Sunday, April 09, 2006

Chelsea 4 West Ham 1

West Ham tried to copy the Chelski's line up by playing five in midfield, with Harewood on the right and Benayoun in the middle. The Blues however started with a 4-4-2 formation, with Crespo and Drogba up front. Although Benayoun looked good in the middle of the field being a more effective passer than Reo-Coker the Blues started well and looked in control of the game early on.

However Harewood on 10 minutes won a corner on the right wing and Collins scored with a near post header. Straight from the restart the Blues had two good chances, Gabbidon just cleared a cross between two Blues attackers and Essien headed over an easy chance from six yards out. Then a minute later Maniche hit the bar from five yards out. It was beginning to look like West Ham were going to have to defend for 80 minutes.

Then on 15 minutes Scaloni went diving into a tackle and Maniche stamped over the ball and caught Scaloni. Maniche was sent off. West Ham now had five midfielders against Chelsea's three and were able to keep some possession. Just as West Ham were beginning to control the game though, on 28 minutes, Drogba beat Collins in the chase for a long ball and equalised for the Blues. Two minutes later Crespo scored from a Drogba cross to give the Blues the lead.

West Ham then seemed to forget they had the extra man and began to let the Blues dominate possession. On 42 minutes Shaka saved well diving at Drogba's feet when the attacker latched onto a cross and found himself one-on-one with the keeper. Just before the break West Ham had their first chance for a while when Lumpard pulled back Benayoun on the edge of the box. Etherington however shot into the wall.

On 53 minutes West Ham failed to clear from a corner, Gallas shot and hit the bar, and Terry scored from the rebound eight yards out. On 60 mins Harewood glanced a header wide from a free kick from Konchesky on the left wing. From a free kick, won by a Robben dive, Gallas scored the Blues fourth. On 70 minutes Sheringham replaced Benayoun and on 87 minutes he had a shot cleared off the line. But the chances for West Ham were few and far between.

None of the West Ham players came out of this game with any credit. We were thrashed by ten men and didn't have a shot on goal for half an hour after the oppostion had a player sent off. West Ham haven't played well in two months, except in the Man City FA cup game, and what looked to be a promising season is now petering out. We have the FA Cup semi-final to look forward to but morale in the squad must be getting lower and lower. God I'm pissed off. Our goal at the beginning of the season was to avoid relegation and we have achieved that but we have looked a poor team of late.


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