Chelsea 3 – 0 West HamDecember 21, 2020
A Thiago Silva header and late double from Tammy Abraham earned lacklusture Chelsea a 3-0 win over West Ham at Stamford Bridge.
Frank Lampard’s side, who had lost their last two in the Premier League, needed to get back on track against their London rivals and Silva’s powerful header on 10 minutes was the ideal start, after Declan Rice had a goal ruled out for offside.
The game descended into an attritional affair short on quality after that dramatic opening, but two sharp finishes from Abraham (78, 80) in two minutes sealed the three points which lift Chelsea above Tottenham, into fifth, while West Ham will spend Christmas in 10th spot.
Chelsea: Mendy (6), Azpilicueta (7), Zouma (7), Silva (8), Chilwell (n/a), Kante (6), Jorginho (6), Werner (5), Mount (7), Pulisic (6), Abraham (7).
Subs: Emerson (6), Kovacic (6), Havertz (n/a)
West Ham: Fabianski (6), Coufal (6), Balbuena (6), Ogbonna (6), Cresswell (7), Noble (6), Rice (7), Soucek (7), Fornals (6), Haller (5), Bowen (7).
Subs: Benrahma (5), Fredericks (n/a)
Man of the Match: Thiago Silva (Chelsea)
How Chelsea beat their London rivals…
West Ham did the double over Chelsea last season and thought they had got off to a flyer when Rice raced onto a quick free-kick from Aaron Cresswell and converted brilliantly from a tight angle on seven minutes – but an offside flag confirmed the midfielder had gone just too soon.
Birthday boy Ben Chilwell had turned his ankle moments earlier and was forced off on nine minutes – but despite that setback Chelsea hit the front seconds later, when Silva found some pace to head Mason Mount’s corner home.
It was the first set-piece goal West Ham had conceded all season but Mount thought he should have had another assist with a cross soon after, when he berated Abraham and Timo Werner for not latching onto his pass through the six-yard box
Abraham did have the ball in the net on 15 minutes, although the ball had clearly gone out of play when Cesar Azpilicueta crossed. There was more debate when Jarrod Bowen hit the net after the whistle had blown at the other end on the half hour, with Silva going down easily as he battled for Tomas Soucek’s flick-on.
Werner should have scored legitimately just before half-time when Christian Pulisic teed him up in the box after a driving run but the Germany forward – who has now gone 10 games without a goal for club and country – shot tamely at Lukasz Fabianski.
- Tammy Abraham, Cesar Azpilicueta, and Jorginho started for Chelsea as Kai Havertz was dropped to the bench.
- Mark Noble made his first start since the opening day for West Ham, while Fabian Balbuena was also back in the XI.
Chelsea dominated the early possession in the game but lacked a spark, going 30 minutes without a shot after Silva’s opener in the first half, and Lampard’s team were short on verve after the break, too.
Werner almost met Abraham’s fizzed cross at the start of the second period but with the hosts below par, West Ham took the upper hand and a block from Azpilicueta was crucial to keep out Pablo Fornals just after the hour.
The visitors were no more efficient at carving out clear chances, though – they failed to register a single shot on target – and two clinical finishes from Abraham in the final stages took the contest away from them.
The England striker first flicked in Werner’s scuffed shot, before firing home a rebound after Fabianski had blocked Pulisic’s header to secure the win. There could have been more gloss added in the 89th minute but Werner’s close-range shot crashed against the bar, rather summing up his luck in front of goal right now.
- West ham failed to score for the first time in their last 10 away Premier League games, losing for just the third time on the road in that period (W4 D3).
- Chelsea have scored more goals from corners than any other team in the Premier League this season (8), with three of these goals being headers from Mason Mount assists. AT 3-0
- David Moyes is without a win in any of his 16 Premier League visits to Stamford Bridge (D7 L9), the joint-highest tally of any manager never to win at a stadium in the competition, equalling his own record (16 games at Anfield).
- Mason Mount made his 50th Premier League appearance for Chelsea tonight, becoming the youngest English player (21y 346d) to reach this milestone for the club since John Terry in January 2002 (21y 36d).
- Tammy Abraham has scored his first brace for Chelsea across all competitions since September 2019 (hat-trick v Wolves), with just 101 seconds separating Abraham’s two finishes.
- Timo Werner has failed to score in each of his last seven starts for Chelsea in all competitions, his longest run of starts without a goal in club competition since September 2016, between spells at Stuttgart and RB Leipzig (9).
Chelsea are at Arsenal on Boxing Day, live on Sky Sports Premier League from 5pm; kick-off 5.30pm. West Ham host Brighton on December 27, live on Sky Sports Premier League, from 2pm; kick-off 2.15pm.