West Ham go second as Carroll sinks 10-man Chelsea
PUBLISHED: 17:21 24 October 2015 | UPDATED: 17:21 24 October 2015
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The Hammers battled their way to a stunning victory against the champions at Upton Park
West Ham 2 Chelsea 1
Jose Mourinho was well and truly left with the Blues at Upton Park, where the Hammers moved up into the heady heights of second spot thanks to substitute Andy Carroll’s 78th-minute winner.
It was certainly an afternoon to forget for the beleaguered Chelsea boss, who saw Mauro Zarate put West Ham United ahead on the quarter-hour mark and, after Nemanja Matic was dismissed for a second yellow card at the end of a feisty first-half, Mourinho himself was then sent to the stands for reportedly trying to enter referee Jon Moss’ room during the interval.
And although Gary Cahill equalised for the 10 men, Carroll stepped from the bench to dramatically give Slaven Bilic’s boys only their second victory in 19 Premier League attempts against champions Chelsea.
Last Saturday’s win at Selhurst Park had extended the Hammers unbeaten run to five matches and, following his side’s 3-1 victory over Crystal Palace, Bilic made just one enforced change to his fourth-placed side as Zarate replaced Chelsea’s on-loan Victor Moses, who was ineligible to face his parent club.
And having scored with the last kick of the game at Palace, Dimitri Payet was soon going in search of goals, once more, but his early 25-yarder curled over the bar and into the Chelsea fans forming part of a sell-out 34,977 crowd.
On the quarter-hour mark, though, the Frenchman went much closer with a 30-yard free-kick that swerved and snaked its way through the damp East End autumnal air before being acrobatically palmed over the top by Asmir Begovic.
But the danger was not clear for the Blues and, when Payet floated the consequent corner into the area, Ramires failed to clear and, with Diego Costa only succeeding in sweeping the ball towards the back of the area, Zarate arrived right on cue to drill a low, 15-yard scorcher through a trio of defenders into the net.
Uncharacteristically kicking off eight places and six points behind West Ham, the Blues had battled out a goalless draw at Dynamo Kiev on Tuesday evening and, following that Champions League stalemate, Mourinho had surprisingly named an unchanged team.
It had not been the greatest start for Chelsea, who had seen Costa balloon the ball high into the Bobby Moore Stand and, after Ramires also found the home fans with a wayward 20-yarder, Cesar Azpilicueta was booked for downing Zarate.
With cries of: ‘You’re getting sacked in the morning’ ringing in his ears, Mourinho then saw Willian’s deflected 25-yard free-kick clawed away from the base of his right-hand post by Adrian before Kurt Zouma thought he had equalised with a downward header that goal-line technology showed had been cleared off the line by Manuel Lanzini with no more than two inches to spare.
With West Ham breaking upfield, Matic was booked for checking Cheikhou Kouyate and, after James Collins saw his glancing header held by the well-placed Begovic, Mark Noble then nodded Lanzini clear but the Argentinian could only clip the ball over both the advancing ‘keeper and the crossbar.
That may well have been a let-off for the Blues but right on the stroke of half-time, the opening 45 minutes got yet worse for Mourinho, when Matic received a second yellow card for wresting Diafra Sakho to the ground on the far left touchline.
Having first consulted his assistant before dismissing the Serbian, referee Moss continued to fill his notebook with the names of the dissenting Cesc Fabregas and Costa and still the official’s work was not complete as he then sent assistant first team coach, Silvino Louro to the stands before then banishing Mourinho to the Directors Box after the Portuguese protested too much during the interval.
John Obi Mikel replaced Fabregas for the second half - the third successive match in which the Hammers found themselves facing ten men - and within ten minutes of his arrival, the substitute saw his depleted team equalise, when Willian’s corner was nodded down by Zouma and Cahill smashed home the loose ball from a couple of yards.
In reply, Zarate saw his 18-yard effort saved by Begovic and that was to prove to be his last threatening act of the match for with West Ham looking to regain their advantage, catalyst Carroll replaced the Hammers goalscorer midway through the half.
With just a quarter-hour remaining, Kouyate was booked for sliding through Ramires but with West Ham seemingly running out of ideas and imagination, Carroll did what he does best, when he got above Azpilicueta to meet Aaron Cresswell’s hanging left-wing cross with a towering header that flew across the face of Begovic and into the far corner to lift the lid off the Boleyn Ground.
HAMMERS: Adrian, Jenkinson, Cresswell, Tomkins, Collins, Kouyate, Noble (Ogbonna 90+1), Zarate (Carroll 67), Lanzini (Obiang 82), Payet, Sakho. Unused subs: Randolph, Valencia, Jelavic, Antonio.
BLUES: Begovic, Zouma, Azpilicueta (Rahman 86), Terry, Cahill, Willian, Ramires (Falcao 82), Matic, Fabregas (Mikel h/t), Hazard, Costa. Unused subs: Amelia, Oscar, Traore, Loftus-Cheek.
Booked: Azpilicueta (24), Matic (34), Costa (45), Fabregas (45), Kouyate (74), Willian (81) Mikel (90+4)
Sent-Off: Matic (44)
Referee: Jon Moss