Lampard rolls back the years in easy victory for Chelsea in London derby.
In stark contrast to the earlier Merseyside derby, this was a relatively calm London derby that saw no yellow cards, despite a penalty being given for a Jaaskelinean dive that brought down Oscar for the first goal. Lampard scored the resulting spot-kick, and the Brazilian soon netted Chelsea's second before hobbling off injured late in the second half. Lampard completed the rout with great finish late on.
Petr Cech 7/10 - The Czech had little to do but was off his line well once in the first half. Made a couple of decent punches from corners too and made a decent save right at the death to ensure his clean sheet.
Branislav Ivanovic 6/10 - Was given a decent battle against Stewart Downing for the first 60 minutes and struggled to get forward as much as he usually does. Grew into the game as West Ham grew more desperate.
Cesar Azpilicueta 8/10 - Looked very comfortable at left-back in both defence and attack, and covered well after Morrison had broken through.
Gary Cahill 7/10 - Very little for the central defenders to do for much of the game but didn't make any errors. Had a header cleared off the line.
John Terry 7/10 - Made a great block just before the first Chelsea goal and looked very dominant for the entire 90 minutes.
John Obi Mikel 6/10 - Did the simple things relatively well as he usually does. But his presence in the Chelsea lineup give more capable players the chance to break forward which they did well today.
Ramires 7/10 - Helped Chelsea take a stranglehold of the midfield battle and looked dangerous bursting from midfield. Him and Lampard were given plenty of license to roam with Mikel sitting deep.
Frank Lampard 9/10 - Excellent against his former club scoring in a third consecutive game against them. Blasted penalty high into the roof of the net, and scored a great second after the ball came in from the right. Was busy and creative with plenty of attacking intent.
Oscar 9/10 - Won the penalty for the first goal after he reacted first following Demel's awful back pass. Scored a great second with a 25-yard strike for his sixth of the season. Of some concern will be a foot injury that forced him off with ten minutes left.
Eden Hazard 7/10 - Was a positive threat throughout and provided a great flick to put through Oscar for his goal. As the game opened up in the second half he was much more involved and looked dangerous.
Samuel Eto'o 7/10 - Nearly scored with one fanastic effort that had Jaskelinean at full stretch, and displayed some beautiful touches as he looked much sharper than he has in previous games.
Demba Ba 5/10 - Little chance to make an impression in the last few minutes. Had a goal disallowed in stoppage time after he drifted fractionally offside.
Andre Schurrle 6/10 - Looked dangerous as he sought to make an impression with a late appearance. Made a good burst down the right just after coming on, cutting it back well for a shot on goal.
Michael Essien 6/10 - First Premier League appearance of the season and had a scappy shot in the dying minutes as West Ham were stretched. Set up Demba Ba's disallowed goal with some great play.
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