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Chelsea 0-1 West Ham: Full player ratings as Pellegrini changes pay off

By Harry Edwards

Published: 17:10, 30 November 2019

Chelsea extended their winless run across all competitions to three games, losing 1-0 to West Ham on Saturday afternoon.

A highly-anticipated London derby due to the presence of Frank Lampard in the Chelsea dugout, Aaron Cresswell scored the only goal of the game moments after half-time.

It sees Chelsea’s grip of fourth place slip slightly, while West Ham climb to 12th with their first win since September 22.

Here’s how the players rated at Stamford Bridge:

Chelsea

Kepa Arrizabalaga – 6 – Had a relatively quiet first half but did well to deny an Antonio header from close range. Beaten by Cresswell’s fine finish but kept Chelsea in the game with another good save to deny Balbuena.

Reece James – 7 – Caused serious problems down Chelsea’s right with pace, dribbling and good crossing. Unfortunate not to record an assist due to good defending and poor finishing. But his defending let him down, being beaten far too easily by Cresswell for the full-back’s goal.

Kurt Zouma – 6 – Looked the more comfortable of the Chelsea centre-backs, keeping Fornals quiet in the first half. Didn’t have too much to do after half-time but looked well composed with Chelsea shaking.

Fikayo Tomori – 5 – Given problems by Antonio in the first half but just about come out on top.

Emerson – 6 – Raced forward down the left and looked a lot better than he did against Manchester City last weekend. But his crossing was not enough to drag Chelsea back into the game.

Jorginho – 6 – Had a decent first half without being spectacular. Taken off when Chelsea needed to press for an equaliser.

Mateo Kovacic – 6 – Kovacic looked to be building on his performance in midweek, having a good first half. But he was part of a terrible second half in which Chelsea struggled to create.

Pedro – 5 – Had a bright start looking to remind Lampard of what he can do but drifted off later in the game and was replaced by Willian.

Mason Mount – 4 – Had to do a lot of the attacking pressing with Giroud’s lack of mobility, but just didn’t have the decisive touch. A poor afternoon.

Christian Pulisic – 7 – Caused a lot of problems for the West Ham defence in the first half. Moved centrally after Giroud was taken off but was unable to get his side back into the game, sending a late effort wide.

Olivier Giroud – 2 – Struggled to get into Chelsea’s fast-paced game, giving West Ham’s defenders a relatively easy afternoon.

Substitutes:

Willian (for Pedro 63) – 5 – Put a lot of crosses into the box but they were futile without the target man in the box.

N’Golo Kante (for Jorginho 63) – 4 – Struggled to add much to the game with Chelsea looking to attack.

Callum Hudson-Odoi (for Giroud 71) – 5 – Unable to rescue Chelsea.

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West Ham United

David Martin – 7 – In for Roberto, the 33-year-old had a confident start making some good saves. Was fortunate not to be punished for a few spills but that shouldn’t take away from the improvement.

Ryan Fredericks – 7 – Defended well early on, restricting Emerson to crosses rather than running into the box. Resolute after West Ham took the lead, calmly defending as the Hammers soaked up pressure.

Angelo Ogbonna – 9 – A wonderful game for the Italian who was key to West Ham frustrating Chelsea. Came out on top against Giroud in the first half and his game was only made easier when Chelsea took off their target men. On hand to protect Martin’s goal when required.

Fabian Balbuena – 8 – Like Ogbonna, enjoyed a great afternoon in defence to frustrate Chelsea.

Aaron Cresswell – 7 – Was up against it with James down his flank but got forward well, including for the opening goal. Sat back well in the second half was West Ham needed to defend.

Declan Rice – 9 – A masterclass in midfield against the team that released him as a youngster. Helped clog up the middle of the pitch and sat well in front of the West Ham defence as the perfect shield. Possibly his best West Ham game.

Mark Noble – 9 – Lead by example with a fine performance in midfield, both defensively and in attack. Carried the ball forward well at times but was also on hand to sit deep alongside Rice as West Ham saw out the game.

Felipe Anderson – 2 – Another quiet game for the Brazilian who really struggled to get into the match. The one downside to West Ham’s win.

Robert Snodgrass – 8 – Was frustrated by refereeing decisions at times but caused Chelsea serious problems. Sent in a wonderful cross for Antonio’s headed chance and thought he had an assist with another delightful ball, only to see his teammates goal ruled out.

Michail Antonio – 9 – Gave Tomori serious problems playing as the centre-forward. Had West Ham’s first chance, getting ahead of Tomori and later tested Arrizabalaga with a good header. Looked to have doubled West Ham’s lead but saw it ruled out by VAR for handball. Another wonderful game.

Pablo Fornals – 7 – Kept quiet well by Zouma in the first half but was quickly involved after half-time, setting up Cresswell with a neat pass. Ran himself ragged.

Substitutes:

Andriy Yarmolenko (for Anderson 71) – 5 – Helped defensively after coming on.

Sebastien Haller (for Antonio 76) – 5 – Added aerial power to West Ham as they held on.

Arthur Masuaku (for Fornals 83) – N/A – A late sub.

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