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LIVE SCORES: All the goals as they go in

There is derby action in England while Barcelona and AC Milan are some of the big names in action as part of a busy Sunday on the continent

LIVE SCORES: All the goals as they go in

There is derby action in England while Barcelona and AC Milan are some of the big names in action as part of a busy Sunday on the continent

LIVE SCORES: All the goals as they go in

There is derby action in England while Barcelona and AC Milan are some of the big names in action as part of a busy Sunday on the continent

LIVE SCORES: All the goals as they go in

There is derby action in England while Barcelona and AC Milan are some of the big names in action as part of a busy Sunday on the continent

LIVE SCORES: All the goals as they go in

There is derby action in England while Barcelona and AC Milan are some of the big names in action as part of a busy Sunday on the continent

LIVE SCORES: All the goals as they go in

There is derby action in England while Barcelona and AC Milan are some of the big names in action as part of a busy Sunday on the continent

Gennaro Gattuso puts the bite back into AC Milan's dugout but has a battle to turn toiling team's fortunes 

Gennaro Gattuso puts the bite back into AC Milan's dugout but has a battle to turn toiling team's fortunes 

Gennaro Gattuso puts the bite back into AC Milan's dugout but has a battle to turn toiling team's fortunes 

Gennaro Gattuso puts the bite back into AC Milan's dugout but has a battle to turn toiling team's fortunes 

Gennaro Gattuso puts the bite back into AC Milan's dugout but has a battle to turn toiling team's fortunes 

Gennaro Gattuso puts the bite back into AC Milan's dugout but has a battle to turn toiling team's fortunes 

Gennaro Gattuso puts the bite back into AC Milan's dugout but has a battle to turn toiling team's fortunes 

Gennaro Gattuso puts the bite back into AC Milan's dugout but has a battle to turn toiling team's fortunes 

Gennaro Gattuso puts the bite back into AC Milan's dugout but has a battle to turn toiling team's fortunes 

Gennaro Gattuso puts the bite back into AC Milan's dugout but has a battle to turn toiling team's fortunes 

Gennaro Gattuso puts the bite back into AC Milan's dugout but has a battle to turn toiling team's fortunes 

Gennaro Gattuso puts the bite back into AC Milan's dugout but has a battle to turn toiling team's fortunes 

Khaira scores 2 as Oilers beat struggling Canadiens 6-2

Edmonton Oilers' Milan Lucic (27) moves in on Montreal Canadiens goaltender Antti Niemi as Canadiens' Jeff Petry defends during the third period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017, in Montreal. (Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press via AP)

Khaira scores 2 as Oilers beat struggling Canadiens 6-2

Edmonton Oilers' Milan Lucic slides in against Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price during the first period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017, in Montreal. (Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press via AP)

Khaira scores 2 as Oilers beat struggling Canadiens 6-2

Edmonton Oilers' Milan Lucic (27) celebrates with teammates Oscar Klefbom (77), Mark Letestu (55), Leon Draisaitl (29) and Connor McDavid after scoring against the Montreal Canadiens during the second period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017, in Montreal. (Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press via AP)

Lucic's power-play goal

Milan Lucic takes Leon Draisaitl's feed and unleashes a wrister from the circle past Carey Price, extending the Oilers' lead on the power play

Lucic's power-play goal

Milan Lucic takes Leon Draisaitl's feed and unleashes a wrister from the circle past Carey Price, extending the Oilers' lead on the power play

Lucic's power-play goal

Milan Lucic takes Leon Draisaitl's feed and unleashes a wrister from the circle past Carey Price, extending the Oilers' lead on the power play

West Ham 1 Chelsea 0: Antonio Conte concedes defeat in title race after David Moyes masterclass

