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West Ham show off Moyes’ big achievement even when not at their best


Arthur Masuaku’s beautifully bizarre 87th winner capped a battling, resilient second-half display from the Hammers, who ended a run of three without a win in stunning style.

This was not Moyes’s West Ham at their absolute best, but his biggest job has been to add steel and resilience to his group and they needed just that to defy the European champions.

The home side showed their threat early on here when they forced mistakes from the Chelsea defence and Jarrod Bowen and Tomas Soucek had good chances to open the scoring but were wide of the mark before Chelsea struck thanks to some sloppy defending at the other end.

A Chelsea calamity between Jorginho and Edouard Mendy handed West Ham the chance to level from the penalty spot and Manuel Lanzini duly obliged, though the Hammers were ready to shoot themselves in the foot once more shortly after.

After an impressive spell of possession, Declan Rice sold Soucek short in midfield and allowed Ruben Loftus-Cheek to sneak in and get West Ham on the back foot quickly.

Here the old West Ham would have crumbled.

“It was tough at times, I was really disappointed to lose the second goal just before half time,” said Moyes, who tweaked his midfield at the break and watched them bounce back.

“We got back in the game and we’d lost a player, we had a bad three or four minutes where we couldn’t get things together.


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