The home side have picked up just eight points in their last 33 derbies, the last fixture Crystal Palace would have wanted would be a London derby against West Ham. Palace fans would have been thinking this game comes on the wrong side of the international break as they have picked up ten points from twelve in September and would have wanted to keep up the momentum.
West Ham on the other hand welcomed the international break. The Hammers have had their worst start to a top flight league campaign since they were relegated in the 1988-89 season.
Simone Zaza not the right fit for West Ham
West Ham have struggled this season partly due to the injury of their main forward Andy Carroll. Simone Zaza was brought in by Irons manager Slaven Bilic, who was sporting a new hairstyle on Saturday, in the summer. Unfortunately for Bilic and Hammers fans, the Italian striker has struggled to settle in the Premier League let alone a struggling West Ham United. The forward's instincts in and around the box is lacking and although he possesses bursts of energy he doesn't seem to use it to great effect.
Zaza are working hard enough but he needs to find the back of the net to boost his confidence, as West Ham need the Italian to start firing.
Christian Benteke stunted
The tall Belgian scored the fastest ever goal in World Cup qualifying history over the international break but his week ended in mediocrity. In the first half Christian Benteke was kept quiet by the away side. West Ham's ability to cut the supply from wingers Wilfred Zaha and Andros Townsend in the first half limited the striker's chances to be effective in the box. The ex-Aston Villa forward won't always have a natural supply chain from the wing, so will need to find a Plan B at times.
Benteke didn't cover himself in glory towards the end of the first half when he stepped up to take a penalty - the former Liverpool striker's shot was so high and wide the ball may be recovered at the London Stadium.
West Ham have spirit back
The east London side will obviously be the happier going back across the capital with all three points. It was a spirited performance especially going down to ten men after defender Aaron Cresswell was sent off for a second yellow card in the 75th minute. West Ham will be hoping to build on this game when they welcome the league's bottom side Sunderland to the London stadium.