Premier League
West Ham United 2-1 Chelsea 

Saturday, 24th October 2015
by Gordon Thrower

Good 2, Evil 1.

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Player Ratings

Adrian San Miguel Del Castillo
A couple of good clearances from corners and was always quick to turn defence into attack.

Carl Jenkinson
Continues to improve after a shaky start to the season.

Aaron Cresswell
Excellent game both in defence and in attack. In front of Hodgson, who will still prefer Luke Shaw even though he?EUR(TM)s out for the season.

James Collins
Storming performance from Ginge who, lest we forget, is nominally our fourth choice centre-back, although that may not be the case going forward. Seemed to be having as much fun on the pitch as we were having off it.

James Tomkins
With Collins he had an outstanding afternoon keeping Costa very quiet. In front of Hodgson, who will still prefer Smalling even though he?EUR(TM)s not very good.

Cheikhou Kouyate
Got the sponsors?EUR(TM) MOTM in what was a difficult week for MOTM choices. Am I allowed more than one MOTM? If so he?EUR(TM)s one of them.

Mark Noble
A couple of slack moments in giving the ball away might have taken the gloss from an otherwise simple but solid performance. However, on review I?EUR(TM)ve marked him up a notch for his interventions on a number of occasions which stopped us from being dragged down to their level disciplinary-wise.

Mauro Zarate
Looks good when he starts ?EUR" especially when, as this week, he resists the urge to do it all on his own and channels his talents towards the team effort. Fine goal as well and Moses may have a job to get back in next week...

Manuel Lanzini
Lanzini and Payet alongside each other? That purring noise you can hear is coming from me. Worked damned hard off the ball as well, though that?EUR(TM)s not what catches the eye.

Dimitri Payet
Sssh! People are beginning to notice. The source of much of what was good going forward again and, as ever, a joy to watch. My other MOTM.

Diafra Sakho
His contribution was not one that caught the eye but his hard running gave both full-backs an out ball down the lines and his hard work and chasing kept the Chelsea defence on their toes.


Andy Carroll
(Replaced Zarate, 69) Even before the goal Chelsea were struggling to cope with him winning the ball and he held it up well throughout his afternoon. Marvellous header for the goal.

Padro Obiang
(Replaced Lanzini, 82) A short cameo saw him make a couple of defensive interventions.

Angelo Ogbonna
(Replaced Noble, 90+1) Just on for stoppage time at the end.

Darren Randolph
Did not play.

Michael Antonio
Did not play.

Enner Valencia
Did not play.

Nikica Jelavic
Did not play.

Match Facts

West Ham United: Adrian San Miguel Del Castillo, Carl Jenkinson, Aaron Cresswell, James Collins, James Tomkins, Cheikhou Kouyate, Mark Noble, Mauro Zarate, Manuel Lanzini, Dimitri Payet, Diafra Sakho.

Goals: Mauro Zarate 17 Andy Carroll 79                .

Booked: Cheikhou Kouyate 74          .

Sent off: None.

Chelsea: Asmir Begovic, Kurt Zouma, Gary Cahill, John Terry, Cesar Azpilicueta, Ramires, Nemanja Matic, Willian, Cesc Fabregas, Eden Hazard, Diego Costa.

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

Goals: Gary Cahill (44).

Booked: Cesar Azpilicueta (24), Nemanja Matic (35), Diego Costa (45), Cesc Fabregas (45), Willian (82), John Obi Mikel (90+4).

Sent off: None.

Referee: Jonathan Moss.

Attendance: 34,977.

Man of the Match: Cheikhou Kouyate.