Text  Larger | Smaller | Default

NewsNow

West Ham Utd 1-0 Chelsea


Filed: Saturday, 9th December 2017
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.

Embed from Getty Images


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.

Embed from Getty Images


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.

Embed from Getty Images


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





Related News

   arrow   Moyes statistically West Ham's worst [25th Apr 2018]
   arrow   Moyes admits "I have a decision to make" [20th Apr 2018]
   arrow   From a fan to a colleague [19th Apr 2018]
   arrow   Noble issues war cry [16th Apr 2018]
   arrow   In brief - Friday's news round-up [13th Apr 2018]
   arrow   Masuaku linked with Spurs and other transfer news  [12th Apr 2018]
   arrow   Hart backed for England World Cup role [12th Apr 2018]
   arrow   In brief - Thursday's news round-up [12th Apr 2018]
   arrow   In brief - Wednesday's news round-up [11th Apr 2018]
   arrow   Rice a future captain, says Zaba [10th Apr 2018]



Your Comments


Please note that this section is for comments relating to the above news item only. Any off-topic or abusive posts will be removed. Posts including either links and/or foul language are automatically filtered and will not be published. To engage in further discussion on any of our news stories, visit the KUMB Forums.

Not a member of the KUMB Forums? You may register for free membership here.

comments powered by Disqus
 
News Image




On This Day ...

One Year Ago
HMRC investigate '5m fraud'
HMRC have confirmed that raids at West Ham and Newcastle were in connection...more
Three Years Ago
Gignac, Wilson, Lampard and Nolan: Tuesday's news
Get the very latest West Ham news in one place, with our new daily media round-up! ...more
Five Years Ago
Is this the end of the road for Hearn?
Barry Hearn's challenge over the Olympic Stadium appears to be dead in the water after he was told t...more