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Lampard admits to 'lucky' penalty

By Phil Dawkes

Chelsea failed to capitalise fully on Manchester United's shock defeat at Fulham as they drew at West Ham.

The Hammers took the lead just before half-time when Jack Collison was fouled by Ashley Cole and Alessandro Diamanti converted the resulting penalty.

Chelsea's equaliser also came from the spot after Matthew Upson was harshly judged to have fouled Daniel Sturridge.

Frank Lampard was made to take the penalty three times but kept his cool to ensure the visitors grabbed a point.

Whilst a draw is not the ideal result for Chelsea, it caps a good week for them, after their win at Portsmouth on Wednesday and United's loss at Craven Cottage.

I got the ball clearly - Upson

The Blues now hold a four-point lead at the top of the Premier League ahead of the important Christmas period.

In contrast, West Ham remain in the relegation zone, but boss Gianfranco Zola will take heart from the manner in which his side battled against superior opposition.

The Hammers had lost their previous three matches heading into this fixture but did not look a side short of spirit.

Lampard and fellow ex-Hammer Joe Cole were largely at the centre of all that was positive about what was, in truth, a lacklustre Chelsea display.

The latter set up the former for the first effort of the match - a 25-yard drive which Robert Green saved comfortably.

Later in the half, Lampard released Didier Drogba following a quick free-kick, but the Ivory Coast striker fired wide.

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These, along with a Branislav Ivanovic header from a corner, cleared off the line by Scott Parker, were as close as the visitor's came to a first-half goal.

In contrast, West Ham's first-half endeavour was rewarded when Ashley Cole felled Collison in the box and Diamanti dispatched the penalty with aplomb.

It was inevitable, considering the stakes for both side's, that the second half would be a frantic and nervy affair - and so it proved.

Within minutes of the restart, Drogba had almost pulled the Blues level, collecting a long kick from goalkeeper Petr Cech near the touchline and firing an audacious, dipping shot that looped over Green but just past the far post.

Chelsea were level in controversial circumstances not long after.

Lampard found half-time replacement Sturridge in the box, and he went to ground under a lunging tackle from Upson.

The referee's assistant immediately signalled for a penalty, and Mike Dean pointed to the spot despite protestations from the West Ham players.

We only deserved a draw - Ancelotti

Lampard was forced to take the penalty three times by Dean because of players encroaching in the box, but the England international scored each time.

Chelsea pushed hard for a winner, but it is a testimony to the home side that the league leaders fashioned so few true goalscoring chances.

Joe Cole's ballooned shot over the bar was as good a chance as fell their way.

West Ham could also have claimed a winner, but Cech was a match for a stinging drive from Diamanti.


West Ham boss Gianfranco Zola:
"The performance was magnificent - the enthusiasm, the passion, the character, it was all remarkable. We got a point, but it should've been more.

"I've seen the penalty decision again and it was not correct. I think the referee saw it right in the beginning, but the linesman made him change his mind. We needed that to go our way - it's a pity but we can't do anything about that.

"All we can do is build on all the positives we got from today. It is important we make these performances a habit - if we do that there are no limits to do what we can achieve."

Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti:
"We didn't play well, the first half was not good and the draw was the right result. In the second half we were stronger and had more intensity.

"I don't like to judge the work of the referee because I am not a referee.

"Now is not the best moment (for Chelsea) but every team has problems in this period. There are a lot of matches every three days and it is not easy to maintain concentration, to maintain strength every three days."

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Sunday, 20 December 2009

Barclays Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
West Ham 1-1 Chelsea FT
(HT 1-0)
  • Alessandro Diamanti (pen) 45
  • Lampard (pen) 61

