Live Blog: West Ham United vs Chelsea: Premier League Matchday 16 Live From The London Stadium

Matchday Live Blog

That’s it from the Chelsea Boss and unfortunately us here at The London Stadium on what has been a magical afternoon, Marko Arnautovic firing West Ham United to a historic victory.

Thank you very much for sticking with us over the last five or so hours and stay right where you are for my extensive Match Report and reaction to this game tomorrow, we hope that you have enjoyed our extensive Coverage today, and you will join us again on Monday afternoon for David Moyes’ Pre-Arsenal Press Conference. We hope that you have a wonderful weekend, I’ve been Luke Glanville live in Stratford, goodbye.

More On The Title Challenge:

” After 16 games, if you lose four games, you never started the Title race”.

On Activity In January:

” I don’t want to speak about this, we have just started December, it’s better to talk to my club with my opinion”.

On The Taking Off Of Bakayoko At Half-Time:

” It was a tactical decision, he was playing a good game but when you are losing 1-0, it’s important to change something”.

On Chelsea’s Showing:

” Today, our ideas was not so clear, with the final pass and we made a lot of mistakes”.

On The Fitness Of His Players:

” A lot of players are playing mostly always”.

On Today’s Result:

” Today we created the chances but we did not take them amd now we are talking about a defeat”.

” I think that today we lost the game against West Ham and it was very difficult”.

On His Side’s Damaged Title Hopes:

” When you have had this start, it’s impossible to think that you are in the Title race”.

3:07 PM: Conte has joined us, quotes to follow……..

3:05 PM: That’s it from a cheerful David Moyes and we hope that Antonio Conte will be with us shortly, stay with us.

On His Team’s Current Form:

” We are in a bit of a mode at the moment and we hope to keep that going”.

On Dropping England Keeper Joe Hart:

” Joe took it really well, and I praise him for that”.

On His Feelings About The Victory:

” I used to say that the best feeling for a Manager is the Saturday night feeling, but I have to get back to work very quickly with tough opposition coming up”.

” All Managers need wins, today we did our job and we were very well organised, we came close at Manchester City as well”.

On His Formation:

” Against the top teams it’s hard not to have an extra defender, we filled the spaces in the gaps and tried to limit them as much as we could”.

On The London Stadium Atmosphere:

” I found that the fans have been fantastic, you would not come away saying this Stadium does not have an atmosphere”.

” The confidence and giving them the jobs, and that gave them extra fitness”.

On Containing Eden Hazard:

” I said on Friday, that if I had someone to mark him, his touches and movement was sublime”.

On This Afternnon’s Feat:

” We kept a clean sheet today, we got a goal”.

2:56 PM: Moyes has joined us here, quotes to follow……

2:55 PM: Head over to @MooreThanAClub on Twitter to vote for your Man of the Match, Moyes and Conte to speak shortly.

2:45 PM: While we wait, a glance at The Premier League Table will reveal a move up to 18th for The Hammers in the wake of Moyes’ first win in charge, we hope that he will join us very soon.

2:40 PM: We have arrived in position here in The Press Conference Room, where both Managers are expected to join us shortly, a very happy Moyes and a dejected Conte we expect.

2:53 PM: A huge cheer rings around The London Stadium, Taylor brings the game to an end and The Hammers have their first three points since September over Conte’s high-flying West Londoners. Stay right where you are for live reaction from both Managers in their Post-Match Press Conferences……..

Full-time: West Ham United 1-0 Chelsea.

90+4: Whistles from the home fans, The Blues are hemmed in their half.

90+3: Zabaleta rifles it away, Adrian claims and is in no rush with this one.

90+2: Fabregas fires high over the bar from the edge of the area as Masuaku is announced Man of the Match, a great showing from him.

90+1: The atmosphere is unreal inside The London Stadium as Zabaleta clears, rest bite momentarily.

90: Graham Scott has indicated five tense minutes to be added on.

90: Fabregas cannot find Willian, Adrian has the ball safely in his arms.

89: Reid clears heroically to deny The Blues, they keep coming.

88: The home fans willing West Ham home to victory, not long to go now.

87: A few words to be had on the touchline, Stuart Pearce is to sit down, while Masuaku is booked, Taylor getting fed up here.

86: Ayew loses it and the ball is inched in to Morata, thankfully the flag is up on this near side.

84: Near again! Hazard firing just over from the edge, can Moyes’ boys hold on?

83: The Blues look dangerous, Ogbonna clears and then Morata shoots just wide, backs to the wall here.

81: Ayew is played in on the left but can only produce a poor cross, the keeper gathers easily.

80: The Hammers have a throw a bit further down the line, the away side clear and ball is played back up to Sakho, he was in an offside position, just ten more minutes left here in East London.

79: Noble races away to draw a foul, great determination from The Skipper.

77: Antonio is asked to be taken off, he has his back turned to it, the ball runs straight past him, The Claret & Blue Army are not happy with that, Ayew will replace him shortly.

77: Sakho is almost played in, a good block there.

