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Andy Carroll stunner helps sink Palace

Press Association logoPress Association 14/01/2017 Andy Sims

West Ham have shrugged off Dimitri Payet's absence as an Andy Carroll bicycle kick helped secure a 3-0 English Premier League win over Crystal Palace.

Payet this week rocked the Hammers by asking to leave the club and refused to play against the Eagles.

But Sofiane Feghouli's first Premier League goal, Carroll's stunning bicycle kick and a stylish late third from Manuel Lanzini ensured the France star was not missed.

"Payet is a great player so you are losing quality, but the team showed it is about the team and not individuals," West Ham manager Slaven Bilic said.

"This is a great example for that."

Indeed, West Ham actually put in their finest display of the season while their so-called talisman kicked his heels elsewhere.

West Ham's fans certainly made their feelings about their former favourite abundantly clear with a less complimentary take on their 'We've got Payet' terrace chant.

He may have been West Ham's poster boy, but the club even stationed a steward in front of Payet's image on the outer wall of the London Stadium to prevent it being vandalised.

Nevertheless joint-owner David Sullivan vowed he would not let the player leave this month in his program notes.

The highlight of the match came in the 79th minute when Michail Antonio whipped in a cross from the left and Carroll launched himself into the air to lash home a bicycle kick with his left foot.

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