It was this time last year that Antonio Conte’s Chelsea were five victories into a 10-game winning streak that broke the rest of the Premier League, and just as the Italian knows when a team are in position to win titles, so he can spot one that is failing. The Chelsea manager was unequivocal in the aftermath of this, his side’s fourth defeat in 16, that not only were the champions out of the title race but, on this form, they had never been in it. A victory for Manchester City in their game in hand would stretch their lead over Chelsea to 14 points before the presents have been wrapped for Christmas, and now we will see another side of the Chelsea manager, and his relationship with the club. It would be right to say that, bitterly disappointed after defeat to Marko Arnautovic’s first West Ham goal, Conte looked like he a man who could fall out with the club’s hierarchy if things get worse. When asked whether the widening gap would change his plans for the January transfer window he replied, with the glassy-eyed stare: “I can give my opinion but the last decision is the club’s and it is their right to do this.” Conte said that his players were tired and he seemed also to be conceding some kind of defeat. It was a day when his best player Eden Hazard had not been able to get the team out of trouble and Tiemoue Bakayoko, one of those new summer signings, was taken off at half-time. Michy Batshuayi was never given the opportunity to score the equaliser, and Alvaro Morata missed a chance with seven minutes remaining that should really have been the equaliser. “To talk about the title race after a defeat is a bit strange, especially if this is the fourth defeat of the season in 16 games,” Conte said. “When you have this start, it is impossible to think you are in the title race. My experience is this – if you want to stay in the race for the title, in the first part of the season you can lose once or twice.   Marko Arnautovic scores his first goal for West Ham Credit: Reuters “After 16 games if you lose four it means you never started this race.” He was beaten by David Moyes, who put together a shrewd West Ham performance that was organised, disciplined and did the club’s new manager great credit. Retaining Adrian Lopez ahead of Joe Hart was just one part of it, but really the major factors were his use of Michal Antonio and Arnautovic to stretch Chelsea on the counter-attack and a confident defensive performance. There was no man-to-man marking job on Hazard and, instead, Pedro Obiang blocked the space in front of the two centre-halves. In the heart of the defence, Winston Reid was the game’s standout player, escaping with a tug on the collar of Morata’s shirt in the first half and generally dealing well with the Spanish centre-forward.  Moyes said that after the narrow defeat to Manchester City, this was the performance he believed his team had been ready to deliver.  “We had taken confidence from the City game because of our performance but ultimately we got nothing out of it. We need to stop conceding goals. We have got players who score. We kept a clean sheet – when did West Ham last keep a clean sheet?” David Moyes delighted to secure his first win as West Ham manager Credit: PA The reply to that question came from one long-serving West Ham correspondent who offered the answer “1983”. It might feel that long but this was the fourth of the season, and Moyes could see the funny side. Through that painful relegation season with Sunderland and then Real Sociedad, and Manchester United before that, it has been a long time since Moyes has been able to bask in the glow of victory over major opposition – not since a win over Barcelona in January 2015. “I used to say in the early days with Bill Kenwright [Everton chairman] that the best feeling for a manager used to be the Saturday night feeling,” Moyes said. “When you get a win and how good it makes you feel. I came off, went into the dressing room, praised the players, put my jacket on and thought, ‘Oh no, I’ve got Arsenal in midweek’.” The situation remains delicate at West Ham for their new manager, especially with the chairman David Sullivan’s admissions this week of regrets over the stadium move and the signing last January of Robert Snodgrass and Jose Fonte. The latter was in the Sky Sports studio for the afternoon. Andy Carroll, Diafra Sakho, Javier Hernandez and Andre Ayew were all left on the bench by Moyes as he tried to catch Chelsea out on the counter-attack. The goal came within the first five minutes for Arnautovic, his first in this his 13th appearance for the club since joining in the summer. The ball was worked well from the touchline starting with Pablo Zabaleta, to Arnautovic, to Michail Antonio, Manuel Lanzini and finally back to the Austria international for the delicate job of stroking his shot past Thibaut Courtois. “The two strikers we had were the two with the power and pace,” Moyes said. “There will be other games when we need Chicarito [Hernandez] for his finishing or when we need Andy Carroll for his aerial prowess. At the moment the level of the teams we are playing we need the boys who can cause the opposition problems on the counter attack.” Conte tried to change the game at half-time, bringing on Pedro for Bakayoko, and then later Willian and Victor Moses to give his side some width. But it was a poor performance from Chelsea, lacking the imagination that gave City a victory against a similarly robust West Ham.  