West Ham win at last
West Ham have been in dismal form of late.
Prior to facing Chelsea on Saturday, the Hammers were without a league win in seven attempts.
And given how well Chelsea have been playing recently, especially going forward, a West Ham win on Saturday did seem somewhat unlikely.
But Chelsea’s attacking threat was pretty subpar vs Manuel Pellegrini’s men, perhaps due to the absence of Tammy Abraham.
Aaron Creswell would eventually fire West Ham into the lead shortly after the interval. And despite Chelsea’s best efforts, they were unable to penetrate a previously shaky West Ham defence.
Highlights: Chelsea 0-West Ham 1
As well as failing to amass a victory in their previous seven ties, West Ham had also failed to keep a single clean sheet in said games.
Part of the reason for this may have been due to the poor displays of Roberto who was covering for an injured Lukasz Fabianski.
However, Pellegrini seemingly grew tired of Roberto’s errors and chose to hand 33-year-old David Martin his West Ham senior debut vs Frank Lampard’s side.
Martin has since spoken about his debut, stating he was struggling to eat during the days before the clash:
“It doesn’t feel real; I’m 33 now, I’ve had a decent career, I’ve played quite a few games but it still doesn’t prepare you coming into this game.
“I’ve been struggling to eat for the last two days. Cress (Aaron Cresswell) was laughing at me because my plate kept being taken away and I couldn’t finish my food.
“When I saw my dad we were both in tears, so we didn’t actually say a lot.
“But for my dad to see that here with the club he played for for 21 years, to make my debut, keep a clean sheet and get the win for the boys more importantly, it’s just a fantastic feeling.” As quoted by the Evening Standard.
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