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Blues hammer West Ham 5-0 at the Bridge to keep Euro hopes alive – South London News

By Paul Lagan at Stamford Bridge

Chelsea 5 vs West Ham 0

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Chelsea’s bloody nose continues as they move up to seventh in the Premier League after beating West Ham 5-0 at Stamford Bridge this afternoon.

A brace from Nicolas Jackson and strikes from Cole Palmer, Conor Gallagher and Noni saw off their east London rivals, who hit the woodwork three times.

There is still a chance, with two games remaining for the west Londoners to break into the minor European competition next season, but Manchester United could replace them if they win at Crystal Palace tomorrow.

West Ham have been firing on all cylinders for a few weeks now and will welcome the end of the season when it comes later this month.

It was a cagey, inconsistent start from both sides. The first attempt on target fell to Nicolas Jackson after ten minutes, when a well-worked free-kick from a tight angle gave the striker a smart shot, which Alphonse Areola managed to block. for a corner.

But it didn’t take long for the Blues to become a little more clinical, and it came from the left boot of Cole Palmer, who struck a beauty past Areola on 14 minutes.

West Ham responded well and Jarrod Bowen was unlucky to see a clipped header from a corner rebound off Chelsea’s crossbar three minutes later.

It was number two after 30 minutes as the Blues were patient around the Hammers penalty area.

The ball was then passed through and ex-Blue Kurt Zouma accidentally tapped the ball skywards after being challenged by Noni, but not far enough, and Conor Gallagher took full advantage to smash home past Areola.

You wait ages for bus No. 11 and three come at once. The same happened with goals at the Bridge and Noni was on hand to steer home a powerful Benoit Badiashile header to put the Blues 3-0 clear after 35 minutes.

Gallagher then missed an open goal when a brilliant run down the right from Noni saw the midfielder smash a simple left-footed shot off the crossbar.

Bowen then rattled the Chelsea crossbar with seconds left of the half.

But it was the same for Chelsea – within two minutes of the restart a simple long ball from Chalobah fed Noni, who burst into the Hammers area.

He directed the ball to Nicolas Jackson, who tapped in number four.

Emerson missed a golden opportunity to add a degree of respectability to the score when he felt free on the left in the Chelsea area.

But the ex-Blue skied his attempt to row S of the Shed.

James Ward-Prowse attempted a trademark free-kick on 55 minutes but Djordje Petrovic was equal to the task and tipped the ball over his crossbar.

David Moyes brought on Danny Ings for Michail Antonio with twenty minutes left on the clock.

This was answered by the inclusion of Christopher Nkunku and Cesare Casadei for Noni and Mudryk.

West Ham may wonder how they scored a few: Bowen smashed Chelsea’s crossbar.

Jackson then moved to the other end and latched onto a long ball before heading home.

The linesman ruled offside, the VAR looked and decided that he was offside after all.

That made the score 5-0 after 80 minutes.

Chelsea could have made a few VAR decisions in the past week, but it seems like luck is all on their side at the moment.

Thiago Silva was replaced by Axel Disasi while Chalobah left the field for Malo Gusto.

Alfie Gilchrist had to remain on the field for a few more minutes at the expense of starting man Palmer.

Teams: Chelsea: Petrovic, Cucurella, Badiashile, Silva, Mudryk, Noni, Chalobah, Jackson, Palmer, Gallagher, Caicedo

Subs: Bettinelli, Disasi, Sterling, Nkunku, Colwill, Gusto, Casadei, Deivid, Gilchrist

West Ham: Areola, Zouma, Coufal, Antonio, Paqueta, Kudus, Alvarez, Bowen, Ogbonna, Soucek, Emerson

Subs: Fabianski, Johnson, Cresswell, Ward-Prowse, Cornet, Ings, Earthy, Casey, Mubama

Referee: Andrew Madley

Pictured above: Chelsea’s Nicolas Jackson (left) scores his side’s fourth goal of the match during the Premier League match against West Ham. Photo: PA



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