75: Hazard dances through and gets a corner, the keeper is fouled in gathering it, 15 to go!

74: Sakho is now acting as the lone forward, applying pressure to the defenders, The Hammers are sitting back here.

73: Both Carroll and Hernandez are warming up, will we see one of them soon?

72: Stewart screams “press the ball”, Ogbonna clears shortly after, followed by Reid, strong defending.

71: Obiang stops Morata, a good tackle from the Spaniard.

70: Obiang is shown yellow, the resulting free-kick goes all the way through to Adrian.

69: Arnautovic leaves the field to an ovation, Sakho is on for him. Moyes’ first sub.

68: Reid blocks from Christensen, Adrian gathers in the end to a huge cheer from the home fans.

67: Cresswell son follows him for hauling William down, The Blues can deliver from this one.

66: Pedro takes a foul throw, Zabaleta takes back the ball, The Referee is not impressed as Reid goes down in the book for a cynical foul moments later.

65: Adrian catches well from an Alonso cross, he needs to be careful taking his time.

64: It comes in deep too, deep goal-kick as Conte makes his final substitution with Willian taking the place of Zappacosta.

63: De Ja Vu as the same happens, Masuaku winning a corner in the end.

62: Christensen fires low, the effort almost finds Morata but Adrian is there first as Arnautovic cannot lay Antonio in on the counter-attack.

61: Arnautovic rids danger by winning a throw, he has been excellent so far.

60: Zabaleta battles hard, giving away a free-kick in the end deep in the Chelsea half.

59: Antonio runs forward and goes to ground, no free-kick, while Masuaku finds the keeper with his cross.

58: Very close! Zappacosta tees one up and fires just wide, while Adrian is booked for wasting time.

57: Fabregas lays it off to Moses, his cross is blocked by Cresswell, Antonio sprints away and is stopped once more.

56: Obiang fouls Morata, a dangerous free-kick to come.

56: Antonio brings it down on the break, but can’t keep the ball in.

55: The Blues make their second change, ex-Hammer Moses replaces Alonso.

53: Huge appeals for hand ball against Christensen on the break, replays on my monitor show that he batted the ball away from Arnautovic, lucky to get away with that one.

52: Antonio looking threatening on the break, is halted on the left, while the flag is up against Morata at the other end, all action here.

51: Noble does well to pass it back to Adrian, The Blues looked dangerous for a second there.

50: Close! Arnautovic is put clean through on the counter-attack, Courtois stands tall to deny him, what a chance to double the lead.

49: Pedro came on at the break for Chelsea, he has just had the first effort, a volley that rolled wide.

47: It has been a fairly even start to the second-half, neither side creating too much.

46: Antonio is able to launch a long throw but nothing comes of it, some early pressure from the hosts here,

1:30 PM: A half-time burger in The Press Lounge and we are back, Lanzini gets the second period underway, can The Hammers hold on?

1:17 PM: The whistle goes and Moyes will surely be the happier of the two Managers at the break, but will Marko Arnautovic’s winner stand the test of time in the second period?

Half-time: West Ham United 1-0 Chelsea.

45+1: Chelsea clear from a good move.

45: Two minutes have been added on at the end of this half.

45: Fabregas can nod it away, Arnautovic eventually volleys, an easy one for the keeper.

44: Masuaku wins yet another corner, all West Ham United at the moment.

44: Adrian launches one long, The Blues deal with it, however.

42: End-to-end! Reid clears a cross on the counter-attack.

41: Chelsea scramble away but Masauku eventually wins another corner, Lanzini crosses deep as it is taken short, Courtois collects, good play from the hosts.

40: Excitement from Hammers great Ray Stewart to the left of me, Antonio forces a corner, Lanzini to take.

39: Masuaku does well to see the ball out for a goal-kick, just over five minutes until half-time, the score is still 1-0.

38: Bakayoko wins a corner for The Blues, the danger is cleared from it.

37: Masuaku bursts forward but his shot rolls wide, a rare attacking moment for The Hammers.

35: Morata just gets to a poke before Reid, his volley flying way over the bar.

35: Plenty of the ball for The Blues still, they are the better team presently.

33: Zappacosta gets the ball in but Morata can only head wide of target.

33: The Hammers’ main attacking outlet is Antonio at the moment, having long balls sent up to him on the break frequently.

32: the pressure is relieved as Noble is fouled in the area.

31: More build-up with no finishing touch from the away side, they now have a throw-in on the other side.

30: Adrian does well to prevent a corner, Chelsea throw.

29: This is a very fast-paced affair, a great Premier League advert.

28: Close again for The Blues with Adrian saving from a Kante effort and then again from the corner, Morata is offside on the rebound.

26: The visitors have had the better of the most recent play, but Arnautovic just did incredibly to get to the ball at the other end, unable to find an end product.

25: Determination from Zabaleta forces The Blues to give it away into touch.

24: Antonio races away on the counter, two Chelsea defenders block him from getting to the ball before Courtois, with Morata failing with a dinked pass at the other end.

