THE DATA DAY: WEST HAM UNITED V CHELSEA
It was a game of two halves at Upton Park on Saturday, as the home side recovered from a goal down to take advantage of our profligacy and turn the game on its head.
Rafael Benitez said just as much in his own post-match analysis, pointing to Chelsea allowing the home side to gain the ascendency in the physical side of the game and claim all three points.
West Ham attempted just two shots in the first half, compared to 14 in the second. Chelsea's 15 overall was split with seven in the first half, and eight in the second.
Chelsea dominated possession with 58 per cent and an 83 per cent success rate in our passing, though with only 51 per cent territory, it seems too much passing was done in our own half.
Despite their second-half improvement, West Ham actually attempted more passes in the first period, 186 to 152. Of 50 long passes, they had an even split between first and second half, suggesting little change in approach by their manager Sam Allardyce.
Of passes into the final third, we sent more long balls forward than usual and as a result struggled to keep possession in dangerous areas. Of 34 attempted long balls, only nine were successful.
West Ham sent 55 passes into the final third in the first half, compared to 76 in the second.
West Ham's 37 attempted crosses more than doubled our 18. Once again, they dominated in the second half with 26. Of our 18, only one found an away player.
The home side won 14 corners (11 second half) to our five.
West Ham won 18 of the 33 aerial duels, Carlton Cole responsible for eight of his 14, 12 in our half and one contributing to their equaliser. While arguably fouled for that goal, Branislav Ivanovic won only one of his four aerial tussles.
Each of the four goalscorers netted with their only effort on target. Fernando Torres registered three efforts on target without reward.
West Ham's top passer was Mark Noble, who enjoyed greater influence in the second period. Kevin Nolan only misplaced two of his 31 passes, while the home side's lone striker Cole was marginally more involved than Torres, with 33 attempts to 27.
Gary Cahill made three blocks, once again more than any other player.
Stats courtesy of Opta.