West Ham United 2-1 Chelsea - Player Ratings
Antonio Conte’s Chelsea have been knocked out of the EFL Cup by London rivals, West Ham United. The Hammers were just too good for the Blues tonight as they got outplayed in every single department.
Kouyate opened the scoring with a stunning header for West Ham United in the 11th minute and then onwards, it was one-way traffic. Chelsea had a few attempts at the other end but were just not able to break the Hammer's rock solid defense.
Edimilson Fernandes then slotted home a beauty from outside the box, through John Terry's legs to make it 2-0 to the hosts. Chelsea went close several times throughout the 2nd half but were just not able to find the back of the net. Gary Cahill finally managed to pull one back but that was with the last kick of the game.
Here are the player ratings:
West Ham United:
Randolph - 8.5/10
The West Ham shot-stopper was at his best today! Made some amazing saves including that of Chalobah - if that would have gone in, Chelsea would have taken the match away from the Hammers.
Fernandes - 8/10
Did very well to score that 2nd goal and was solid at the back. Kept Ola Aina and Oscar quite on his side. Bili couldn't have asked for more from him!
Reid - 7/10
Was extremely good until Diego Costa came on. Had Batshuayi in his pocket throughout the game. Unlucky to get booked.
Ogbonna - 7.5/10
Was very similar to Ried today and the two did very well to keep Batshuayi but he too had a problem or two when Diego Costa came on.
Cresswell - 7/10
Impressive performance by the Englishman on the left side of the defense but did not have much effect on the game. Was able to make things difficult for Willian on his comeback.
Kouyate - 8/10
What a fabulous header! That goal was just brilliant and it also set to pace for a deserving win for the Hammers over their London rivals.
Obiang - 7/10
An impressive performance in the midfield for the former Sampdoria man. His contribution was not something that reflects on the scoresheet but it was one of the most vital performances on the pitch tonight.
Noble – 7.5/10
Nobel did what Nobel does best tonight – impress. The West Ham legend was at his best today and produced a stunning cross for the West Ham opener. Welcomed Hazard into the game with a brutal tackle and got booked for it.
Lanzini – 7/10
Wasted a few good opportunities in the game and was sloppy at times. Had a great opportunity to make it 2-0 early in the first half itself but tried a bit too much with the ball and his shot was way wide of the post.
Payet – 8/10
What a game he had. Gave David Luiz and John Terry a tough time in the defense and also got the highly consistent and reliable, Cesar Azpilicueta to make a few errors. Was able to sneak past the Chelsea defense a lot today and came close to scoring a couple of times himself.
Antonio – 8/10
He just added salt to the wounds for the Chelsea defenders when he started running rings around them. They were just not able to contain him and he just kept moving here and there to create more and more confusion among the Chelsea defenders. John Terry will be having nightmares of him tonight!
Feghouli – 7/10
Came in the 68th minute and made things even more difficult for Gary Cahill and Oscar. He was determined to impress Bilic and the West Ham fans tonight and he did. Just did not let the ball or opponent go past him.
Andre Ayew – N/A
Came on in the 78th minute but did not make any significant impact on the game.
Simone Zaza – N/A
Had literally nothing to do after coming on in the 82nd minute.