West Ham United 2-1 Chelsea  (Sky Sports)

Hammers End Chelsea's Unbeaten Run

Michael Carrick
Carrick: off the mark on 5mins


West Ham  2-1  Chelsea 
Carrick 5
Kanoute 13 
  Hasselbaink 22 
FA Barclaycard Premiership

Matt Coates reporting

Goals from Michael Carrick and Frederic Kanoute ended Chelsea's unbeaten record in the Premiership and gave West Ham their second win in the space of five days.

Claudio Ranieri's 50th match in charge of the Blues marked Frank Lampard's return to Upton Park since his 11million transfer to Stamford Bridge in the summer. Lampard was not the happy recipient of a standing ovation, but chants of "what a waste of money" clearly didn't bother him either.

Immediate pressure from Chelsea went un-rewarded as Emmanuel Petit wasted a golden opportunity to give Ranieri's men a very early lead.

Nigel Winterburn failed to clear a deep cross and the ball fell delicately to Gianfranco Zola. The 35-year-old Italian whipped in an impressive cross and from eight yards, an unmarked Petit managed to force a header over the bar.

Kanoute celebrates with teammates

Despite Chelsea's opening dominance, and totally against the run of play, Carrick put West Ham ahead after just five minutes. A huge kick from Shaka Hislop was brought down cleverly by Paolo di Canio and on the turn he released a quick ball to Trevor Sinclair.

A cute flick from Sinclair gave Carrick enough space to drive a low swerving shot away from Mark Bosnich and into the bottom left-hand corner of the Chelsea net.

Kanoute stunned the visitors just six minutes later when he scored his third goal in four days to put the Hammers 2-0 up.

Di Canio's ball into the Chelsea area ran too far on the wet surface and as Sinclair slid in on Gallas to regain possession the stray ball fell to Kanoute. The tall Frenchman side-stepped John Terry and Jokanavic before beat firing a superb low shot under Bosnich's vulnerable right hand-side.

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink pulled one back for the Blues with his ninth goal of the Premiership campaign; more goals than West Ham have scored all season. And despite letting 12 goals in away from home, this was the first conceded at Upton Park.

Lampard played a quick pass out of defence to Zola, who pushed an ideally weighted ball into the path of Hasselbaink. The Dutch striker took two strides, while holding off Winterburn, before hitting an elegant right-foot shot past Hislop into the far corner.

Hasselbaink beat Winterburn to score

Lampard fed Hasselbaink after 29 minutes and he in turn picked out Gudjohnsen on the edge of the area, but luckily for West Ham the shot from the Icelandic international lacked pace and Hislop saved with relative ease.

Di Canio broke away after beating Graeme Le Saux and put in a cross which proved too high for Kanoute. Laurent Courtois crossed it back in from the left, but Bosnich was quick to collect.

Hislop denied Lampard a homecoming goal with a cracking reaction save after 41 minutes. Zola played the ball over from the left but the England midfielder watched as his far post volley bounced to safety off the goalkeeper's legs.

A cold, dark night at Upton Park was lit-up by a delicious half-time display by the Hammerettes. A heart-warming, all-girl, dance act performed their own version of Mel and Kim's 1987 hit 'Respectable'. Dressed in all-black lycra outfits, they were enough to stop many an away fan hitting the half-time snack-bar for a cup of Bovril and a cheeky bag of crisps.

Jermain Defoe came on for Courtois at half-time and the substitution nearly proved fruitful within minutes of the re-start.

A delicious display by the Hammerettes

Kanoute provided the young striker with an excellent chance on the right side of the box, but he was at full stretch as his shot ran wide of the far post.

Di Canio then pulled out his wand and produced a moment of magic. Cutting in from the left, he danced into the box between Lampard and Mario Melchiot, before driving a ferocious near-post shot at the body of Bosnich. The Australian keeper reacted quickly to gather the lose ball.

West Ham were guilty of standing back and letting Chelsea run at them, and were lucky to see two corners come to nothing. Hislop saved his team again, as he rushed out of his area to cancel out Lampard's pass to Hasselbaink.

Play switched ends frequently but was nowhere near as glamorous as the first half. Hasselbaink had a free header when Zola's cross floated into the six-yard box, but he nodded it wide of the far post and Glenn Roeder's men held on to claim the points.

West Ham: Hislop, Schemmel, Repka, Dailly, Winterburn, Sinclair, Carrick, Hutchison, Courtois  (Defoe 45), Di Canio, Kanoute (Kitson 79).
Subs Not Used: Bywater, Foxe, Moncur.
Goals: Carrick 5, Kanoute 13.

Chelsea: Bosnich, Melchiot, Gallas, Terry, Le Saux, Jokanovic, Petit (Dalla Bona 61), Lampard (Forssell 80), Zola, Gudjohnsen (Zenden 71), Hasselbaink.
Subs Not Used: Evans, Desailly. Goals: Hasselbaink 22.

Att: 26,520
Ref: D Gallagher (Banbury).

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