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"Good as Chelsea were you couldn't help feeling they caught West Ham at exactly the right moment"
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Wednesday, 7 March, 2001, 21:49 GMT
Chelsea ease past poor Hammers
Paulo di Canio and Albert Ferrer
Paulo di Canio holds off Albert Ferrer
West Ham 0-2 Chelsea

Eidur Gudjohnsen and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink scored a goal apiece to give Chelsea their first away win in the Premiership this season.

The defeat will do little for West Ham's confidence ahead of their FA Cup tie with Tottenham on Sunday.

But, perhaps more worringly for the Hammers, they could be without Stuart Pearce for the quarter-final clash after he hobbled out of the match after just eight minutes.

It seemed as though a few West Ham players had one eye on Sunday's clash with the match being played at an untypically leisurely pace for a London derby.

But Hasselbaink can often be relied on to liven up a tame encounter and he did not disappoint when he scored with a tremendous, trademark effort.

When he received the ball just outside the box, there appeared to be little danger.

  Key incidents
25 mins: Joe Cole hits the bar, when he should have scored
31 mins: Eidur Gudjohnsen puts the visitors ahead
38 mins: Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink doubles Chelsea's lead

But he side-stepped his marker and sent a brilliant curling shot past Shaka Hislop into the top right corner.

That doubled Chelsea's lead after Gudjohnsen had put the visitor's ahead seven minutes earlier with a precise left foot shot, and virtually ended the game as a contest.

It might have been different had Joe Cole converted a good opportunity to give West Ham the lead on 25 minutes.

But the highly-rated youngster somehow scooped the ball onto the bar, after Ian Pearce's header was blocked on the line.

West Ham reshuffled at half-time by reverting to a back four. They took off substitute Schemmel and brought Kaba Diawara into midfield.

But the defensive jitters were still there and Gudjohnsen should have scored his second goal of the night, three minutes into the second half.

Gudjohnsen out-paced Christian Dailly, but he poked his shot just wide of the far post with only Hislop to beat.

West Ham, and in particular the busy Cole, had plenty of possession, but failed to work the ball into the attacking third and Chelsea were happy to soak up the pressure and then hit them on the break.

There may have been fears in the Chelsea players' minds that they would be pegged back late in the game and denied victory, as they have often this season.

But it never looked likely as the game became more and more one-sided as Chelsea cruised to victory to finally secure their first three point haul on their travels.

West Ham: Hislop, Potts, Stuart Pearce, Ian Pearce, Song, Dailly, Cole, Soma, Lampard, Suker, Di Canio. Subs: Bywater, Bassila, Diawara, Camara, Schemmel.

Chelsea: Cudicini, Leboeuf, Desailly, Ferrer, Le Saux, Jokanovic, Wise, Stanic, Gronkjaer, Hasselbaink, Gudjohnsen. Subs: de Goey, Poyet, Dalla Bona, Terry, Knight.

Referee: A Wiley.

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