How the Irons rated against Chelsea


AdrianAdrian: Top performance – some great stops – behind a seriously over-stretched defence. No chance with either goal 8

Jenkinson: Some worrying moments especially when allowing Wilian’s ball into to by-pass him for early chance 5

Reid: Under a lot of pressure and like Collins and Jenks left bemused for second goal. Tough day at office 6

Collins: Did well for the most part and was unlucky to fall foul of some poor referring in his battle with Costa. 6

Cresswell: Like everybody else found it tough but always tried to get forward and some decent defending 6

Noble: Ring rusty after recent lay off but grew into it 6

Downing: Switched to the wing in this formation and thus not the impact player we have become used to 6

Kouyate: No better thanaverage performance and lost possession for second goal 5

Nolan: Steady performance in the middle of the park. Played the simple ball. No complaints 6

Carroll: Looks athletic and fit and again defied those who say he’s all about aerial power 6

Valencia: The one threat to Chelsea, carrying the ball out at real pace to prove a real pressure relieving outlet 7


Song: Looked the business again prompting a late rally. Top display (apart from one sloppy touch-finding pass!) 7

Sakho Not Diafra’s day but the usual hard running and big work rate 5

Amalfitano: headed just wide, hit the post – showed genuine creativity 7

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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!"

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  • bubs says:

    Well it happened,lost for words this time,why we’re Song and Sakho on bench were they injured?cant wait to see who is rested for the next one,the sooner he gets his 100 goal the sooner we can get back to picking our best team.

  • WhuG says:

    That’s about right Hugh. Very balanced.

    • jig says:

      nobody will tell me any different, big Sam was grateful to get out of here without a spanking, every interview he gave in the last couple of weeks has been in ore of Chelsea and Arsenal your views on Nolan are totally wrong , a word i would use to describe his performance is ineffective, the only reason he never subbed him is because if he keeps hauling off his team captain certain questions would have to be asked , i’ll use another word to describe our performance today , embarrassing

  • Your spelling of awe is also totally wrong 😉

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