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Patrick Vieira believes West Ham’s superior ‘maturity’ saw them beat Crystal Palace on Saturday night.
The Eagles lost 3-2 at Selhurst Park after an awkward first half in which West Ham scored three times. Michail Antonio put Irons in front before Manuel Lanzini beat Vicente Guaita with a wonder goal.
Lanzini secured himself from the penalty spot in the first half’s overtime. Luka Milivojevic was judged to have handled the field, allowing Lanzini to play from 12 yards.
Palace struggled and got one back in the 83rd minute. Odsonne Edouard tapped home from a Michael Olise cross.
20-year-old Olise then got her own goal as West Ham failed to deal with their late free-kick. But that was not enough when David Moyes’ team took home the three points.
During an interview after the match with Sky Sports (via BBC Sport), Vieira said: “It’s really hard because we played some good football and created a lot of chances to win the match.
“We are disappointed because I think we were the better team. But the difference between the two sides is that they have been building for a few years now. This is a mature team. The experience allowed them to win.
“At times we were naive. Also unlucky. We had the best first chances and hit the post. We have to learn and improve. Playing well is not enough to win football matches.
“You have to give them credit. When they had the chances, they took them. We had a couple we didn’t take.”
Vieira added: “We learn in a hard way. When we close the two goals in … with more maturity we handle the game in a different way. We want to learn. We should at least get a point today.
“That’s the character of the team. We lack experience, but what we have are players who are similar to our fans who believe to the last minute. We were close, but West Ham will be very happy with the victory.”
On penalty kicks: “It is a referee’s decision. From where I was, it’s hard to see at first. I have had the chance to look into it and I think it is a punishment. “
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Palace could easily have won – Andersen
Centerback Joachim Andersen said: “We have played against West Ham twice now and both times we have dominated them. I think we should win this match easily. They had two chances and a penalty kick which is not a penalty kick. We should win this match.
“Maybe we should have scored a little earlier. We scored late, which makes it difficult, but we had a chance to make it 3-3.”
On West Ham’s penalty kick: “For me, his arm is close to his body, so it’s not a penalty. It is clear that this is not a punishment.
– We had so many chances in the first half and it gave us hope. We talked during the break that we wanted to create the chances we just had to take them. The penalty made it difficult at 3-0 before the break. It’s hard to take. “
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