Premier League
West Ham United 1-3 Chelsea 

Saturday, 11th September 2010
by Gordon Thrower

Another day, another defeat and another point-less weekend so it should all be doom, gloom and despondency right? Maybe not.

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Player Ratings

Robert Green
Culpable for the second but he recovered enough to make two decent second half saves.

Lars Jacobsen
Good debut ?EUR" who'd have thought that playing a right back in the right back could prove so effective.

Herita Ilunga
Relatively solid but failed to prevent Essien's first header.

Matthew Upson
His horrible panicky clearance was partly responsible for the horror goal. Still it makes a change for him to actually be genuinely responsible for a goal with Terry on the pitch.

Tal Ben Haim
Relatively solid but failed to prevent Essien's second header.

Scott Parker
At the heart of all that was good for us. Fine goal as well.

Mark Noble
Ran his legs off and put himself about a bit.

Valon Behrami
Busy enough but could have picked up a caution for a number of niggly fouls on Cole.

Luis Boa Morte
It says it all really that when I was listing the team earlier I'd completely forgotten he was there. A wretched first half ensured that he didn't appear for the second.

Victor Obinna
A decent enough debut marred only by profligacy in front of goal.

Carlton Cole
Poor. His touch let him down time and time again.


Kieron Dyer
(Replaced Boa Morte, 46 mins) A lively match ?EUR" could we be getting some return for our money at last?

Frederic Piquionne
(Replaced Behrami, 72 mins) Aargh ?EUR" that miss!

Marek Stech
(Replaced Cole, 86 mins) Not really on for long enough to make an impression.

Julien Faubert
Did not play.

James Tomkins
Did not play.

Radoslav Kovac
Did not play.

Pablo Barerra
Did not play.

Match Facts

West Ham United: Robert Green, Lars Jacobsen, Herita Ilunga, Matthew Upson, Tal Ben Haim, Scott Parker, Mark Noble, Valon Behrami, Luis Boa Morte, Victor Obinna, Carlton Cole.

Goals: Scott Parker 85                  .

Booked: Mark Noble  Scott Parker  Carlton Cole       .

Sent off: None.

Chelsea: Cech, Ferreira, Terry, Cole, Ivanovic, Mikel, Ramires, Essien, Drogba, Kalou, Anelka.

Subs not used: Turnbull, Zhirkov, Benayoun, Sturridge.

Goals: Essien (2, 83), Kalou (17).

Booked: Ivanovic.

Sent off: None.

Referee: Chris Foy.

Attendance: 33,014.

Man of the Match: Scott Parker.