THE DATA DAY: CHELSEA V WEST HAM UNITED

Posted on: Mon 18 Mar 2013

It was a good day at the Bridge as we moved back to third in the table with a dominant home performance…

The Blues attempted a healthy 24 shots during the 90 minutes, with 11 on target. Five of West Ham's 13 made Petr Cech work for his clean sheet.

Our pass completion rate was 87 per cent, and we boasted 64 per cent possession. 468 of 539 passes found their man, and in the final third we attempted 207 balls with 162 on target. From this possession, we worked 16 shots from inside the area.

In comparison, West Ham were successful with 211 of 282 total passes, 75 per cent.

With Andy Carroll to aim for, it is little surprise West Ham tried more crosses, 23 to 19. The visitors shaded the overall aerial duels, 14 to 12 (Carroll nine of 14), and attempted as many long passes, 49, in the game as we did.

West Ham's Gary O' Neil was their only player to figure in the top 10 passers. He completed 44 of 56 passes. Juan Mata was top with 68 from 77, including an assist, followed by Eden Hazard with 62 from 74 and Frank Lampard with 56 from 67. Credit should also go to Ramires, who made 50 of 51 passes successfully.

Hazard created five handed for team-mates, Mata four, and the pair exchanged 58 passes during the game. West Ham's most frequent combination saw goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen find Carroll 11 times.

Our success came with 24 successful dribbles, Hazard scoring his goal after beating Winston Reid and driving home. That was one of six successful take-ons for the Belgian.

Our goalscorers attempted 11 shots between them.

Both sides did well defensively, Chelsea winning 12 of 13 tackles, the Hammers 15 of 17, with 10 interceptions apiece.