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Wed 29 Jan 2014 19:45 (Attendance: 41,376)

PRE-MATCH BRIEFING: CHELSEA V WEST HAM UNITED

The second home game in four days switches attention from cup to league. Club historian Rick Glanvill and club statistician Paul Dutton are ready for west meeting east in this London derby…


TALKING POINTS
Chelsea are aiming tonight for an eighth successive win in all competitions following the victory against Stoke, which ensured progress to the fifth round of the FA Cup for a 15th time in 16 seasons.

The league campaign has come rushing back into focus, with a full programme over last night and tonight. Last night's Premier League results mean Arsenal, who again enjoyed a day more rest than the team with whom they drew, Southampton, are now within striking distance. A 2-0 win tonight would ease Chelsea ahead of the Gunners.

Only City have a better home record than Chelsea, who aim to overturn that situation at the Etihad in five days' time. Part of the Blues' improvement has been built on a run of six clean sheets in eight games - although, surprisingly, West Ham have managed one more than Chelsea's and City's eight overall so far this season.

The defensive reorganisation that followed problems at Stoke and Sunderland are working: according to Opta statistics, Chelsea have allowed only 68 opposition shots on target in the Premier League this term, fewer than any other team.

KEY STAT
Jose Mourinho is unbeaten in open play in all 87 domestic games he has managed at Stamford Bridge.


While the rest of Blighty hunker down against the cold and endless rain, West Ham appear to have secretly and unilaterally declared a winter break. In a few weeks it is reported they will jet off for a warm-weather training camp in Dubai for the third year in succession, maintaining that the production of solar-generated vitamin D aids endurance and injury prevention for the rest of the campaign.

In early 2012 the same Middle East heat treatment was followed by a run of one defeat in 17 matches for the Hammers. Last season it was more of a sun tan than a tonic: they won four, drew four, lost four and failed to score in four of their remaining 12 games. One was a 2-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge (pictured below).

Hazard Chelsea


A whole 1,351 days separated the last appearance of Nemanja Matic's first Chelsea spell and his impressive second 'debut' for the club against Stoke, but that is nothing compared to Joe Cole.

The former Blues Player of the Year holds the Premier League record for the biggest gap between appearances for the same club, having gone 3,534 days between matches for West Ham.

Of course, during that hiatus, much of which was spent here at the Bridge with the club he supported as a kid, he landed three Premier League titles, two FA Cups, one League Cup and one Community Shield.


Premier London League
Pld Gd Pts
1 Arsenal 6 +9 16
2 Chelsea 5 +6 11
3 Tottenham 6 0 10
4 West Ham 6 -1 6
5 Fulham 7 -6 6
6 C Palace 6 -8 3

 

Barclays Premier League table
Top Pld Gd Pts
1 Arsenal 23 +24 52
2 Man City 22 +38 50
3 Chelsea 22 +23 49
4 Liverpool 23 +29 46
5 Tottenham 22 +3 43
6 Everton 23 +11 42
7 Man United 23 +11 40
8 Newcastle 23 +4 37
18 West Ham 22 -11 18

Just six points separate Swansea in 10th place from bottom club Cardiff.

Tonight, Tottenham seek revenge against a Man City team that breached their defence six times without reply at the Etihad back in November under AVB.


Barclays Premier League fixtures
Tonight
Aston Villa v West Brom 7.45pm
Chelsea v West Ham 7.45pm
Sunderland v Stoke 7.45pm
Tottenham v Manchester City 7.45pm - BT Sport


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PRE-MATCH BRIEFING: CHELSEA V WEST HAM UNITED

TACTICAL BRIEF
Since we previewed the Stoke game, multiple-title-winning and all-round London gent Juan Mata has left the squad. Best of luck in the future to the man who memorably delivered the corners that set up Didier Drogba in Munich and Branislav Ivanovic in Amsterdam. Also to genuine Chelsea and Premier League legend in Michael Essien, who has switched to AC Milan.

Our latest Bridge recruit, 21-year-old left-footer Mohamed Salah, is not available for this match and his new manager has suggested he will be eased into the fray as was Willian, who arrived from the Russian Premier League. The manager has also said that despite good progress in his rehabilitation, Marco van Ginkel is some way off a return.

