Football

In-form Palace go the extra Mile again

WEST HAM UNITED 0

CRYSTAL PALACE 1
(Jedinak 59 pen)

Mile Jedinak’s second-half penalty secured Crystal Palace a gutsy victory, their fifth in succession, at West Ham and guarantees the Eagles survival in the Premier League for another season.

If the league began when Tony Pulis took over in November, Palace would have started the game eighth in the table and this win means the Eagles now sit 13 points clear of the relegation zone with three matches to play. Only Chelsea have a meaner defence than Palace since the turn of the year and West Ham appeared bereft of attacking ideas in front of a home support that jeered all three of Sam Allardyce’s substitutions and greeted the final whistle with a chorus of boos.

The decisive goal came when Pablo Armero fouled Cameron Jerome and Jedinak drove the penalty past Adrian.