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West Ham United 1-0 Chelsea: Five Things We Learned

David Moyes recorded the first win of his West Ham tenure, as the Hammers beat Chelsea 1-0 earlier today.

Moyes is getting things right

After a tricky start, David Moyes and his backroom staff seem to be getting it right and turning the Hammers into a much more durable outfit.

Last week’s narrow and unlucky defeat at Manchester City was followed up by a battling and organised victory over the current Premier League champions.

Moyes has got the team playing for him and there is much more desire and effort on the pitch. The last few games under Slaven Bilic where atrocious, and Moyes is turning things around.

 

 

 Adrian is better than Hart

The decision to play Adrian in goal instead of Joe Hart was a huge call. England’s No.1 is all out of sorts and his performances for the Hammers have been under par.

 Whether West Ham should have signed Hart on a season-long loan or not is questionable, but Adrian in my opinion should always start for the Hammers.

Today’s performance was good. Adrian knows the West Ham defenders and communicates with them continuously during the game. His understanding with the defence and his command of the penalty box was one of the main reasons the Hammers won today.

 

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The crowd make the game

The atmosphere at the London Stadium has been derided by many fans over the last 18 months. Today was different and the noise and passion lifted the home side to victory.

It was always going to be difficult to recreate the special surroundings of Upton Park. A move to a new stadium is usually problematical and West Ham’s relocation to the former Olympic Stadium has not been easy.

If the crowd can make as much noise as they did against Chelsea on a regular basis, then the Hammers can at least expect mid-table security.

Chelsea miss Costa

The Chelsea team is undoubtedly full to the brim with top-quality players, but they are missing the killer instinct Diego Costa gave them last season.

The argumentative and combative Brazilian/Spaniard was a pain for all other teams as well as his own players. For all his faults he did score regularly and was robust enough to combat most defences.

Chelsea did not have a cutting edge up front against West Ham and must have wished Costa could have been called upon to tackle the Hammers stubborn defence.

 

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Chelsea’s title hopes are gone

Antonio Conte has conceded the Premier League title after Chelsea lost their fourth game of the season at West Ham.

As of Saturday night, the west London club are 11 points adrift of Manchester City, a huge gap to narrow. However, on the bright side, the Blues are still in the Champions League and the FA Cup is also a possibility!

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