Live Blog: West Ham United vs Crystal Palace: Premier League Matchday 25 Live From The London Stadium

Matchday Live Blog

10:30 PM: Unfortunately, that’s it from us tonight here at the London Stadium, as both Managers have finished addressing us after a hard-fought point for West Ham United and Crystal Palace in a 1-1 draw this evening, the Hammers and the Eagles have both climbed a place in the Premier League Table as a result and next up for West Ham will be a trip to the Amex Stadium and for Crystal Palace, a home clash with Newcastle United, both this weekend.

I would like to thank you very much for choosing us and joining us tonight, especially to those that have been tuned in from the whole five or so hours and we sincerely hope that you’ve enjoyed all of our coverage this evening, please do keep across all of our Platforms for all of our further reaction to this result and join us once more later in the week for another Live Blog, this time from Rush Green Training Ground for David Moyes’ Pre-Brighton & Hove Albion Press Conference. I’ve been your Host Reporter Luke Glanville live from the London Stadium, thank you once again and from me, goodnight.

On Andre Ayew’s Situation:

“We’ve had a bid from Swansea and we are considering it”.

On Michail Antonio Missing Due To A Disciplinary Issue:

“He would have been a big help to us tonight”.

On Chicharito:

“He maybe should have scored the header in the second-half”.

On The End Of The Transfer Window:

“We’d be top of the Premier League in names linked to the club”.

“It’s the right players, it’s not just any player”.

“I’d like to get myself a player or two in”.

On Kouyate’s Showing:

“He’s been working hard on his fitness”.

On The Landmark Occasion For Noble:

“At the moment, he’s setting the standards, long may that continue”.

On Mario’s Debut:

“I thought it was a really good debut, I thought he played really well tonight”.

On The Eagles’ Attack:

“Benteke, Zaha and Townsend are always threats”.

10:16 PM: David Moyes has swiftly arrived to address us here post-match, live quotes to follow………..

On The End Of The January Transfer Winow:

“I Don’t believe in that clock that runs down on the TV”.

“Most of the names that have been put to me, have probably been spoken about”.

“We are going to have a very, very small Squad”.

On The Penalty Incident:

“It was purely a mistimed challenge”.

On The Nature Of The Affair:

“To be fair, the game was played pretty fairly”.

On The Injury To Sako:

“Bakary Sako is now going to miss a large part of the rest of the season”.

On The Performance Of His Opposition:

“Congratulations to West Ham for playing well enough”.

10: 21 PM: Roy Hodgson has arrived to address us here post-match, live quotes to follow………..

10:05 PM: Still no sign of either Manager here, please do stay with us though, we are expecting Moyes followed by Hodgson any minute now.

10:00 PM: A quick glance at the Premier League Table shows that the Hammers have climbed to tenth place, while the Eagles are now 12th, stay with us.

9:55 PM: David Moyes and Roy Hodgson should be joining us soon, when they arrive to speak to us, we will have live quotes for you, stay with us.

9:51 PM: Thanks to my friend Sam Inkersole of Football London showing me a new Fastrack route, I have arrived here in the Press Conference Room in record time, awaiting the two Managers.

9:45 PM: So, goals from Christian Benteke and Mark Noble mean a 1-1 draw and a fair result on reflection here, stay right where you are for reaction from both Managers in their Post-Match Press Conferences.

9:41 PM: Full-Time: West Ham United 1-1 Crystal Palace.

90+3: Townsend is down, a short stoppage.

90+2: Palace put pressure on to no avail.

90+1: Hennessey fails to clear properly, a half chance there.

90+1: Kouyate is announced as the Man of the Match, a battling performance from him tonight.

90: Three minutes will be added on at the end of this one.

89: The rain is a bit heavier now, will there be any slips late on?

88: Very little time left here, in truth, neither deserve to lose this.

87: Mario gets a free-kick in the centre, it’s worked forward and the offside flag is up.

86: Oxford flicks one on for Hernandez, he can’t keep it in.

86: Kouyate leaves the field to a standing ovation, Oxford is on.

