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  • Date:11 Sep 2010
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:Upton Park
  • Parker (84)
  • Essien (1) Kalou (17)
    Essien (82)
Goal!

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93:20 +3.20

Shot on goal by Didier Drogba from just inside the area goes over the target.

92:45 +2.45

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Michael Essien by Victor Obinna. Mikel takes the free kick.

91:19 +1.19

Mark Noble is booked.

89:38

Mark Noble takes a shot. Florent Malouda gets a block in.

89:38

Mark Noble takes a shot. Blocked by Florent Malouda.

89:11

Frederic Piquionne takes a shot.

87:53

Shot from deep inside the area by Gael Kakuta clears the bar.

87:12

Mark Noble takes a shot. Blocked by Mikel.

84:14

Corner taken right-footed by Mark Noble, Scott Parker scores a goal from just outside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. West Ham 1-3 Chelsea.

83:32

Florent Malouda joins the action as a substitute, replacing Salomon Kalou.

82:45

Michael Essien finds the net with a headed goal from close in. West Ham 0-3 Chelsea.The assist for the goal came from Paulo Ferreira.

81:20

Carlton Cole is ruled offside. Alex takes the direct free kick. Alex comes on in place of John Terry.

81:20

The assistant referee signals for offside against Carlton Cole. Petr Cech restarts play with the free kick. (Chelsea) makes a substitution, with Alex coming on for John Terry.

80:59

Didier Drogba takes a shot. Save by Robert Green.

77:19

Shot from 30 yards by Michael Essien. Save by Robert Green.

76:15

Kieron Dyer is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Petr Cech restarts play with the free kick.

75:02

Nicolas Anelka goes off and Gael Kakuta comes on.

73:51

Didier Drogba takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance by Kieron Dyer.

72:37

Foul by Tal Ben-Haim on Didier Drogba, free kick awarded. Didier Drogba delivers the ball, Branislav Ivanovic takes a shot. Save by Robert Green.

72:37

Free kick awarded for a foul by Tal Ben-Haim on Didier Drogba. The ball is swung over by Didier Drogba, Branislav Ivanovic takes a shot. Save made by Robert Green.

71:58

Frederic Piquionne comes on in place of Valon Behrami.

70:47

Unfair challenge on Ramires by Scott Parker results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Mikel.

70:05

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ramires by Tal Ben-Haim. Free kick taken by Ashley Cole.

68:32

Mark Noble produces a drilled right-footed shot from 35 yards and missed to the left of the goal.

67:49

Victor Obinna takes a shot. Blocked by Mikel.

64:38

Branislav Ivanovic concedes a free kick for a foul on Carlton Cole. Branislav Ivanovic shown a yellow card. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Victor Obinna, save by Petr Cech.

64:13

Didier Drogba takes a shot. Save by Robert Green.

62:36

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Scott Parker by Ramires. Scott Parker takes the direct free kick.

61:17

Michael Essien challenges Valon Behrami unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Valon Behrami.

60:51

Valon Behrami challenges Michael Essien unfairly and gives away a free kick. Mikel takes the free kick.

60:09

Effort from the edge of the area by Salomon Kalou goes wide of the left-hand upright.

58:53

Kieron Dyer fouled by Salomon Kalou, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Lars Jacobsen.

54:35

Carlton Cole is penalised for a handball. Free kick taken by Petr Cech.

53:05

Mikel fouled by Valon Behrami, the ref awards a free kick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Didier Drogba, Tal Ben-Haim makes a clearance.

52:02

Handball by Ramires. Free kick crossed right-footed by Mark Noble.

50:49

Ramires concedes a free kick for a foul on Scott Parker. Scott Parker takes the free kick.

49:58

Shot from just outside the box by Ramires goes over the target.

46:40

Shot from a long way out by Ramires goes wide of the left-hand upright.

45:50 +0.50

The offside flag is raised against Carlton Cole. Petr Cech takes the indirect free kick.

45:02

Long distance shot from Ramires misses to the left of the target.

45:01

Kieron Dyer is brought on as a substitute for Luis Boa Morte.

44:08

Scott Parker fouled by Ramires, the ref awards a free kick. Tal Ben-Haim takes the direct free kick.

42:57

Free kick awarded for a foul by Scott Parker on Nicolas Anelka. Ashley Cole takes the free kick. Scott Parker shown a yellow card.

39:43

Ashley Cole gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Valon Behrami. Tal Ben-Haim restarts play with the free kick. Booking for Ashley Cole.

