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Premier League
Saturday, 9th December 2017

West Ham United 1
Chelsea 0

by Staff Writer


West Ham eased their relegation worries with an unexpected - but fully deserved - win against Chelsea in this afternoon's big London derby.

Marko Arnautovic's first goal in claret and blue was enough to seperate the two sides at the Olympic Stadium and earn West Ham a precious three points in their battle to avoid the drop, as the Hammers defied the odds to upset their London neighbours.

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The only goal of the game arrived with just six minutes on the clock and was a wonderful team effort comprising of six short passes, before the Austrian threaded a well-placed shot beyond Thibaut Courtois.

And although the Hammers only managed to threaten the Chelsea goal infrequently thereafter, few onlookers will begrudge the Hammers a vital three points as they attempt to ease those rising fears of relegation following a dreadful start to the campaign.

Although both sides managed just two shots in total during the game, this was nonetheless an enthralling, well-fought affair - even if the two defences had the better of it.

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So strong were West Ham's rearguard, superbly marshalled by the excellent WInston Reid, that Chelsea enjoyed 71 per cent of possession in the second half - but failed to register a single shot on target despite chasing the game.

Meanwhile Adrian, restored at number one ahead of the out-of-form Joe Hart was commanding and assured throughout, despite only being called into action on the rare occasion.

The win lifts West Ham up to 18th in the Premier League - still in the relegation zone, but now just three points behind Stoke, currently playing away at Tottenham, in 13th place.

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West Ham Utd: Adrian, Zabaleta, Reid, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Noble (c), Obiang, Arnautovic (Sakho 69), Lanzini, Masuaku, Antonio (Ayew 78).

Subs not used: Hart, Rice, Fernandes, Carroll, Chicharito.

Goals: Arnautovic (6).

Booked: Arnautovic, Adrian, Reid, Cresswell, Obiang, Masuaku.

Chelsea: Courtois, Azpilicueta, Christiansen, Cahill (c), Zappacosta (Willian 64), Kante, Bakayoko (Pedro 46), Alonso (Moses 55), Fabregas, Hazard, Morata.

Subs not used: Caballero, Rudiger, Ampadu, Batshuayi.

Booked: Alonso.

Referee: Anthony Taylor.

Tickets sold: 56,953



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Player Ratings

Adrian San Miguel Del Castillo
Commanded the defence well, distribution was second to none and made quite a few world class saves to keep his side afloat.


Pablo Zabaleta
Dealt with Leroy Sane really well down the left-hand side despite not being as quick and agile as his former team mate.


Arthur Masuaku
Was full of energy in the first half attacking with purpose and beating players with ease. Was relatively weak in defence in the closing stages of the match allowing crosses to be put into the box from his side.


Angelo Ogbonna
Gelled well with Aaron Cresswell and prevented City from creating many chances.


Declan Rice
Very decent in defence, not at all carried away by the occasion. Already a very mature player.


Aaron Cresswell
Played a commanding role in West Ham's relative success in defence cutting off the supply line to AgŁero.


Pedro Obiang
Kept the Man City midfield quiet and picked out some good incisive passes going forward.


Cheikhou Kouyate
Was a nuiscance for his opponents in midfield with his bulky presence.


Manuel Lanzini
West Ham's focal point going forward converting defence into attack in a flick of a switch with his agility and intelligence.


Edimilson Fernandes
Kept a very cool head in midfield.


Michail Antonio
A big threat for Man City in defence causing problems on the counter attack with his speed. Wasn't as productive when moved into a midfield role after the withdrawal of Kouyate.


Substitutes


Diafra Sakho
(Replaced Kouyate) Didn't pose the same threat as Antonio and was very isolated up front.


Marko Arnautovic
(Replaced Lanzini) Decent in defence and created, almost singlehandedly, the opportunity that almost put West Ham back on level terms.


Andre Ayew
(Replaced Antonio) No comments.


Nathan Trott
Did not play.


Ben Johnson
Did not play.


Domingos Quina
Did not play.


Anotnio Martinez
Did not play.



Match Facts

Referee: Anthony Taylor.

Attendance: 56,953.

Man of the Match: Adrian San Miguel Del Castillo.

West Ham United

Adrian San Miguel Del Castillo, Pablo Zabaleta, Arthur Masuaku, Angelo Ogbonna, Declan Rice, Aaron Cresswell, Pedro Obiang, Cheikhou Kouyate, Manuel Lanzini, Edimilson Fernandes, Michail Antonio.

Goals: Angelo Ogbonna 44                  .

Booked: None.

Sent off: None.

Chelsea

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Substitutes: .

Subs not used: .

Goals: .

Booked: .

Sent Off: .

 
Staff Writer's Man of the Match: Adrian San Miguel Del Castillo


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