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West Ham Utd 2-1 Chelsea


Filed: Saturday, 24th October 2015
By: Staff Writer


West Ham continued the stellar start to the 2015/16 season with a defeat of last season's Premier League champions in one of the more notable London derbies in recent years.

It was a game that had it all - including three goals, three sending offs and a string of controversial incidents - and the perfect outcome, as the Hammers saw off Jose Mourinho's Blues at the Boleyn thanks to a late winner from substitute Andy Carroll.



West Ham opened the scoring after just 17 minutes when Mauro Zarate - only restored to the side as a result of Victor Moses' enforced absence - pounced on a half-cleared corner to fire Slaven Bilic's team ahead from the edge of the penalty area.

On the verge of half time interval, Nemanja Matic - who had earlier been booked by referee Jonathan Moss - saw red after he pulled Diafra Sakho down by the right touchline. The Serbian midfielder was joined in the book by both Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas, who were both embroiled in the ensuing fracas.



Worse was to follow for the visitors who then saw assistant first team coach Silvino Louro sent to the stands for his reaction to Matic's dismissal. He was joined in the second half by Mourinho himself, who was told not to reappear on the touchline after the break after launching a furious tirade against Moss during the interval.

The under-pressure Portuguese boss had been incensed by Msss' decision to rule out a Cesc Fabregas strike for offside and having seen Kurt Zouma's effort - which was no more than millimetres away from crossing the line entirely - ignored.



Close but no cigar - Zouma's 'goal' that never was


Despite the antics of their coaching staff, the ten men of Chelsea managed to restore parity 11 minutes after the restart when England centre half Gary Cahill levelled from a corner. But Bilic and his side were not content to settle for a point, and the Hammers sent on Andy Carroll for a tiring Zarate with 20 minutes left to play.

The England international, no doubt smarting from having been overlooked for a place in the starting XI tore around the field from the moment he was introduced and had already earned himself a standing ovation from an appreciative Boleyn crowd for his efforts before he struck the killer blow just 11 minutes from time.

Aaron Cresswell - who moments before had mis-hit a cross from a similar position - got it absolutely spot on the second time and arrowed a cross towards the edge of the six-yard box. There Carroll was waiting to send it back across goalkeeper Asmir Begovic into the opposite corner of the net. to restore West Ham's advantage.



West Ham's owners celebrate another win - whilst a nonplussed Mourinho lurks in the background


Despite putting West Ham under pressure for the final few minutes it was took little too late for Chelsea and their manager, who left the ground before meeting any of his post-match media requirements - something that will almost certainly earn Mourinho yet another fine.

But that was of little concern to West Ham and their jubilant supporters, who celebrated climbing to second spot in the Premier League - if only for a couple of hours, thanks to Arsenal's win against Everton in their evening kick-off at the Emirates.

West Ham Utd: Adrian, Jenkinson, Tomkins, Collins, Cresswell, Noble (Ogbonna 90+1), Kouyate, Zarate (Carroll 68), Lanzini (Obiang 81), Payet, Sakho.

Subs not used: Randolph, Valencia, Obiang, Ogbonna, Jelavic, Antonio.

Goals: Zarate (16), Carroll (79).

Booked: Kouyate (73).

Chelsea: Begovic, Zouma, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta (Baba 87), Ramires (Falcao 81), Matic, Willian, Fabregas, Hazard, Costa.

Subs not used: Amelia, Loftus-Cheek, Oscar, Traore.

Goals: Cahill (55).

Booked: Azpilicueta (24), Matic (35), Diego Costa (45+1), Fabregas (45+1), Willian (81), Mikel (90+4).

Sent off: Matic (44).

Referee: Jonathan Moss.





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