38:51

Foul by Carlton Cole on Ashley Cole, free kick awarded. Mikel takes the direct free kick.

31:46

Corner taken by Didier Drogba from the left by-line, Mikel takes a shot.

31:46

Corner taken right-footed by Didier Drogba, Mikel has an effort at goal from outside the penalty area that bounces off the post.

30:28

Victor Obinna produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the goal.

29:18

Shot from 25 yards from Carlton Cole. Blocked by John Terry.

27:53

Branislav Ivanovic challenges Carlton Cole unfairly and gives away a free kick. Shot on goal comes in from Victor Obinna from the free kick, Nicolas Anelka gets a block in.

26:42

Shot by Victor Obinna from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.

24:11

Unfair challenge on Nicolas Anelka by Tal Ben-Haim results in a free kick. Strike on goal comes in from Didier Drogba from the free kick.

22:52

Shot by Mikel from outside the box goes over the net.

22:01

Nicolas Anelka takes a inswinging corner to the near post, Carlton Cole manages to make a clearance.

20:19

Salomon Kalou takes a shot. Matthew Upson gets a block in. Didier Drogba takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, save by Robert Green.

18:40

Unfair challenge on Didier Drogba by Matthew Upson results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Michael Essien.

15:53

Free kick awarded for a foul by Luis Boa Morte on Didier Drogba. Shot comes in from Didier Drogba from the free kick, save by Robert Green. Salomon Kalou finds the net with a goal from close range to the bottom left corner of the goal. West Ham 0-2 Chelsea.

15:40

Scott Parker gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nicolas Anelka. Paulo Ferreira takes the free kick.

13:17

Tal Ben-Haim fouled by Didier Drogba, the ref awards a free kick. Tal Ben-Haim takes the direct free kick.

9:54

Victor Obinna produces a right-footed shot from outside the penalty box and misses wide left of the target.

9:17

Ramires gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Scott Parker. Scott Parker takes the direct free kick.

6:32

Carlton Cole is penalised for a handball. Indirect free kick taken by Salomon Kalou.

6:32

The referee penalises Carlton Cole for handball. Indirect free kick taken by Herita Ilunga.

3:38

Shot by Victor Obinna. Save made by Petr Cech.

2:59

Scott Parker concedes a free kick for a foul on Salomon Kalou. Direct free kick taken by Petr Cech.

1:13

Inswinging corner taken by Didier Drogba, Michael Essien finds the net with a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. West Ham 0-1 Chelsea.Assist by Didier Drogba.

The match begins.

The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.

The final whistle goes and the game is over.

The ref blows to signal half-time.

Match Preview

Grant pleads for patience Avram Grant has demanded patience from West Ham fans as he faces up to the daunting task of halting his team's poor start by registering an unlikely win against his former club Chelsea. The East London outfit have endured their worst start to a league campaign in 33 years after losing all three of their opening matches against Aston Villa, Bolton and Manchester United. West Ham chairmen David Gold and David Sullivan appointed Grant in the hope that he would be able to bring success and stability to a club that only just managed to avoid relegation to the npower Championship under Gianfranco Zola last term. Despite a host of summer signings, former Portsmouth boss Grant has failed to turn around the fortunes of the team, however, which has led to questions regarding his future at Upton Park. Defeat against the Barclays Premier League champions would give Grant the unwanted tag of having guided the Hammers through their worst start to a season in the club's history, but he is not a worried man. "In football you always need patience," the Israeli said. "I am a long-term person and if you see my clubs before - even at Portsmouth and Chelsea, you see developing teams, they develop every match and you will also see the same here. "We need not to think about one week or two weeks but longer. "The most important thing about the table is the end of the season, not now," he added. "The teams that are in the second or fourth place in the league will not be there and I can guarantee that some teams that are at the bottom of the league will not be there at the end and I'm sure we will be one of them." Reports that Grant had been given a three-match ultimatum were denied by the club this week but rumours about the manager's future will continue to persist if West Ham fail to win any of their tricky upcoming fixtures against Chelsea, Stoke and Tottenham. Grant rubbished suggestions he was under pressure and insisted he was still enjoying life at the club. "I'm enjoying the challenge here," said Grant. "I am enjoying it because it is a big challenge a good club and our vision is good and if we do the things we want to do here over the next few years then West Ham will be a good team." Grant could hand debuts to striker Victor Obinna and right-back Lars Jacobsen. Robert Green has recovered from hip surgery and is expected to start in goal but there are doubts over Thomas Hitzlsperger and Danny Gabbidon who are struggling with thigh and hamstring injuries respectively. Valon Behrami is likely to make his first appearance of the season after overcoming a thigh injury while long-term absentees Zavon Hines, Jack Collison and Peter Kurucz (all knee) remain sidelined. Meanwhile, Chelsea coach Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed that England midfielder Frank Lampard will miss the match after failing to recover from hernia surgery in time. Lampard's absence is softened by the return of captain John Terry, who like Lampard, missed England's Euro 2012 qualifying victories over Bulgaria and Switzerland. Terry has managed to recover from the hamstring problem that forced him to pull out of the England squad. "John is available to play," said Ancelotti. "Lampard needs to have more time to rest. He trained with us this week and has done very well, but he needs to have more time. Maybe he'll be involved in the Champions League next week but not on Saturday. "I think these players needed to have a rest because they had problems. "Terry resolved this problem during the two weeks. Lampard had to have the surgery. He did very well because, in seven days, he was able to train again. But obviously we want to give him more time to recover 100%." Young France international Gael Kakuta is included in the squad and new signing Ramires could be given his first start since joining from Benfica. Full-back Jose Bosingwa is still sidelined with a knee injury.