Chelsea can't get going against West Ham Credit: Reuters There were very few times when Moyes’ defence looked like they were under pressure or out of shape. “We created the chances and didn’t take them and now we are talking about a defeat,” Conte said. “Many players were tired and it is normal when you play every three days. We started our pre-season with the same players, a lot of players are always playing and you have to pay something.” By which he meant he does not believe that this is a squad capable of challenging for the title again. He was never likely to stay beyond this season and days like this only serve to show how fragile that relationship with the club has become. 2:25PM Full time West Ham deservedly pick up the first victory of David Moyes' spell in charge. And very positive signs, too. Chelsea were oddly off-kilter. They don't look right, as if some of the fizz has gone. Thanks for your company. We'll have a match report here imminently.  2:23PM 90+5 min Blimey! The lesser-spotted foul throw from Willian as he rushes to hustle a re-start.  2:23PM 90+4 min First Cresswell heads out Azpilicueta's cross then Zabaleta rushes in to block the shot. Azpilicueta picks it up again and loops a cross towards the six-yard box that Adrian catches.   2:21PM 90+3 min Masuaku is named man of the match a moment after Fabregas whacks a 25-yarder over the bar.  2:20PM 90+2 min Kante turns in the box but can't find Morata. Ogbonna scoots it away. Back come Chelsea, faced by two banks of five.  2:19PM 90 min There will be five minutes of added time - some of it a direct result of the West Ham's understandable fannying about. 2:18PM 87 min Stuart Pearce, David Moyes' assistant, wellies the ball away from Chelsea who wanted to take a throw when it falls to him over the touchline. Antonio Conte is not impressed. But there's no confrontation. Pearce is sent to the dugout and Masuaku is booked for complicity in this sustained policy of timewasting. Adrian was booked half an hour ago for the same offence.   2:15PM 85 min Now it's Hazard's turn to miss the target from the edge of the area. It was more difficult than Morata's and set up by the centre-forward's neat passing at close quarters. Hazard strides through the inside-right channel into the D but fires his shot over as Reid threw himself in to block.  Miss: West Ham 1 - 0 Chelsea (Álvaro Morata, 83 min)   2:13PM 83 min A glorious chance for Morata is spurned when he torpedoes a shot into the side-netting with only the keeper to beat. Masuaku, who has played well, dozes off and allows Kante through to find the pass beyond West Ham's defence via a deflection off Reid.  Miss: West Ham 1 - 0 Chelsea (Álvaro Morata, 83 min)   2:11PM 82 min I must say I though Zabaleta had gone but he's been terrific today. Tenacious and effective.  2:10PM 81 min Chelsea lose the ball on the edge of the West Ham box and the home side makes a quick break through Sakho and Ayew that looks promising until Ayew tries a preposterous 25-yard pass from left to right that balloons into Courtois's hands.   West Ham vs Chelsea shots on goal   2:07PM 79 min Andre Ayew replaces Antonio.  2:07PM 78 min Antonio has run himself into the ground and lies on the grass in exhaustion. Antonio Conte suggests a stretcher with a raised eyebrow. Am I wrong? A meringue? But Conte seems somewhat subdued this past few weeks. As if the intensity has dissipated, the fire turned down.   2:04PM 77 min Morata challenges Adrian in the air five yards out and, because they go shoulder to shoulder, he is penalised. Nat Lofthouse, from another place, gives his head a shake.  2:03PM 75 min The ball doesn't stick to Sakho at the first time of asking but West Ham regroup and enjoy a decent spell of possession as they make gradual progress up the left. Masuaku looks composed and confident as he brings the ball inside to feed Sakho in the box but he cannot control it and Yer Actual have quickly to return to a spell of containment.  2:01PM 73 min Pedro and Hazard combine to get to the byline on the left but once again there's no space in the box for the cut-back after West Ham flood back.  2:00PM 71 min  West Ham sub: Sakho replaces Arnautovic who turns to applaud the crowd in a meeting of the mutual appreciation society. Obiang is booked seconds later for a clumsy, sliding foul that attacks Morata from the side.  