Saturday, December 01, 2007

Chelsea 1 West Ham 0

In the first half West Ham were incredible in the tackle, winning about 80% of the challenges. They restricted the Blues to only two shots from open play, a Mikel long shot that flew high and wide and a Drogba shot from the left hand corner of the penalty area.

West Ham had two efforts on goal themselves both by Solano. His first effort was a lob that Cudicini just got back in time to tip over the bar and his second being a long drive from a Cole knock back that flew over the bar from 25 yards.

The game continued in the same vein in the second half, with West Ham breaking up the play well. However in the 75th minute Kalou won a header that split Upson and Gabbidon and found Cole in an offside position. The linesman decided to ignore the offside and Cole ran into the box, rounded the out rushing Green and scored from six yards.

Curbishley threw on Ashton but the only real disappointment in West Ham's performance today was that they couldn't muster any real attempts in the dying minutes to draw the game.

I think Curbishley got his pre-match comments right for this game; Chelsea are as boring as ever and it was the ref that won it.

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