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BBC Five Live's John Murray
Report from Stamford Bridge
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Harry Redknapp
"It was a very very even game"
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Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink
"We have got the three points and that's the most important thing"
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Gianluca Vialli
"I know we can play better"
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Sunday, 20 August, 2000, 16:43 GMT 17:43 UK
Stanic brace sinks Hammers
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink: Scored a penalty on his debut
Chelsea 4-2 West Ham

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink marked his Premiership return with a goal as Chelsea took the points in a closely fought contest at Stamford Bridge.

After the Dutchman had hammered home a 31st minute penalty, Paolo Di Canio opened his account for the season with a well taken equaliser.

Suker
Suker tussles with Desailly
But a sensational free-kick from Gianfranco Zola and two goals from Mario Stanic sealed the win for the Blues, with Frederic Kanoute's late strike little more than a consolation.

It was an untidy opening to the new Premiership campaign, with the referee's whistle preventing any kind of fluency in a fixture which failed to produce a goal in 180 minutes of football last year.

After Hasselbaink had been foiled by the impressive Igor Stimac, Chelsea's best attempt on goal arrived in the shape of Roberto Di Matteo's thundering drive which was spectacularly tipped over the bar by Shaka Hislop.


It was a goal that only a man with confidence and personality can score in his first match in front of new supporters
  Chelsea boss Gianluca Vialli on Mario Stanic's long range strike
It was an intriguing battle in midfield, with Wise and Poyet's patient probing being stifled by Lampard and Lomas' constant harrying.

West Ham, who had Lampard booked for an over-enthusiastic challenge after 12 minutes, had two wonderful opportunities in quick succession which they failed to convert.

Firstly, Davor Suker's shot deflected wide before Kanoute blazed over the bar from 10 yards out.

Hitman

But, it was only a matter of time before Chelsea's 15m hitman took centre stage.

Never one to shy away when the spotlight, Hasselbaink was brought down just inside the area after 31 minutes by an over-enthusiastic Hislop, leaving referee Graham Barber little option but to point to the spot.

In Frank Lebeouf's absence, Hasselbaink duly converted the spot-kick sending Hislop the wrong way and sending a wave of relief around Stamford Bridge.

But West Ham hauled their way back into contention straight after the restart. After superb link-up play between new signings Kanoute and Suker, it was an old livewire by the name of Di Canio who lashed the ball past De Goey to level proceedings.


Chelsea are an outstanding side and real championship contenders, but we matched them all the way and we can match anybody on our day
  West Ham boss Harry Redknapp

It was proving to be an exhilarating contest and Chelsea issued the next blow, moving back in front courtesy of an unstoppable free-kick from Gianfranco Zola.

The miniature front man, who had shown some majestic touches throughout the game, bent a right-foot shot from 25-yards around the West Ham wall to send the Blues faithful into raptures.

Chelsea sealed the points with two late strikes from Mario Stanic - the first a blistering shot from 35-yards - and Kanoute grabbed a consolation strike six minutes from time.


Chelsea: de Goey, Panucci, Babayaro, Desailly, Poyet, Hasselbaink, Wise, Stanic, Melchiot, Di Matteo, Zola. Subs: Le Saux, Flo, Morris, Cudicini, Thome.

West Ham: Hislop, S. Pearce, Stimac, Suker, Di Canio, Lomas, Kanoute, Winterburn, Lampard, Carrick, Margas. Subs: Charles, Potts, Keller, Cole, Bywater.

Referee: G Barber (Tring)

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