Chelsea 0-1 West Ham Utd

  • by Staff Writer
  • Saturday, 30th November 2019

An Aaron Cresswell goal was good enough to secure a famous win at Stamford Bridge - West Ham's first at Chelsea since September 2002.

Jermain Defoe and Paolo Di Canio were the goalscorers on the last occasion a West Ham team tasted success at the Bridge - but this time there were several heroes in claret and blue.

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And it would be hard to deny that the biggest of those was a debutant making his first Premier League appearance at the Tender age of 33!

David Martin - son of former Hammer Alvin - was called into the team earlier this week following the recent poor form of regular reserve Roberto, himself standing in for the injured Lukasz Fabianski.

And the former Millwall man marked his first appearance for the Hammers with a clean sheet before leaving the pitch in tears, overcome after helping the Hammers to a priceless win.

That win came courtesy of a wonderful strike from Aaron Cresswell, who cut inside before firing across Kepa to score the only goal of the game less than two minutes into the second half.

And although Chelsea will no doubt point to the match statistics illustrating how much possession they enjoyed, it it wasn't for the Blues' goalkeeper - and VAR - the defeat for Frank Lampard's side might've been even more comprehensive.

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Michail Antonio, who had a fabulous game, could've opened the scoring midway through the first half with a header but was denied by a brilliant stop from the Spanish international.

And he was to be denied after the break - and after Cresswell had opened the scoring - by the Video Assistant Referee, which determined he'd handled the ball on the way ro converting a Robert Snodgrass cross.

Meanwhile Martin - who ended the game in tears before heading towards the stand where he embraced his father, Alvin - barely had a save to make, although was on hand to do so whenever called upon.

The win takes West Ham up to 13th in the Premier League, just three points behind sixth-places Wolverhampton Wanderers.

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West Ham Utd: Martin, Fredericks, Balbuena, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Rice, Noble, Snodgrass, Fornals (Masuaku 83), Anderson (Yarmolenko 71), Antonio (Haller 76).

Subs not used: Roberto, Zabaleta, Sanchez, Ajeti.

Goals: Cresswell (48).

Booked: Fornals, Yarmolenko, Cresswell.

Chelsea: Kepa, James, Tomori, Zouma, Emerson, Jorginho (Kante 63), Kovacic, Pedro (Willian 63), Pulisic, Mount, Giroud (Hudson-Odoi 71).

Subs not used: Caballero, Azpilicueta, Christensen, Batshauyi.

Referee: Jonathan Moss.

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