85: The play was pulled back for some tugging in the box, 1-1 with five remaining.

84: The Eagles win a corner, can they grab a winner?

84: Oxford is being readyed for the Hammers.

83: The ball is looping clear after a series of headers.

82: Byram makes a corner out of it, Mario to take.

81: Zabaleta wins a throw off Cabaye, this game is anyone’s in all honesty.

80: Kouyate is down again clutching his head, this looks a worry.

79: The Eagles pile on the pressure, lots of Hammers defending here.

78: Ogbonna heads a cross away, a great defensive header.

77: Cresswell thinks that he’s won a corner, but it’s a goal-kick instead.

76: The Hammers fail with several crosses, Palace have a throw on the far side.

75: Adrian catches a Milivojevic pass, 15 to go here.

74: Zaha manages to get fouled on the counter-attack, rest bite for Hodgson’s men.

73: Mario gets a good ball in, no one can touch it before Hennessey catches it.

73: Noble wina another free-kick, he has been a real force tonight.

71: The hosts doodle with it and Palace win the ball back.

71: Noble finds Cresswell to win a corner, a chance here.

70: Noble’s delivery is nodded out for a throw-in.

69: Townsend is booked for diving, the Irons now have a free-kick up the other end.

68: There is too much on Noble’s cross and Hennesey catches.

66: the hosts win a throw on the centre circle, they work it to Cresswell, his cross cleared and now a free-kick.

65: Collins clears a Townsend cross, little action to speak of at present.

63: It’s not as heavy as West Ham’s last night outing here, but the defenders will still not welcome it as Rice fires one over from range.

62: The rain has started to fall here at London Stadium.

61: I have just been told today’s attendance is 56,911, a noisy lot as well.

60: Fosu-Mensah gets in on the right, his cross goes out for a goal-kick.

59: The Irons break from a Palace attack, despite some skill, Hernandez’s cross can only find Hennessey.

57: It has been a busy start to the second period, still 1-1, however.

56: Noble can’t find Byram, the wing-back is then booked for a cynical pull-back.

55: The ball is whipped in and Kelly nods wide.

53: Mario sprays it to Byram, he loses out as Zaha is fouled on the break.

52: Benteke is found over the top, Ogbonna clears as he fails to bring it under control. Benteke then shoots wide in the aftermath.

51: Eiether side and that would have been a goal for Chicharito.

50: What a save! Mario feeds Byram who finds Hernandez, Hennessey keeps his header out, somehow.

49: Mario can’t bring it down at the other end, end-to-end stuff here.

48: Townsend has a go and Adrian catches with ease.

47: A period of Eagles pressure ensues, they now have a forward free-kick.

46: Cresswell gets in on the left, Place scramble clear.

8:52 PM: Noble gets the second-half underway.

8:51 PM: A half-time Pie in the Press Lounge and we are back for the second-half, Noble cancelled out a Benteke header in the first, what will the second have in store?

8:37 PM: Half-Time: West Ham United 1-1 Crystal Palace.

45+6: The Hammers clear two Zaha balls, Milivojevic lashes one over.

45+5: Nothing comes of the free-kick, Palace now have it.

45+4: Tomkins is booked for catching Hernandez, a nasty blow.

45+4: Townsend cuts in with an effort and Adrian punches it away, 1-1.

45+3: Collins clears and it almost reaches the Betway Stand Upper, no prisoners.

45+2: It’s lifted to Collins but he was offside.

45+1: Kouyate finds Mario and he is fouled, super control.

45: There will be six minutes added on at the end of this half.

44: Hernandez gets in but is crowded out, Cresswell’s header is caught moments later.

44: Tomkins was the guilty man there against his former club, what a time for the hosts to score.

43: Goal!! 1-1!! Noble cooly sends the keeper the wrong way and levels the scores.

42: Noble to step up, tense moments.

42: Hernandez is fouled in the box, penalty to West Ham!!

40: Cabaye replaces Sako to a round of boos.

39: Kouyate clears a free-kick, Sako rolls back onto the pitch, still injured, a bit of gamesmanship there, the fans are not happy.

