Pellegrini frustrated as Hammers succumb to stoppage-time strike

Crystal Palace 2-1 West Ham United

MANUEL PELLEGRINI was left frustrated after seeing his West Ham United side slip to a stoppage-time London derby defeat at Crystal Palace.

Robert Snodgrass handed the Hammers the lead shortly before the hour mark. However, the pressure ramped up on their Chilean boss after former midfielder, Cheikhou Kouyate, levelled eleven minutes later. Then Jordan Ayew netted a brilliant solo effort – exquisitely lifting over Roberto to finish – to give Palace all three points and a Premier League double over the east Londoners.

The defeat left West Ham just one point and a place above the relegation zone: “When you are winning 1-0, of course, you are disappointed after you lose the game 2-1,” Pellegrini told

“It was similar to the game we played with Crystal Palace at home when we had the lead and they didn’t create any chances and finally by the end, they scored from two set-pieces.

“Now, they scored in the last minute of the game. I think that maybe we dropped a little bit too much inside our own box after we scored because we were dominating the game and I don’t remember any saves made by Roberto, but finally we lost.

Pellegrini added: “We always try to be a consistent team, but one or two balls decided this game. We played well against Southampton and we played well against Chelsea and I don’t think we played a bad game today, but you need to have a good performance and have results.

“Playing away, winning 1-0, I think we deserved a better result, but you must be concentrated in your defending until the last minute. We must be more concentrated in defending, especially for their second goal.

“I don’t know if it is mentality or a lack of concentration. When you are playing well, maybe you don’t need to change, but many times we have had the lead in the score, but we were not able to keep it.”

West Ham United return to Premier League action on Saturday, December 28 when Leicester City are the visitors to the London Stadium (5:30pm).

West Ham United: Roberto, Zabaleta, Balbuena, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Snodgrass (Ajeti 90’), Rice, Noble (Capt), Fornals (Lanzini 58’), Antonio, Haller (Anderson 75′) Subs not used: Anang (GK), Diop, Masuaku, Sanchez

Crystal Palace: Guaita, Kelly, Tomkins, Sakho, Van Aanholt (Riedewald 64’), Milivojevic (Capt), Kouyate (McCarthy 88’), McArthur, Meyer (Wickham 75’), Zaha, Ayew Subs not used: Hennessey (GK), Woods, Camarasa, Pierrick

Referee: Andre Marriner
Assistants: Harry Lennard and Richard West
Fourth Official: Tom Nield

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Brian Jeeves

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