Match Report : (Short) West Ham 0-1 Chelsea

So yesterday Chelsea took on West Ham at Upton Park with one eye on Tuesday night in mind against Barcelona. Guus Hiddink made some change...

So yesterday Chelsea took on West Ham at Upton Park with one eye on Tuesday night in mind against Barcelona. Guus Hiddink made some changes to the team for the game yesterday and decided to rest Ashley Cole, Michael Essien, Michael Ballack and Didier Drogba as they were placed in the bench. Alex wasn't involved at all in the squad on match day at all.

So Chelsea took to the field with the team as follows: Cech, Mancienne, Terry, Ivanovic, Bosingwa, Mikel, Belletti, Lampard, Kalou, Malouda and Anelka.

From the off Chelsea were in complete control of this one. They started off well and got into their stride early and established there slick passing game on West Ham. In the early exchanges Chelsea dominated possession with Malouda firing over the bar from outside the left corner of the box high and wide. Chelsea were camped in West Ham's half and again in the 15th minute Malouda was played in on the left and carried the ball inside the left hand edge of the box and his shot went wide just passed the post. Malouda looks inspired these days!

Then on 19 Min's West Ham had the first of their two chances in the half. Kieron Dyer was played in right in between Ivanovic and Terry and was through on goal one-on-one with Cech and Cech came out and made the save. (He should of scored to be honest).

36 minutes in and Anelka picks the ball up 25 yards out and takes the ball forward and fires just wide from outside the box as Chelsea's pressure mounts.

42nd minute and West Ham had their second chance of the game, corner floated in by Noble is flicked down in the 6 yard box and Di Michele gets a flick onto it but its cleared off the line by Kalou.

Half Time.

Second half starts the same as the first half, Chelsea dominating possession.

GOAL CHELSEA On 54 mins Lampard makes run into the left hand side of the box and is played in.. He takes the ball to the Byline and dinks the cross high to the far post. Kalou chest's it down under control and flicks the ball into the top corner. WEST HAM 0-1 CHELSEA.

58 minutes in and high ball over the top finds Lucas Neill just inside the box who is caught in two minds and lobs a ball towards goal but ends up high over the bar.

65 minutes and Ashley Cole (on for Bosingwa) on edge of box plays a one-two with Malouda and Cole fires at goal from 10 yards wide left of the box and ball on the up hits the crossbar and goes over.

69 minutes its PENALTY WEST HAM West Hams BIG CHANCE, Illunga plays a one two with Noble and gets the ball back inside the left hand side of the box towards the byline and his shirt is pulled back by Kalou and its a blatant penalty.

PENALTY SAVED BY CECH. Noble steps up and aims for right hand corner low down and Cech reaches across and makes a fantastic save right in front of the Chelsea faithful.

Based on possession its what Chelsea deserve.

Mancienne off for Ballack and Essien on for Kalou.

82nd min and Lampard fires in a free-kick tipped over the bar by Green.

Chelsea play out the final moments of the game and take another great three points away from home. Yes West Ham should of scored their penalty but overall its a well deserved victory for the Blue Boys!

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