38: A long stoppage as Sako receives treatment, he’s struggling.

36: The Irons can’t get a cross in from the right, tensions are running high from the Stands.

35: Byram launches a throw into the box, the Eagles manage to get it out.

34: Cresswell gets the ball in behind, it’s smashed away, his second delivery is over the top.

33: The Eagles look comfortable in this one as they search for a second and Adrian catches.

32: Mario can’t find Hernandez before Cresswell’s cross/shot sails over the bar.

30: Sako drills one in and it’s glanced away, Milivojevic fires well over.

29: The ball is scrambled away and the Hammers can come forward.

28: Kouyate manages to head the ball away, Zaha’s shot is blocked out for a corner by Collins.

28: Palace win a free-kick in a dangerous position, this is sure to test the home defence.

26: Close! Cresswell has a far post volley well blocked, corner, Ogbonna gets to the cross and heads just over.

25: A defeat could throw West Ham right back in trouble, they will need to turn this one around.

24: The Belgian gets in between defenders to convert a Townsend cross, the Eagles lead.

24: Goal for the visitors, Benteke makes it 1-0!

22: Byram can’t find Kouyate as a great block from Ogbonna denies a through ball to Benteke, all action here.

21: Milivojevic whips one in and Adrian punches away, a close call.

20: Byram looks for Hernandez over the top, moments later, he gives away a dangerous free-kick by fouling Zaha.

19: Kouyate tackles well out for a throw, that stoppage has taken a bit of life out of the match.

17: Head-bandaged, Kouyate returns to the pitch as the Hammers win a free-kick at the back.

16: He is still down and receiving treatment, a substitute may be needed here.

15: Kouyate goes down, replays on my Monitor show an elbow from Milivojevic in his face, he has already been booked and is lucky not to be off for that.

14: The hosts have been the better side here, the Eagles have not settled into this one as they run it out for a goal-kick on the far side.

13: Cresswell delivers and Hennessey catches to clear.

12: Mario’s cross is dealt with, the Hammers come again and win the second corner.

11: West Ham doing all the pressing, Mario’s flick is just ahead of Cresswell, he had the right idea there.

9: Incredible defending from Tomkins! The ball breaks for Hernandez three yards out, his tackle spots him and Place clear the corner.

8: Kouyate breaks on the right, but the ball deflects off him for a goal-kick.

7: The match has died down a little after a quick start.

6: Cresswell’s delivery is too deep and nothing comes of it.

5: Skipper Noble is strong enough to win the ball and a free-kick, great work there.

4: A very strong atmosphere here for this pivotal matchup, Mario has missed the best chance so far.

3: Big chance! Hernandez tees up Mario with a header, he snaps at it and scuffs it, Milivojevic is booked in retrospect for a foul on Byram.

3: Zaha looks dangerous but the Hammers stop the attack.

2: The danger is snuffed out and Mario turns well to win a free-kick on his home debut.

2: Chicharito gives it away and the away side break.

1: Palace pump one up-field early, Adrian collects.

7:45 PM: Benteke starts the game and we are off here at London Stadium, 0-0!

7:42 PM: The players of West Ham United and Crystal Palace have entered the pitch to a loud chorus of “Bubbles” here and kick-off is just around the corner here at London Stadium!

7:35 PM: A fitting vidual for victims of Genocide here tonight before kick-off involving Co-Owner David Gold and Hammers legend Sir Trevor Brooking, just ten minutes till kick-off here and we will be bringing you live text commentary right here.

7:30 PM: A mere 15 minutes remain until we get underway here at London Stadium, head over to @MooreThanAClub on Twitter to cast your late score predictions.

7:25 PM: There are two other Premier League fixtures tonight, Swansea City host Arsenal and Huddersfield Town take on Liverpool, kick-off is nearly upon us here in Stratford.

7:20 PM: With victory this evening both teams could climb into the top half, but which will? Find out right here with our live text commentary very soon.

