Latest: Chelsea 0 West Ham 0 – Mourinho makes changes as Hammers dig in

Oscar has come closest to scoring for Chelsea on a frustrating night for them so far at Stamford Bridge.

The Brazilian’s early effort from the left-hand edge of the penalty area struck the bar after West Ham keeper Adrian managed to get a slight touch.

Adrian produced two other first-half saves, keeping out John Terry’s header from Willian’s corner and denying Samuel Eto’o with a near-post stop.

At the other end, striker Andy Carroll wanted a penalty following a far-post tangle with Cesar Azpilicueta but referee Neil Swarbrick was having none of it.

And Blues keeper Petr Cech produced a good save when he dived to his right to push away James Tomkins’ header from Stewart Downing’s left-wing free-kick.

Adrian was called into action again soon after the interval, defying the wet conditions to hold Oscar’s low shot.

West Ham have defended resolutely, and shortly before being substituted Carroll missed a decent chance when he mis-cued following Downing’s cross.

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho made major changes on 63 minutes, switching to three at the back and replacing Azpilicueta and John Mikel Obi with Frank Lampard and Nemanja Matic.

Chelsea: Cech; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta (Lampard 63); Ramires, Mikel (Matic 63); Willian, Oscar, Hazard; Eto’o.
Subs: Schwarzer, Cole, Luiz, Schurrle, Ba.


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