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banner Saturday, 26 January, 2002, 17:06 GMT
Kanoute saves Hammers
Frederic Kanoute scores at Stamford Bridge
Kanoute got the equaliser with eight minutes left
Chelsea 1-1 West Ham
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A scrambled strike from Frederic Kanoute eight minutes from time earned a replay for West Ham after Chelsea had looked to be cruising to victory.

The Frenchman struck from six yards to cancel out Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink's superb first-half effort that had looked like winning the match for Chelsea.

West Ham had begun in understandably cautious fashion after going down 5-1 at Stamford Bridge only a week before.

It was a rip-roaring second-half but now we have got them back at Upton Park with home advantage we might be able to do it
Hammers' boss
Glenn Roeder
Once behind the visitors struggled to raise the tempo and threaten an equaliser, until Vladimir Labant's cross caused mayhem in the Chelsea defence and Kanoute pounced.

Chelsea boss Claudio Ranieri started with Eidur Gudjohnsen on the bench and Graeme Le Saux back in the side, while West Ham began with three centre-backs.

And after Michael Carrick sliced his shot from the edge of the box in the fourth minute, the Hammers were forced to play much of the first half on the back foot.

Hasselbaink had two good efforts within three minutes - a long-range strike and a header from a Graeme Le Saux cross - before breaking the deadlock in the 21st minute.

  Match details
21 mins: Hasselbaink fires Chelsea ahead
47 mins: Lampard volleys just wide
80 mins: Zola chance saved by James
82 mins: Kanoute equalises from close range
Given acres of space down the right flank, the Dutchman cut inside Christian Dailly and flighted an unstoppable shot into the top left-hand corner with his left foot.

Chelsea dominated the remainder of the first half and West Ham had Tomas Repke's last-ditch tackle on Mikael Forsell to thank for keeping the deficit down to one.

The second half began in similar fashion, with a Hasselbaink cross volleyed inches past the post by Frank Lampard in the 48th minute.

After 65 minutes without managing a serious attack on Carlo Cudicini's goal, Hammers boss Glenn Roeder brought on Jermain Defoe alongside Frederic Kanoute.

After the first goal we made a lot of chances to close the game but today Chelsea were not very lucky
Chelsea manager
Claudio Ranieri
Moments later Gudjohnsen joined Hasselbaink in the Chelsea front line, and the match finally sparked into life.

Kanoute had a half-hearted appeal for a penalty denied before James made a superb save from Gianfranco Zola when the Italian was clean through.

Chelsea were left to rue that miss when Kanoute coverted Labant's cross in the 82nd minute.

And as the home side pressed for the winner in the closing moments, the West Ham striker almost snatched a victory when he headed wide past the stranded Cudicini.

Chelsea: Cudicini, Ferrer, Desailly, Terry, Melchiot, Zola, Lampard, Petit (Jokanovic 82), Le Saux, Forssell (Gudjohnsen 70), Hasselbaink (Dalla Bona 74).
Subs Not Used: de Goey, Morris.
Booked: Lampard, Terry, Ferrer.

West Ham: James, Repka, Dailly, Schemmel, Winterburn (Labant 76), Hutchison (Lomas 68), Carrick, Soma (Defoe 65), Cole, Di Canio, Kanoute.
Subs Not Used: Andersson, Kitson.
Booked: Hutchison, Repka.

Att: 33,443

Ref: D Elleray (Harrow-on-the-Hill).

BBC Sport's Dave Woods
"West Ham came back into it in the second half"
Chelsea boss Claudio Ranieri
"We were unlucky"
West Ham boss Glenn Roeder
"A well deserved draw"
Chelseas's Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink
"I thought we had the better chances"
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