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West Ham boss Pellegrini: Crystal Palace know we deserved to win

West Ham edged a five-goal thriller against Crystal Palace on Saturday.

Goals from Robert Snodgrass, Javier Hernandez and a Felipe Anderson beauty sank Crystal Palace 3-2.

“I think we deserved the win because, if you review the complete game Crystal Palace had three chances to score," Hammers boss Manuel Pellegrini observed. “They scored two goals from set pieces and one free-kick that hit the crossbars. After that, they did not have any clear opportunities by playing.

“While I was worried about their strikers because they are very good players, they had not scored one goal before this game from set pieces, except from penalties, but today they did it twice!

“Fortunately, I think we started the second half with the calm that we didn't have in the first half. In the first half we had six or seven good positions but it seemed like we were missing the calmness to make options. I felt we were playing too fast and it was difficult to create chances again a defence that is normally so well organised.

“In the second half, we started with more calm and prepared in the last third options to score and we scored three goals."

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