Obiang sends Morata flying Credit: Alastair Grant/AP   1:57PM 70 min Fabregas stands up a cross to the far post that is knocked back to the edge of the box. Christensen meets it on the volley and Reid throws himself in its way to make a courageous block.  1:56PM 68 min Chelsea take it quickly, shift it up the right to Willian who glides in from the flank towards the box and Cresswell kick hum up the Aristotle before he crosses the whitewash. Free-kick.  1:55PM 66 min Reid is turned by Morata on halfway and petrified by the acres of empty grass behind him, yanks him down.  1:54PM 64 min Half chances at both ends. First Azpilicueta’s long shot hits two defenders and is knocked off path through to Adrian who has to best Morata in  race to get there and smother it.Then Masuaku bullocks forward to shoot and ends up with a corner that comes to nught.  1:52PM 63 min Adrian appears to have been booked for timewasting. He's gone too soon. Chelsea sub: Zappacosta off, Willian on. Back four now?  1:51PM 62 min Antonio and Arnautovic are working their socks off and Andy Hinchcliffe fears they won't make the end. He warns that Andy Carroll would be the wrong option as substitute because he lacks the mobility to play in this system. Would Sam Allardyce take him to Everton, you think?  1:49PM 60 min Shot from Zappacosta as he tacked in from the left. It swerves past the right post on a crazy trajectory. Possibly a cross.  Antonio Conte is unhappy with his side Credit: REUTERS/David Klein   1:47PM 58 min Rotten ball from Cresswell cannons straight into Morata. The power being its only redeeming feature that foiled Morata's attempt to stun it with one touch. Obiang brought him down instead of letting him have a second touch. Free-kick, 22 yards out. Fabregas slips it to the right of the box where Moses is lurking but the routine doesn't work and Masuaku blocks the cross/shot.   1:45PM 56 min Chelsea sub: Moses does come on but for Marcos Alonso not Zappacosta who switches to the left.  1:44PM 54 min West Ham want a penalty after the ball brushes Christensen's arm on the left borderland of the box. His arm was up as Arnautovic tried to hook it over the defender and scoot round. Anthony Taylor says it wasn't deliberate or consequential ...  1:43PM 53 min And West Ham break with Antonio and Arnautovic after Cahill makes a wayward, lazy pass on halfway. It's two ve three but Antonio delays the pass by a second and Arnautovic is offside when put through one-on-one with Courtois. What a waste! Credit: SKY SPORTS   1:40PM 51 min The dainty feet of Fabregas work another quarter chance as he soft shoes himself to the byline where he is found by a cute Pedro pass. Fabregas cuts it back to the edge of the six-yard box but Morata couldn't get in front of Reid.  1:39PM 49 min Pedro shoots wide, not timing a shot presented by a dropping ball at the edge of the box. Good work from Hazard and Zappacosta to create some turmoil in the West Ham box though the latter's cross was a bit too floaty to give Morata the chance of attacking the header optmistically.  1:36PM 48 min Arnautovic has started the half through the middle with Antonio on the left. It's interesting how Masuaku drops back and Cresswell tucks in to make a five when Chelsea probe down the right. Might be a better bet to bring Moses on for Zappacosta to have a run at both?  1:34PM 46 min Masuaku, who has improved beyond recognition, saunters forward up the left and cracks a pass off Zappacosta for the opportunity of a Michail Antonio long throw that is headed back out of the box.  1:32PM Chelsea change Pedro is coming on for Bakayoko.  1:30PM Big Boy's birthday Oi big boy, happy birthday! pic.twitter.com/gLQyvOjOjf— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) December 9, 2017   1:23PM Half-time entertainment West Ham vs Chelsea shots on goal Arnautovic and Antonio are exchanging positions slickly to cause problems for Chelsea' defence.   Average touch positions (half time)   1:20PM Half time West Ham have played very well, kicking on from their marked improvement at the Etihad. Moyes may be an uninspiring choice as manager but given decent players and the right attitude, the evidence of his work is plain to see. Chelsea look out of sorts. I can understand why they need Fabregas in to pick a pass but wouldn't Pedro or Willian be a better option than Bakayoko or does that leave them too light?  1:18PM 45+2 min Noble and Lanzini combine resourcefully on the right but the latter's blocked cross/shot after giving Zappacosta the runaround hits Azpilicueta and gives the referee the signal to blow his whistle.  1:17PM 45 min From which Arnautovic shoots, a ratpowered bobbler from the edge of the area. 'Through traffic,' as the current cliche puts it. 'Through Traffic,' would be a more arresting image, the ball nutmegging Steve Winwood and his Hammond on its way to goal.  1:15PM 43 min Hazard's pass up the left after good work from Alonso to storm past Arnautovic hits Obiang and rebounds up to Arnautovic who skates forward at pace to win a corner.  