Palace within spitting distance of 2nd place
So, our unbeaten league run has come to end, losing 2-1 at home to Crystal Palace in a game we should have won comfortably and would have done if we had taken the guilt edged chances presented to us. In the first half both Haller and Anderson missed golden opportunities to put us in front, in fact another half chance which deflected off Haller can be added to that tally. In the second half, Ogbonna controlled the ball nicely when a corner fell towards him but blazed over the top. Wrong player in the right place perhaps.
We did finally go ahead in the 54th minute when Haller connected with low Fredericks cross after a fine move which started in our own half with a triangle of beautiful one touch football. Unfortunately we didn't capitalise on this and allowed Palace back in to the game when Rice handled in the area. The following VAR check verified what everyone knew and van Aanholt tucked away the resulting penalty, giving home debutant Roberto no chance.
A draw looked the likely outcome but alas no. After a Palace free kick was cleared by the Irons defence, the ball was knocked back into the West Ham box which was nodded down to the waiting Jordan Ayew who for once in the game managed to stay on his feet to tuck the ball away. Up went the assistants flag and again it was VAR time. This review took a little longer this time but, in the end, the result was borderline but correctly given as onside.
So Palace, who set up not to lose, ended up with three points and moved into the top four, with the Irons dropping to 8th place following the weekend fixtures.
Next up for the Irons is an away game at Goodison Park after the international break on 19th October which can be seen live on BT Sport. Not the happiest of hunting grounds for the Irons and with the Toffees dropping into the bottom three after the weekend fixtures we may face a backlash so I will be happy with a point.
So the Irons good run has come to an end but hopefully this will just be a minor blimp in a good start to the season. I thought we played not too bad against Palace and on another day would have won handsomely. However, some of our supporters disagree and some of the comments on social media have been unbelievable, ranging from sacking Pellegrini or not offering him a new contract, to Anderson should be dropped because he is a) Lazy, b)over-rated c) a luxury. Thats to add to the lead up to the game where no end of abuse has been aimed at our number 2 keeper Roberto, from him being just shit, him playing will result in a relegation battle, to some saying we should sign 35 year old, ex-Spurs third choice keeper Michel Vorn. Yes question some of the Managers decisions, but sacking him, come on. Anderson was at the heart of everything positive yesterday, apart from his miss, and who was involved in both goals last weekend. Roberto, no chance with the two goals and looked ok.
At the end of the day it's our first defeat in the league in seven games and everyone is entitled to their opinions but some of these bed wetters need a reality check. Or maybe its just me.