EFL CUP 2016-17: West Ham United 2 -1 Chelsea - 5 Talking Points
West Ham and Chelsea were involved in an energetic, if troubled, game on Wednesday night as the two London sides met in the 4th round of the EFL Cup and it was the Hammers who came away with an impressive victory.
It was West Ham who began on the front foot as Kouyate turned in a Mark Noble cross in the 11th minute. The Hammers doubled their lead in the 48th minute courtesy of a Fernandes goal and looked set for resounding victory over the cross-town rivals.
However, Chelsea threatened time and again and finally found their reward when Gary Cahill found the back of the net in the 4th minute of stoppage a time – a goal that came too little too late, as they crashed out of the tournament.
Here are the five major talking points from the game
#1 West Ham’s season is picking up pace
West Ham lit up the last season of the Premier League with their energetic displays and were touted by many to challenge for a European spot this season. To the great disappointment of its fan base, that has not been the case as the side started the season rather slow and the players have looked like a shadow of themselves during early stages of the season.
The Hammers’ tough start to the season means they currently sit in the 15th spot, just 3 points shy of the relegation zone. However, it finally looks like West Ham’s season might be finally picking up pace after they have managed to eke out positive results in the month of October.
Consecutive wins over Crystal Palace, Sunderland and now Chelsea have rejuvenated them and the London club will be hoping to carry forward the momentum in its next outings to ensure that they can replicate their performances of the last season.