West Ham 3-1 Chelsea: Match report and pictures

RAFA BENITEZ took another Hammering as his Chelsea side were thrashed at West Ham.

Juan Mata put the Blues ahead after 13 minutes but they suffered a shocking second-half collapse.

First, Carlton Cole levelled with 27 minutes remaining before two goals in the final five minutes stunned the European champions.

Mohamed Diame slammed home the Hammers’ second and Modibo Maiga put the icing on the cake with a third.

It means Chelsea have taken just two points and scored only one goal in Benitez’s first three matches.

Blues fans in the away end at Upton Park voiced their anger again with chants in favour of sacked boss Roberto Di Matteo and ‘RAFA OUT’ banners.

Chelsea fans let their feelings known

RAFA RIDE … Chelsea fans let their feelings known

There were also boos from the Stamford Bridge faithful at full-time as defeat to their bitter London rivals sunk in.

West Ham fans taunted Benitez with “You’re getting sacked in the morning”.

There were early warning signs for Chelsea today in the 10th minute when a straight free-kick from James Collins sailed over everyone to Winston Reid, whose header across goal was scrambled to safety by Cesar Azpilicueta.

But it was Fernando Torres that helped the Blues end their longest goal drought of the Abramovich era.

Juan Mata slots past Jussi Jaaskelainen

OH JASS! … Juan Mata slots past Jussi Jaaskelainen

The Spaniard burst in behind onto Victor Moses’ 13th-minute through ball and coolly cut it back for Mata to sidefoot home easily,

Chelsea should have given their supporters something else to cheer about, Moses horribly mis-hitting his 20th-minute finish from Ramires’ pass.

And after Carlton Cole – in for the injured Andy Carroll – saw a shot blocked, Ramires and Torres blew a four-on-two break, the latter skying his finish.

POINT MADE ... Juan Mata celebates

POINT MADE … Juan Mata celebates

West Ham were also causing problems and Kevin Nolan’s close-range overhead kick was chalked it off for a push.

Mata could have made it 2-0 in the 40th minute when he fired Moses’ cutback too close to Jussi Jaaskelainen and saw his follow-up blocked by Joey O’Brien.

The home side had the final attempt of the first half when Petr Cech was booked for punching the ball clear outside his area.

Carlton Cole scores the leveller

COLE GOAL … Carlton Cole scores the leveller

The keeper redeemed himself by tipping Nolan’s header over the bar from the resultant free-kick.

Hammers boss Sam Allardyce had seen enough by the break, sending on Matt Taylor and Diame for James Tomkins and Gary O’Neil.

Carlton Cole celebrates with his team-mates

BIG HUGS … Carlton Cole celebrates with his team-mates

Both had the desired effect, Cole’s header from just inside the box sailing over before he got in the way of Diame’s effort.

Chelsea’s defending became more desperate, Branislav Ivanovic getting a vital touch to prevent Cole turning in Nolan’s pass after Cech went AWOL.

Mohamed Diame

HAMMERED … Mohamed Diame scores

An equaliser looked only a matter of time and it arrived in the 63rd minute.

Matt Jarvis’ cross looped up off Azpilicueta and Cole climbed all over Ivanovic to nod it in, Chelsea’s protests only resulting in a booking for John Obi Mikel.

BON DIA ... Mohamed Diame celebrates

BON DIA … Mohamed Diame celebrates

Mayhem ensued and Jarvis tested Cech before the visitors surged down the other end, Torres scuffing a glorious rebound chance straight at Jaaskelainen after the keeper saved from Eden Hazard.

Mark Noble was booked for clattering into Ramires and Mata almost added further punishment when he hit the inside of the post with a brilliant free-kick.

Modibo Maiga

THREE AND EASY … Modibo Maiga nets the third

With four minutes remaining, a throw-in found its way to Cole, who laid the ball off to Diame to drill home.

And it got worse in stoppage time when fellow substitute Maiga followed up after Taylor’s shot was parried.

Modibo Maiga

SEALED WITH A KISS … Modibo Maiga celebrates
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