Chicharito rescues derby point for West Ham

Arnold Nichols
April 9, 2018

Javier Hernandez came off the bench to score against Chelsea.

Chelsea midfielders Willian and Eden Hazard were the game's most creative forces and were both involved in the few scoring opportunities before their team finally struck.

"I think a lot of credit has to go to Mark Noble, who plays a great ball in behind and Marko keeps the ball alive and pulls it back, but it's a great finish by Chicho".

Inside, Chelsea and West Ham supporters, usually fierce rivals, united to sing "there's only one Ray Wilkins" and held aloft a huge flag with his image. Many games where we put in a good performance, creating many chances to score, but we are not clinical. We begged for the goal, ' he told Sky Sports after the match.

The Hammers last won at Stamford Bridge in September 2002 when Paolo Di Canio's late goal clinched a 3-2 victory.

They are 10 points adrift of 4th place team, Tottenham Hotspur and just six games to the end of the season - meanwhile, they have a chance to win a title this season as they will be playing Southampton in the semifinal of this year's FA Cup later this month.

They could suffer back-to-back league defeats at Stamford Bridge for the first time since November 2011 (against Arsenal and then Liverpool). Azpilicueta and Alvaro Morata have combined for seven goals in the Premier League this season; no other Premier League duo have combined for more. Lanzini might not have hit the heights of last season, but he has still contributed three goals and six assists in his 21 league games. David Moyes' squad has lost three out of its last four matches, but defeated Chelsea in December in will be looking to move further from the drop zone.

Marcos Alonso nearly spared Chelsea's blushes with a thunderous strike, but Hart finished as West Ham's hero with superb saves to keep out that effort and one from an Olivier Giroud header.

Probability of away win: 7%.

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