Match Report

Blues maintain momentum Chelsea's 100% start to the new season continued against rock-bottom West Ham at Upton Park as a brace from Michael Essien and another from Salomon Kalou helped them to a 3-1 win and kept them top of the Barclays Premier League table. West Ham midfielder Scott Parker became the first player to score against the Blues this season but his late effort was scant consolation for the home side. Chelsea's victory over their London rivals piled more pressure on under-fire manager Avram Grant, whose side remained rooted to the foot of the table without a single point from their opening four games and having conceded 12 goals. In contrast, Carlo Ancelotti's team have now scored 17 and conceded just once, and their domination of this game began as early as the second minute when debutant Ramires won a corner on the left flank. Essien rose above two defenders to head home Didier Drogba's cross to silence the home fans. West Ham almost equalised moments later when new signing Victor Obinna sent a close-range effort straight at Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech. The visitors went 2-0 up in the 17th minute, though, when West Ham's England goalkeeper Robert Green spilled a 30-yard Drogba free-kick. Defender Matthew Upson tried to clear the loose ball but it cannoned back off Chelsea's Ivory Coast striker Kalou and over the head of the stricken Green. Kalou went close to grabbing his second in the 21st minute but his shot was deflected around the post, much to the relief of the grounded Green. Another corner from Drogba caused panic in the home defence but this time John Terry's effort was collected easily by Green. West Ham should have pulled one back in the 27th minute but the unmarked Obinna put his volley wide from eight yards. The Hammers striker then sent a curling shot just wide of the target after cutting in from the left wing. Chelsea almost extended their lead when another Drogba corner fell to Nigerian midfielder John Obi Mikel. His rising drive from 20-yards slammed against the angle of Green's left upright and the crossbar. Chelsea received a scare in the 35th minute when Terry went down under a challenge from Carlton Cole, but the England defender continued after lengthy treatment - much to the disappointment of the home fans. Ashley Cole became the first name in Chris Foy's notebook in the 40th minute when he was shown the yellow card for a foul on Herita Ilunga. In the 43rd minute, Cech had to punch away a cross-shot from Ilunga as West Ham looked in vain for a way back into the game. They almost succeeded in stoppage time but Carlton Cole's effort was ruled offside. Ramires should have troubled Green in the 50th minute but fired over from the edge of the penalty area as Chelsea continued to dominate proceedings. West Ham tried hard to lift the tempo of the game and substitute Kieron Dyer, on at half-time for Luis Boa Morte, almost broke through with a clever run into the six-yard box. Chelsea almost made it three on the hour when Kalou collected a fine pass from Drogba only to send his curling shot inches wide of Green's right-hand post. The visitors had clearly settled for the three points as their was little urgency in their play. When they did show some ambition, Drogba forced Green into a fine save with a 20-yard shot. Branislav Ivanovic was booked in the 64th minute for bringing down Carlton Cole. A cross from Obinna three minutes later then found only the hands of Cech, much to the growing frustration of the home fans. Mark Noble then sent a long-range effort just wide of Cech's right-hand post but the home side still lacked the killer touch. Chelsea made it 3-0 in the 83rd minute when Essien headed home Paulo Ferreira's cross but moments later they conceded their first goal of the season when Parker calmly lobbed Cech from 20 yards. West Ham substitute Frederic Piquionne wasted a great chance to reduce the arrears still further when he headed against the bar from just two yards.

possession


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