Conte bemused by Chelsea's failure to beat West Ham

Conte bemused by Chelsea's failure to beat West Ham

Conte bemused by Chelsea's failure to beat West Ham

The Blues had chance after chance to kill the game off, but never took them and that gave the Hammers hope.

"Mark Noble is controlling this but just two of them (Arnautovic and Fernandes)".

The result means Chelsea are now a whopping 10 points behind Tottenham in fourth, while West Ham move six points clear of the relegation zone.

Cesar Azpilicueta had given Chelsea the lead on 36 minutes after getting on the end of Alvaro Morata's knock-down, but Javier Hernandez levelled for West Ham following the break to earn the Hammers a precious point. A large banner was unfurled during a minute's applause, while a video of tributes from players and coaches provided a soundtrack to the touching ceremony.

"Joe Hart probably needed a game like that".

A quick pass from Arnautovic found Hernandez and the striker, on for just three minutes, drilled a fine finish past Thibaut Courtois.Marcos Alonso nearly spared Chelsea's blushes with a thunderous strike, but Hart finished as West Ham's hero with superb saves to keep out that effort and one from an Olivier Giroud header.

The 3-1 loss to Spurs on April Fool's Day made three points the only option, but they hadn't counted on Hart being in such inspired form. With the West Ham defenders fearfully backed off, the Belgian danced through the middle of the pitch and pulled the trigger, only for his low drive to flash inches wide of the post. This game describes our season very well. We are creating a good spirit in the team, we stick together and today was a good example of that. I don't understand why after 1-0 we always drop and let the opponent get more ball possession.

"Coming to Chelsea games as a kid, joining the club at seven and being released at 14, I don't think I need to prove anything, but I felt I came back and made a statement and I was happy with my performance".

Cahill was overlooked by England for the friendlies against the Netherlands and Italy last month, and the concern for Southgate must be that on days where he is part of a defence that is largely untroubled, there remains a mistake in him.

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