Rafael Benitez's troubled start to life at Chelsea plumbed new depths at Upton Park, as West Ham produced an incredible second-half comeback to snatch a memorable victory.
Chants of "sacked in the morning" and "one Di Matteo" rang out as Chelsea allowed a 1-0 half-time lead to slip, with West Ham roaring back thanks to goals from Carlton Cole, Mohamed Diame and Modibo Maiga.
"West Ham have beaten Chelsea for the first time since 2003 and how they've enjoyed it. What a turnaround. Chelsea were in control but only led 1-0 at the break. How they will rue their missed chances. West Ham manager Sam Allardyce made two changes and one of those was Mohamed Diame, who was key for his side. Another awful day for Rafael Benitez. A red letter day for West Ham."
Juan Mata fired Chelsea in front early in the first half and the visitors might have increased their advantage before the interval, only to see a series of good chances go to waste.
Carlton Cole headed West Ham level, before Diame fired in with a ferocious low shot. With time running out West Ham broke again, allowing Maiga to turn in a rebound.
To make matters worse, 26 points from 15 matches represents Chelsea's worst Premier League start in the Abramovich era.
It is the first time since February 1995 that Chelsea have failed to win for seven league matches and Benitez becomes the first manager since Gianluca Vialli to not win any of his opening three matches as manager.
Much of the focus after this game will fall on Benitez and Chelsea but West Ham were an unrecognisable team after the interval, with the introduction of Diame crucial in changing the game.
Chelsea will struggle to know how they let this one slip. Sharper to the ball and swifter to use it, they bossed the early stages, although it took until the 13th minute for them to construct their first meaningful attack.
Victor Moses gathered the ball wide on the right and, seeing Torres angling his run behind the West Ham backline, found his team-mate with a cleverly weighted pass. In one fluid movement, the struggling striker cut the ball back across goal where Mata stroked it beyond goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen. The move was a study in simplicity.
Chelsea's attacking play was creative, clever and, at times, rapier sharp. The West Ham defence was shredded time and again, as Torres, Moses and Mata were each presented chances that they contrived to waste. And yet, the hosts clung on.
Mark Noble fought for everything in the engine room, Matt Jarvis turned and twisted and Kevin Nolan provided the spark in attack.
- Chelsea striker Fernando Torres is currently on a run of 12 hours and 19 minutes without a goal in the Premier League.
- Chelsea are without a win in seven Premier League games (L3 D4) - their longest run without a win in the top-flight since February 1995 when they went 10 without a win.
As half-time approached Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech was booked for punching outside his area. James Collins's resulting free-kick deflected up, allowing James Tomkins to head on to Nolan, whose powerful header was tipped over.
The introduction of Diame gave West Ham another dimension. The confidence and swagger which had accompanied Chelsea's play in the first half deserted them as the contest turned into an altogether more muscular affair.
Where West Ham had stood off and allowed Chelsea to dictate, now they snapped in and fought for everything. Carlton Cole had wasted two earlier chances but when Jarvis's cross deflected up off Gary Cahill, he reacted before Ivanovic, to stoop low and head firmly beyond Cech at the near post.
Jarvis tested Cech moments later. Chelsea were being forced back time and again but their attacking threat remained nonetheless. Eden Hazard forced Jaaskelainen to turn his fierce low shot away, only for Torres to prod the rebound straight back at the West Ham goalkeeper.
Moments later, Mata clattered Jaaskelainen's left-hand post with a delightful 25-yard free-kick. West Ham were at it too, however, as first Jarvis raced clear only to see his shot brilliantly saved by Cech before Ashley Cole cleared Winston Reid's header off the line.
But West Ham would not be denied.
Carlton Cole's clever pass found Diame on the edge of the box and his shot flashed beyond Cech and into the net.
Chelsea were all over the place and when Matthew Taylor's shot was deflected back to Maiga, the West Ham forward made no mistake to complete an incredible comeback.
