Dec 1 2012 By Dan Levene
West Ham United 3-1 Chelsea
CRUISING Chelsea staged a second half collapse that handed West Ham three points and will do nothing to improve Rafael Benitez' hopes of winning support from the fans.
Blues could have been 4-0 up at half time, but squandered chances, and were completely out-played in what was for them a clueless, directionless second half.
Only a dozen minutes were on the clock when Chelsea managed to carve open their hosts.
Victor Moses, playing on the right, slotted a peach of a pass through to Fernando Torres in the box. The number nine took the ball to the goal line and squared it back to Jan Mata – waiting on the edge of the box with a rifled shot.
A good team goal in, in honesty, the best time Torres had done for quite some time.
Hammers looked well off the pace, but should have been credited with an equaliser just after the half-hour when Kevin Nolan put the ball past the outstretched fingertips of Petr Cech and into the net.
Referee Martin Atkinson disallowed the goal for what looked like the softest of pushes by James Colins on Branislav Ivanovic.
Chelsea had plenty of opportunities to extend their lead, but rode heir luck again as the half came to a close, Cech rushing to the edge of his box to punch away a ball that was actually outside it.
He was shown a yellow card, but there were many calling for it to be a red for denying a goalscoring chance.
Sam Alladyce needed to make changes, and the introduction of Mohamed Diame at half time was decisive.
The game switched immediately, the Hammers peppering the Chelsea box with a series of shots.
Just after the hour this pressure paid off a Matt Jarvis dross got a deflection to see it soar into the sky. By the time it came down, Carlton Cole had climbed on top of Ivanovic to prevent him connecting with it, and himself head home.
West Ham, scenting victory, piled on the pressure. They turned a totally dominant Chelsea of the first half, into whipping boys.
Chelsea, needing creativity, got substitutions which made little sense. First Oscar came on for Eden Hazard, then Marko Marin on for Victor Moses – two like-for-like changes which failed to change anything, in the way that Allardyce had done.
West Ham continued to apply pressure and were rewarded in the 87th minute: Carlton Cole laying the ball off for Mohamed Diame to strike home.
Modibo Maiga made it three in injury time.
Chelsea fans, who again sung that Benitez was 'not wanted here' held aloft banners calling for his dismissal at full time. At this rate, they could get what they want sooner than expected.