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West Ham 3-1 Chelsea

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Hammers celebrate the win

Hammers celebrate the win

Some astute tactical thinking from Sam Allardyce paid massive dividends as two of his substitutes fired home to secure West Ham a 3-1 come-from-behind victory over Chelsea on Saturday.

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The Blues had taken the lead with a training-ground goal finished off by Juan Mata early in the first-half, although Carlton Cole levelled matters after the break.

With just four minutes remaining at Upton Park, Mohamed Diame, who had come on just after the break, rifled home Cole's set-up, while late introduction Modibo Maiga secured the three points with what was one of his first touches of the game.

The result takes the Iron to seventh with 22 points from 15 Premier League games, but having played a game more than the chasing pack.

Chelsea, meanwhile, currently sit third, but could drop 10 points behind leaders Manchester United, who contest the day's late kick-off, and also below West Brom, depending on their result against Stoke.

The first half was all Chelsea although West Ham did have the ball in the back of the net in the 34th minute. However, this was ruled out as referee Martin Atkinson adjudged that James Collins had nudged Branislav Ivanovic in the box.

West Ham were shambolic and lacklustre in the first 45 minutes but came out after the break inspired, with the second half going entirely their way.

They scored a deserved equaliser on 63, with Cole's header looping over a stranded Petr Cech.

The game was still end-to-end but the Hammers were having the better of the chances and, aided by some inspired substitutions from manager Sam Allardyce, deservedly won the game with two goals in the final four minutes.

An unmarked Mohamed Diame scored after some sloppy Chelsea defending from a throw in before Maiga, who had only been on the field for three minutes, made it three when he pounced on a parry by Petr Cech from a Mark Noble shot.

The result will no doubt please Allardyce but also increase the pressure on beleaguered Chelsea boss Rafael Benitez.

At the end of the game, the fans' objections to his appointment were being made loud and clear, and with no wins from his first three games at the helm, those objections will only get louder unless he can turn things around.

Posted: 01/12/12 14:38

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