7:15 PM: The atmosphere is building inside the London Stadium and just 30 minutes remain until kick-off in this pivotal Premier League affair, what a night we have in store here.

7:10 PM: The two teams are out to warm up in the cold here at the London Stadium, it’s a very clear night indeed here in East London.

7:00 PM: My good friend Ian Abrahams (Moose) of TalkSport has predicted a draw to me, like me here tonight, what do you think the score will be? Head over to @MooreThanAClub on Twitter to let us know right now.

6:55 PM: Roy Hodgson has decided on just one alteration to his team after the Eagles’ 4-1 defeat at the Emirates Stadium ten days ago, midfielder James McArthur replaces Frenchman Yohan Cabaye, ex-Hammer Tomkins starts also.

6:53 PM: Here is tonight’s full teamsheet including how the visitors line-up.

6:47 PM: That’s six changes for David Moyes from the Emirates FA Cup Fourth-Round defeat at the DW Stadium last Saturday afternoon, Adrian San-Miguel, James Collins, Declan Rice, Mark Noble, Cheikhou Kouyate and new man Joao Mario all come in to take the places of Joe Hart, Reece Burke, Josh Cullen, Pedro Obiang, Arthur Masuaku and Toni Martinez.

6:45 PM: West Ham United starting Xl to face Crystal Palace: Adrian (GK), Byram, Collins, Rice, Ogbonna, Zabaleta, Cresswell, Noble (C), Kouyate, Mario, Hernandez.

Substitutes: Hart, Fonte, Oxford, Cullen, Haksabanovic, Quina, Martinez.

6:40 PM: A mere five minutes until we bring you team news here, will new signing Joao Mario make his full debut for the Hammers? And will James Tomkins start against his former club? Find out very soon.

6:30 PM: The simply stunning London Stadium scene is set for an exciting night under the lights, team news coming up shortly.

6:20 PM: Under 30 minutes until we find out how David Moyes and Roy Hodgson have set out their teams this evening, while we wait, why not check up my Match Preview to get you up to speed? Find it below:

6:15 PM: James Collins or “Ginger Pele” as you might know him better, is the cover star of this evening’s Matchday Programme, will his defence be able to keep a clean sheet against the Eagles?

6:10 PM: In previous weeks we have heard score predictions from the likes of West Ham greats Alvin Martin and Dean Ashton, but this time around, I have not been able to grab a word with anyone and I will apologise for that, but you can find my own score prediction below:

Luke Glanville: West Ham United 1-1 Crystal Palace.

6:05 PM: So, now that we have been fed here in the Press Lounge, we can start to focus on some Footballing matters, let’s have a look at some stats below:

  •  West Ham United are unbeaten in five matches against Crystal Palace.
  • The Eagles have only lost twice in their last 23 League matches, both of those defeats came against Arsenal.
  • The last five meetings of these two teams have thrown up no fewer than 16 goals.
  • The last time that the Eagles visited London Stadium, they were defeated 3-0.

6:00 PM: And for afters Carrot Cake, scrumptious.

5:55 PM: This evening’s delicious Main Course of Steak Pie, Mash and Peas, as lovely as always.

5:50 PM: Here is what tonight’s Match Accreditation looks like, I have made the B1 spot my own in recent months.

5:45 PM: Good evening from a chilly London Stadium where we have arrived to bring you live and exclusive build-up, text commentary and reaction from tonight’s key Premier League clash between David Moyes’ West Ham United and Roy Hodgson’s Crystal Palace right here at London Stadium, I’m your Host Reporter Luke Glanville and I would like to thank you very much for joining us tonight, you can follow me on Twitter @Glanville_Luke and the Site @MooreThanAClub.

You’ve come to the right place this evening, that’s for sure, so please do stay with us throughout the next few hours, we will have the first word of team news for you in around an hour’s time and kick-off is scheduled for 7:45 PM GMT, a mere two hours away, between now and then we will be bringing you exclusive score predictions from the ex-Hammers and Journalistic personalities that surround me in the Press Lounge, plus plenty more looking ahead to the match, don’t go anywhere.

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Luke Glanville
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