West Ham deservedly beat Crystal Palace in a match the Irons dominated and put in a performance that us fans have been craving for some time.
In what was an open game, West Ham dictated much of the play, and played very neat and organised passing. Kouyate was once again one of the star performers, linking up well again with central midfield partner Mark Noble.
The Irons took the lead on 34 minutes when Zarate volleyed home a loose ball superbly into the bottom right hand corner – with the keeper standing no chance.
Then only a mere 3 minutes later West Ham doubled their lead when the impressive Stewart Downing curled a left hand shot from outside the box into the bottom left hand corner.
Two minutes after the break James Tomkins should have added a third, but his header rattled the crossbar and then it seemed West Ham were going to made to pay for the miss – when former Hammer Chamakh buried a low shot passed Adrian.
It was then that Crystal Palace had a spell in which they tested the West Ham defence with chance after chance. But on 62 minutes it was game over when Carlton Cole struck home a loose ball in the box sending the away fans into dreamland.
West Ham then dictated the tempo of the game, and walked off worthy winners of the 3 points.