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West Ham at home was never easy for Chelsea. Their London rivals came just one point behind them in the Premier League standings, having won four of their last six and setting one of the best defensive records in the division.
The 3-0 did not look at the cards before the game. That might They looked at the cards shortly after Thiago Silva’s first header game, but for the most part, this was a meeting where the Irons were really good.
In games like these, you need someone to step up with the incisive touch to leave it out of all doubt. And while Chelsea have no shortage of players who could hope to provide that, be it Timo Werner, Kai Havertz, Hakim Ziyech or even the fit Olivier Giroud, Tammy Abraham is still with her foot in the clutch.
The England forward scored the second goal at Newcastle at the end of November and it was the 23-year-old who was present with the decisive touch here, pushing Werner’s messy effort on Lukasz Fabianski to deflate David Moyes’s team at Mancha.
It had been a fairly anonymous performance up to this point, but the goal acted like an adrenaline rush. Within minutes, he was on hand to power a header, sending his team home happy with an advantage that flattered them after a functional, if not highly inspiring performance.
He brought his Premier League tally for the season to five and while those numbers aren’t exactly terrifying at the 14-game mark, it could be argued that each and every one of them has been key. He finished a remarkable comeback at West Brom earlier in the season and a few weeks later started one against Sheffield United, sweeping home to cancel David McGoldrick’s opener.
He may have lacked consistency this season and some would say it should be Werner who starts in the middle. Yet here the German showed why Lampard prefers Abraham in the role of nine – he turned down two great chances and perhaps was lucky that a third got in the way of his teammate to put the game out of reach.
It would be hard to blame Werner for being frustrated as he tries in vain to impact games from the left flank, but as long as Abraham continues to provide the magic when Chelsea absolutely needs it, then his wait will have to continue.
Ultimately it was a performance in which Chelsea, and for long periods of time Abraham, flattered himself to cheat. While the score and stats may suggest dominance, Frank Lampard will emphasize room for improvement when informing his players.
However, you will be encouraged that your team was able to find another team to get going as the end of the game approached, and you will be even happier that it was your choice to lead the line who showed off your teammates. team how it was done.