Conte admits West Ham performance sums up Chelsea's season

Conte admits West Ham performance sums up Chelsea's season

Conte admits West Ham performance sums up Chelsea's season

A second-half goal from Javier Hernandez helped West Ham claim a point at Stamford Bridge, with the result taking the club six points clear of safety in the Premier League table.

Evra, meanwhile, replaced the injured Aaron Cresswell in the second half and looked solid on his first appearance in over a month.

Antonio Conte has called his defender the "present and future" of Chelsea and a "future captain" but he left him out against West Ham to give him a rest.

Rice has become a key element of David Moyes' back three and with the Hammers still just four points from the drop, the 19-year-old's form in the defensive third could yet prove decisive come May.

In contrast, West Ham were buoyant after snatching a draw that had not seemed remotely likely until substitute Hernandez popped up to score soon after coming on. I don't think he did all of pre-season because of the Confederations Cup but he is a brilliant goalscorer.

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"It is very hard to explain it", he told Sky Sports. We've still got some really tough games towards end of the season, but three points against Stoke will be crucial. The Austrian brought it down well before seeing his chance blocked by the returning Gary Cahill; many argued he should have shot first time.

When Willian's deep, hanging cross was met with a trademark header by Olivier Giroud, it appeared Chelsea had got out of jail. Go 1-0 up, fail to take our chances and allow the opposition back into the game. He doesn't cause problems, he can be angry but for five or ten minutes, no more than that.

West Ham completely switched off, a simple short corner routine allowing Victor Moses to clip a cross unchallenged to the back post. As the ball bobbled limply into the bottom corner the Hammers players stood and stared at one other, stunned by the shoddiness of their own defending.

In the article and accompanying video, Rice paid tribute to the late Ray Wilkins before praising his teammates, goalkeeper Joe Hart one of many, for their efforts. "From where we are I want to try and push us on". That will be good for Joe today. Willian dragged a very good chance wide of the target just moments after the restart, a sign of things to come. "Stoke next Monday is our game of the season now".

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