• Sajidur Rahman

Tammy Abraham’s brace helps Chelsea get back to winning ways with a 3-0 victory West Ham

Match Report from one of our aspiring journalists, Sajidur Rahman, on last nights (21st December 2020) Premier League clash between London rivals, Chelsea and West Ham

Two second half goals from Tammy Abraham followed an early Thiago Silva header to help Chelsea navigate past a tricky West Ham at Stamford Bridge.

The Blues returned to winning ways, having previously lost two consecutive games against Everton and Wolves, meaning they leapfrog Tottenham Hotspurs into 5th position.

Abraham was delighted with the result following the match: “It was much more like it, the boys said before the game that we needed a good performance today and that is what we did.

I have to give credit to my teammates, they created a lot of chances today and defended well as a team, to beat West Ham 3-0 it’s a massive result.” He said.

Chelsea’s number nine was recalled to the starting lineup ahead of Olivier Giroud but remained humble despite repaying Frank Lampard’s faith in him with a brace: “My job is to help the team as much as possible and that’s what I did for my two goals.

“They were poacher’s goals today, it’s what you do in the park as a kid, it’s about getting into the box and getting into the right areas for when the ball lands.” Said the 23-year-old.

The Hammers thought they took the lead in the seventh minute when former Blue, Declan Rice, rounded Edouard Mendy and slid the ball in from a tight angle only for it to be ruled offside.

The disallowed goal sparked the Hosts into life and they scored three minutes later, as Thiago Silva headed into the net, converting a record-extending eighth goal from a corner this season.

The Blues took control following the opener, dominating possession and almost doubled their lead soon after, however the ball was rightly judged to have gone out of play, before Tammy Abraham was able to tap in Christian Pulisic’s square ball.

Chelsea then spurned a golden chance to go into the break with a two-goal lead as the out-of-form Timo Werner tamely poked the ball towards goal, when through one-on-one with Lukasz Fabianski.

Following the break, West Ham dominated possession and put several crosses into the opposition’s box but failed to register a single shot on target throughout the entirety of the match.

The hosts seemed happy to sit back and looked to hit on the counter, doing just that in the 77th minute, when Abraham broke the offside trap to divert Werner’s low shot beyond Fabianski.

The Englishman doubled his tally a couple of minutes later, when he converted from a tight angle, with Fabianski floored following a save from Pulisic’s header beforehand.

A fourth goal would have flattered Lampard’s side but it almost came when Werner fired off the crossbar late on.

Chelsea saw out the match with their sixth clean sheet of the season in the Premier League and will now prepare for another London derby away against the struggling Arsenal on Boxing Day.

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