Premier League
Chelsea 0-1 West Ham United 

Saturday, 30th November 2019
by Staff Writer

An Aaron Cresswell goal was good enough to secure a famous win at Stamford Bridge - West Ham's first at Chelsea since September 2002.

Jermain Defoe and Paolo Di Canio were the goalscorers on the last occasion a West Ham team tasted success at the Bridge - but this time there were several heroes in claret and blue.

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And it would be hard to deny that the biggest of those was a debutant making his first Premier League appearance at the Tender age of 33!

David Martin - son of former Hammer Alvin - was called into the team earlier this week following the recent poor form of regular reserve Roberto, himself standing in for the injured Lukasz Fabianski.

And the former Millwall man marked his first appearance for the Hammers with a clean sheet before leaving the pitch in tears, overcome after helping the Hammers to a priceless win.

That win came courtesy of a wonderful strike from Aaron Cresswell, who cut inside before firing across Kepa to score the only goal of the game less than two minutes into the second half.

And although Chelsea will no doubt point to the match statistics illustrating how much possession they enjoyed, it it wasn't for the Blues' goalkeeper - and VAR - the defeat for Frank Lampard's side might've been even more comprehensive.

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Michail Antonio, who had a fabulous game, could've opened the scoring midway through the first half with a header but was denied by a brilliant stop from the Spanish international.

And he was to be denied after the break - and after Cresswell had opened the scoring - by the Video Assistant Referee, which determined he'd handled the ball on the way ro converting a Robert Snodgrass cross.

Meanwhile Martin - who ended the game in tears before heading towards the stand where he embraced his father, Alvin - barely had a save to make, although was on hand to do so whenever called upon.

The win takes West Ham up to 13th in the Premier League, just three points behind sixth-places Wolverhampton Wanderers.

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West Ham Utd: Martin, Fredericks, Balbuena, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Rice, Noble, Snodgrass, Fornals (Masuaku 83), Anderson (Yarmolenko 71), Antonio (Haller 76).

Subs not used: Roberto, Zabaleta, Sanchez, Ajeti.

Goals: Cresswell (48).

Booked: Fornals, Yarmolenko, Cresswell.

Chelsea: Kepa, James, Tomori, Zouma, Emerson, Jorginho (Kante 63), Kovacic, Pedro (Willian 63), Pulisic, Mount, Giroud (Hudson-Odoi 71).

Subs not used: Caballero, Azpilicueta, Christensen, Batshauyi.

Referee: Jonathan Moss.

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Player Ratings

Roberto Jimenez Gago
Not the greatest way to start his West Ham spell. Conceded four, probably could've done a little better with the last.

Ryan Fredericks
Enjoyed a productive opening 45 minutes, making several forays down the wing. A little less efective once City brought their big players on at the break.

Ben Johnson
No notable error. Good to see Pellegrini taking a closer look at his in pre-season.

Issa Diop
One vital error that led to City's third goal, as he conceded possession cheaply and unnecessary. As you might expect from a youngster.

Angelo Ogbonna
Still looking a little clumsy and conceded the penalty that put Manchester City ahead.

Declan Rice
Not involved to any great degree but made several decent interceptions and kept it simple.

Mark Noble
It seems his legs still haven't gone - and he's looking like a leader in every game.

Felipe Anderson
A decent half from the Brazilian winger, who gave one or two City defenders nightmares in the opening stages.

Manuel Lanzini
A decent first half but like many others, faded after the break.

Jack Wilshere
Fit again and it showed - and long may that remain the case.

Michail Antonio
A real busy bee in the 45 minutes he played as the lone striker - a role to be filled by the club's record signing upon returning from China.


Carlos Sanchez
(Replaced Rice) A pretty horrible appearance, in which he was responsible for the final City goal and lucky not to concede a (fairly clear) penalty.

Robert Snodgrass
(Replaced Wilshere) Largely anonymous against the better City players.

Andriy Yarmolenko
(Replaced Rice) "I'll be like a new signing!" he (sort of) said last week. And he was a bit. Unlucky not to score with an effort that rattled the post.

Javier Hernandez
(Replaced Antonio) Not really involved although one 25-yard free kick nearly caught City unawares.

Pablo Zabaleta
(Replaced Fredericks) The old boy endured a bit of a torrid time against City's attack in the second half.

Aaron Cresswell
(Replace Johnson) No more effective that young Johnson, who he replaced.

Pedro Obiang
It may well be his final appearance in claret and blue, the lack of notable effort was evident. * Other subs used: Grady Diangana (Lanzini 62); Winston Reid (Ogbonna 68).

Match Facts

West Ham United: Roberto Jimenez Gago, Ryan Fredericks, Ben Johnson, Issa Diop, Angelo Ogbonna, Declan Rice, Mark Noble, Felipe Anderson, Manuel Lanzini, Jack Wilshere, Michail Antonio.

Goals: Mark Noble 25                  .

Booked: None.

Sent off: None.

Chelsea: .

Subs not used: .

Goals: .

Booked: .

Sent off: None.

Referee: Jonathan Moss.

Attendance: 0.

Man of the Match: Ryan Fredericks.