West Ham United inflicted further pain and misery on Chelsea as they secured a magnificent 2-1 win at Upton Park on Saturday (October 25) keeping them in the top four.
As the clocks go back Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho would want to turn back to the season as the Premier League champions languish in the bottom half of the league.
Even before this fixture, this was West Ham’s best ever start to a Premier League season and they had first sight of goal came when left back Aaron Cresswell found Dimitri Payet in acres of space – but the French playmaker curled his shot over Asmir Begovic’s goal.
Fans’ favourite Payet – who has created more goalscoring chances than any other player in England’s top flight – enjoyed the Hammers second attempt at goal with a curling free kick from 25 yards out that Begovic tipped over the cross bar for a corner.
From the resulting corner, Slaven Bilic’s men took a deserved lead and heaped more misery on an inconsistent Chelsea side. Payet’s in swinging corner evaded everyone in the box and Mauro Zarate drilled his shot at the back post into the net. This was the first time the east Londoners had scored against their West London rivals since 2012.
Just after the half an hour mark – the visitors finally forced Adrian into making a save. Midfielder Willian’s free kick was well handled by the Spanish shot stopper.
Chelsea thought they had scored after 35 minutes after powerful defender Kurt Zouma tried to bundle the ball across the line but Manuel Lanzini was on hand to clear. Chelsea player furiously remonstrated with referee Jonathan Moss but with goal line technology in place they had no argument.
After his superb goal line clearance, Lanzini had a glorious opportunity to double West ham’s lead after 39 minutes but the Argentine’s attempted lob from a Payet flick landed on the roof of the net.
A dangerous Chelsea counter-attack resulted in midfield maestro Cesc Fabregas producing a fine finish past Adrian – but linesman Andrew Halliday ruled the Spaniard offside.
Nemanja Matic’s foul on Diafra Sakho meant the Serbia international was sent his marching orders for a second yellow. The Stamford Bridge outfit have now received three red cards in 10 Premier League games – as many as they did in their last 30.
This fuelled anger from the Chelsea players and the bench resulting in Fabregas being booked and one of the Blues coaches being sent to the stands.
Discipline collapsed further as Mourinho was banned from the touchline for the second half.
On 55 minutes the 10 men of Chelsea levelled the score. Willian’s corner caused havoc in the West Ham area and defender Gary Cahill pounced on a loose ball and lash the ball past Adrian. West Ham went on the hunt for a winner.
The three points were secured on the 78th minute with a long-awaited goal for substitute striker Andy Carroll.
After some patient build-up play from the Hammers, Cresswell delivered a sublime cross and the tall target man rose the highest to guide his header into the net.
West Ham: Adrian, Jenkinson, Collins, Tomkins, Cresswell; Kouyate, Noble © (Ogbonna, 90), Lanzini (Obiang, 80), Payet; Zarate (Carroll, 68), Sakho.
Subs Not Used: Randolph, Antonio, Valencia, Jelavic.
Chelsea: Begovic, Zouma, Cahill, Terry ©, Azpilicueta (Baba Rahman, 86); Ramires (Falcao, 80), Matic; Wilian, Fabregas (Mikel, 45), Hazard; Costa.
Subs Not Used: Amelia, Oscar, Loftus-Cheek, Traore.