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West Ham 0-1 Crystal Palace

There's magic in that cap... there must be. Five wins on the trot for Crystal Palace means the Eagles are officially safe from the drop, less than a month after it was difficult to see anything but a swift return to the Championship. Another clean sheet proved the foundation of the south Londoners' latest triumph as Mile Jedinak's second-half penalty earned the three points which take them to within just one of the top half. 

It's madness, we tell you. But we like mad. At Upton Park, Pulis' men didn't even have to do anything special; they came away with just 34% possession, completed only 67% of their passes and managed just 3 shots on target from 11 (one of which being the penalty). But they tackled superbly, winning 21 of 26 in key areas around their own box to keep the frustrated Hammers at bay.

Sam Allardyce's side employed a wing-first strategy which could have borne fruit on another day – 11 of 38 crosses found a home shirt – but Andy Carroll tested Julian Speroni with only 2 of his 6 attempts on a tough afternoon for England's World Cup hopeful. 

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