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Should West Ham have had a penalty against Chelsea?

Should West Ham have had a penalty against Chelsea?

Eden Hazard and Willian were in mesmeric form from the outset and led the Hammers' defence a merry dance throughout, but Chelsea's dominance was not reflected in the scoreline, with Joe Hart enjoying a fine game in West Ham's goal.

"We have start to play good football and win games".

Rice had a day to remember at Stamford Bridge yesterday. Speaking on Sky Sports last month after Burnley's 3-0 win at the London Stadium, Wilkins highlighted the importance of Hart in West Ham's bid for survival.

For much of the first half, the east Londoners did look second best, with Chelsea seemingly more unsafe with every attack.

West Ham were nearly pegged back again on 79 minutes as Marcos Alonso fired a long range effort but Joe Hart produced a brilliant save to deny the Spanish defender.

Saints remain three points adrift of safety despite taking the lead early on through a Shane Long goal and then leveling at 2-2 when Charlie Austin scored just seconds after coming on as a substitute.

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Chelsea produced 23 shots on target, with Joe Hart putting in a man of the match performance to deny the hosts from finding a late victor through substitute Olivier Giroud. The talented 19-year-old has become a key man in the Hammers first team and he also made his senior global debut, against Turkey last month.

Chelsea have won just three league games and collected 12 points in 11 league games since the turn of the year, a run that has left them ten points behind Tottenham Hotspur in fourth place and just three points ahead of Arsenal.

Willian forced Hart into a sharp save on 36 minutes after being played in by Hazard, but the hosts scored from the resulting corner.

Unsurprisingly the game got off to something of a subdued start, although Eden Hazard sprang into life in the fourth minute and nearly gave Chelsea the ideal start. Draws against teams at the bottom of the table won't help in qualifying for the Champions League.

Their Spanish striker Alvaro Morata also had the ball in the net twice but was narrowly offside each time.

"I've come back here after being released by Chelsea at 14, and five years later I'm playing for West Ham in the Premier League", he told West Ham's club website.


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