1:12PM 41 min Cresswell takes this one short to Lanzini but he floats his long cross down Courtois' throat.   1:11PM 40 min Antonio's hard running puts Azpilicueta and Courtois in a pickle. The keeper runs out to help and screws a clearance behind him and out for a corner that doesn't beat the first man but earns another.  1:09PM 38 min Bakayoko hits a sliced shot from the right that swerves towards the bottom right corner after it takes a touch off Cresswell which helps it round the post as Adrian scrambled across goal. Reid wins the header at the corner and Noble belts it clear.  1:07PM 36 min Eventually Fabregas, the safe-cracker supreme, has the ball and tries to pick the lock with a lob over Ogbonna from the edge of the D. It's a cute little up and under that may have worked but for the vision of the pesky Masuaku who rumbled his intentions and bustled in from the left to win the header and catch Morata by surprise.  Possession: West Ham vs Chelsea   1:05PM 34 min West Ham  quickly get nine men behind the ball whenever Chelsea make a move forward and this time it works in pushing them back, in search of a gap. First Kante tries to penetrate but has to head backwards where Antonio snaps at his heels.  1:03PM 32 min Sky's commentary team is not enamoured of Michy Batshuayi's cuddling of a hot water bottle on the bench.  1:02PM 30 min Another sharp save from Adrian, low to his left, when Zappacosta's shot from the breakdown of the corner ricochets through a thicket of legs. Morata was offside but a good save nonetheless.  1:01PM 28 min West Ham break and Arnautovic's shot is blocked but Chelsea come back at them like lightning and Alonso dupes Zabaleta, sends him off to buy a paper, shifts the ball inside to Kante who loops a bouncing bomb of a shot towards the bottom left corner and Adrian swoops smartly to push it round for a corner.  12:59PM 26 min West Ham are being forced backwards and well as they are defending it's starting to feel somewhat ominous.    John McEnerney writes Hi Rob, is today the day Moyes gets his first win? Well Roy H got his first win for Palace against Chelsea so you never know. I wouldn’t have Moyes as the manager of a bad pub team let alone a Premier League side but that’s just me. Chelsea should take the 3 points but will be pushed hard. I have a feeling both managers won’t be in the Premiership next season one will be given the sack & the other will return to his native Italy to take over AC Milan or the national team. West Ham fans keep waiting for the Moyes Magic to happen well there’s better chance of finding a winged unicorn at the bottom of the garden playing chess with Elvis! Elvis says 'Queen's pawn to d4', John  12:55PM 23 min Sensational pass from Fabregas. He's 25 yards out and shapes to hit a cross but instead gulls the defenders by threading a pass between two claret shirts, Obiang and Lanzini, wrapping his foot around it and lacing it round the corner. Ogbonna reads it and blocks Bakayoko's snap shot.  12:53PM 21 min Hazard has a hack at a volley that fell from the moon via Ogbonna's head, taking the opportunity however puny, to have a dig at goal but it flashes wide. West Ham, one has to say, are playing very well. They look compact, organised and purposeful. And the crowd are responding with rare enthusiasm. Chelsea still look dangerous, though.  12:50PM 18 min Chelsea cross comes in and West Ham marshal Morata very closely and with some vigour to hold his run. The ball breaks free and Marcos Alonso goes up with Adrian. The ref books him for leaving his boot up but I'm not sure it was malicious. The keeper's legs were up - as keepers do - too.  12:48PM 16 min Marcos Alonso takes a tumble under Zabaleta's challenge but is unpunished for the rather exaggerated response.   Arnautovic scores his first goal for West Ham Credit: IAN KINGTON/AFP/Getty Images Arnautovic leaps in delight Credit:  Dan Mullan/Getty Images   12:45PM 14 min Andy Hinchcliffe, the Sky co-commentator, berates Alvaro Morata for a pratfall in the box. And rightly so. Reid had a hand on his shoulder after being turned but Morata could have withstood it and employed the space he'd created to whack a shot with his left foot.   12:42PM 12 min Lanzini hits a dipping cross to the far post to meet Ogbonna's run round the back. But he's penalised for using Alonso as a ladder to aid his climb.  