Hammers Break Chelsea's Winning Streak
By Tom Dowsett
Monday 24 Sep 2018 14:06:00
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West Ham United would have wanted to follow up last weekend's win over Everton with another success when Chelsea came to Stratford in Sunday's London derby. However, they couldn't quite manage it and had to settle for a goalless draw.

Manuel Pellegrini would have named an unchanged side but Marko Arnautovic's knee injury kept him out of the squad so Michail Antonio took his place.

When the game started, it looked as if the home side weren't going to get too much of the ball but to be fair, they grew into the game as it progressed.

Although the Hammers went into the game the fresher of the two sides, it was Maurizio Sarri's men who had a great chance to grab an early advantage but Willian sent in a corner and although Olivier Giroud met it, he made it easy for goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski, as the Frenchman's effort was straight at him.

West Ham's first chance arrived on 29 minutes when Felipe Anderson produced one of his surging runs and eased past César Azpilicueta to set up Antonio, who only had Kepa Arrizabalaga to beat but there was too much power in the effort and he sent it wide of the post.

Missing that chance clearly didn't phase West Ham, as they were on the attack again just two minutes later when Antonio found himself with another opportunity having been set up by Andriy Yarmolenko but once again, the former Nottingham Forest man was denied by the legs of Arrizabalaga.

Despite Chelsea having a 100% record going into this game, they didn't have it all their own way here. On the stroke of half-time, Eden Hazard set up a promising move but it ended with N'Golo Kanté wasting the chance as he headed wide after Issa Diop had put him under great pressure.

Before the game, the home fans would have thought they were in for yet another defeat but it was anyone's game as Mike Dean blew the whistle for the break with no stoppage time added.

This was still the case as the second-half got underway. The visitors were again wasteful as another corner fell to David Luiz. It would have been easier for the Brazilian to score but fortunately for the Hammers, he got his angles all wrong and headed over.

Both teams made substitutions on 65 minutes with Pellegrini bringing on Lucas Pérez for Antonio, while Sarri replaced Giroud with Alvaro Morata.

It was Chelsea's change that had the desired impact when the Spaniard forced Fabianski into a spectacular save, as the Pole kept the effort out with his face.

The Hammers made another change on 74 minutes, as Robert Snodgrass replaced Anderson.

The Scotsman was immediately involved when he crossed for Yarmolenko, who was desperate to build on his brace against the Toffees last weekend but the Ukrainian somehow headed wide with Arrizabalaga beaten.

With five minutes of normal time to play, West Ham made their final change with Mark Noble making way for Carlos Sánchez.

With time running out, Fabianski tipped Ross Barkley's curling effort over before the home side saw out four minutes of stoppage time to bring loud celebrations from the home faithful.

West Ham return to Stratford on Wednesday night as Macclesfield Town visit in the third round of the Carabao Cup.

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