West Ham players observe a minute’s applause for Dylan Tombides ahead of the London derby with Crystal Palace.
West Ham players observe a minute’s applause for Dylan Tombides ahead of the London derby with Crystal Palace. GETTY IMAGES

United in grief after young Aussie’s death

FOOTBALL: Players and fans paid an emotional tribute to young Australian Dylan Tombides yesterday, ahead of the London derby between West Ham United and Crystal Palace at Upton Park.

The 20-year-old, who joined West Ham as a 15-year-old and made his senior debut in the League Cup against Wigan in September 2012, died on Friday after a three-year battle with testicular cancer.

His father Jim and brother Taylor carried Dylan's West Ham shirt on to the pitch before the game as fans stood for a minute's applause.

Socceroos midfielder Mile Jedinak's scored the only goal of the game from the penalty spot as Crystal Palace won 1-0 to stretch its winning run to five.

In other games, bottom-placed Sunderland upset title contenders Chelsea with a controversial 2-1 win at Stamford Bridge. The Black Cats are still bottom but are now just three points from safety.

The defeat was Chelsea's first at home in 78 EPL games under Jose Mourinho and left the Blues two points behind leaders Liverpool who played Norwich overnight.

Swansea boosted its survival hopes with a 2-1 win at Newcastle, while Cardiff City stayed in the relegation zone after a 1-1 draw at home with Stoke. Fulham is also in the bottom three after a 3-1 defeat at Spurs. Aston Villa and Southampton drew 0-0.


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