West Ham United
- 22 Jaaskelainen
- 02 Reid
- 05 Tomkins (Taylor - 46' )
- 17 O'Brien
- 19 Collins
- 20 Demel
- 04 Nolan
- 07 Jarvis
- 16 Noble Booked
- 32 O'Neil (Diame - 46' )
- 09 Cole (Maiga - 87' )
- 30 Spiegel
- 27 Spence
- 14 Taylor
- 21 Diame
- 40 Fanimo
- 42 Moncur
- 11 Maiga
- 01 Cech Booked
- 02 Ivanovic
- 03 Cole
- 24 Cahill
- 28 Azpilicueta
- 07 Ramires
- 10 Mata
- 12 Mikel Booked
- 13 Moses (Marin - 78' )
- 17 Hazard (Oscar - 73' )
- 09 Torres
- 22 Turnbull
- 19 Ferreira
- 34 Bertrand
- 06 Romeu
- 11 Oscar
- 21 Marin
- 35 Piazon
Live Text Commentary
Full Time The final whistle goes and the game is over.90:00 +3:29
Matthew Taylor is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by Petr Cech.90:00 +3:05
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on James Collins by Fernando Torres. James Collins takes the direct free kick.90:00 +2:18
Foul by Marko Marin on Matthew Taylor, free kick awarded. James Collins takes the direct free kick.90:00 +2:05
Fernando Torres takes a shot. Save made by Jussi Jaaskelainen.90:00 +0:40
The assist for the goal came from Matthew Taylor.90:00 +0:40 Goal scored
Goal! - Modibo Maiga - West Ham 3 - 1 Chelsea Modibo Maiga finds the net with a goal from inside the box high into the middle of the goal. West Ham 3-1 Chelsea.90:00 +0:37
Matthew Taylor takes a shot. Save by Petr Cech.90:00 +0:10
Guy Demel sends in a cross, save made by Petr Cech.89:24
Matthew Taylor decides to take the corner short.89:01
Kevin Nolan takes a shot. Blocked by Gary Cahill.88:26
Handball by Emboaba Oscar. Jussi Jaaskelainen restarts play with the free kick.87:09
Outswinging corner taken by Matthew Taylor, Petr Cech makes a save.86:38 Substitution
Substitution Carlton Cole leaves the field to be replaced by Modibo Maiga.85:24
Assist on the goal came from Carlton Cole.85:24 Goal scored
Goal! - Mohamed Diame - West Ham 2 - 1 Chelsea Mohamed Diame finds the net with a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. West Ham 2-1 Chelsea.83:55
Effort on goal by Emboaba Oscar from outside the box goes harmlessly over the bar.83:20
Mark Noble gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nascimento Ramires. Branislav Ivanovic restarts play with the free kick.83:00
Marko Marin takes a shot. Save by Jussi Jaaskelainen.82:53
Carlton Cole is caught offside. Branislav Ivanovic restarts play with the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Nascimento Ramires by Mark Noble results in a free kick. Gary Cahill restarts play with the free kick.81:56
Matthew Taylor takes the inswinging corner, Winston Reid takes a shot. Blocked by Ashley Cole.81:40
Matthew Jarvis takes a shot. Save by Petr Cech.80:45
Mark Noble challenges Nascimento Ramires unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ashley Cole takes the direct free kick.79:49
The ball is delivered by Juan Mata, clearance made by James Collins.79:15
Short corner worked by Fernando Torres.78:59
Corner taken short by Marko Marin.78:44
The ball is delivered by Fernando Torres, clearance made by Guy Demel.77:48 Substitution
Substitution Marko Marin is brought on as a substitute for Victor Moses.77:14
Juan Mata takes a shot. Blocked by Joey O'Brien.74:46
The official flags Carlton Cole offside. Gary Cahill restarts play with the free kick.74:00
Outswinging corner taken by Matthew Taylor from the left by-line, Winston Reid takes a shot. Petr Cech makes a save.72:56
Joey O'Brien challenges Emboaba Oscar unfairly and gives away a free kick. Juan Mata takes the direct free kick.72:18 Substitution
Substitution Emboaba Oscar joins the action as a substitute, replacing Eden Hazard.71:44
Eden Hazard takes a long range shot harmlessly clearing the crossbar.68:31
Mark Noble takes a inswinging corner to the near post, Gary Cahill manages to make a clearance.66:33
Matthew Taylor takes a outswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, Fernando Torres makes a clearance.65:48
Inswinging corner taken by Matthew Taylor, Gary Cahill manages to make a clearance.64:38
Juan Mata has an effort direct from the free kick,64:38 Booking
Booking Mark Noble goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.64:30
Juan Mata fouled by Mark Noble, the ref awards a free kick.64:16
Fernando Torres takes a shot. Blocked by James Collins.63:58
Eden Hazard takes a shot. Jussi Jaaskelainen makes a save.63:47 Booking
Booking Mikel booked for dissent.63:30
Matthew Jarvis takes a shot. Save by Petr Cech.62:49
Matthew Jarvis sends in a cross,62:33
Assist by Matthew Jarvis.62:33 Goal scored
Goal! - Carlton Cole - West Ham 1 - 1 Chelsea Carlton Cole finds the net with a headed goal from inside the penalty box. West Ham 1-1 Chelsea.60:53
Matthew Taylor crosses the ball.59:33
Foul by Joey O'Brien on Fernando Torres, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed by Juan Mata, Carlton Cole manages to make a clearance.59:02
A cross is delivered by Kevin Nolan, save made by Petr Cech.57:25
Victor Moses is adjudged to have handled the ball. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Mark Noble from left channel, save by Petr Cech.56:06
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Mark Noble, clearance made by Fernando Torres.55:57
The ball is delivered by Matthew Jarvis, Cesar Azpilicueta makes a clearance.53:47
Unfair challenge on Gary Cahill by Carlton Cole results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Petr Cech.53:36
