Hammers left feeling Blues by nap-hand Chelsea

Chelsea v West Ham United – Premier League – Stamford Bridge – Report

Chelsea 5-0 West Ham United 

West Ham United suffered another heavy defeat on the road as London rivals Chelsea recorded a resounding 5-0 Premier League triumph at Stamford Bridge.

Despite their alarming dip in recent weeks, boss David Moyes offered a positive slant ahead of the match: “It’s an important game on Sunday, but only as important as the other thirty-five we’ve already played,” he explained.

“You get the same three points for a win in every match. The time of year makes these games important, and we’ll do our best to get a result.

“We’re playing Chelsea, who have enjoyed lots of success in recent years, and won many trophies. It says a lot that we’re competing with them for a European place, and I think for us to be where we are with three games to go is good, after just coming out of Europe, where we’ve been for the last three years.

“We’re in a tight league position, as we have been all season. We’re going to have to do our best in each remaining game to stay there, and hopefully jump up a place or two.”

Chelsea’s 2-0 victory over Tottenham at Stamford Bridge four days earlier was their ninth home victory in eleven outings. Nani Madueke tested Alphonse Areola at his near post as the Blues looked to extend that particular sequence.

Just before the quarter of an hour mark, Chelsea forged ahead. Cole Palmer’s left-footed effort had too much for Areola. The visitors already appeared to be staring down the barrel.

Jarrod Bowen headed against the woodwork as the visitors went hell for leather in search of an equaliser. Meanwhile, a timely block from Tomas Soucek denied Palmer a swift second, while Trevoh Chalobah headed directly at Areola from the resulting flag-kick. 

Soon it was two. Conor Gallagher supplied the emphatic finish after the East Londoners had failed to clear their lines. It was crisp, effective stuff from the home side. West Ham had no answers.

Madueke was a whisker away from extending Chelsea’s advantage. However, he was on hand to head home the resulting corner from Thiago Silva, sending some of the Hammers followers towards the exits.

Bowen hit the frame of the goal for a second time after Vladimir Coufal had fashioned an opening from the right. However, his efforts did very little to paper over the gaping cracks.

The second period was just three minutes old when Nicolas Jackson added a fourth after Madueke had unselfishly laid it on a plate. Emerson’s horrible miss from close range summed up West Ham’s disastrous afternoon.

Substitute, James Ward-Prowse, forced Djordje Petrovic into some meaningful action. But West Ham’s race was long since run. Areola clung to Palmer’s low attempt, then turned aside another from Madueke as the traffic remained one-way.

Areola saved from Gallagher with his feet, while Bowen was again left cursing his luck after he clipped the bar again. Chelsea responded, with Jackson racing clear to add a fifth, despite a lengthy VAR check.

While Chelsea honed in on a top-seven berth, West Ham’s campaign continues to capitulate. They return to Premier League action on Saturday, May 11, when they face Luton Town at the London Stadium (3pm).

Chelsea: Petrovic, Chalobah (Gusto 83′), Silva (Disasi 83′), Badiashile, Cucurella, Gallagher (Capt), Caicedo, Madueke (Casadei 76′), Mudryk (Nkunku 76′), Palmer (Gilchrist 89′), Jackson Subs not used: Bettinelli (GK), Colwill, Sterling, Deivid

Booked: Cucurella (foul)

Goals: Palmer 15′, Gallagher 28′, Madueke 36′, Jackson 48′, 80′

West Ham United: Areola, Coufal, Zouma (Capt), Ogbonna, Emerson, Souček, Álvarez (Ward-Prowse 46′), Paquetá (Cresswell 77′), Kudus, Antonio (Ings 70′), Bowen

Subs not used: Fabiański (GK), Johnson, Cornet, Earthy, Casey, Mubama

Booked: Ogbonna (foul), Emerson (foul), Paqueta (foul)

Goals: None

Referee: Andy Madley

Assistant Referees: Harry Lennard and Nick Hopton

Fourth Official: Darren England

VAR: Peter Bankes

Assistant VAR: Mark Scholes

Attendance: 39,295


Brian Jeeves

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