West Ham United 1-1 Crystal Palace – Reaction
There was little doubt about the main talking point following West Ham United’s 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace at the London Stadium – Sebastien Haller’s wonder-strike which rescued a share of the spoils for the otherwise muted East Londoners.
Palace led thanks to Christain Benteke’s first-half header. However, Haller, who takes more than his fair share of criticism from the Hammers support met Vladimir Coufal’s pinpoint centre with an acrobatic bicycle kick, levelling the contest and posting his own entry for Goal of the Season all in one swift movement
“I might surprise you by saying I am not that surprised because Seb has got an incredible ability to get his foot up high, a really good technique,” Hammers chief, David Moyes explained.
“One of the first goals he got when I came was a scissor kick so he has the ability.
It’s the tap-ins I want him to score too, not just the great goal.”
Moyes believed the goal would offer a welcome shot in the arm to his underfire frontman, adding: “We need him to be a big part.
“We are missing Michail Antonio at the moment and we needed someone to come up with the goods. It looked for long periods tonight that we were huffing and puffing and not really getting anywhere but we got a wondergoal from him.”
But the goal aside, the game was nothing more than workmanlike, with very few thrills and spills: “The game felt flat, it felt as if there was very little intensity,” Moyes added.
“I wouldn’t say from both teams, but we never felt we got to any level of intensity.
“We had moments where we had the ball a lot but in truth, he created very little. We had some good crossing from Vladimir Coufal but apart from that, I didn’t think we really found a way to get through to try and score a goal too.”