Michail Antonio continued his beautiful begin to the season by creating extra historical past for West Ham, however a Chelsea teenager had the final chortle on the London Stadium.
Antonio’s help and aim was sufficient for David Moyes’ males to remain on the prime of the Premier League desk, however not sufficient for 3 factors as they drew with Crystal Palace, due to on-loan Blues teenager Conor Gallagher.
Antonio, just like the West Ham group as an entire, has began the brand new 2021/22 season flying and wrote his title within the Hammers’ historical past books final weekend.
The east London aspect climbed to the highest of the desk with a surprising 4-1 thrashing of Leicester City, with a late double from the brand new quantity 9 seeing him climb above legend Paolo Di Canio because the membership’s all-time prime Premier League goalscorer.
Antonio continued his purple patch in opposition to Palace on Saturday, however earlier than discovering the online he supplied the move to arrange Pablo Fornals for West Ham’s opener with a extremely beautiful little bit of hyperlink play between the teammates.
It meant extra historical past for the 31-year-old Englishman, who turned the primary West Ham participant ever to help a aim in every of the membership’s opening three matches of a Premier League season.
Moyes’ males regarded comfy as they entered half-time with their 1-Zero lead intact and with no actual hazard on their aim… however the second-half was a distinct story. Soccer, eh?
Issues modified shortly when Palace discovered themselves stage within the 58th minute when Gallagher scored the primary league aim of the Vieira period.
Christian Benteke was doing Christian Benteke issues when he climbed highest to nod down a looking out lengthy ball into the field, and Gallagher confirmed why he’s so extremely rated at Stamford Bridge with a beautiful contact and little bit of ability, as he swivelled with the ball and fired into the underside nook.
Palace upped the stress however it was the hosts who struck subsequent in opposition to the run of play.
Antonio made it an excellent 50 Premier League targets in a West Ham shirt with a robust end after bullying Denmark worldwide Joachim Andersen.
It appeared the sport was West Ham’s to lose, with the membership conserving their place on the Premier League summit if the scoreline stayed the identical.
However Gallagher single-handedly wrecked their occasion with a positive solo aim to right away equalise for Palace.
Only one minute separated the 2 strikes, as Gallagher as soon as once more confirmed some impeccable toes and shut management to gather the ball within the space and hearth into the underside nook.
The Chelsea teenager will get the plaudits, however Vieira ought to get loads of credit score for his game-changing shift on the break.
The Arsenal legend determined to maneuver Wilfried Zaha from a front-two to his extra acquainted broad position and pushed Gallagher additional ahead, and it definitely paid off because the coach loved his first targets and earned his second Premier League level as Eagles boss.
A degree was sufficient to maintain West Ham prime, in the meanwhile anyway, as Liverpool, Chelsea or Tottenham may change them with a win.
Palace, in the meantime, are as much as 14th and hoping for extra of the identical after displaying some trademark Vieira toughness.
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