By James Agberebi:
Chelsea extended their lead at the top of the Premier League table to 10 points after defeating West Ham 2-1 inside the London Stadium on Monday night.
A goal in each half by Eden Hazard and Diego Costa sealed the important win for Chelsea.
West Ham’s only goal was scored by Manual Lanzini in added time.
Nigerian forward Victor Moses was in action for Chelsea and gave a lively display before going off for Kurt Zouma with less than 20 minutes left.
West Ham had the edge early in the game as they harried Chelsea but failed to create a decent chance.
The game was temporarily halted in the fifth minute following an injury to Andy Carroll who had a clash of heads with Moses.
It was Chelsea who finally had the breakthrough goal in the 25th goal through Hazard who finished off a brilliant counter attack.
Manuel Lanzini had West Ham’s best chance of the first half but shot his effort over the bar after a one-two with Mark Noble.
With four minutes left Chelsea almost doubled their advantage but Aaron Cresswell blocked Moses’ effort before Darren Randolph palmed away Pedro Rodriguez’s follow-up.
Chelsea went 2-0 up in the 50th minute as Costa stabbed home Cesc Fabregas’ corner which was flicked on by Pedro Obiang.
In the 53rd minute, Chelsea almost extended their lead through Marcos Alonso who skipped past two West Ham defenders but poked his shot just wide of the left-hand post.
West Ham had two big chances in quick succession on 61 minutes but Moses blocked Sofiane Feghouli’s effort on the line before Jose Conte headed over the bar.
Costa went close to grabbing his second goal on 66 minutes after spinning past Cheikou Kouyate inside the area but Randolf made a finger tip save which saw ball go away for a corner.
Fabregas had a chance to get on the score sheet following good play inside the box but he sent his curler over the bar from the edge.
Lanzini pulled a goal back for West Ham in the 92nd minute, firing past Thibaut Courtois off Andre Ayew’s pass.