Saturday, April 23, 2011

Chelsea 3 West Ham 0

The first 20 minutes of this game looked very ominous for West Ham. As early as the 3rd minute Malouda got behind the West Ham defence and was only denied by a good save from Green.

However after being forced to defend for the opening period West Ham then started to retain possession and even looked threatening going forward. In the 24th minute Ba forced Cech to tip the ball over the crossbar.

In the 26th minute Sears made a good run down the left and crossed to the far post and Spector's diving header from 6 yards was only denied by a full stretch save from Cech. In the 30th minute a corner from Noble found it's way to Sears who tried a cheeky back flick volley from 6 yards, which was again saved by Cech.

However with minutes to go to half-time Cole crossed from the left and Lampard shot home from 8 yards. This was one of those rare occasions this season when West Ham went into the break actually not deserving to be behind.

The second half was a really open game. Both sides created numerous chances. Da Costa had two good headed chances. In the 53nd minute a 9 yard effort was cleared off the line. In the 78th minute he headed over from 6 yards.

In the 74th minute Keane was clean through on goal and should have at least hit the target from 15 yards but shot wide. In the 69th minute Ba forced a save from Cech with a long range effort.

At the other end Lampard should have got his second but tamely passed back to Green from 6 yards. Luiz hit the crossbar from long range in the 69th minute. With the game in the balance however Torres came on and duly got his first goal for Chelsea from 10 yards.

Then deep into injury time Malouda got Chelsea's third shooting from a few yards outside the penalty area.

For the last few games West Ham have been paying like a team destined for relegation. They still look destined for relegation but at least today they played like a team who want to stay up.


At 8:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I find out it totally inappropriate for you to continue to refer to West Ham as a team "destined for relegation." How many points from safety are we ? Two. Are the other clubs in trouble such as Wigan and Wolves,both of whom blew leads,really performing that well? No. We have 4 fixtures left,3 of which are indeed winnable. Obviously,it's not going to be easy ,but it is still very much in our hands . Acting like it's a foregone conclusion is just stupid. We were without Parker and Upson today as well,both of whom will be back for the remaining fixtures

Do us a favor,and don't dance on our own grave just yet.

At 10:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If we are all honest we did not expect anything from today.
Yes its going to be hard but there is still an outside chance.
We dare not fail in the last 3 games they are all winnable it all depends which West Ham turns up on the day.
Bob the Hammer


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