The odds of West Ham being dragged into a relegation battle seemed slim at the start of the season but, after a wonderful piece of skill from Jordan Ayew in the last minute helped Crystal Palace do the double over their London rivals, that is a very real prospect.
Manuel Pellegrini may have felt his luck was turning when his team took the lead through Robert Snodgrass against the run of play at the start of the second half.
But given that West Ham had already dropped 12 points from winning positions this season – the highest in the division – perhaps the manager knew what would happen next, especially as his side surrendered a lead against these opponents in October before being beaten by another late Ayew winner.
An equaliser from Cheikhou Kouyaté was followed by Ayew’s superb solo effort that was reminiscent of his father, the former Marseille and Ghana playmaker Abedi Pele, and leaves West Ham one point and one place clear of trouble before Leicester’s visit to the London Stadium on Saturday.
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Source: The Guardian