It is just as well that Tottingham supporting Mayor 'Sadist' Khan ensured the Overground wasn't functioning for the West Ham v Palace game otherwise there may have been some unpleasant scenes as many supporters of both clubs would have had to share the same carriages home on what would have been a journey of paradoxcical highs and lows.
Losing at the end of a game is NEVER easy, but the fact that the opposition had essentially 'played Hammers off the park' for the majority of the game meant that while the end result was not entirely expected, it should have been anticipated! The fact that Wilfred Zaha should become a member of the Olympic diving team due to his antics over the years which were fully on display this afternoon and the ref striving to replace Kevin Friend 'of no one' as the Premier League's least popular referee, there is still no excuse for what was an incredibly inept performance in front of a 'sold out' Queen Elizabeth Stadium.
Spoiler alert for those who have been spared from watching the actual game so far, Michail Antonio who had replaced Gianluca Scamacca at half time with the scores level at 1-1decided in the closing minute of the game to try an acute angle cross into Palace's box as opposed tyo going for the corner flag which would have ensured an undeserved draw for David Moyes against a Palace side that were up for it 'from the get go'.
The visitors under the guidance of Patrik Viera 'bullied and harassed' the home team throughout the entire first half bar a few periods of Irons possession, had it not been for Said Benrahma's wonderfully taken opener West Ham would have gone in a goal down already thanks to some weird refereeing and some very poor defending by Dawson and Khierer who essentially gave Palace their goal on a platter. presumably it was the first course of a rich meal that was to be provided, with Antonio delivering a mouth watering main meal worthy of satiating ANY Fat Lady at the end!
Fans may mull over a raft of different reasons as to why what should have been a winnable game was lost so easily, Moyes needs to play Antonio and Scamacca together (tried and failed already this season), Moyes needs to replace Soucek with Downes (tried and failed towards the end of the game) and possibly the most contentious, Moyes needs to start Benrahma more often (started last couple of games but was withdrawn towards the end, despite scoring both times)
There are even those who claim Moyes wearing a baseball type cap was to blame, whoever or whichever the fact remains that Hammers were second best for most of the match and despite their outrageous attempts at 'gamesmanship' on a continuous basis, especially Zaha for his diving Palace deserved to go away with all three points. There were some positives to take from the game, but hope and happiness were hardly in such short supply on the long and very annoying journey through the paddles run by morons in Stratford and the crowded Central Line that they seemed to have faded and DIED! -Ed