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West Ham   1 - 3   Chelsea

Michael Essien
Michael Essien scored twice to underline his importance to Chelsea

By Sam Sheringham

Chelsea kept up their impeccable start to the season, hardly breaking sweat as they brushed aside a West Ham side who remain rock bottom of the table.

Michael Essien put the Blues in front inside two minutes with a free header.

And the second goal arrived in bizarre fashion as Matthew Upson's clearance struck Salomon Kalou's heel and ballooned into the net.

Essien rose above Tal Ben Haim to add a late third, before Scott Parker lobbed Petr Cech from the edge of the box.

West Ham's defeat, which looked inevitable from the moment Essien opened the scoring, leaves the east Londoners without a point in their first four Premier League games.

And if it seems too early to start talking about a crisis at Upton Park, manager Avram Grant desperately needs to find a formula which maximises the potential of a side containing a number of players of genuine quality.

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The Hammers' fortunes could not contrast more starkly than those of their west London opponents, who have now scored 16 goals in four games this season, with Parker's effort the first they have conceded in the league since mid-April.

The game's opening followed a predictable pattern with Chelsea assuming control and launching an early attack which yielded a corner.

Didier Drogba's cross found Essien unmarked to head his team in front, despite Carlton Cole's efforts to head the ball clear.

Chelsea's second goal had more than a hint of farce about it as Hammers goalkeeper Rob Green failed to cling on to a low Drogba free-kick. Upson pounced on the loose ball but his clearance cannoned into Kalou's heel and looped into the net.

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Grant's decision to line-up with a midfield diamond formation played into Chelsea's hands, by providing plenty of space for full-backs Ashley Cole and Paulo Ferreira to exploit.

When West Ham did get the ball, their four central midfielders seemed to get in each other's way, often resulting in possession being surrendered to the Blues.

One such instance almost led to a third goal for Chelsea as Valon Behrami lost the ball in midfield and Kalou's low shot was deflected wide by Upson.

Striker Victor Obinna, making his West Ham debut along with Lars Jacobsen, had two first-half chances to get the Hammers back in the game.

First, an inch-perfect Carlton Cole chip found the Nigerian in space, but his side-footed volley drifted a yard wide. Shortly afterwards, the forward on loan from Inter Milan cut inside from the left and blazed a powerful shot across the face of goal.

Ramires, Chelsea's £17m Brazilian signing, was largely a passenger on his debut - one long-range effort over the bar early in the second half probably his most noteworthy contribution.

West Ham made a brighter start to the second period, with substitute Kieron Dyer adding some much-needed thrust to their attacks.

But Chelsea continued to look more likely to score, Kalou whistling a left-footed curler just past the upright and Drogba drawing a sharp save from the diving Green.

And the Hammers goalkeeper was at full stretch once again to prevent Branislav Ivanovic from extending Chelsea's lead from close range.

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The third goal eventually arrived seven minutes from time as the peerless Essien leapt at the far post to head home Ferreira's cross from the right.

West Ham finally got on the score sheet two minutes later courtesy of a moment of true class from Parker.

Cech punched a corner to the Hammers midfielder, who brilliantly cushioned a volley back over a crowd of players and into the far corner.

But the goal received a muted response from the Upton Park faithful, who are already sensing their side may face a tough battle to maintain their Premier League status.

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Saturday, 11 September 2010

Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
West Ham 1-3 Chelsea FT
(HT 0-2)
  • Parker 85
  • Essien 2
  • Kalou 18
  • Essien 83