West Ham

Substitutes

Chelsea

Substitutes

Ref: DeanAtt: 33,388
WEST HAM
CHELSEA

Possession

  • West Ham 47%
  • Chelsea 53%

Attempts on target

  • West Ham 5
  • Chelsea 6

Attempts off target

  • West Ham 1
  • Chelsea 14

Corners

  • West Ham 5
  • Chelsea 5

Fouls

  • West Ham 17
  • Chelsea 16
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+3:12 The referee blows his whistle to end the game.
  • 90:00+0:21 Free kick awarded for a foul by Yuri Zhirkov on Scott Parker. Alessandro Diamanti delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from left channel, clearance by Mikel.
  • 89:19 Didier Drogba has a shot on goal from long range that goes wide left.
  • 88:19 Branislav Ivanovic concedes a free kick for a foul on Alessandro Diamanti. Alessandro Diamanti delivers the ball, Guillermo Franco takes a shot. Comfortable save by Petr Cech.
  • 87:16 Effort from just outside the area by Yuri Zhirkov goes over the bar.
  • 86:57 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Frank Lampard, clearance made by James Tomkins.
  • 85:15 Inswinging corner taken by Frank Lampard from the left by-line, Robert Green makes a save.
  • 85:06 Yuri Zhirkov crosses the ball, save made by Robert Green.
  • 83:17 Robert Green takes the free kick.
  • 83:17 Booking John Terry is shown a yellow card.
  • 83:10 Julien Faubert fouled by John Terry, the ref awards a free kick.
  • 80:45 Inswinging corner taken by Mark Noble, Petr Cech makes a comfortable save.
  • 80:11 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Alessandro Diamanti from the right by-line, Didier Drogba makes a clearance.
  • 79:03 Herita Ilunga challenges Didier Drogba unfairly and gives away a free kick. Frank Lampard crosses the ball in from the free kick.
  • 78:10 Alessandro Diamanti takes a shot. Blocked by John Terry.
  • 76:16 Daniel Sturridge fouled by Herita Ilunga, the ref awards a free kick. Branislav Ivanovic restarts play with the free kick.
  • 74:05 Substitution Yuri Zhirkov on for Joe Cole.
  • 74:05 Mikel fouled by Guillermo Franco, the ref awards a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Ricardo Carvalho.
  • 73:25 Effort on goal by Joe Cole from just inside the area clears the crossbar.
  • 72:15 Joe Cole has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the goal.
  • 71:33 Alessandro Diamanti takes a shot. Save by Petr Cech. Effort on goal by Mark Noble from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the target.
  • 71:00 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Julien Faubert by Didier Drogba. Free kick taken by Robert Green.
  • 68:07 Joe Cole produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the target.
  • 66:11 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Scott Parker by Joe Cole. Direct free kick taken by Radoslav Kovac.
  • 65:45 Guillermo Franco is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by John Terry.
  • 62:52 Daniel Sturridge fouled by Radoslav Kovac, the ref awards a free kick. A cross is delivered by Didier Drogba, Headed effort from inside the box by Branislav Ivanovic misses to the right of the target.
  • 60:39 The assist for the goal came from Daniel Sturridge.
  • 60:39 GOAL - Frank LampardWest Ham 1 - 1 Chelsea Frank Lampard scores a placed penalty. West Ham 1-1 Chelsea.
  • 58:50 Booking Booking for Matthew Upson for unsporting behaviour.
  • 57:40 Penalty awarded for an unfair challenge on Daniel Sturridge by Matthew Upson.
  • 56:50 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Michael Ballack by Alessandro Diamanti. Branislav Ivanovic takes the indirect free kick.
  • 55:20 Didier Drogba challenges Mark Noble unfairly and gives away a free kick. Matthew Upson takes the free kick.
  • 51:08 Direct free kick taken by Frank Lampard. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Scott Parker by Branislav Ivanovic. Free kick taken by Mark Noble.
  • 51:08 Booking Mark Noble receives a yellow card.
  • 51:02 Foul by Radoslav Kovac on Ricardo Carvalho, free kick awarded.
  • 48:50 Close range effort by Didier Drogba goes wide of the left-hand post.
  • 48:22 Unfair challenge on Herita Ilunga by Michael Ballack results in a free kick. Mark Noble takes the free kick.
  • 47:06 Shot by Daniel Sturridge from a long way out goes over the target.
  • 45:01 The second half begins.
  • 45:01 Substitution Mikel on for Florent Malouda.
  • 45:01 Substitution Daniel Sturridge joins the action as a substitute, replacing Salomon Kalou.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+4:07 The match has reached half-time.
  • 45:00+2:45 Shot from close in by Salomon Kalou misses to the left of the goal.
  • Correction - 45:00+2:07 Strike on goal comes in from Frank Lampard from the free kick.
  • 45:00+2:07 Shot comes in from Frank Lampard from the free kick.
  • 45:00+2:07 Booking The referee shows Scott Parker a yellow card.
  • Correction - 45:00+2:04 Foul by Scott Parker on Michael Ballack, free kick awarded.
  • 45:00+2:04 Scott Parker gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Michael Ballack.
  • 45:00+1:31 Alessandro Diamanti takes a shot. Comfortable save by Petr Cech.