Lightning fast Egypt international Salah is well known to Blues fans - among his 10 goals and six assists for Basel this season are Champions League strikes that helped the Swiss beat us home and away. He was also on target at the Bridge in the 2013 Europa League semi-final.

Despite their recent results, no one should underestimate this relegation-haunted Hammers team, especially as their extensive injury list is clearing.

Sam Allardyce has also moved to bring in three players: former Birmingham and Wolves centre-back Roger Johnson (10 years a Chelsea season ticket-holder) has been joined by 15-cap Italy midfielder Antonio Nocerino on loan from AC Milan and 31-year-old Roma centre-forward Marco Borriello (pictured below), who won the Scudetto back-to-back on loan at Juve in 2012 and with Milan (pipping Samuel Eto'o's Inter) the year before.

Borriello


Nocerino, 28, was a vital cog in central midfield for Juve and Palermo a few years ago but has been out of the Milan team much of the last two seasons because of form or injury. He crossed for Kevin-Prince Boateng's opener in their 4-0 Champions League victory over Arsenal in May 2012.

Out of favour at Italy's Olympic Stadium, Borriello, has managed just one goal this season and may need time to gain fitness. Leeds United's chairman also revealed his club had had turned down an offer to take prolific goalscorer Ross McCormack to the Boleyn.

The former Bolton boss needed to freshen things up. West Ham use the flanks and cross often, although the chief beneficiary of such service, Andy Carroll, is only just finding his match fitness following an extended spell on the sidelines. The striker, the Irons' £15m record signing, played in their 2-0 defeat at the Bridge last season but has been eased back into the fray by his manager since returning earlier this month.

They are themselves susceptible down the wings, especially to pace and trickery. Having given him a rest at the weekend, Mourinho may recall Willian to the starting line-up for that reason. As Fernando Torres remains sidelined, Samuel Eto'o is the most likely starter upfront.

As with most Sam Allardyce sides, the Hammers are happy to bypass midfield and play it long to put pressure on opposition defences. A consequence is that they like to try speculative shots outside the box from knockdowns and lay-offs. In the no.10 role, Ravel Morrison may not have consistency but he clearly has skill and an eye for goal. Chelsea's deep-lying midfielders will have to be alert to that threat. Mourinho also has a call to make on whether to recall Cesar Azpilicueta at full-back.

Big Sam will be concerned should his side persist in their habit of conceding fouls in dangerous areas. Leaving aside the ability shown by Oscar against Stoke just outside the box, they are poor at defending set-plays fired into the goal area.

A notable feature of Stoke's game on Sunday was apparently to take it in turns to have a nibble at the most-fouled player in the league, Eden Hazard. Two of the three yellow cards shown by Chris Foy were for offences against the Belgian player.Only Sunderland's players have been shown more than the Hammers' four red cards this season - two of them for captain Kevin Nolan.

For a defensive midfielder Alou Diarra can be sloppy in possession.Mohamed Diame has more recently played in a wide role.

In central defence, while Johnson and James Tomkins are still settling into each other's ways, Allardyce will be most keen to see Winston Reid back. Without him their defending has been loose at times, with Negredo and Aguero like knives through butter in the Capital One Cup. Attacking midfielder Matt Taylor will no doubt be happy to be relieved from temporary right-back duties.

Elsewhere it's a warm welcome back to the Coles, our old boys Joe and Carlton. Joe and teammate Diame went off injured during the Capital One Cup 9-0 aggregate semi-final loss to Manchester City. Joe was yesterday said to be Allardyce's only injury doubt. That could also mean the return of the injured trio of forward Ricardo Vaz Te and defenders Guy Demel and Joey O'Brien.

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PRE-MATCH BRIEFING: CHELSEA V WEST HAM UNITED

WE HAVE HISTORY
Chelsea are looking to extend our unbeaten home run against West Ham to nine games in all competitions. We have won seven of the last eight.

