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Thursday 23 January 2020

Chelsea v West Ham – Story of the match

Chelsea were held to a 1-1 draw by West Ham.

West Ham earned a point at Chelsea thanks to Javier Hernandez's equaliser
West Ham earned a point at Chelsea thanks to Javier Hernandez's equaliser

By Jonathan Veal, Press Association Sport

Javier Hernandez climbed off the bench to add to Chelsea’s frustrations by snatching a point from a 1-1 draw for West Ham at Stamford Bridge.

The Mexican striker had only been on the field for three minutes when he swept home the equaliser to cancel out Cesar Azpilicueta’s first-half opener.

Under-fire goalkeeper Joe Hart, whose England World Cup spot is in jeopardy following his struggles this season, then kept Chelsea at bay with some fine saves as West Ham held on grimly for another point to put towards their survival bid.

Tweet of the match

Star man

Joe Hart’s place on the plane to Russia may be in doubt but performances like this will be a timely reminder to Gareth Southgate of his pedigree. Hart made three brilliant saves to keep Chelsea at bay, none better than his flying stop from Marcos Alonso’s wicked drive.

Moment of the match

West Ham rarely looked like getting back into the game until Gary Cahill’s mistake from a long ball allowed Marko Arnautovic to pull back to Hernandez, who fired in the unlikeliest of equalisers.

A touching tribute

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There was an emotional tribute for Ray Wilkins following his death this week. The Chelsea stalwart was remembered fondly with a minute’s applause before and during the game as well as banners held up in the stands and a video montage played on the big screen.

Data point

Azpilicueta’s goal from Alvaro Morata’s knockdown was the seventh Chelsea goal where those two were directly involved, the best combination in the Premier League.

Player ratings

Chelsea (out of 10): Thibaut Courtois 6; Cesar Azpilicueta 7, Gary Cahill 6, Antonio Rudiger 7; Victor Moses 6, N’Golo Kante 6, Cesc Fabregas 6, Marcos Alonso 6; Willian 7, Alvaro Morata 7, Eden Hazard 7.

Substitutes: Pedro (on for Moses 78) 5, Olivier Giroud (on for Morata 78) 6

West Ham: Joe Hart 8; Pablo Zabaleta 6, Declan Rice 6, Angelo Ogbonna 7, Aaron Cresswell 5; Arthur Masuaka 6, Cheikhou Kouyate 6, Mark Noble 6, Edimilson Fernandes 5; Joao Mario 5, Marko Arnautovic 6

Substitutes: Patrice Evra (for Cresswell 63) 6, Javier Hernandez (for Fernandes 70) 7, Josh Cullen (for Mario 85) N/A

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