  • 45:00+0:56 Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Mark Noble, clearance by Didier Drogba.
  • 45:00+0:35 Alessandro Diamanti takes the inswinging corner, Branislav Ivanovic makes a clearance.
  • 45:00+0:12 Unfair challenge on Michael Ballack by Alessandro Diamanti results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Ashley Cole.
  • 44:13 Assist on the goal came from Jack Collison.
  • 44:13 GOAL - Alessandro DiamantiWest Ham 1 - 0 Chelsea Alessandro Diamanti scores a placed penalty. West Ham 1-0 Chelsea.
  • 43:38 Booking Ashley Cole is given a yellow card.
  • 43:29 Jack Collison fouled by Ashley Cole, the ref awards a Penalty.
  • 42:50 Close range shot by Didier Drogba misses to the left of the goal.
  • 42:30 Scott Parker concedes a free kick for a foul on Joe Cole. Frank Lampard restarts play with the free kick.
  • 41:38 Michael Ballack takes a shot. James Tomkins gets a block in.
  • 40:55 Unfair challenge on Salomon Kalou by Alessandro Diamanti results in a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Petr Cech.
  • 40:15 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Scott Parker by Michael Ballack. Free kick crossed right-footed by Mark Noble from right channel, John Terry manages to make a clearance.
  • 37:55 John Terry takes a shot. Robert Green makes a comfortable save.
  • 36:42 Joe Cole produces a left-footed shot from outside the penalty box and misses wide left of the target.
  • 34:13 Alessandro Diamanti gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Frank Lampard. Free kick taken by Frank Lampard.
  • 33:13 Effort from inside the area by Frank Lampard misses to the right of the goal.
  • 32:27 Booking Guillermo Franco is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
  • 32:21 The referee gives a free kick against Guillermo Franco for handball. Indirect free kick taken by Ricardo Carvalho.
  • 31:25 Guillermo Franco is caught offside. Petr Cech takes the free kick.
  • 31:06 Jack Collison takes a shot. Save by Petr Cech.
  • 29:55 Free kick taken by Alessandro Diamanti.
  • 29:55 Booking Ricardo Carvalho receives a caution.
  • 29:23 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Matthew Upson by Joe Cole. Herita Ilunga takes the free kick. Guillermo Franco fouled by Ricardo Carvalho, the ref awards a free kick.
  • 28:21 Ricardo Carvalho concedes a free kick for a foul on Guillermo Franco. Direct free kick taken by Alessandro Diamanti.
  • 26:57 Foul by Guillermo Franco on Branislav Ivanovic, free kick awarded. Indirect free kick taken by Ricardo Carvalho.
  • 25:36 Corner taken by Alessandro Diamanti, save made by Petr Cech.
  • 24:22 Unfair challenge on Matthew Upson by Salomon Kalou results in a free kick. Robert Green takes the free kick.
  • Correction - 22:01 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Florent Malouda from the right by-line, Branislav Ivanovic takes a shot. Blocked by Scott Parker.
  • 22:01 Corner taken by Florent Malouda, Michael Ballack takes a shot. Blocked by Scott Parker.
  • Correction - 20:41 Scott Parker challenges Didier Drogba unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Didier Drogba, blocked by Mark Noble.
  • 20:41 Didier Drogba fouled by Scott Parker, the ref awards a free kick. Didier Drogba shoots direct from the free kick, Mark Noble gets a block in.
  • 20:19 Unfair challenge on Michael Ballack by Guillermo Franco results in a free kick. Michael Ballack takes the free kick.
  • 18:45 Guillermo Franco fouled by Ricardo Carvalho, the ref awards a free kick. Mark Noble crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing. Guillermo Franco is ruled offside. Petr Cech takes the indirect free kick.
  • 17:03 Substitution James Tomkins comes on in place of Daniel Gabbidon.
  • 17:03 Mark Noble is caught offside. Petr Cech takes the free kick.
  • 15:56 Effort from a long way out by Michael Ballack goes wide right of the target.
  • 12:42 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Frank Lampard, Branislav Ivanovic produces a header from inside the area that goes over the bar.
  • 12:06 Scott Parker is adjudged to have handled the ball. Indirect free kick taken by Branislav Ivanovic.
  • 10:41 Joe Cole fouled by Mark Noble, the ref awards a free kick. Florent Malouda takes the free kick.
  • 8:23 Ricardo Carvalho concedes a free kick for a foul on Mark Noble. Matthew Upson restarts play with the free kick.
  • 6:04 Frank Lampard takes a shot. Save by Robert Green. Corner from the right by-line taken by Frank Lampard, Robert Green makes a save.
  • 2:12 Ricardo Carvalho fouled by Alessandro Diamanti, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Ricardo Carvalho.
  • 0:00 The referee starts the match.

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3 Arsenal 17 24 35
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5 Tottenham 18 18 33
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9 Fulham 17 6 26
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12 Wolves 18 -14 19
13 Blackburn 18 -15 19
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15 Everton 17 -8 18
16 Wigan 17 -18 18
17 Hull 18 -20 17
18 Bolton 16 -10 16
19 West Ham 18 -9 15
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