One of the most memorable came just under eight years ago at the Bridge, when Jose Mourinho's Blues were progressing inexorably to a back-to-back title win. The team were not progressing as swiftly as expected, though: a 0-0 draw at Birmingham City the week before had made it impossible for Chelsea to secure the championship on 9 April against the Hammers, as he had predicted weeks before.

When Chris Foy showed red to on-loan midfielder Maniche just 17 minutes into the match, with the visitors already ahead through a James Collins header, muffled alarm bells were ringing.

Not that Mourinho heard them. He simply adjusted his unfamiliar 4-4-2 to a more front-loaded formation and went for it. Fifteen minutes later Alan Pardew and co. did not know what had hit them.

First a brilliant through-ball set Didier Drogba racing towards goal. His initial shot was saved by Shaka Hislop but he levelled with the rebound. Two minutes later the Ivorian fired in a cross-shot that was met by his Argentinean co-striker to put the Blues ahead a quarter of an hour before the break.

Stamford Bridge was buzzing as the second half started and Chelsea maintained the momentum. Michael Essien feinted and found his way into the box to lay back for William Gallas. The full-back's powerful strike hit the bar and fell kindly for John Terry to make it three.

Wave after wave of Chelsea attacks made light of the numerical disadvantage and Mourinho's first substitute made clear there would be no let-up, Arjen Robben replacing Crespo.

The brilliant winger immediately bamboozled full-back Paul Konchesky, who fouled him on the edge of the box. Robben's set-piece was not cleared and Gallas swept in from close range (pictured below) to complete a 4-1 scoreline that had been unforeseeable 52 minutes earlier.

2006


West Ham's most recent win at Stamford Bridge was in September 2002. Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink opened the scoring with a penalty but goals from Jermain Defoe and Paolo Di Canio either side of the break put the visitors in the driving seat. A sublime Gianfranco Zola free-kick brought the scores level but another Di Canio goal with seven minutes to go secured West Ham's first win of the season.


Our last 10 league meetings at Stamford Bridge
2000/01 - Chelsea won 4-2
2001/02 - Chelsea won 5-1
2002/03 - West Ham won 3-2
2005/06 - Chelsea won 4-1
2006/07 - Chelsea won 1-0
2007/08 - Chelsea won 1-0
2008/09 - Drew 1-1
2009/10 - Chelsea won 4-1
2010/11 - Chelsea won 3-0
2012/13 - Chelsea won 2-0

 

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The reverse fixture this season
23 November 2013 Barclays Premier League
West Ham……..….…0 Chelsea………..……3
                                      Lampard 21 pen, 81
                                      Oscar 33
                Att: 34,977


Chelsea v West Ham in all competitions
Games played 100
Chelsea wins 45
West Ham wins 37
Draws 18


Head to head in the League at Stamford Bridge
Games played 44
Chelsea wins 23
West Ham wins 12
Draws 9


Biggest league win at Stamford Bridge for each team
09/04/1966 - Chelsea 6-2 West Ham
29/03/1986 - Chelsea 0-4 West Ham


DAYS SINCE
Chelsea failed to win at Stamford Bridge: 81
West Ham avoided defeat at Stamford Bridge: 1,872
Arsenal won a trophy: 3,175
Liverpool won the league: 8,670

 

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PRE-MATCH BRIEFING: CHELSEA V WEST HAM UNITED

CHELSEA STATS
The Blues have scored 12 goals in the last 15 minutes of league matches this season, more than any other Barclays Premier League club.

Chelsea have won 17 and drawn three of our last 20 home Premier League games, since QPR won at Stamford Bridge on 2 January last year.

Since the November international break, the Blues have won 28 points from a possible 33. Only Man City with 31 have won more in the same period.

Chelsea have gained 14 points from losing positions this season, the best record in the Premier League.

The Blues have won 11 of the 13 league games we have opened the scoring.

Chelsea have conceded the fewest goals in the Premier League (20).

The Blues are eight points up compared to the corresponding 22 fixtures last season.

We have kept six clean sheets and conceded just two goals in our last eight league and cup matches.