West Ham

Substitutes

Chelsea

Substitutes

Ref: FoyAtt: 33,014
WEST HAM
CHELSEA

Possession

  • West Ham 49%
  • Chelsea 51%

Attempts on target

  • West Ham 7
  • Chelsea 9

Attempts off target

  • West Ham 6
  • Chelsea 8

Corners

  • West Ham 1
  • Chelsea 5

Fouls

  • West Ham 13
  • Chelsea 10
  • Final Result
  • 92:43 The ref blows the whistle to start the match.
  • 92:43 The match has reached full-time.
  • 90:00+3:20 Effort on goal by Didier Drogba from just inside the area clears the crossbar.
  • 90:00+2:45 Free kick awarded for a foul by Victor Obinna on Michael Essien. Mikel takes the free kick.
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+1:19 Booking Mark Noble goes into the referee's book.
  • Correction - 89:38 Mark Noble takes a shot. Florent Malouda gets a block in.
  • 89:38 Mark Noble takes a shot. Blocked by Florent Malouda.
  • 89:11 Frederic Piquionne takes a shot.
  • 87:53 Effort on goal by Gael Kakuta from deep inside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.
  • 87:12 Mark Noble takes a shot. Mikel gets a block in.
  • 84:14 GOAL - Scott ParkerWest Ham 1 - 3 Chelsea Goal scored by Scott Parker from just outside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. West Ham 1-3 Chelsea.
  • 84:14 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Mark Noble,
  • 83:32 Substitution Salomon Kalou goes off and Florent Malouda comes on.
  • 82:45 Assist on the goal came from Paulo Ferreira.
  • 82:45 GOAL - Michael EssienWest Ham 0 - 3 Chelsea Michael Essien finds the net with a headed goal from close range. West Ham 0-3 Chelsea.
  • Correction - 81:20 Substitution (Chelsea) makes a substitution, with Alex coming on for John Terry.
  • Correction - 81:20 The official flags Carlton Cole offside. Alex takes the direct free kick.
  • 81:20 Substitution Alex on for John Terry.
  • 81:20 Carlton Cole is ruled offside. Petr Cech restarts play with the free kick.
  • 80:59 Didier Drogba takes a shot. Save made by Robert Green.
  • 77:19 Shot by Michael Essien. Save by Robert Green.
  • 76:15 Kieron Dyer is ruled offside. Petr Cech takes the direct free kick.
  • 75:02 Substitution Gael Kakuta on for Nicolas Anelka.
  • 73:51 Didier Drogba takes a inswinging corner to the near post, clearance by Kieron Dyer.
  • Correction - 72:37 Tal Ben-Haim gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Didier Drogba. A cross is delivered by Didier Drogba, Branislav Ivanovic takes a shot. Save by Robert Green.
  • 72:37 Foul by Tal Ben-Haim on Didier Drogba, free kick awarded. The ball is sent over by Didier Drogba, Branislav Ivanovic takes a shot. Save by Robert Green.
  • 71:58 Substitution Frederic Piquionne is brought on as a substitute for Valon Behrami.
  • 70:47 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ramires by Scott Parker. Free kick taken by Mikel.
  • 70:05 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ramires by Tal Ben-Haim. Ashley Cole takes the free kick.
  • 68:32 Shot from 35 yards by Mark Noble missed to the left of the target.
  • 67:49 Victor Obinna takes a shot. Blocked by Mikel.
  • 64:57 Victor Obinna produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick, save by Petr Cech.
  • 64:57 Booking Branislav Ivanovic receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
  • 64:38 Branislav Ivanovic gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Carlton Cole.
  • 64:13 Shot from 18 yards by Didier Drogba. Robert Green makes a save.
  • 62:36 Unfair challenge on Scott Parker by Ramires results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Scott Parker.
  • 61:17 Free kick awarded for a foul by Michael Essien on Valon Behrami. Valon Behrami takes the direct free kick.
  • 60:51 Valon Behrami concedes a free kick for a foul on Michael Essien. Mikel takes the free kick.
  • 60:09 Salomon Kalou has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the left of the goal.
  • 58:53 Salomon Kalou challenges Kieron Dyer unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Lars Jacobsen.
  • Correction - 54:35 Carlton Cole is penalised for a handball. Free kick taken by Petr Cech.
  • 54:35 Carlton Cole is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Petr Cech takes the indirect free kick.
  • 53:05 Free kick awarded for a foul by Valon Behrami on Mikel. Didier Drogba crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel, Tal Ben-Haim manages to make a clearance.
  • 52:02 Ramires is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Mark Noble delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right by-line.