12:41PM 10 min Cahill barges Antonio over about 30 yards out. They look a little rattled by the West Ham high press. It was frequently said that they weren't fit under Bilic ... they look like greyhounds out there today. Props to Moyes for that.  12:39PM 8 min Terrific finish from Arnautovic, dinked into the corner after a one-two with Lanzini at the edge of the box expertly manipulated Christensen out of position to work the space to shoot with his left, a curling finish. Excellent from Antonio too to come towards the ball and draw Cahill allowing Arnautovic to flood into the gap. West Ham 1 - 0 Chelsea (Marko Arnautovic, 6 min)   12:36PM GOAL!! West Ham 1-0 Chelsea (Arnautovic) 12:36PM 6 min Bakayoko gets up clutching his left buttock after Zabaleta challenges him in the air. He's OK. West Ham continue to hustle Chelsea in possession, win the ball back and Arnautovic and Antonio combine to storm forward until Kante makes a decisive tackle.  12:34PM 4 min Christensen heads it clear and Masuaku picks it up and bursts forward. West Ham work a hoepful cross in that Noble steers wide. Difficult to do anything else given his position.  12:33PM 2 min Bakayoko brings the ball out, passes up to Marcos Alonso who sprays a pass that Zabaleta cuts out. But West Ham cannot retain possession. They're better at winning it back than holding on to it. Masuaku does juts that and allows Lanzini to hare up the left, making good ground until Zappacosta shoves him over. Free-kick on the left, 22 yards upfield.  12:31PM 1 min We're off after Bubbles. Chelsea, in their inverse reverse kit, white shorts, white shirts, blue 'hose', attack from left to right and West Ham snap into a high pressing closedown to push them back.   12:27PM West Ham have four serviceable strikers On the bench but none in the team. David Moyes! 12:17PM Mark Noble is back The most sensible haircut in football return to lead his team against Chelsea Credit: James Griffiths/West Ham United via Getty Images   12:08PM David Moyes speaks We're interested in the game, we're no' talking about Joe Hart. We've set up to cause them a problem at times. We were good for long periods against arguably the best team in the Premier League but were up against another team who are as good as anybody in the Premier League.  11:51AM And for those of you watching in colour, this one's in black and white West HamAdrian; Zabaleta, Ogbonna, Reid, Cresswell; Noble, Obiang; Arnautovic, Lanzini, Masuaku; Antonio. Substitutes Hart, Rice, Fernandes, Chicharito, Ayew, Sakho, Carroll. David Moyes has dropped the England goalkeeper Joe Hart Credit: Arfa Griffiths/West Ham United via Getty Images Chelsea Courtois; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Cahill; Zappacosta, Fabregas, Kante, Bakayoko, Alonso; Hazard; Morata. Substitutes Caballero, Rudiger, Ampadu, Willian, Moses, Batshuayi, Pedro. Referee Anthony Taylor (Wythenshawe) 11:47AM Team news - Joe Hart has been dropped The skipper returns for our London derby ��#COYI#WHUCHEpic.twitter.com/ezpMfHtlhZ— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) December 9, 2017 Chelsea team today: Courtois; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Cahill (c); Zappacosta, Bakayoko, Kante, Fabregas, Alonso; Hazard, Morata. #WHUCHEpic.twitter.com/M7jVA07hb3— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) December 9, 2017   11:45AM Good morning And welcome to coverage of West Ham United vs Chelsea from the London Stadium where the visitors lost last year in the League Cup but won convincingly in the Premier League in the spring by virtue of goals from Eden Hazard and Diego Costa. Chelsea were oddly disjointed in the week against Atletico, particularly in midfield where the switch from 3-4-3 to 3-5-1-1 didn't really work without Marcos Alonso's creative influence on the left. Not sure that N'Golo Kante, Cesc Fabregas and Tiemoue Bakayoko work as a three quite yet, though they ought to as they have contrasting and complementary qualities. As well as Alvaro Morata is playing, I think they miss the Diego Costa of the first half of 2016-17 as well, that relentlessness and spikiness. Credit: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images As for West Ham - discernible signs of improvement at Manchester City and certainly an improved performance from Adrian which has done for Joe Hart's security as first-choice and he will start today on the bench. About time too. For all West Ham's flaws, David Sullivan has given a rather self-serving newspaper interview today which is full of nuggets that betray his ability to apportion blame on anyone but himself, save for the sin of being too understanding, too indulgent to Slaven Bilic and Sam Allardyce.  He chucks them under the bus while he, surprise, surprise emerges with clean hands and a misunderstood heart. The key for them, I think, is to stay as competitive as they can until they can sign reinforcements in January. But they have to be wary of the kind of players Moyes might want to sign. While they could probably do with players of the calibre of Marouane Fellaini and Juan Mata, his signings at Manchester United, the last thing they need is ones like Papy Djilibodji, Didier N'Dong, Paddy McNair, Donald Love, Darron Gibson and Bryan Oviedo, his cash buys at Sunderland. Lucky West Ham have such discerning owners. Oh! 

