West Ham United 2-1 Chelsea
Hammers End Chelsea's Unbeaten Run
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.
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
Kanoute stunned the visitors just six minutes later when he scored
his third goal in four days to put the Hammers 2-0 up.
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 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.
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.
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.
Hislop, Schemmel, Repka, Dailly,
Winterburn, Sinclair, Carrick, Hutchison, Courtois (Defoe 45), Di
Canio, Kanoute (Kitson 79).