A late penalty from Cesc Fabregas ensured Chelsea snatched a point and denied West Ham a place in the Champions League places. After seeming as though Chelsea were heading for their third successive loss in as many games in all competitions a controversial penalty was emphatically fired into the back of the net from Fabregas.
West Ham dominated the early stages of the game and took a well deserved lead through a stunning effort from Manuel Lanzini and almost made it two through Aaron Cresswell but it took a crucial interception from Branislav Ivanovic to deny him.
Chelsea equalised on the stroke of half time through a wonder strike of their own, an unstoppable free kick curled into the top corner from Fabregas. Andy Carroll then put West Ham in front moments of being brought on before Fabregas despatched the penalty for his second of the game.
A fair result at the end of the day and a thoroughly entertaining game of football, although West Ham may of felt they could of won the game after an impressive start.
Let’s have a look at how the players performed during the match.
Thibaut Courtois 5
Nothing he could of done for the first goal but was at definite fault for the second. Carroll slotted the ball past him again beaten at the near post. Courtois would of felt he could of done better with that.
Branislav Ivanovic 6
Although he was at fault for the second goal along with Courtois his overall gameplay wasn’t bad. His crossing improved drastically and put in a few good balls which nobody could get on the end of and was solid in the tackle.
Gary Cahill 5
Proving exactly why Chelsea need to invest in central defence this summer. Inconsistency is his biggest problem one game he can be fantastic and the next extremely poor. Made one good tackle other than that had a relatively poor game getting beaten in the air by Carroll more often than not.
Returned to the team after just over a month out and put in a decent performance. His presence and leadership was hugely missed over the last few games but still couldn’t stop Chelsea’s defensive woes.
Cesar Azpilicueta 6
Dependably as ever wherever he plays and put in a solid performance. Got down the left hand side on various occasions and delivered some good crosses.
John Obi Mikel 5
Gave the ball away on numerous occasions and passing distribution was poor. The game passed him by in the middle with Lanzini and Payet dominating in the centre of the park.
Cesc Fabregas 8
Man of the match. Outstanding performance from the spaniard and topped it off by scoring a brace. Was extremely influential in midfield and created many chances for his teammates; his passion after both goals was fantastic to see. The next Chelsea captain?
Chelsea’s best player by a distance this season and again put in another solid performance. His explosive run from his own half lead to the penalty after Loftus-Cheek was brought down. His crossing from his set pieces was also much better today and created scoring chances for his team mates.
Another poor performance from the Brazilian. Like Mikel the game passed him by and failed to make a significant impact on the game.
Back in his familiar position on the left hand side of midfield. Started brightly by running at the West Ham defence and had a couple of efforts on goal too. His afternoon was cut short after being replaced at half time with a suspected facial injury.
Loic Remy 5
Was picked to replace the suspended Costa and again failed to live up to expectations of a Chelsea player. Had a couple of half chances which he failed to capitalise on and was subsequently replaced by Traore just after the hour mark.
Came on at half time and looked busy as ever. Worked well with Azpilicueta down the left and his inter change was good too. Just getting back to where he left off before he was injured.
Bertrand Traore 5
Replaced Remy after an impressive goal scoring run under Hiddink but failed to do anything significant in the game.
Ruben Loftus Cheek 5
Had a golden opportunity in added time to win it for Chelsea but his effort went wide. Was also brought down for the questionable penalty. Let’s hope to see the youngster feature more from the start in the upcoming games.