West Ham 1-3 Crystal Palace: Pressure mounts on Allardyce after heavy defeat

Upton Park

West Ham slumped to a 3-1 home defeat to Crystal Palace this afternoon.

The pressure is mounting on West Ham manager Sam Allardyce after his side were beaten 3-1 at home by London rivals Crystal Palace.

After their collapse at Tottenham last week, West Ham needed to earn a win against Palace having won just once in their previous nine games.

However, this afternoon couldn't really have gone much worse for Allardyce in a game which felt like the end of the 'Big Sam' era at Upton Park.

Former Hammers manager Alan Pardew took his Palace side to East London in search of a big three points to aid their survival battle, and they had striker Glenn Murray to thank for such an impressive win.

Murray headed home the opener on the stroke of half time with the aid of an Aaron Cresswell deflection, before defender Scott Dann made it two just after the break.

Murray then made it 3-0 after the hour mark to essentially wrap the game up - even though the Palace striker was then sent off for a second yellow card after a challenge on Winston Reid.

West Ham then took control of the game and did score through Enner Valencia, but couldn't find the net again in the following 15 minutes - leaving Allardyce under huge pressure with his contract up at the end of the season.

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