Here are five things we learned from Crystal Palace's 2-1 win over West Ham United.


You can never rule out Crystal Palace

 The 87th-minute winner yesterday was the Eagles’ third goal in the last 10 minutes of a match this season. Only Manchester City have scored more goals in the last 10 minutes of matches in the Premier League. Clubs will be increasingly cautious knowing that Roy Hodgson’s men will fight till the final whistle. 


The Eagles’ finishing needs to be better

 Despite winning the game, the match should have been put to bed a lot earlier as the South London club missed a number of chances throughout the game. You have to think that if Palace can sharpen up in front of goal and iron out the errors in the final-third we could see another level to their game. 

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Hodgson does not want to get ahead of himself

 Following the match Roy Hodgson was quick to let it be known that it is still early days and that there is still a long way to go in the season. Palace currently sit fourth in the league after eight games and the former Liverpool manager knows that the club’s league position could be deceiving this early on in the season. 

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Townsend the Super Sub

 Andros Townsend is proving to be a secret weapon for Hodgson over the last couple of games as the winger came on with 10 minutes to play last night and crossed the ball into West Ham’s box in the lead up to the penalty being awarded. Townsend also grabbed a goal in the 92nd minute last week after coming off the bench against Norwich. 

Guaita to the rescue

 Vicente Guaita was arguably one of Palace’s top performers yesterday as the ‘keeper made three vital saves in the first-half including two close-range stops against Sebastian Haller. You could argue that the Spaniard should have done better with the goal but if it wasn’t for his instinctive saves the Eagles could have had a steeper hill to climb en route to their victory.