West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini believes Saturday’s 1-1 draw away to Crystal Palace was a “fair” result on the balance of play, he revealed following the game.

Mark Noble gave the Hammers the lead from the penalty spot after Palace keeper Vicente Guaita brought Michail Antonio down in the first half.

Wilfried Zaha equalised for the home side in the second half after James McArthur’s contender for miss of the season moments earlier, but neither side could find a winner in the closing stages.

And Pellegrini believes a draw was the “logical” result.

It was a good game; in the first 45 minutes we had a brilliant performance and played better than Crystal Palace.

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In the second half we made a mistake and dropped inside our own half and allowed them to have to the ball too much. They were a bit lucky with the goal but they had other chances so the draw was the logical result. In 95 minutes I think that was the fair result. We have a lot of players missing, we play away so I’m happy with the first 45 and not too happy with the second 45.

The Hammers moved into the top half of the table following Saturday’s draw and Bournemouth’s defeat to Liverpool.