Irons 0 Chelsea 1
Once again we played some great football, dropped bombs all over Chelski but couldn’t explode a defence which has conceded just 22 goals in 26 games.
We were undone in the 22nd minute by a simple Eden Hazard goal which saw the most dangerous player on the Blues side run un-tracked to head home a Ramires cross. Poor defending.
Hazard continued to pose all sorts of problems but the Irons were deeply grateful for a sensational Carl Jenkinson tackle on Diego Costa as the striker broke into the box looking certain to score.
The Hammers had lost Reid – whom unconfirmed stories say has signed a six year deal – with a muscle inury to be replaced by Collins after five minutes.
Ramires fired over and Valencia did the same from a free kick in the early exchanges before the soft Hazard goal put the Hammers on the back foot.
The Irons were never outclassed and after Jenkinson’s brilliant work at the back he broke forward to cross for Sakho but keeper Courtois stretched out a hand to save.
The boys really pressed forward at the start of the second and Sakho again went close when firing narrowly wide of the near post before producing a wonder save from the Chelsea keeper which rebounded to Nolan who just failed.
The visitors’ stopper made yet another fine stop from the Senegal striker and Cahill was forced to make an amazing block from the top goalscorer.
It just wasn’t Sak’s night and he nodded over from Downing’s cross. Late sub Nene saw a thunderbolt blocked before Cresswell cleared off the line from Willian.
The Hammers played for their lives but their very best just wasn’t enough and it’s on to Arsenal with the side still sliding.