  • 50:49 Unfair challenge on Scott Parker by Ramires results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Scott Parker.
  • 49:58 Effort on goal by Ramires from outside the box goes harmlessly over the bar.
  • Correction - 46:40 Long distance shot from Ramires misses to the left of the net.
  • 45:02 Ramires produces a left-footed shot from long range which goes wide right of the goal.
  • 45:01 Substitution Kieron Dyer on for Luis Boa Morte.
  • 45:01 The second half kicks off.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+0:50 Carlton Cole is caught offside. Petr Cech takes the indirect free kick.
  • 45:00 It is the end of the first-half.
  • 44:08 Foul by Ramires on Scott Parker, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Tal Ben-Haim.
  • 43:06 Booking Scott Parker receives a caution.
  • 42:57 Scott Parker challenges Nicolas Anelka unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Ashley Cole.
  • 39:57 Booking The referee cautions Ashley Cole for unsporting behaviour.
  • 39:43 Unfair challenge on Valon Behrami by Ashley Cole results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Tal Ben-Haim.
  • 38:51 Carlton Cole gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ashley Cole. Free kick taken by Mikel.
  • Correction - 31:46 Corner taken right-footed by Didier Drogba from the left by-line, Mikel produces a right-footed shot from outside the area and strikes the post.
  • 31:46 Inswinging corner taken by Didier Drogba, Mikel takes a shot.
  • 30:28 Victor Obinna produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the target.
  • 29:18 Carlton Cole has a drilled shot. John Terry gets a block in.
  • 27:53 Carlton Cole fouled by Branislav Ivanovic, the ref awards a free kick. Shot comes in from Victor Obinna from the free kick, blocked by Nicolas Anelka.
  • 26:42 Victor Obinna has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the goal.
  • 24:11 Unfair challenge on Nicolas Anelka by Tal Ben-Haim results in a free kick. Strike on goal comes in from Didier Drogba from the free kick.
  • 22:52 Shot by Mikel from outside the area goes high over the crossbar.
  • 22:01 Corner taken by Nicolas Anelka played to the near post, Carlton Cole manages to make a clearance.
  • 20:19 Salomon Kalou takes a shot. Blocked by Matthew Upson. Didier Drogba takes the inswinging corner, save by Robert Green.
  • 18:40 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Didier Drogba by Matthew Upson. Free kick taken by Michael Essien.
  • 17:20 GOAL - Salomon KalouWest Ham 0 - 2 Chelsea Salomon Kalou grabs a goal from close range to the bottom left corner of the goal. West Ham 0-2 Chelsea.
  • 15:53 Didier Drogba fouled by Luis Boa Morte, the ref awards a free kick. Shot comes in from Didier Drogba from the free kick, save by Robert Green.
  • 15:40 Scott Parker concedes a free kick for a foul on Nicolas Anelka. Paulo Ferreira takes the free kick.
  • 13:17 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Tal Ben-Haim by Didier Drogba. Tal Ben-Haim takes the direct free kick.
  • 9:54 Victor Obinna has an effort at goal from outside the area which goes wide left of the target.
  • 9:17 Ramires concedes a free kick for a foul on Scott Parker. Scott Parker restarts play with the free kick.
  • Correction - 6:32 The referee gives a free kick against Carlton Cole for handball. Salomon Kalou restarts play with the free kick.
  • 6:32 Carlton Cole is adjudged to have handled the ball. Indirect free kick taken by Herita Ilunga.
  • 3:38 Victor Obinna takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Save by Petr Cech.
  • 2:59 Scott Parker challenges Salomon Kalou unfairly and gives away a free kick. Petr Cech takes the direct free kick.
  • 1:40 Didier Drogba provided the assist for the goal.
  • 1:40 GOAL - Michael EssienWest Ham 0 - 1 Chelsea Michael Essien finds the net with a headed goal from close range. West Ham 0-1 Chelsea.
  • 1:13 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Didier Drogba,

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Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 11 Sep 2010 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Chelsea 4 16 12
2 Arsenal 4 10 10
3 Man Utd 4 6 8
4 Blackpool 4 0 7
5 Fulham 4 1 6
6 Aston Villa 3 -2 6
7 Man City 4 2 5
8 Birmingham 3 1 5
9 Wolves 4 0 5
10 Sunderland 4 0 5
11 Tottenham 4 0 5
12 Bolton 4 -1 5
13 Newcastle 4 1 4
14 Blackburn 4 -1 4
15 Liverpool 3 -2 4
16 West Brom 4 -6 4
17 Wigan 4 -9 4
18 Everton 4 -2 2
19 Stoke 3 -4 0
20 West Ham 4 -10 0

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