West Ham 1 Chelsea 0: Antonio Conte concedes defeat in title race after David Moyes masterclass

It was this time last year that Antonio Conte’s Chelsea were five victories into a 10-game winning streak that broke the rest of the Premier League, and just as the Italian knows when a team are in position to win titles, so he can spot one that is failing. The Chelsea manager was unequivocal in the aftermath of this, his side’s fourth defeat in 16, that not only were the champions out of the title race but, on this form, they had never been in it. A victory for Manchester City in their game in hand would stretch their lead over Chelsea to 14 points before the presents have been wrapped for Christmas, and now we will see another side of the Chelsea manager, and his relationship with the club. It would be right to say that, bitterly disappointed after defeat to Marko Arnautovic’s first West Ham goal, Conte looked like he a man who could fall out with the club’s hierarchy if things get worse. When asked whether the widening gap would change his plans for the January transfer window he replied, with the glassy-eyed stare: “I can give my opinion but the last decision is the club’s and it is their right to do this.” Conte said that his players were tired and he seemed also to be conceding some kind of defeat. It was a day when his best player Eden Hazard had not been able to get the team out of trouble and Tiemoue Bakayoko, one of those new summer signings, was taken off at half-time. Michy Batshuayi was never given the opportunity to score the equaliser, and Alvaro Morata missed a chance with seven minutes remaining that should really have been the equaliser. “To talk about the title race after a defeat is a bit strange, especially if this is the fourth defeat of the season in 16 games,” Conte said. “When you have this start, it is impossible to think you are in the title race. My experience is this – if you want to stay in the race for the title, in the first part of the season you can lose once or twice.   Marko Arnautovic scores his first goal for West Ham Credit: Reuters “After 16 games if you lose four it means you never started this race.” He was beaten by David Moyes, who put together a shrewd West Ham performance that was organised, disciplined and did the club’s new manager great credit. Retaining Adrian Lopez ahead of Joe Hart was just one part of it, but really the major factors were his use of Michal Antonio and Arnautovic to stretch Chelsea on the counter-attack and a confident defensive performance. There was no man-to-man marking job on Hazard and, instead, Pedro Obiang blocked the space in front of the two centre-halves. In the heart of the defence, Winston Reid was the game’s standout player, escaping with a tug on the collar of Morata’s shirt in the first half and generally dealing well with the Spanish centre-forward.  Moyes said that after the narrow defeat to Manchester City, this was the performance he believed his team had been ready to deliver.  “We had taken confidence from the City game because of our performance but ultimately we got nothing out of it. We need to stop conceding goals. We have got players who score. We kept a clean sheet – when did West Ham last keep a clean sheet?” David Moyes delighted to secure his first win as West Ham manager Credit: PA The reply to that question came from one long-serving West Ham correspondent who offered the answer “1983”. It might feel that long but this was the fourth of the season, and Moyes could see the funny side. Through that painful relegation season with Sunderland and then Real Sociedad, and Manchester United before that, it has been a long time since Moyes has been able to bask in the glow of victory over major opposition – not since a win over Barcelona in January 2015. “I used to say in the early days with Bill Kenwright [Everton chairman] that the best feeling for a manager used to be the Saturday night feeling,” Moyes said. “When you get a win and how good it makes you feel. I came off, went into the dressing room, praised the players, put my jacket on and thought, ‘Oh no, I’ve got Arsenal in midweek’.” The situation remains delicate at West Ham for their new manager, especially with the chairman David Sullivan’s admissions this week of regrets over the stadium move and the signing last January of Robert Snodgrass and Jose Fonte. The latter was in the Sky Sports studio for the afternoon. Andy Carroll, Diafra Sakho, Javier Hernandez and Andre Ayew were all left on the bench by Moyes as he tried to catch Chelsea out on the counter-attack. The goal came within the first five minutes for Arnautovic, his first in this his 13th appearance for the club since joining in the summer. The ball was worked well from the touchline starting with Pablo Zabaleta, to Arnautovic, to Michail Antonio, Manuel Lanzini and finally back to the Austria international for the delicate job of stroking his shot past Thibaut Courtois. “The two strikers we had were the two with the power and pace,” Moyes said. “There will be other games when we need Chicarito [Hernandez] for his finishing or when we need Andy Carroll for his aerial prowess. At the moment the level of the teams we are playing we need the boys who can cause the opposition problems on the counter attack.” Conte tried to change the game at half-time, bringing on Pedro for Bakayoko, and then later Willian and Victor Moses to give his side some width. But it was a poor performance from Chelsea, lacking the imagination that gave City a victory against a similarly robust West Ham.  