By James Agberebi:
Champions Chelsea failed to temporarily close the gap on Manchester City and Manchester United as the champions were stunned 1-0 by struggling West Ham in the Premier League at the London Stadium on Saturday.
Super Eagles forward Victor Moses, who started from the bench, was introduced 10 minutes into the second half for Marcos Alonso but he could not help Chelsea past the determined hosts.
The only goal of the game was scored by Marko Arnautovic very early in the first half.
It was West Ham’s first league win since a 1-0 win against Swansea on September 30.
It is Chelsea’s first league defeat since they lost 2-1 away to Crystal Palace on October 14.
The defeat leaves Chelsea 11 points behind leaders Manchester City and three points adrift of Manchester United in the league table.
West Ham moved from 19th to 18th on 13 points on the log.
After a tight opening contest, it was West Ham who took the lead on six minutes through Arnautovic who received a pass from Manuel Lanzini, weaved his way past the Chelsea defence before slotting past Thibaut Courtois.
Chelsea came out of their shell in an attemp to restore parity and were almost rewarded in the 24th minute but Aaron Cresswell put in a vital block to deny Tiemoue Bakayoko in the box.
In the 29th West Ham, had Adrian to thank as he made a double save to first deny an N’Golo Kante’s curler before stopping Davide Zappacosta’s shot from going in.
With five minutes in the first half remaining Arthur Masuaku went close for West Ham only to hit his effort off target after brilliantly beating his marker.
In the 54th minute, Arnautovic should have doubled West Ham’s lead after he was put through on goal by Mikail Antonio but was flagged for offside.
Few seconds later the Hammers’ appeal for a penalty was waved aside following claims that the ball struck Andreas Christensen’s hand inside the box.
With less than 10 minutes left in the game, Chelsea had two good chances to get back into the game but Morata blasted wide off A Kante assist, while Eden Hazard fired over after being teed up by Morata.
In the dying seconds of the game, Chelsea threw everybody forward but West Ham held firm to claim their first three points in three months.