Marouane Chamakh scored the only goal of the game — the Moroccan’s first since 24 August — when he headed in Barry Bannan’s curling cross in the 42nd minute to give Crystal Palace a renewed hope of avoiding relegation from the Premier League as Tony Pulis’ first home match in charge ended in a 1-0 win at home to London rivals West Ham United.
Victory took Palace off the bottom of the table and left them just three points adrift of safety and West Ham, one of several clubs on 13 points who could yet get drawn into a relegation battle.
After losing 1-0 to Norwich City on Saturday, Palace responded in perfect fashion as Chamakh met Barry Bannan’s cross to lift his side off the foot of the Premier League table at Sunderland’s expense.
West Ham saw a penalty claim waved away in the first half when Kagisho Dikgacoi appeared to handle, while Stewart Downing had a second-half strike ruled out after James Tomkins was penalised for an apparent 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 went one-on-one with the goalkeeper in the second half.
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 hosts came under the cosh in the closing stages, but held on to secure a second win in three matches.