Andy Carroll scored the winning goal for West Ham United against Chelsea on Saturday as the Hammers beat the reigning champions 2-1.
West Ham had another strong performance as they keep pace with the big teams at the top of the table. The win over the Blues was something for the home fans to savour, as it puts them in third place with 20 points, two points behind Manchester City and Arsenal.
West Ham manager Slaven Bilic was particularly pleased with Carroll’s performance and had some high praise for his striker after the game.
“Andy is a big player for us, and also for England, Bilic told whufc.com. “He is special.
“He gives us a lot of options. It’s not just long balls, he is a great player, his quality has never been in doubt. We just needed to get him fit.
“Now we are in a really good situation regarding his fitness and he should be fit and ready for the long-term.
“We will have a lot of benefits from having him fit. It is not just his work inside the box but also his contribution outside the box.
“His pressing was amazing; his work-rate was excellent. He occupied Terry and Cahill very well.”
The game had it moments of controversy as Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho was sent to the stands after going off at the referee at halftime. Mourinho was not happy with the referee’s decision to send off midfielder Nemanja Matic. Assistant first team coach Silvino Louro was also sent off for his reaction to Matic’s sending off.
Mauro Zarate gave West Ham the lead in the 17th minute. Matic’s sending off came right before halftime. Despite being down to 10 men, Gary Cahill scored the equalizer for Chelsea in the 56th minute. Carroll then scored the deciding goal in the 79th minute as he headed the ball past Asmir Begovic in the Chelsea net.
Chelsea sits in 15th place with 11 points.