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Report and free highlights when Conor Gallagher pulled back from Crystal Palace twice to draw a 2-2 draw with West Ham at the London Stadium; Pablo Fornals and Michail Antonio score in both halves for David Moyes’ team, who lose their first points of the season

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Conor Gallagher scored Crystal Palace’s first goals of the season when they came back twice to end West Ham’s perfect start with a 2-2 draw at London Stadium.

The Hammers could have been out of sight at halftime if they didn’t have their own weak composure, only having Pablo Fornals’ second goal in five days to prove their pre-break dominance and ending a nice team move after a one-two with Michail Antonio (39).

In the second half the one-way traffic initially continued, but Palace was able to equalize out of nowhere when Gallagher benefited from Angelo Ogbonna’s hesitant defense to fire Lukasz Fabianski and that Turning the tide (58.).

Despite Palace’s newfound beliefs, they were soon behind when Antonio Joachim Andersen’s weak challenge to snatch a long ball forward and hit it in Vicente Guaita’s short post (68) before he celebrated his 50th Premier League goal for the club by posing as a chicken.

Their lead was only one minute and 42 seconds. This time it was Craig Dawson who received a lesson in defense when Gallagher’s sharp turn in the penalty area took him out of play and a powerful close equalized Palace (70).

Marc Guehi would have the Eagles in stoppage time supposed to steal all three points as he headed Gallagher’s free-kick from six yards, but the return of the guests in the second half will give Patrick Vieira a lot of courage and David Moyes will leave David Moyes frustrated with a third win in a row.

West Ham: Fabianski (6), Coufal (6), Dawson (5), Ogbonna (4), Cresswell (7), Reis (7), Soucek (6), Bowen (7), Benrahma (6), Fornals (7 ), Antonio (8).

Subs: Lanzini, Yarmolenko (n / a).
Crystal Palace: Guaita (6), Ward (8), Guehi (6), Andersen (5), Mitchell (5), Gallagher (9), Kouyate (5), McArthur (6), Ayew (5), Zaha ( 5), Benteke (6).

Subs: Schlupp (n / a).
Man of the Match: Conor Gallagher

Patrick Vieira was already feeling the pressure after setting up a full line-up against a second-rate Watford in the middle of the week of Palace’s Carabao Cup exit, and it was also from kick-off at the London Stadium hardly better.

The ball narrowly missed the first half of the guest half, and West Ham had blamed its own lax decision-making for not putting Guaita’s goal to the test. Instead, it was a tied header from Andersen that almost broke the deadlock before Joel Ward was able to save his teammate on his own goal line.

Six minutes before the break, the Hammers’ dominance finally paid off when they were with their only one Halftime shot on goal ended a wonderfully flowing play.

Said Benrahma slipped the ball through for Antonio, who played a couple of doubles with Fornals to bypass Andersen and find a position for the midfielder, who hit from 12 yards.

They suspected that Vieira’s past could play a role in the dressing rooms at break – instead, the supremacy of the hosts only deteriorated after half time. Benrahma fired into Guaita’s body when he should have doubled the lead before Tomas Soucek did more catching practice after a tame header.

West Ham looked as comfortable as it could possibly be, but a one-goal lead is never secure. From the first shot on goal of the day, Palace let them pay when Christian Bentekes’ header was missed by Ogbonna, but not by Gallagher, who shot flat into the far post to equalize Fabianski.

Palace’s newfound faith was obviously, although the hosts were still confident and regaining the lead when Antonio Andersen struck Cresswell’s long ball over the channel and Guaita brilliantly struck at his near post for his 50th league goal in Hammer’s colors.

The celebrations were barely any subsided when they were completely silenced. James McArthur’s low ball found Gallagher, and after being swept past Dawson on the turn with a delicate touch, he buried the ball from six yards to save his team for the second time that afternoon.

Palace appeared with a point always happier as full-time approached, but should have grabbed all three in the final moments when Gallagher’s free-kick from Guehi nodded, who escaped even more lax mark from Ogbonna.

West Ham boss David Moyes: “There were a lot of good things, sometimes not that good in the second half, but we can only praise the players for their performance, they were very good.

” They did better, we didn’t in the second half played so well and didn’t get on the ball as well as before.

“There were phases before the equalizer where we should have made it 2-0 and didn’t make it. All in all, it was a good game, I’m not particularly disappointed, but we will iterate. “

Crystal Palace Manager Patrick Vieira:” That was a deserved point. We played well in the second half. I was very happy with the character we showed today.

“We have to build on these performances. Of course I’m very happy with the goals we scored. I never doubted we would score them It’s just a matter of time. “

The Crystal Palace loanee player single-handedly wrung them out of the jaws of yet another painful defeat and gave his teammates the faith they needed to finally compete. </ Both goals owed a lot to his team-mates, but were ended by the 21-year-old with the instinct of an experienced striker with real sovereignty.

He would also have had a template for his name if Guehi had finished his excellent free kick in stoppage time and Won 11 of his 15 duels over 90 minutes in a sensational solo performance.

“Gallagher was fantastic,” said Vieira after the game. “He did a really good job and gave us a lot of energy.”

West Ham are heading to the south coast to face Southampton on Saturday 11th September. Kick-off at 3 p.m.

Crystal Palace will face another London derby in their next game against Tottenham. Kick-off at 12.30pm.

The £ 250,000 is up for grabs on Super 6 and, as always, it’s completely free to play. Admission until Saturday 3 p.m.

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