23: Cresswell tackles well to deny Zappacosta a break, from the throw, Zabaleta clears a delivery and a shot is blocked.

22: The away fans singing in frustration, they will not be happy with the way things have gone so far.

20: Close for the visitors, a cross reaches Hazard, he fires back across goal, no touch on it.

19: Chelsea look shaky at the back as The Hammers press to applause.

17: Bakayoko wins a Blues free-kick, it is taken short and Adrian claims a cross in the end, Alonso is booked for a foul on him.

16: A long punt forward finds Arnautovic, however, he just can’t stop it going out for a goal-kick.

15: West Ham working really hard, the lead is deserved as Morata gives the ball away cheaply.

14: Morata goes down and wants a penalty, Anthony Taylor says no.

13: Alonso has a chance to shoot but Zabaleta blocks him off well.

12: The visitors look to respond, but nothing comes of their attack.

10: Lanzini floats one in, but play is pulled back for Ogbonna fouling Alonso.

9: The hosts knocking it about superbly, you would not be able to tell the side sit 19th in The League, as Antonio wins a free-kick on the near side.

8: Moyes’ men look dangerous coming forward again, what a start to this game.

6: It’s a superb finish from the Austrian for his first Hammers goal, a huge roar meets it, West Ham United lead!!

6: GOAL!!!!!!!! Marko Arnautovic with it, 1-0!!!!!!!!!!!!

6: The hosts break on them quickly, Antonio winning a throw, nothing comes of it.

5: The away side look to build and enjoy a good spell of the ball.

3: The delivery is cleared as the ball eventually finds Noble, who blasts his cross into touch.

3: Fantastic from Lanzini! the Argentine wins a free-kick with a great run.

2: Masuaku threatens with a good cross, but the visitors deal with things.

1: Good early pressing from The Hammers wins a throw.

12:30 PM: “Bubbles” rings out as Morata gets the game underway, a superb atmosphere.

12:27 PM: The two teams are out and kick-off is almost upon us here in Stratford.

12:20 PM: Just ten more minutes to wait until we get underway here in East London, thank you again for joining live from a frozen London Stadium.

12:15 PM: The atmosphere is building here inside The London Stadium, head over to @MooreThanAClub to get your result predictions in quick.

12:05 PM: Both sets of players are now well into their warm-ups with kick-off fast approaching in this all-London affair.

11:50 AM: Another talking point from team news is the return of Andy Carroll and Chicharito to the bench, can they make an impact late on? Kick-off is just 40 minutes away here in East London.

11:46 AM: Here is the full teamsheet including Antonio Conte’s starting Xl and substitutes below.

11:45 AM: The big news, however, is Adrian retaining his place from last Sunday’s Manchester City draw ahead of Hart.

11:40 AM: That’s three changes from David Moyes as Declan Rice, Cheikhou Kouyate and Edimilson Fernandes depart in favour of Winston Reid, returning Skipper Mark Noble and Marko Arnautovic, more to follow……..

11:35 AM: West Ham United Xl to face Chelsea: Adrian (GK), Zabaleta, Reid, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Noble (C), Obiang, Arnautovic, Lanzini, Masuaku, Antonio.

Substitutes: Hart, Rice, Fernandes, Ayew, Carroll, Sakho, Hernandez.

11:30 AM: The stunning London Stadium scene this morning, we will bring you Team News as soon as we have it….

11:20 AM: A mere ten minutes to wait for Team News here in Stratford, the big question mark remains over Joe Hart, will he lose his starting place to Adrian San-Miguel for today’s London Derby? While we do wait, check out my Match Preview of today’s tie here: http://www.moorethanjustaclub.com/match-preview/match-preview-west-ham-united-vs-chelsea-premier-league-matchday-sixteen/.

11:15 AM: Angelo Ogbonna is the Programme cover star this lunchtime, can the Italian centre-back help to keep a clean sheet?

11:15 AM: I just had a very nice conversation with former Hammers Winger Stuart Slater, he didn’t give us much chance today, however, he is a charming bloke.

11:10 AM: A very busy Press Lounge this morning, as kick-off is now under 90 minutes away.

11:05 AM: We have finally been able to solve our picture problems, here is what today’s Match Accreditation looks like.

11:00 AM: I can tell you that Breakfast was delicious in The Press Lounge this morning, a Full English followed by Waffles and Maple Syrup, for those photos and in fact all of those that we can’t bring you at the moment, head over to my Twitter @lukegcoyi, we will be bringing you news of the two teams shortly.

10:45 AM: We sincerely apologise for the lack of photos today, we are trying to fix a technical problem that is preventing us from uploading at the moment.

10:30 AM: Good morning from a very chilly The London Stadium where we have arrived to bring you live build-up, text commentary and exclusive reaction from today’s Premier League clash with Chelsea, we will be bringing you Team News in around an hour’s time so in the meantime follow me on Twitter @lukegcoyi and us @MooreThanAClub for more, stay tuned.

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Luke Glanville
Lead Writer and Site Manager of MTJAC, Sub-Editor for the Falbros Media Group.