Chelsea 1-1 West Ham: Five things we learned


The Hammers grabbed a battling point at Chelsea on Sunday, in which Hart impressed, to give themselves a healthy six-point cushion above the relegation zone.

Evra, meanwhile, replaced the injured Aaron Cresswell in the second half and looked solid on his first appearance in over a month.

But after a "bonus" game, now comes possibly the game of the season at home to Stoke.

Cesar Azpilicueta put the hosts ahead in the 36th minute through an Alvaro Morata's assist, but were unable to hold on to the lead as they conceded a 76th equalizer from substitute Javier Hernandez.

We've still got some really tough games towards end of the season, but three points against Stoke will be crucial.

Asked if they could make up the deficit with six games to play, Conte just laughed, giving vent to his frustration.

Chelsea all but blew their slim chances of finishing in the Premier League top four yesterday as Arsenal closed the gap on the Blues to just three points. About one point, but this is not the first time.

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So the responsibility of leading the line could fall to Ings who has featured largely as a substitute this campaign. None of them are easy, particularly in preparation, it's always hard . "You can not push a player through a game".

"I'm pleased for him because he has been through hard times", said Wenger.

"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".

But rather than discuss whether his team should have had a penalty that may have won them the match, Moyes instead insisted he would rather talk about West Ham's positive display. It was weekend for us as a result of they have been singing my identify, then I scored and I might rejoice with them.

Continually we have failed to take our chances to kill off the game and subsequently allowed our opponents with an avenue back into the contest.

"We are paying a lot this season for this type of situation".

He said: "Joe is having a bit of a sticky period, an inconsistent period at this moment in time, but he has got bundles of experience". Patrice Evra came in and did a very good job off the bench. If West Ham can win one or two of those matches, they could be blowing bubbles in the Premier League for another season.