Second half show produces stunning win
By Tom Dowsett
Sunday 02 Dec 2012 14:05:00
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After losing at Old Trafford on Wednesday night, Saturday lunchtime's visit of London rivals Chelsea to Upton Park was a different story for West Ham United as they came from behind to claim a 3-1 victory.

Sam Allardyce made three changes from the team that were defeated 1-0 against Manchester United. Mark Noble returned from suspension to make his 200th League appearance in place of Mohamed Diame who dropped to the bench along with Matthew Taylor who was replaced by Gary O'Neil. Andy Caroll missed out because of a knee problem picked up in midweek so Carlton Cole made a start. Winston Reid was named in defence, meaning he made his 50th appearance for the club.

The game got underway and it was the visitors who had most of the early possession and could have taken the lead early on when the ball took a deflection off Reid but it looped over the crossbar and out for a corner. The kick was dealt with and West Ham survived.

Chelsea did score on 12 minutes, when Reid was caught out by the run of Fernando Torres who played a wonderful pass to Juan Mata and he calmly slotted the ball past Jussi Jaaskelainen.

Chelsea had numerous chances to extend their lead but instead on 34 minutes it was West Ham who thought they had equalised through Kevin Nolan, but his effort was ruled out for a foul on Branislav Ivanovic by James Collins.

On 41 minutes, Jaaskalienen made a superb save from Mata's first-time shot; he had been set up following a pullback from Victor Moses after he had fouled Guy Demel. The ball then rebounded to Mata who tried again but Joey O'Brien prevented the ball's progress with a superb sliding tackle.

The Hammers had a great chance to equalise right on half-time but Nolan's shot was superbly palmed away by Petr Cech for a corner. When the kick came in, the goalkeeper punched the ball away.

At half-time, Big Sam made a double change replacing James Tomkins and O'Neil with Taylor and Diame.

The second half was a complete role reversal from the first as West Ham were piling on the pressure and the changes made a huge difference. They found an equaliser on 63 minutes, as Cole netted his first goal of the season when the connected with a cross from Matt Jarvis to fire past Cech which brought loud cheers from the home fans.

Both keepers were then called into action as firstly, Jarvis saw his shot saved by Cech before Jaaskalienen made a superb double save from Torres and Mata. Noble then gave away a freekick after he had fouled Ramires. From the set piece Mata's curling effort hit the inside of the post. West Ham continued to put the pressure on as they broke away and Cole won a corner; Reid's resulting header hit a defender and the ball went behind for a second corner but it was easily cleared.

West Ham went close again on 82 minutes, when a superb ball from Noble set up a shot for Jarvis, but Cech made a superb diving save to his left. From the resulting corner kick, Reid headed forward and Ashley Cole made a last-ditch goal-line clearance.

Just as Cole was going to be replaced with Modibo Maiga on 86 minutes, he collected a pass from O'Brien and sent Mohamed Diame through on goal. He then beat Cech to send the majority inside Upton Park wild. The change was made a minute later when Cole was replaced with Maiga.

As referee Martin Atkinson signalled six minutes of stoppage time to be played, West Ham extinguished any hopes of a Chelsea comeback when Taylor set up Maiga who rolled the ball past Cech once more to finish off what was a great second half for the home side and earn them a well deserved win.

The Hammers face another home encounter next time out when Liverpool visit East London next Sunday.

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