Chelsea finally bounced back to winning ways after a run of three games without a win, beating West Ham United 3-0 in the London derby on Monday night.
The London side has been struggling to get consistent results in recent weeks. Just a fortnight ago, they drew 1-1 with Russian side Krasnodar at home in the Uefa Champions League and then in the past 10 days they have succumbed to two Premier League defeats against Everton and Wolverhampton Wanderers, respectively. But on Monday night ‘The Blues’ got back to winning ways in style with Tammy Abraham stealing the spotlight with a brace.
Chelsea had a scare in the seventh minute as Declan Rice put the ball at the back of the net, but it was ruled out for offside. Lampard was forced to make an early change when Ben Chilwell got injured 10 minutes into the game and had to be replaced by Emmerson Palmieri. Brazilian Thiago Silva then brought some calm at Stamford Bridge with an early header to give the hosts the lead after a sweet delivery from the corner by Mason Mount.
The first half went by fast with both sides struggling to score a goal, but in the second half West Ham came out the sharper of the two sides. The ‘Hammers’ came close to finding the equalizer as Aaron Cresswell’s shot flew across the face of goal and Kurt Zouma cleared an attempt from the visitors. Abraham then settled Chelsea’s nerves when he made it 2-0 in the 78th minute of the game and sealed all three points two minutes later (80th minute) with another strike to get his brace.
Frank Lampard was pleased with the result after a bad run of games and he says he wants more of the same moving forward “West Ham are a good team on good form, so many threats, I thought today would be a tough match and it proved to be so, even in the not beautiful moments we defended superbly – Thiago Silva did brilliantly with that,” he told BBC.
“We dropped off slightly and it was important tonight we came back. There were loads of things for the team to show their character – we want more,” he concluded.
The ‘Blues’ will have another London Derby on Saturday when they face Arsenal in the league. The two sides last met in the FA Cup final in August with Arsenal running out as 2-1 winners on the day.
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