Abraham scores twice on Chelsea return to down Hammers

Tammy Abraham scored twice on his return to the Chelsea starting line up as Chelsea bagged all three points in a London derby that stops Frank Lampards “Blues Blip” becoming a full-blown crisis.

Abraham’s brace was the icing on the cake in a match which saw Chelsea withstand some continuous West Ham pressure after Thiago Silva had put them ahead in the 10 minutes.

Thiago was the star at both ends of the pitch with a strong performance seeing off the ariel threat of West Hams big men as the Hammers gained confidence after conceding the early goal.

West Ham had a few promising moments but lacked a little quality and failed to create any real clear-cut chances throughout the game.

Frank Lampard started the game without Reece James, out with an injury and he was soon joined by Ben Chillwell early on who went off with an ankle problem but it was another defender in Silva who got the early plaudits after pulling away from the attentions of Aaron Cresswell and heading home from near the penalty spot to the left of Lucas Fabianski.

West Ham tried to find a reply but David Moyes decision to reinstall Mark Nobel to the starting line up creating a defensive looking midfield 3 of Tomas Soucek, Declan Rice and the club captain left Sebastian Haller isolated alone upfront.

The visitors did have their moments with Jared Bowen denied a goal on the half-hour mark and a Silva block on a Soucek shot seemingly preventing a goal a few minutes later and Chelsea held their lead into the break.

West Ham remained on the front foot in the second half, but Edouard Mendy had yet to be tested by the hour mark with the returning Cesar Azpilicueta producing a superb block to deny Pablo Fornals.

With the game fizzling out it wasn’t until the 78th minute that Chelsea wrapped things up: Timo Werner cut inside and tried his luck with a poor shot but Tammy Abraham found himself in the right place at the right time to tap home for 2-0.

Two minutes later it was 3-0 when Pulisic led the Chelsea attack and while he was denied from Mount’s cross by Fabianski, who claimed he was fouled in the build-up. Abraham was there again to tap home and take his tally for the night to two.

After a five-game drought, the 23-year-old was back on the scoresheet and rewarded the decision by Lampard to bring him back in the team for his first league start of the month.

Chelsea are now up to 5th in the Premier League ahead of their boxing day clash at Arsenal whilst West Ham have now lost two on the bounce and host Brighton next time out.

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Back to back defeats against Everton and Wolves has dented the Blues confidence ahead of this one and the former England star is certain to make changes.

Hakim Ziyech misses out through injury, but Mateo Kovacic and Billy Gilmour could both potentially return as Lampard looks to stiffen up his midfield unit.

Hammers boss David Moyes has stuck with a consistent line up in recent weeks with his team picking up an eye catching four wins in their last six matches.

The Scottish coach has confirmed he’ll wait on some late fitness checks before naming his side, with Aaron Cresswell and Fabian Balbuena both struggling with knocks.

Ryan Fredericks and Issa Diop are on stand by to step in if needed, but there is positive news on Jarrod Bowen, with the flying winger passed fit to start.

And kick off in this Tier 4 clash is set for 8pm tomorrow night at Stamford Bridge.

In form West Ham fight back to win 2-1 at Leeds United

David Moyes’ side now have four wins in their last five games as a late goal from Angelo Ogbonna secured a vital three points in Yorkshire.

The home side were the quickest out of the traps in the opening stages as midfielder Matheusz Klich put from in front after four minutes.

Lukasz Fabianski tangled with Patrick Bamford to concede a rash spot kick and despite saving Klich first penalty.

Referee Michael Oliver penalised the Polish international for straying off his line and Klich confidently tucked home his second attempt.

That early goal opened the game up in the first half hour, with both keepers called into rapid action, before Tomas Soucek deservedly nodded West Ham level.

Jarrod Bowen swung a deep corner into far post and Soucek was too hot to handle in the box as he stooped to head past Illan Meslier.

That goal boosted the visitors confidence after the restart as Meslier bravely saved from Sebastien Haller.

Both sides did create chances to win it the final stages, but West Ham’s set piece power proved the difference again as Ogbonna headed home the winner.

Aaron Cresswell whipped free kick found the Italian in space inside Leeds’ box and he emphatically powered past Meslier.

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West Ham benefitting from full Moyes season says Aaron Cresswell

Moyes is currently in his second spell at the London Stadium, having twice been parachuted in mid-season to save them from relegation.

The Scot was dispensed with after his first stint in favour of Manuel Pellegrini, and then reinstated last December when the veteran Chilean coach was axed with West Ham struggling again.

Having kept the Hammers up once more, Moyes has now led them to an encouraging start to the new campaign with 11 points from eight matches following Saturday’s 1-0 win over Fulham.

Defender Cresswell said: “Both times the gaffer came in we were deep in a relegation battle. It is different for managers to come in at those times and he has kept us up twice.

“We’ve started this season and been excellent, it is working well and we’ve got the two-week gap now to build on it and work on what we’re going to do against Sheffield United in our next match.

“I don’t think we’re going to aim for targets. It’s an old cliche but the most important thing is looking forward and concentrating, being focused on the next game.

“Over the first eight games, against some of those teams, we picked up fantastic results. Consistency is the key, and if we can maintain the level we’re at now I’m sure we’ll be OK.”

Cresswell has been one of West Ham’s most impressive performers this term, having shifted from his usual left-back berth to the left of a back three.

Match of the Day pundit Jermaine Jenas even suggested on Saturday that the 30-year-old could be in with a shout of an England recall.

Cresswell added: “It is not so much about the individual, the team is the most important thing.
“If the gaffer asks me to play left-back in a four or in a three on the left, I’ll do whatever is most important for the team.

“That comes before any individual. When we’re playing well there is no reason to change it and I’m delighted with the way we’ve played the first eight games and we’re doing well.”

Fellow defender Angelo Ogbonna is to undergo a scan to asses the extent of a groin injury he suffered against Fulham.

West Ham secured dramatic late 3-3 Premier League draw at Tottenham

Kane and Son looked to have this game wrapped up with three goals inside the first 15 minutes but an incredible late comeback from the Hammers secured a dramatic draw.

Spurs have been quick starters recent weeks but Son’s 45 second opener flew past Lukasz Fabianksi before Jose Mourinho had even taken his seat.

And there was no letting up from the hosts as West Ham simply froze in the opening stages.

The Son and Kane dream team linked up again on four minutes as Kane rolled away from Fabien Balbuena and powered home.

And with the Hammers still rocking from Kane’s first goal, he added his second on 15 minutes.

Son freed Sergio Reguilon in behind and the Spaniard’s cross into the box was bulleted home by Kane.

With Spurs in danger of running riot after the break, Moyes was forced to change his approach after the break and Pablo Fornals missed a massive opportunity after the restart.

Mourinho threw on Gareth Bale for his second Spurs debut and the Welshman almost made an immediate impact as Kane hammered his pass against the post.

West Ham sensed their chance following that miss as Balbuena powered home Aaron Cresswell’s corner.

That threw the cat amongst the pigeons for Spurs in the final minutes as Davinson Sanchez sliced Vladimir Coufal’s cross past Hugo Lloris.

And just as Spurs looked primed to hang on in the final seconds Manuel Lanzini nailed in an absolute thunderbolt.

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