Last six results
Dec 29 Liverpool (h) W 2-1
Jan 1 Southampton (a) W 3-0
Jan 5 Derby (FA Cup a) W 2-0
Jan 11 Hull (a) W 2-0
Jan 19 Manchester United (h) W 3-1
Jan 26 Stoke (FA Cup h) W 1-0

 

Premier League scorers (43)
Hazard 9 (1 pen), Eto'o 6, Oscar 6, Lampard 4 (1 pen), Torres 4, Schurrle 3, Terry 2, Willian 2, own goals 2, Ba 1, Cahill 1, Ivanovic 1, Mikel 1, Ramires 1.


League games since
A home win: 0
A home draw: 5
A home defeat: 20


Chelsea's next three games
Mon 3 Feb Manchester City away 8pm*
Sat 8 Feb Newcastle home 3pm
Tue 11 Feb West Brom away 7.45pm

 

MILESTONES
If selected, Ramires will make his 100th Premier League start for the club

Frank Lampard's next converted penalty will be his 50th for the Blues. Frank's next goal will be his 250th in his club career (Chelsea 209, West Ham 39, Swansea 1).


WEST HAM STATS
Formed
1895

Major trophies
3 FA Cups, last in 1980
1 European Cup Winners' Cup in 1965
1 FA Charity Shield in 1964 (shared with Liverpool)


West Ham have picked up nine points on the road from a possible 33.

Their two wins have come at Tottenham in October and Cardiff in their last away game, three draws at Newcastle, Southampton and Swansea and six defeats to Hull, Norwich, Crystal Palace, Liverpool, Man Utd and Fulham.

Despite lying 18th in the Premier League, only Arsenal (10) have kept more clean sheets than West Ham's nine. In the 11 games away from Upton Park they have achieved five shut-outs and have failed to score five times.

West Ham have lost 14 points from winning positions this term which is more than any other team.

They have gained only one point from losing positions, which is fewer than any other Premier League club.

The Hammers have gained only one point from the eight games they were behind at half-time.

West Ham have hit the target with just 35% of their shots this season, the lowest accuracy in the Premier League (OPTA).


Manager Sam Allardyce
Days in charge: 973
Played 122
Won 48
Drawn 31
Lost 43

 

West Ham's last 10 year league history
Pts Pos Division Level
2003/04 74 4th League Division One 2
2004/05 73 6th Championship 2
2005/06 55 9th Premier League 1
2006/07 41 15th Premier League 1
2007/08 49 10th Premier League 1
2008/09 51 9th Premier League 1
2009/10 35 17th Premier League 1
2010/11 33 20th Premier League 1
2011/12 86 3rd Championship 2
2012/13 46 10th Premier League 1

Last six results
Jan 1 Fulham (a) L 1-2
Jan 5 Nottingham Forest (FA Cup a) L 0-5
Jan 8 Manchester City (Capital One Cup a) L 0-6
Jan 11 Cardiff (a) W 2-0
Jan 18 Newcastle (h) L 1-3
Jan 21 Manchester City (Capital One Cup h) L 0-3

 

Premier League scorers (22)
C Cole 5, J Cole 3, Morrison 3, Diame 2, Noble 2 (1 pen), Nolan 2, Vaz Te 2, Maiga 1, Reid 1, own goals 1.




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League games since
An away win: 0
An away draw: 6
An away defeat: 1


WINDOW WATCH
Completed January transfers

Chelsea
Ins Bertrand Traore (Bobo-Dioulasso, undisclosed), Nemanja Matic (Benfica, undisclosed), Mohamed Salah (Basel, undisclosed)
Outs Juan Mata (Man Utd, undisclosed), Kevin De Bruyne (Wolfsburg, undisclosed), Sam Walker (Colchester, undisclosed), Ryan Bertrand (Aston Villa, loan), Bertrand Traore (Vitesse Arnhem, loan), Patrick Bamford (Derby, loan), Kenneth Omeruo (Middlesbrough, loan), Nathaniel Chalobah (Middlesbrough, loan), Josh McEachran (Wigan, loan), Michael Essien (AC Milan, free)
West Ham
Ins Antonio Nocerino (AC Milan, loan) Marco Borriello (AS Roma, loan), Janaai Gordon (Peterborough United, undisclosed), Roger Johnson (Wolves, loan).
Outs Blair Turgott (Rotherham United, loan), Mladen Petric (released)


THE MAN IN THE MIDDLE
Neil Swarbrick is refereeing at Stamford Bridge for the first time this season. His only Chelsea game so far was the 3-1 win at Norwich in October.


