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Chelsea Pip West Ham In London Derby

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Kai Havertz came off the bench to seal a much-needed victory for Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, as the Blues came from behind to beat London rivals West Ham 2-1.

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Thomas Tuchel’s team was booed off after failing to manage a single shot on target in a dismal first half and fell behind shortly after the hour when Antonio converted following a goalmouth scramble.

But Ben Chilwell poked past Lukasz Fabianski to level the scores with 15 minutes remaining, and Havertz was on hand to turn the full-back’s cross home to put the Blues ahead late on.

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There was still time for Maxwell Cornet to see a fine strike disallowed for West Ham, but Chelsea ultimately held on to bounce back from Tuesday’s loss to Southampton after an enthralling match.

Chelsea needed 27 minutes to register a shot during a drab first-half performance as Christian Pulisic’s effort deflected away before Mateo Kovacic drilled a 25-yard effort wide.

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That was the sum of the Blues’ efforts before the break, however, and West Ham almost hit the front on the hour when Edouard Mendy palmed Jarrod Bowen’s volley wide.

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Mendy was helpless to prevent Chelsea from falling behind from the subsequent corner; with the Senegal international rooted, Antonio poked home from Declan Rice’s cut-back, sending the traveling fans wild.

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