Fans clash as West Ham see off Chelsea in derby

West Ham 2 Chelsea 1: Antonio Conte’s hopes of marking his first season in English football with a meaningful run in the EFL Cup were dashed by West Ham, who notched their most significant win in their new home yet.

Fans clash as West Ham see off Chelsea in derby

Victory, via a goal in each half from Cheikhou Kouyate and Edimilson Fernandes, suggests they are finally starting to settle on the Olympic Park.

Violence marred the win as fans of both sides clashed in the stands. Rows of stewards were deployed while armed riot police were needed to keep the two sets of fans apart other outside the stadium.

Following Chelsea’s weekend win over Manchester United, win, Conte made a string of changes to his side. West Ham, meanwhile, selected a near-full strength line-up for Chelsea’s first ever visit to the London Stadium.

The most notable incomer for the away side was John Terry, fit again after an ankle injury and playing for the first time since September 11.

The defender slotted in alongside David Luiz and Gary Cahill in Chelsea’s now-usual back-three but, unlike Sunday, the visitors struggled to contain West Ham.

The home side took the lead in the 11th minute when Mark Noble’s cross was met by Kouyate a good 15 yards from goal but the midfielder steered his header into the far corner.

Asmir Begovic needed to be at full-stretch to claw Dimitri Payet’s free-kick from out of his top corner moments later before the keeper was called into action yet again three minutes before the break.

This time, N’Golo Kante’s clearing header fell invitingly for Pedro Obiang, who let fly from 35 yards which Begovic just about kept out.

But, having struggled to create throughout the first half, Chelsea issued a reminder of what threat they still carried a minute before half-time. The promising Nathaniel Chalobah sent Oscar racing clear with a fine defence-splitting through-ball which the Brazilian laid onto Michy Batshuayi with his first touch. However, under pressure from Angelo Ogbonna, the £33m summer signing blazed high and wide.

Slaven Bilic’s side have struggled since moving into their luxury new home, winning just four of their first eight games here and only five in 14 overall this term.

But they are much improved in recent weeks, and they dominated for large spells here, so it was no surprise when they extended their lead within two minutes of the restart when Fernandes’ low, 25-yard shot crept inside the far post.

Conte responded by introducing Diego Costa for the disappointing Batshuayi while Eden Hazard and Pedro shortly followed. The big hitters did add late impetus but they were still unable to land any telling blows.

Bilic, meanwhile, was able to hand a late home debut to Andre Ayew, the record signing who was injured against Chelsea on the opening day. He nearly added a third for the hosts eight minutes from time,

meaning not even Gary Cahill’s last-minute consolation dampened the spirits.

WEST HAM:

Randolph; Kouyate, Reid, Ogbonna; Fernandes (Feghouli 66), Noble, Obiang, Cresswell; Lanzini (Ayew 77), Payet, Antonio (Zaza 81).

Subs not used:

Nordtveit, Adrian, Collins, Fletcher.

CHELSEA:

Begovic; Terry, Cahill, Luiz; Aina (Pedro 67), Kante, Chalobah (Hazard 63), Azpilicueta; Oscar, Batshuayi (Costa 54), Willian.

Subs not used:

Alonso, Pedro, Matic, Eduardo, Solanke.

Ref:

Craig Pawson

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