Hammers Dent Chelsea's Title Hopes
By Tom Dowsett
Sunday 10 Dec 2017 12:25:00
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After two long months, West Ham United finally had something to celebrate on Saturday, as they clinched their first win since September and the 1-0 home victory over Chelsea in their London derby was also a first win in charge for David Moyes.

Although Joe Hart was eligible again after missing the game against his parent club, the manager opted to stick with Adrián in goal and made three changes to the side that were eventually beaten by Manchester City last weekend. 

Declan Rice and Edimilson Fernandes dropped to the bench in favour of the returning Winston Reid, and Marko Arnautovic. 

Captain Mark Noble also returned in place of the injured Cheikhou Kouyaté.

After various reports suggested that he would be involved after returning to training last week, Javier Hernández was an unused substitute.

Although Chelsea had time on the ball in the early stages, the hosts clearly had their minds set on building on that impressive performance in Manchester and went in front with only six minutes gone.

After swapping passes with Manuel Lanzini, Arnautovic raced past César Azpilicueta and finished past a helpless Thibaut Courtois.

The visitors were looking to respond quickly but the Hammers were showing great defensive resilience and restricting their opponents to efforts from long-range. The visitors went close on 28 minutes, but Adrián pushed N'Golo Kanté's effort wide of the post.

Chelsea were still searching for the equalizer but the Spaniard again dealt with the pressure from the resulting corner, as he produced another spectacular save when Davide Zappacosta's low shot came in.

West Ham had a great chance just before the break, as Arthur Masuaku made his way into the box by using his considerable pace to lose his marker and did everything right but unfortunately he sent his effort narrowly wide.

When the whistle blew for half-time, the home side would have been pleased with what they had achieved but were on the lookout for more goals.

The majority inside the stadium were delighted but wondered what may come from Antonio Conte's side after the restart.

The Irons continued from where they left off and even thought they might have been awarded a penalty after Arnautovic ran past Andreas Christensen. The ball clearly hit the Chelsea player's arm but not according to referee Anthony Taylor though, who wasn't interested in the appeals from the home fans.

Although the hosts were still creating chances, the visitors remained a threat. On 58 minutes, Zappacosta saw his effort go inches wide of Adrián's goal.

Moyes made his first change on 69 minutes, replacing Arnautovic with Diafra Sakho. The Hammers almost grabbed a second when Michail Antonio played Arnautovic through but unfortunately he'd strayed marginally offside.

The hosts had put in a tremendous shift here but as time wore on the Blues cranked up the pressure but were frustrated yet again as Alvaro Morata's effort narrowly missed the target.

West Ham brought on André Ayew for Antonio who was another player that had worked hard for the team.

Five minutes of stoppage time were signalled by the fourth official but the hosts comfortably held on bringing wild celebrations from the players, Moyes and the fans at the end.

The Irons face another derby in front of their home faithful on Wednesday, as Arsenal make the trip to Stratford

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