Chelsea suffer shock home defeat against West Ham

Chelsea 0 West Ham 1

Chelsea suffered a shock defeat in the London derby at Stamford Bridge.

The Blues were on top for much of the first half but Ryan Cresswell’s goal three minutes after the interval proved decisive.

Cresswell cut inside on to his right foot and bent a superb shot beyond Kepa Arrizabalaga.

Chelsea were then fortunate not to go further behind.

Keeper Kepa, who in the first half produced a point-blank save to deny Michail Antonio, kept out Fabian Balbuena’s header moments before Antonio missed a glorious chance to make it 2-0 when he failed to turn the ball in from a yard out.

The Hammers then thought they had doubled their lead when Snodgrass’ cross was bundled the ball in at the far post by Antonio.

However, the goal was disallowed after VAR established that the ball had struck Antonio’s arm.

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard was expected to select Michy Batshuayi in the absence of injured striker Tammy Abraham.

But Lampard surprisingly picked Olivier Giroud – and then played the final 20 minutes without a recognised striker after opting to bring Callum Hudson-Odoi on for Giroud rather than Batshuayi.

Chelsea: Kepa, James, Zouma, Tomori, Emerson, Jorginho (Kante 63), Kovacic, Mount, Pedro (Willian 63), Pulisic, Giroud (Hudson-Odoi 70).
Subs not used: Caballero, Christensen, Azpilicueta, Batshuayi.