Hart admits West Ham clash with Stoke a genuine 6-pointer

Cesar Azpilicueta had given Chelsea the lead on 36 minutes after getting on the end of Alvaro Morata's knock-down, but Javier Hernandez levelled for West Ham following the break to earn the Hammers a precious point. He'll mature with games -he'll get better. "We begged for the goal", the former Roma defender told Sky Sports after the game.

West Ham were nearly pegged back again on 79 minutes as Marcos Alonso fired a long range effort but Joe Hart produced a brilliant save to deny the Spanish defender.

"We will fight and give everything for the three points which would help us get out of the relegation fight completely". Even fresher in the memory are the pivotal 3-1 home defeat to Spurs and West Ham's unwarranted draw a week later.

Chelsea's utter dominance was eventually rewarded nine minutes before the interval, when Morata's knock down found Azpilicueta inside the six-yard box and the Spaniard took a touch before prodding past a static Hart. As the ball bobbled limply into the bottom corner the Hammers players stood and stared at one other, stunned by the shoddiness of their own defending. The team, in fact, still has fewer top-flight wins in the calendar year than West Ham, who have four in 2018.

They have a chance to finish this season with a title if they win this year's FA Cup - as they face Southampton in the semifinal clash later this month. West Ham had tentatively begun building possession, pushing Chelsea back and, as tensions rose inside Stamford Bridge, they grabbed an equaliser with just their third touch in the Chelsea penalty area.

Willian had a fierce drive diverted behind before Morata saw a goal ruled out after straying into an offside position to receive Hazard's incisive pass.

West Ham United's Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez celebrates his goal at Chelsea with teammate Marko Arnautovic. The brittleness that has crept into their performances was evident once again on Sunday, when Chelsea's vibrant attacking performance coupled with defensive solidity should have put them out of West Ham's reach.

A great last-ditch tackle from N'Golo Kante halted Anoutovic in his tracks as he raced down on goal as the visitors went for the jugular.

The half ended with the home side leading by a single goal.


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