According to a report from the Daily Mail, Crystal Palace’s staff were shocked by how well West Ham played against them during a friendly game earlier this month.
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The Hammers beat the Eagles 2-1 at the London Stadium.
But since project restart kicked off, West Ham have lost both their games convincingly, whilst Palace looked great during a 2-0 win at Bournemouth on Saturday.
The two clubs have been chalk and cheese this season.
The Hammers are languishing near the bottom three, and are only sitting outside the relegation zone because of a superior goal difference to Bournemouth.
The Eagles, meanwhile, are flying high in ninth spot, just four points adrift of fifth placed Manchester United.
That is the kind of campaign West Ham would have been aiming for at the start of the season.
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Roy Hodgson has assembled a hard-working team at Selhurst Park. In truth, it is the total opposite what David Moyes has at the London Stadium.
Having said that, the Daily Mail claims that the Palace staff were shocked by how good West Ham were during their friendly clash earlier this month.
So what on earth has gone wrong?
The players certainly need to put in more graft of match-days. And the big name stars need to stand up and be counted.
The Hammers have just seven games remaining to save their season.
And they clearly need to channel whatever it was they had during the friendly match with Palace.