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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.

Soucek 

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.

 

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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