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West Ham snaps winless streak

West Ham United picked up a 1-0 win over Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Saturday after a goal by Manuel Lanzini to snap a five-game winless streak.

The Hammers have been in abysmal form, but managed to get out of their funk with a win on the road against Palace who had gone unbeaten in their previous five league games. Lanzini scored the lone goal of the game in the 19th minute after getting on a low cross by Aaron Cresswell inside the box and guiding the ball into the back of the net.

Manager Slaven Bilic was delighted to be back in the win column.

“We showed everything, character, spirit, we deserved to win,” Bilic said. The goal we scored was an amazing move from many players.

“We need more than one game, more than one win. We showed how good a team we are and how good a unit we are.

“Straight after the Middlesbrough game we started to prepare for Palace and find a system which suits us. I really like this system but it doesn’t work without players such as Cresswell or Masuaku.

“Now that Aaron was back we made a little gamble because we didn’t expect him to be totally match fit, but he had a great game.

“I was a little worried about Winston because he had a long journey back but I spoke to him and he said he was fit. He was magnificent and the whole team was.

“The goal helped us and there is no way of gaining better confidence than scoring a goal. It is hard to play against Palace because they have pace but we coped really well and we could have scored a second as well.

“It is only one game but we need more than one win. It is not about the system which won the game. It is more about the approach we had and how we close them down and didn’t give them the time on the ball.

“We showed how as a team we need to be.”

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