West Ham v Crystal Palace: Three things we learned

Hammers in freefall? Pardew doing a Pulis? Glenn Murray’s chance blown? Here are three things we learned from Crystal Palace‘s 3-1 against West Ham United in the Premier League on Saturday:

1. West Ham showing no signs of getting back to their best

How long ago the start of the season must seem for West Ham fans. Dreams of qualifying for Europe after a fantastic opening couple of months which saw the Irons beat Manchester City and Liverpool have been replaced by a nightmarish situation whereby Sam Allardyce’s men now ave just one league win in ten games. The pressure is starting to mount on Big Sam…

2. Pardew the man to lead Palace’s revival

After a great start to his managerial career at Selhurst Park which saw the Eagles win four in a row, there was a danger that Alan Pardew’s honeymoon period might have come to an end sooner than expected after two consecutive defeats against Arsenal and Liverpool. This win has emphatically quashed those fears. If Neil Warnock this season was the equivalent of Ian Holloway last season – a decent Championship manager who just can’t quite cut it in the top flight – then Alan Pardew is most definitely the new Tony Pulis. His wealth of experience of Premier League football should see the Eagles stay safe for another season.

3. Joy or despair for Glenn Murray?

It’s difficult to guess what is the overriding emotion that Crystal Palace striker Glenn Murray is feeling in the aftermath of his inspired performance for Palace on Saturday. Yes, his brace went a long way to securing a famous victory for the South London club, but his needless red card after picking up two silly booking means he sits out their next game through suspension. The game represented a rare chance for he 31 year-old to lead the line due to injuries to Marouane Chamakh and Dwight Gayle; with Pardew now forced to field a different striker in Palace’s next match, Murray may have blown his chance at having an extended run in the first XI.