OTHERWISE ENGAGED
There are no suspensions.

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Chelsea v West Ham

 

Chelsea

  • 1
    Petr Cech
  • 2
    Branislav Ivanovic
  • 24
    Gary Cahill
  • 26
    John Terry
  • 28
    Cesar Azpilicueta Substitution
  • 7
    Nascimento Ramires
  • 12
    John Mikel Substitution
  • 22
    da Silva Willian
  • 11
    Emboaba Oscar Substitution
  • 17
    Eden Hazard
  • 29
    Samuel Eto'o

Substitutions

  • 4
    David Luiz
  • 23
    Mark Schwarzer
  • 8
    Frank Lampard Substitution
  • 14
    Andre Schurrle
  • 19
    Demba Ba Substitution
  • 3
    Ashley Cole
  • 21
    Nemanja Matic Substitution
Shots on Target
9
1
Shots off Target
30
Corners
13
3
Fouls
12
10
Most fouls
Ramires
Carroll
4
4
Yellow Cards
1
3
Red Cards

West Ham Utd

  • 13
    Adrian
  • 20
    Guy Demel
  • 5
    James Tomkins
  • 19
    James Collins
  • 17
    Joey O'Brien
  • 21
    Substitution Mohamed Diame
  • 16
    Mark Noble
  • 23
    Stewart Downing
  • 4
    Substitution Kevin Nolan
  • 14
    Matthew Taylor
  • 9
    Substitution Andy Carroll

Substitutions

  • 24
    Substitution Carlton Cole
  • 3
    George McCartney
  • 22
    Jussi Jaaskelainen
  • 46
    Marco Borriello
  • 7
    Substitution Matthew Jarvis
  • 15
    Ravel Morrison
  • 47
    Substitution Antonio Nocerino

CHELSEA v WEST HAM - 29/01/14

Chelsea vs West Ham United Highlights

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Match Highlights from Stamford Bridge
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MATCH REPORT: CHELSEA 0 WEST HAM UNITED 0

Summary
A goalless draw against West Ham United brought an end to our seven-game winning streak, with the Blues unable to break down the visitors despite dominating possession for long spells.

West Ham goalkeeper Adrian was the difference between the two sides in the first half, making a stunning save to deny Oscar early on and then thwarting both John Terry and Samuel Eto'o just before the break.

The second half followed a similar pattern, with Chelsea looking the more likely of the two sides but without being able to make the decisive breakthrough. Frank Lampard, whose introduction made a difference midway through the second half, saw a strike blocked shortly after coming on, while Demba Ba and Eden Hazard both went close in added time.

Samuel Eto'o had a goal ruled out after he rolled the ball into an empty net as Adrian prepared to take a goal-kick, but the best chance of the half, and probably the game, fell to Lampard right at the death, the midfielder running on to a Hazard pass but driving his strike straight at Adrian.

The visitors managed to see the game out and hold on for a point, meaning we will now look to get back to winning ways when we make the trip to Manchester City on Monday.

Team news
Jose Mourinho made five changes to the side which beat Stoke City in the FA Cup on Sunday, with the defensive area of the pitch most heavily affected. Petr Cech came back into the side for Mark Schwarzer, and John Terry preserved the run which has seen him start every Premier League game this season. At left-back, Cesar Azpilicueta returned to the starting line-up with Ashley Cole dropping down to the bench.

In midfield, there were two changes, with Ramires and John Mikel Obi replacing Lampard and Nemanja Matic, while Eto'o was once again selected to lead the line.

For the Hammers, Joe Cole missed the game through injury, while another former Blue, Carlton Cole, was named among the substitutes, along with news signings Marco Borriello and Antonio Nocerino. Andy Carroll, meanwhile, made his first start of the season in attack.

First half
The two sides went into the game equally in need of the three points, but for very different reasons, and it was the Blues looking to strike the early blow.

