Bowen and Masuaku the heroes as magnificent Hammers execute unlikely comeback to floor Chelsea
West Ham (1) 3 Lanzini pen 40, Bowen 56, Masuaku 87
Chelsea (2) 2 Silva 28, Mount 45
Arthur Masuaku take a bow. What a time to score your first ever Premier League goal.
His first strike in more than four years - and only the second for the Hammers since a League Cup tie against Bolton – settled a truly enthralling East-West London derby.
There were only minutes remaining in a match the Hammers had looked second best in for most of the time, but somehow still clung on to force two equalisers against the run of play.
Pinned back increasingly as the game wore on, there looked likely to be only one winner as Chelsea pressed. But from a quick throw in on the left – courtesy in part to slick work from a ball boy in retrieving the ball smartly – Masuaku pinged a cross towards the near post that totally deceived keeper Edouard Mendy – finding the top corner.
Cue pandemonium in the London Stadium. It was another victory to rank alongside last month’s superb 3-2 triumph over Liverpool. This is some side David Moyes has. Full of grit. Contenders even when they look to be under the cosh.
They are the first side to have scored more than once against league leaders Chelsea in the league this season too.
Chelsea seemed to be hypnotising the Irons into surrender for most of the match. Their slick passing and control of proceedings sucking the life out of Moyes’ men.
And there was not the same vulnerability at set pieces from Chelsea which always gave West Ham hope in that famous win against Liverpool.
Over-reliant on the odd scraps that might come their way, it was only some complacency in the away ranks which kept hopes alive, initially.
Jarrod Bowen played like a man possessed and was the one striker who always looked most alert to any possibilities. And he it was who seized on a bit of Chelsea slackness to get the Hammers back into it after they had fallen to behind to a Thiago Silva header from a corner.
A back pass to Mendy saw the normally dependable keeper dither and Bowen nipped in to pinch the ball. In his panic to retrieve the situation, the Senegal stopper floored West Ham’s busy attacker and Manuel Lanzini swept in the resulting penalty.
It came just as the cockiness level among the away fans was being ratcheted up. Their team was monopolising the ball and threatening a second goal. This equaliser came out of the blue.
The joy of parity was short-lived, as Mason Mount soon restored the visitors’ advantage with a sumptuous controlled volley past Lukasz Fabianski after being picked out by a long crossfield ball from Hakim Ziyech.
But Bowen made it 2-2 early in the second half – sweeping a low left-footer across Mendy after picking up a short pass on the edge of the area. Another one you could not have foreseen.
The hosts sensed an opportunity for maybe the first time. Michail Antonio started to come alive and his burst to the byline and pull back was almost converted at the far post by a stretching Bowen.
But no-one could have quite foreseen how it would play out – and the way the Irons would plunder an unlikely victory. It was some moment.
Hammers: (3-4-2-1) Fabianski – Zouma (Fornals 71), Dawson, Diop – Coufal, Soucek, Rice, Johnson (Masuaku 45) – Bowen, Lanzini (Benrahma 85) – Antonio. Subs not used: Areola, Yarmolenko, Vlasic, Noble, Kral, Ashby
Chelsea: (3-4-2-1) Mendy – Christensen, Silva, Rudiger – James, Loftus-Cheek, Jorginho, Alonso (Pulisic 72) – Ziyech (Hudson-Odoi 64), Mount – Havertz (Lukaku h/t). Subs not used: Arrizabalaga, werner, Niguez, Barkley, Azpilicueta, Sarr