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Battling Hammers hold £500 million Chelski

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By Hughie Southon

Tomas Soucek ensured the Hammers grabbed a precious point with a one  handed 89th minute save from  a Conor Gallagher’s shot inside his own box and a clear penalty was denied by the referee.

It seemed a perfectly justified conclusion to a game after the Hammers had been denied a draw at Stamford Bridge for an appalling VAR decision which ruled out a Maxwel Cornet equaliser.


The Hammers were particularly strong in the second half of today’s game when Chelsea’s £200 million forward  line could find no way through a well organised defence.

The first half had seen the visitors go ahead when Joao Felix  fired visitors Chelsea ahead with a volleyed finish following a delicious assist by Enzo Fernandez, the £107m British transfer-record signing from Benfica.

Chelsea dominated the early stages of the game but a brilliant move  from the Irons saw Coufal’s cross flicked onto Emerson in the 28th minute for an equaliser from the former Chelsea man.

Chelsea’s Noni Madueke  forced a fine save from Lukasz Fabianski before the West Ham keeper kept out a free-kick by Felix.

In a dramatic finish, West Ham thought they had won it in the closing stages when substitute Tomas Soucek scored from close range but it was ruled out for offside – the third disallowed goal of the match.

The Hammers can be proud of their performance against a team assembled for around £500 million who whilst causing problems throughout could never made their efforts count thanks to some fine defencing and three or four fine saves from Fabianski.

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About Hugh5outhon1895

Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!" Follow on Twitter @hughsouthon

One comment on “Battling Hammers hold £500 million Chelski

  1. The Penalty/non-penalty makes up for the last Chelsea game, when West Ham were robbed.

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