Kevin Nolan takes a shot. Blocked by Gary Cahill.53:24
The ball is crossed by Matthew Taylor, Gary Cahill manages to make a clearance.50:58
Foul by Kevin Nolan on Petr Cech, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Petr Cech.49:44
Kevin Nolan takes a shot. Blocked by Branislav Ivanovic. Corner taken by Mark Noble, Petr Cech makes a save.49:18
Short corner taken by Matthew Taylor from the left by-line.48:41
Corner taken left-footed by Matthew Taylor, Mohamed Diame takes a shot. Gary Cahill gets a block in.48:30
Centre by Matthew Taylor, clearance made by Gary Cahill.47:54
Carlton Cole takes has a header from just inside the penalty box which clears the crossbar.47:06
Victor Moses takes a shot. Clearance by James Collins.46:21
Foul by Carlton Cole on Branislav Ivanovic, free kick awarded. Petr Cech takes the direct free kick.46:03
The referee blows for offside. James Collins takes the indirect free kick.45:01
The game restarts for the second half.45:01 Substitution
Substitution Matthew Taylor replaces James Tomkins.45:01 Substitution
Substitution Mohamed Diame comes on in place of Gary O'Neil.45:00 +1:35 Half time
Half Time The ref blows to end the first period.45:00 +1:00
Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Mark Noble, save made by Petr Cech.45:00 +0:39
Kevin Nolan takes a shot. Save made by Petr Cech.45:00 +0:14
James Collins takes a shot. Gary Cahill gets a block in.43:35
Direct free kick taken by Mark Noble.43:35 Booking
Booking Petr Cech booked for unsporting behaviour.43:31
The referee penalises Petr Cech for handball.42:37
Free kick awarded for a foul by Fernando Torres on Guy Demel. Free kick taken by Jussi Jaaskelainen.42:13
Foul by James Tomkins on Eden Hazard, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Mikel.40:24
Juan Mata takes a shot. James Tomkins gets a block in.40:02
Juan Mata takes a shot. Save by Jussi Jaaskelainen.37:15
Corner taken right-footed by Mark Noble, James Tomkins takes a shot. Cesar Azpilicueta gets a block in.36:52
A cross is delivered by Mark Noble, blocked by Branislav Ivanovic.35:30
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Petr Cech by Kevin Nolan. Petr Cech takes the free kick.35:07
A cross is delivered by Gary O'Neil, save by Petr Cech.34:37
Fernando Torres takes a shot. Save made by Jussi Jaaskelainen.34:06
Free kick awarded for a foul by Mark Noble on Victor Moses. Direct free kick taken by Branislav Ivanovic.32:55
Matthew Jarvis produces a cross. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Branislav Ivanovic by James Collins. Petr Cech restarts play with the free kick.32:32
Mikel concedes a free kick for a foul on Carlton Cole. Mark Noble restarts play with the free kick.32:03
Effort from the edge of the box by Eden Hazard goes wide of the left-hand post.31:26
Outswinging corner taken by Juan Mata from the left by-line, James Collins manages to make a clearance.31:14
The ball is swung over by Cesar Azpilicueta, Guy Demel manages to make a clearance.30:09
The referee blows for offside. Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the free kick.28:27
Cesar Azpilicueta delivers the ball, clearance made by James Collins.27:45
Mark Noble produces a cross, save made by Petr Cech.26:47
A cross is delivered by Guy Demel, Gary Cahill manages to make a clearance.25:51
The ball is swung over by Victor Moses.24:40
Fernando Torres produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that goes over the bar.23:47
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Matthew Jarvis by Cesar Azpilicueta. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Mark Noble, clearance made by Mikel.23:28
Mark Noble crosses the ball, Mikel manages to make a clearance.21:42
Corner taken right-footed by Eden Hazard to the near post, clearance by Guy Demel.21:32
Cesar Azpilicueta delivers the ball, Joey O'Brien gets a block in.19:33
Effort from deep inside the area by Victor Moses misses to the right of the target.18:39
Eden Hazard fouled by Mark Noble, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed by Juan Mata, save by Jussi Jaaskelainen.13:42
Fernando Torres is caught offside. Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the free kick.12:19
Fernando Torres provided the assist for the goal.12:19 Goal scored
Goal! - Juan Mata - West Ham 0 - 1 Chelsea Juan Mata gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the box to the bottom left corner of the goal. West Ham 0-1 Chelsea.8:59
Foul by Kevin Nolan on Cesar Azpilicueta, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Petr Cech.8:19
Foul by Mikel on Mark Noble, free kick awarded. James Collins takes the direct free kick.6:49
Eden Hazard crosses the ball, clearance made by Winston Reid.5:16
Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Mark Noble, Petr Cech makes a save.5:02
The ball is sent over by Matthew Jarvis, clearance by Cesar Azpilicueta.3:36
Guy Demel sends in a cross.0:48
Short corner worked by Eden Hazard.0:28
The ball is delivered by Fernando Torres, James Tomkins makes a clearance.0:00
The match has kicked off.
Live data and text provided by our data suppliers
CommentsJump to comments pagination
Comment number 196.AB
3rd December 2012 - 22:48
Comment number 195.AB
3rd December 2012 - 22:38
Comment number 194.Whufc
3rd December 2012 - 22:24
Comment number 193.ironmike
3rd December 2012 - 15:20
Comment number 192.ironmike
3rd December 2012 - 14:55