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Premier League
Sunday, 23rd September 2018

West Ham United 0
Chelsea 0

by Staff Writer


West Ham secured their first clean sheet of the new season thanks to a goalless draw against Chelsea in Sunday lunchtime's big London derby.

Although the game perhaps failed to live up to it's pre-match billing, both Pellegrini and Sarri will no doubt be content with a share of the spoils.

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However Andriy Yarmolenko, for one, will be cursing for missing a gilt-edged chance to win the game in the closing stages when a Robert Snodgrass centre found the Ukrainian unmarked at the far post, from where he could only nod tamely wide.

West Ham, who were largely on the backfoot but still created several goalscoring opportunities could've been ahead at half time had Michail Antonio managed to convert wither one of two great chances.

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However Chelsea themselves created a string of half chances, although Man of the Match Lucasz Fabianski was on top form once again to deny the high-flying Blues.



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Player Ratings

Lukasz Fabianski
Gets better and better. So far, the best vakue for money summer signing.


Pablo Zabaleta
Worked like a Trojan, produced a string of llung-bursting supporting runs and belied his age.


Arthur Masuaku
One of his most efficient performances at left back so far this season.


Issa Diop
Nullified Chelsea's attacking intent time and time again. Slowly getting to grips with the demands of the Premier League.


Fabian Balbuena
An equally-strong performance from our other central defender who, at one point, found himself in the Chelsea penalty area as a supportive striker. He was quite literally everywhere.


Declan Rice
His best performance in central midfield since being re-utilised there. Some great interceptions and passing to boot.


Mark Noble
Much better performance from the club captain, who gave no quarter in the vital midfield battle.


Felipe Anderson
There are little indications of the Brazilian winger's quality, but we are yet to see it fully.


Pedro Obiang
An efficient performance, though not one with too mnay highlights.


Andriy Yarmolenko
Had a decent game overall, but his performance will mostly be remembered for the glaring miss that could've won West Ham all three points.


Michail Antonio
Played up front in place of the stricken Arnautovic but missed two golden opportunities to break the deadlock.


Substitutes


Lucas Perez
(Replaced Antonio) Barely involved, on the periphery for much of the time he was on the field.


Robert Snodgrass
(Replaced Anderson) The revitalised Scot was back to the bench today but still manged to provide the cross which should've led to a winning goal.


Carlos Sanchez
(Replaced Noble) Brought on to provide some fresh legs for the closing stages.


Adrian San Miguel del Castillo
Did not play.


Ryan Fredericks
Did not play.


Aaron Cresswell
Did not play.


Angelo Ogbonna
Did not play.



Match Facts

Referee: Mike Dean.

Attendance: 56,875.

Man of the Match: Lukasz Fabianski.

West Ham United

Lukasz Fabianski, Pablo Zabaleta, Arthur Masuaku, Issa Diop, Fabian Balbuena, Declan Rice, Mark Noble, Felipe Anderson, Pedro Obiang, Andriy Yarmolenko, Michail Antonio.

Goals: None.

Booked: Felipe Anderson  Robert Snodgrass         .

Sent off: None.

Chelsea

Kepa, Azpilicueta, Rudiger (Cahill 69), David Luiz, Alonso, Jorginho, Kante, Kovacic (Barkley 79), Willian, Hazard, Giroud (Morata 65).

Substitutes: .

Subs not used: Caballero, Zappacosta, Moses, Fabregas.

Goals: .

Booked: Kante.

Sent Off: .

 
Staff Writer's Man of the Match: Lukasz Fabianski


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