ultimately hanging on come the end of the game.

Moyes was not impressed with the way in which the Irons performed, insisting that Palace were excellent throughout the game.

Speaking afterwards, as per BBC Sport, the boss said: “It was a strange win because we didn’t play so well. At the time we are at and the games we have played I don’t think everybody is playing so well all the time.

“You might have it for spells. It is hard to control the game for 90 minutes. We had opportunities in the first half when we got our goals but Crystal Palace played really well. They had opportunities.”

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Lanzini’s first goal may have been a genuinely brilliant strike but his second was a penalty after Luka Milivojevic was adjudged to have handled the ball in the area.

And Moyes was left a little confused by the awarding of the spot-kick, with the referee stood only a couple of feet away but failing to give it before VAR intervened.

He added: “The first two were good goals and really important for us as it gave us a platform. We didn’t start well. Probably even more important was the VAR decision for the penalty. I thought the ref was really close to it and didn’t give a handball so I assumed it wasn’t handball. If it is that close you expect him to give it.

“Maybe they are now waiting on VAR giving that call. But we have had things not go our way and this time it has.”

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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.