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Report: Chelsea 1 West Ham 0

Chelsea needed patience and persistence at Stamford Bridge as we returned to winning ways in the Premier League courtesy of Christian Pulisic’s last-minute strike.

It had been a frustrating afternoon for long periods as West Ham’s resolute defending and brave blocking prevented a breakthrough. Neither side had a shot on target in the opening hour, with opportunities thereafter spurned from open play and the penalty spot when Jorginho’s effort was saved by Lukasz Fabianski.

Yet Thomas Tuchel’s men kept on pushing and their belief paid off late on as we found a way through when Pulisic arrowed a neat finish into the bottom corner to convert Marcos Alonso’s cutback cross and send Stamford Bridge wild with relieved joy.

It was our first home victory since a similarly dramatic late winner from Kai Havertz against Newcastle United in early March and the three points cemented our position in the Premier League’s top three, five points clear of Arsenal.

The selection

There were four changes for the Blues for the latest of our London derbies as Thiago Silva, Trevoh Chalobah, Jorginho and Kai Havertz all returned to the starting line-up.

Chalobah was a late replacement for Andreas Christensen from the team sheet originally submitted an hour prior to kick-off. That meant a reshuffle at the back with captain Cesar Azpilicueta to the left of Thiago Silva and Ruben Loftus-Cheek at right wing-back.

West Ham made six alterations of their own from last weekend’s draw with Burnley as Declan Rice, Jarrod Bowen and Michael Antonio all dropped to the bench. Arthur Masuaku, who scored the winner when the two sides last met in December, was one of those coming into the side.

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