Chelsea waltzed to a convincing 3-0 victory over West Ham at Upton Park in an extremely one-sided London derby on Saturday.
Former Hammer Frank Lampard come back to haunt his old side with two goals and the hugely impressive Oscar grabbed the other in a rampant Chelsea display. West Ham just couldn’t deal with the Blues’ movement and Oscar won a penalty kick after Jussi Jaaskelainen brought him down that Lampard dispatched in the first half.
Before half time Brazilian playmaker Oscar added a superb second goal, then Lampard finished the rout off with a typically clinical strike in the 81st minute.
With the win Chelsea move back up to third in the Premier League standings and are four points off leaders Arsenal. As for West Ham, their struggles at home continue and they’ve now only won once in 11 games. They sit one place out of the relegation zone on goal difference.
Chelsea started the game well as Eden Hazard cut in early on from the left to win a corner, and from that resulting set-piece John Terry just mistimed his jump to get on the end of an inviting delivery.
The Blues early dominance continued as the ball broke to Oscar on the edge of the box but he blazed a shot over the bar amid jeers from the home fans at Upton Park.
West Ham’s first real chance of the game came in the 18th minute as Stewart Downing ‘s left-wing cross was headed goalwards by Jack Collison and the ball deflected towards Joe Cole who saw his effort blocked.
Soon after Chelsea went ahead as Gary Cahill’s chipped past was knocked back toward Jaaskelainen in goal by Guy Demel, but the defenders back pass was to short and forced Jaaskelainen to rush out and upend Chelsea attacker Oscar to give away a penalty kick.
Former West Ham academy product Lampard smashed home the PK as he scored his third goal in four games against the Hammers to silence the boo boys scattered amongst the home crowd.
And before they knew it, the Hammers were 2-0 down as Oscar dribbled towards West Ham’s beleaguered defense and drilled a low shot into the far corner.
That second strike was too much for West Ham manager Sam Allardyce to handle and he made a swift double substitution by replacing wingers Cole and Collison with Mohamed Diame and Modibo Maiga. That switch was greeted with boos from the home fans who vented their frustration at a poor first half display.
Chelsea’ relentless pressure didn’t stop, as Sameul Eto’o almost curled in a third in the 42nd minute but Jaaskelianen palmed the superb effort away. The Blues were beginning to put on a show in East London as the first half came to a close.
The last time West Ham came from behind to win in the Premier League was against Chelsea in December 2012, 357 days ago… But they never really looked like overturning a Chelsea side full of swagger.
After the break Chelsea continued to swarm forward and dominated possession as they enjoyed 73 percent of the ball in the first 10 minutes of the second half. In the 54th minute Oscar should have scored his second and Chelsea’s third of the game as Cesar Azpilicueta teed him up at the back post with a great run and cross down the left however the Brazilian attacker blazed wide.
In the 65th minute Guy Demel ran past three Chelsea players from a corner kick and picked out Maiga at the back post but the French striker was caught off guard and slotted the ball wide from six-yards out when it looked easier to score.
West Ham made the second half a much more even affair as they tried to close down Chelsea and make it difficult for the visitors to add to their lead. But Chelsea did just that late on and it was that man Lampard again who came back to haunt his old side with a calm low finish in the 81st minute to make it 3-0 and seal the win.
West Ham United: Jaaskelainen, Nolan (Jarvis, 76), Tomkins, Collison (Diame, 39), Morrison, Noble, O’Brien, Collins, Demel, Downing, J.Cole (Maiga, 39)
Chelsea: Cech; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Mikel, Lampard; Ramires, Oscar (Schurrle, 83), Hazard (Essien, 84); Eto’o (Ba, 78)
Goals: Lampard (21 & 81), Oscar (34)