With this defeat, Chelsea have now not won a match in their last three attempts, drawing against Valencia midweek and losing to Manchester City last week. Here are the three things that we learned from this match.
3. Manuel Pellegrini buys himself some time
Manuel Pellegrini’s job at West Ham seemed under danger as the Londoners, prior to the game, were 17th on the table, just three points above the relegation zone.
With this huge win over their London rivals, they have risen to 13th spot in the table and have a cushion of 6 points from the relegation zone. As a result, the Chilean has brought himself some time and would look to build on this huge victory with a run of good games in the upcoming weeks.
2. Abraham missed
Tammy Abraham has become a mainstay for the club ever since returning from loan. The Englishman has scored 10 goals from 13 matches in the league so far and he was sorely missed by the Blues last night.
The Stamford Bridge outfit did everything well last night except for scoring. They had 19 attempts on goal and 6 were on target. They also had xG of 2.73 – which is a testament to how much they missed Abraham a there was no-one to finish up the chances.
1. A night to remember for David Martin
fter the game ended, David Martin broke down in tears. Those were not tears of anguish or sadness… those were tears of a child who had finally got he wanted ever since he first caressed the ball with his hands.
At the age of 33, David Martin finally made his debut in the Premier League and finished the match with a clean-sheet to his name. With an injury to Lukasz Fabianski and Roberto Jimenez’s less-than-convincing performances, Pellegrini gave Martin a chance and he repaid the faith of the former Malaga manager with a commanding performance in goal.