After a Willian corner, won by Azpilicueta, was cleared by Carroll at the near post, a marauding run by Ramires was brought to a halt on the edge of the penalty area.

Five minutes in, however, the visitors were appealing for a penalty. Stewart Downing delivered from wide on the left and, as Carroll brought the ball down ahead of Azpilicueta, the striker tumbled to the ground. Sam Allardyce and his coaching staff were on their feet in the belief there had been contact, but replays proved the big striker had simply lost his footing in the wet turf.

Almost instantly we launched an attack from which we went close to breaking the deadlock. Hazard's threatening run was thwarted, but as Willian swept the loose ball into the feet of Oscar, positioned on the angle of the penalty area, the Brazilian looked up and curled a delightful effort towards the far corner, only to see it turned over the bar by Adrian.

John Mikel Obi in action against West Ham

While the Blues were enjoying plenty of possession, West Ham were posing a threat, particularly in the air, and Cech produced a smart stop to deny Carroll as he headed a Downing free-kick towards the bottom corner.

The contest was developing into an entertaining spectacle, and Eto'o was presented with his first sight of goal after Hazard intelligently nodded a wonderful Branislav Ivanovic pass into his path. The ball sat up nicely for the Cameroonian but his strike was wayward and flew harmlessly into the Shed End.

With the visitors getting plenty of men behind the ball as soon as we picked up possession, the likes of Hazard, Oscar and Willian were struggling to penetrate their back four and carve out opportunities for Eto'o.

As the half-hour mark approached West Ham were forced into a substitution after Mohamed Diame tumbled over the advertising hoardings and into the lower tier of the Matthew Harding Stand. The collision was an unfortunate accident as he challenged for the ball, but it brought the midfielder's evening to a premature conclusion and he was replaced by Matt Jarvis.

Chelsea passes were beginning to go astray as the half progressed, and as we struggled to find any kind of rhythm in the final third we were limited to shots from distance.

Eden Hazard in action against West Ham

Hazard, as has often been the case of late, looked the most likely to make the breakthrough, but on the rare occasions when the Belgian worked himself into a dangerous position he was crowded out by a West Ham defence determined not to give him a yard of space.

A minute before the break we did threaten again when Terry climbed highest to meet Willian's corner, but on this occasion Adrian made the save with his feet to deny the Chelsea skipper in a crowded box.

Moments later, with virtually the last action of the first half, Adrian was responsible for keeping the scores level once more when he turned a fierce Eto'o strike around the post.

Second half
It was a positive start to the second half by the Blues, and after Hazard had fired over the bar from an acute angle, a teasing Oscar delivery from wide on the right narrowly evaded the runs of Eto'o and Willian.

No doubt buoyed by the success of their approach during the opening 45 minutes, the Hammers set their stall out in a similar vein, and it became apparent that it was going to take something special - or a mistake - for us to profit.

Gary Cahill in action against West Ham

As the game approached the hour mark, tempers began to fray, and Joey O'Brien was fortunate to escape with only a yellow card after clattering Willian from behind. It really was an awful challenge and one that had Mourinho and his coaching staff understandably fuming.

Soon after, West Ham saw their best opportunity of the game go begging when Carroll scuffed a volley after Cech had pushed Downing's cross into his path.

Sensing the need for a change, Mourinho made his first substitution of the evening, bringing on Frank Lampard and Nemanja Matic at the expense of Mikel and Azpilicueta, while a straight swap for the Hammers saw Cole replace Carroll.

The change in personnel saw Ramires operating as a right-back when we were defending but playing higher up as soon as we won the ball back, and Ivanovic taking up the left-back position. The two substitutes were tasked with protecting the back four but also supporting the attacking players when possible.

Lampard was presented with a wonderful chance shortly after entering the action, picking up an Oscar pass inside the West Ham penalty area. His first touch took him away from the challenge of James Collins but as he fired left-footed towards goal he was denied by a last-ditch block from James Tomkins.

Frank Lampard shoots against West Ham

It was the Blues in the ascendancy as the game entered its final 15 minutes, and the home supporters felt Eto'o had a legitimate penalty claim when he went down under the challenge of Guy Demel as he looked to get on the end of a Ramires cross.

