Tammy Abraham scored twice as Chelsea ended their recent mini-slump by beating us at Stamford Bridge to move up to fifth in the Premier League.
The Blues made the ideal start as Thiago Silva powered home a header in the 10th minute. Timo Werner then spurned a couple of good chances to add to the hosts’ lead but he played his part in his side’s second 12 minutes from time as his scuffed shot was turned in by Abraham.
The Chelsea striker, back in the side in place of Olivier Giroud, then netted another barely two minutes later when he was in the right place to pick up the loose ball and curl home after Christian Pulisic had missed a simple header from a cross.
The scoreline somewhat flattered Chelsea with our lads having been the better side for large periods, but we paid the price for a lack of a cutting edge as we finished the game without a shot on target.
The presence of Michail Antonio in attack was missed as Sebastian Haller – who scored one of the best goals of the season so far in the 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace last time out – was largely ineffective against the hosts’ defence.
Silva’s early goal was also the first time that West Ham’s normally well-drilled defence had conceded from a set-piece in 2020-21, underlining that this was a bad day at the office for them.
“It was a harsh scoreline but we were not good enough in our box and we weren’t good enough in their box when we had the opportunities. Any small decisions did not go for us; the flow always went in Chelsea’s favour tonight. The players played really well. This was our biggest test so far this season. For the majority of it we played very well, but we didn’t do enough where it matters: the boxes.”David Moyes