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Marouane Chamakh scored against his former side as Crystal Palace beat West Ham United 1-0 to hand Tony Pulis a debut home win.
After losing 1-0 to Norwich City on Saturday, Palace responded in perfect fashion as Chamakh, who was on loan at West Ham last season, nodded in Barry Bannan's cross to lift his side off the foot of the Barclays Premier League table at Sunderland's expense. West Ham had a penalty claim for handball against Kagisho Dikgacoi waved away in the first half, while Stewart Downing had a second-half strike ruled out after James Tomkins was penalised for a foul in the build-up.
Palace stole ahead against the run of play on 42 minutes thanks to Chamakh's header, and Cameron Jerome could have made it 2-0 when he was one-on-one with Jussi Jaaskelainen in the second half but the goalkeeper saved. West Ham pushed for an equaliser and Downing thought he had grabbed one, but his low drive was chalked off due with the linesman’s flag raised.
Carlton Cole was rewarded for his goal in Saturday's 3-0 win over Fulham with a first start since re-signing for West Ham in October, while Palace were unchanged.
The match started at a slow tempo but West Ham soon settled and were on top by the time their penalty appeal was rejected. Downing's corner struck Dikgacoi as Damien Delaney looked to head clear, but referee Lee Mason waved away the claims that it was handball. Kevin Nolan wasted a chance, volleying at Julian Speroni from eight yards after being picked out by Mark Noble’s scooped free-kick, as West Ham increased the pressure.
Yet it was Palace who moved ahead when Chamakh, unmarked six yards out, glanced home a whipped cross from Bannan after the latter’s corner had been cleared back to him. West Ham searched for an immediate response and Delaney made a crucial block to deny Downing on the stroke of the interval.
Palace peppered the West Ham goal at the beginning of the second half, with Dikgacoi heading Bannan's centre over the crossbar. The home side could have celebrated a second on 53 minutes when Jerome broke free of the West Ham defence only to shoot straight at Jussi Jaaskelainen.
West Ham introduced Joe Cole from the bench and the midfielder looked to have made an instant impact when his deep cross was headed across goal by Tomkins and driven home by Downing. However, Tomkins was ruled to have been guilty of an infringement.
Palace also had the ball in the net for a second time on 68 minutes through substitute Jimmy Kebe, but Mile Jedinak was offside when he cut the ball back.
The hosts came under the cosh in the closing stages, but held on to secure a second win in three matches and could even have grabbed another goal through Kebe.
Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis: reaction to come
West Ham manager Sam Allardyce: "[There was] not enough cutting edge. That's the problem for us and having had no problems in the first half we were looking to try and probe and get ourselves in front, try and get the first goal.
"Then we gave away the most ridiculous goal I've seen in a long time, from our point of view. When you practise so much and every player has a marker, the ball comes in from a second ball from a corner everybody still has a marker. You don't lose your marker but we did and, being in the middle of the goal from a free header, they won't miss.
"We couldn't find the cutting edge to get through Crystal Palace, who defended the lead they had. Putting men in front of the ball makes it difficult to break down no matter who you're playing. We couldn't find our way through.
"We've ended up with a disappointing 1-0 loss when we should have had at least a draw. We got a great result against Fulham; we came with the lads today and we made a couple of changes - we were in control of the game.
"There wasn't the up-and-at-them start from Palace I expected and they gave us a bit of time on the ball to play. Our cutting edge has to get better; that's why we won on Saturday. We had so many shots on target and that's why we won 3-0.
"Today we probably had 11 or 12 shots but only two on target and that shows you a lack of cutting edge."
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