Mourinho, meanwhile, made his third and final substitution, replacing Oscar with Demba Ba as we went in search of a winner.

With the visitors packed in and around the edge of their own penalty area, openings were proving hard to come by, and Ivanovic decided to go for goal from long range as the clock ticked down, but after catching it with the outside of his boot it sailed high and wide.

Having created very few clear goalscoring opportunities for much of the second half, we produced three in the dying minutes of the game. Ba turned a Hazard cross on to the foot of the post from close range, and moments later the Belgian flashed a strike wide, much to the frustration of the unmarked Terry, who was screaming for the ball in acres of space.

Eto'o then felt he'd won us the game when he scored in controversial circumstances. Adrian had placed the ball down in preparation for a goal-kick and, as he turned his back on the action the Chelsea striker pounced and rolled it into the empty net. The goal unsurprisingly sparked a mixed reaction, with players and fans on both sides claiming the decision should go their way.

The only man inside Stamford Bridge whose opinion did count, however, was referee Neil Swarbrick, and much to the frustration of the home supporters he ruled the goal out.

That looked to be our best hope of a winner gone, but in the fourth minute of added time Hazard ran at the retreating West Ham defenders and laid the ball into the path of the advancing  Lampard. The former Hammer, arriving in the penalty area in trademark fashion, looked destined to score, but could only fire at the feet of Adrian, meaning we were forced to settle for just a point in a game we would have hoped to have taken all three.

Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Cech; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry (c), Azpilicueta (Lampard 63); Ramires, Mikel (Matic 63); Willian, Oscar (Ba 79), Hazard; Eto'o.
Unused substitutes: Schwarzer, Cole, David Luiz, Schurrle.
Booked Ramires 84

West Ham United (4-5-1): Adrian; Demel, Collins, Tomkins, O'Brien; Diame (Jarvis 30), Nolan (c) (Nocerino 80), Noble, Taylor, Downing; Carroll (C Cole 63).
Unused substitutes: Jaaskelainen, McCartney, Morrison, Borriello.
Booked O'Brien 58, Taylor 60, Nolan 74

Referee Neil Swarbrick
Crowd
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Matchday Programme

PSG - 8/4/14 - MOURINHO

We begin this second leg knowing exactly what we need to do to progress...

PSG - 8/4/14 - JT

These are the big games, the big nights we all dreamed of as kids growing up, and we need big performances all round tonight if we are to go through...

ARSENAL - 22/3/14 - MOURINHO

We have another big derby game today...

ARSENAL - 22/3/14 - JT

What a great night Tuesday was...

GALATASARAY- 18/3/14 - JT

Before we talk about Galatasaray and Didier's return, I want to say how gutted we were to lose three points at Villa on Saturday evening...

GALATASARAY - 18/3/14 - MOURINHO

Tonight, we return to the Champions League and we, like Manchester United, find ourselves in a difficult position, where we are left to defend English football in Europe...

EVERTON - 22/2/14 - MOURINHO

At the moment, we are top of the league with three points more than Manchester City - or the same points if they win their game in hand...

EVERTON - 22/2/14 - JT

We go into this game top of the league and, with our match being the early kick-off this weekend, a win here against Everton is vital...

NEWCASTLE UNITED - 8/2/14 - MOURINHO

Are you happy with our players' performance at Manchester City? If so, show them today!

NEWCASTLE UNITED - 8/2/14 - JT

Monday night was a brilliant performance and a great result for us...

WEST HAM UNITED - 29/01/14 - MOURINHO

Tonight we go into a difficult game against West Ham understanding the importance of ensuring we take three points from this London derby...

WEST HAM UNITED- 29/01/14 - JT

After a good win over Stoke in the FA Cup, we come back to the league today with a London derby and we are determined to keep our winning streak going now...

MAN UNITED - 19/01/14 - MOURINHO

Today, we play against the champions. We don't play against a team that is 11 points away from the leaders, we play versus Manchester United...

MAN UNITED - 19/01/14 - JT

We are back at Stamford Bridge today after three away games on the spin, from which we've picked up three important wins...

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