Chelsea 1-1 West Ham report - 'Big point for the Hammers'

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Now that's what you call a London derby! West Ham United travelled to Stamford Bridge hoping to continue Chelsea's bad run and come away with something.

9th Apr 2018

With David Moyes in charge this always seemed like a tough task but it was Moyes who deserved the credit when the final whistle blew.

There was a touching feel around Stamford Bridge since the passing of Ray Wilkins (RIP). Both sets of fans applauded and honoured a legend of the game before kick off.

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The atmosphere had Chelsea fans roaring but you could see why they'd been struggling in the league this season as the game got underway.

Despite having so many individual talents, Chelsea's midfield looked dysfunctional and for the first half we completely matched them.

Hart heroics

Willian had a golden chance to put Chelsea 1-0 up when one-on-one with Joe Hart but the goalkeeper made himself big and kept the scores level.

It wasn't long until Chelsea scored a scrappy goal when Cesar Azpilicueta stabbed home from six yards as the Hammers fell asleep in the box.

At this point I knew it would be tough for us to get back into the game, but given that it was a London derby I always had faith. 

Marko Arnautovic was our main point of reference up front; he ran the channels, held the ball up and caused mayhem for Gary Cahill.

We went into half time 1-0 and with a weakened bench I was slightly worried. But we did have one gem in Javier Hernandez who we all knew could make a difference, especially with his emphatic record against Chelsea.

We came out for the second half and immediately looked better. Declan Rice is so mature at centre back for a 19-year-old and coped with the threat of Alvaro Morata and Eden Hazard. You could see the Chelsea fans getting frustrated as they were crying out for the second goal cushion. 

Hernandez impact

We continued to weather storm and Arnautovic did his best to keep banging on the Chelsea door. On came Hernandez, who we hadn't seen for a while, and I was desperate for him to make an impression. 

Mark Noble lofted a ball into the box which Cahill didn't deal with, Arnie picked it up and pulled it back for... who else but Chicharito to fire home.

There were flying limbs in the away end as this was a massive goal for the Hammers.

Hernandez was so composed and hit it low and hard in the opposite corner Thibaut Courtois was diving in and it gave the travelling Hammers a major boost.

We were all happy with a point but at times we could have gone for all three. Arnautovic and Hernandez linked amazingly. 

We even had a stonewall penalty shout turned down for Arnie when he was bearing down on goal only for N'Golo Kante to wipe his legs out.

Credit to Hart who kept us in the game, his save of the game was definitely from a wild Marcos Alonso effort.

It was a big point for West Ham away at Chelsea and takes us another point closer to safety.

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