West Ham kept their winning run going with a 3-2 victory against Crystal Palace last night.

They had to come from behind to do so but it continued an impressive spell of form for David Moyes’ side.

Speaking on Match of the Day, Alex Scott picked out how the Hammers shut down Wilfried Zaha and Ebere Eze, who was a target for West Ham at one stage.

Zaha did net a late consolation when it was too late to rescue the game, but was largely quiet when it mattered.

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“We know when we look at Crystal Palace, their star men are Eze and Zaha,” said Scott. “Okay, so how should we set up defensively to stop them, stifle their play?

“That’s what they did, in terms of how they set up defensively. Let’s outnumber the star players, don’t give them any time on the ball.


“When they do get the ball, we’re going to be there to close them down. Press high, aggressive, with energy, have our organisation and they can’t play through us.

“West Ham are hard to break down, hard to play through. Look how many men they’re getting back. I just love their energy, getting back so they’re not outnumbered.

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West Ham do deserve credit for the way they defended last night, because Zaha and Eze can cause any defence in the league problems.

With that defensive platform, it gives freedom to the front players to go and express themselves and they made chances at will at times last night.

Now it’s just a question of how far this approach will take the Hammers. They should be looking at European qualification.

And they also need a new striker before the window slams shut because Michail Antonio’s fitness cannot be relied upon for a whole season if he’s the only striker at the club.

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