Chelsea can't get going against West Ham Credit: Reuters There were very few times when Moyes’ defence looked like they were under pressure or out of shape. “We created the chances and didn’t take them and now we are talking about a defeat,” Conte said. “Many players were tired and it is normal when you play every three days. We started our pre-season with the same players, a lot of players are always playing and you have to pay something.” By which he meant he does not believe that this is a squad capable of challenging for the title again. He was never likely to stay beyond this season and days like this only serve to show how fragile that relationship with the club has become. 2:25PM Full time West Ham deservedly pick up the first victory of David Moyes' spell in charge. And very positive signs, too. Chelsea were oddly off-kilter. They don't look right, as if some of the fizz has gone. Thanks for your company. We'll have a match report here imminently.  2:23PM 90+5 min Blimey! The lesser-spotted foul throw from Willian as he rushes to hustle a re-start.  2:23PM 90+4 min First Cresswell heads out Azpilicueta's cross then Zabaleta rushes in to block the shot. Azpilicueta picks it up again and loops a cross towards the six-yard box that Adrian catches.   2:21PM 90+3 min Masuaku is named man of the match a moment after Fabregas whacks a 25-yarder over the bar.  2:20PM 90+2 min Kante turns in the box but can't find Morata. Ogbonna scoots it away. Back come Chelsea, faced by two banks of five.  2:19PM 90 min There will be five minutes of added time - some of it a direct result of the West Ham's understandable fannying about. 2:18PM 87 min Stuart Pearce, David Moyes' assistant, wellies the ball away from Chelsea who wanted to take a throw when it falls to him over the touchline. Antonio Conte is not impressed. But there's no confrontation. Pearce is sent to the dugout and Masuaku is booked for complicity in this sustained policy of timewasting. Adrian was booked half an hour ago for the same offence.   2:15PM 85 min Now it's Hazard's turn to miss the target from the edge of the area. It was more difficult than Morata's and set up by the centre-forward's neat passing at close quarters. Hazard strides through the inside-right channel into the D but fires his shot over as Reid threw himself in to block.  Miss: West Ham 1 - 0 Chelsea (Álvaro Morata, 83 min)   2:13PM 83 min A glorious chance for Morata is spurned when he torpedoes a shot into the side-netting with only the keeper to beat. Masuaku, who has played well, dozes off and allows Kante through to find the pass beyond West Ham's defence via a deflection off Reid.  Miss: West Ham 1 - 0 Chelsea (Álvaro Morata, 83 min)   2:11PM 82 min I must say I though Zabaleta had gone but he's been terrific today. Tenacious and effective.  2:10PM 81 min Chelsea lose the ball on the edge of the West Ham box and the home side makes a quick break through Sakho and Ayew that looks promising until Ayew tries a preposterous 25-yard pass from left to right that balloons into Courtois's hands.   West Ham vs Chelsea shots on goal   2:07PM 79 min Andre Ayew replaces Antonio.  2:07PM 78 min Antonio has run himself into the ground and lies on the grass in exhaustion. Antonio Conte suggests a stretcher with a raised eyebrow. Am I wrong? A meringue? But Conte seems somewhat subdued this past few weeks. As if the intensity has dissipated, the fire turned down.   2:04PM 77 min Morata challenges Adrian in the air five yards out and, because they go shoulder to shoulder, he is penalised. Nat Lofthouse, from another place, gives his head a shake.  2:03PM 75 min The ball doesn't stick to Sakho at the first time of asking but West Ham regroup and enjoy a decent spell of possession as they make gradual progress up the left. Masuaku looks composed and confident as he brings the ball inside to feed Sakho in the box but he cannot control it and Yer Actual have quickly to return to a spell of containment.  2:01PM 73 min Pedro and Hazard combine to get to the byline on the left but once again there's no space in the box for the cut-back after West Ham flood back.  2:00PM 71 min  West Ham sub: Sakho replaces Arnautovic who turns to applaud the crowd in a meeting of the mutual appreciation society. Obiang is booked seconds later for a clumsy, sliding foul that attacks Morata from the side.  Obiang sends Morata flying Credit: Alastair Grant/AP   1:57PM 70 min Fabregas stands up a cross to the far post that is knocked back to the edge of the box. Christensen meets it on the volley and Reid throws himself in its way to make a courageous block.  1:56PM 68 min Chelsea take it quickly, shift it up the right to Willian who glides in from the flank towards the box and Cresswell kick hum up the Aristotle before he crosses the whitewash. Free-kick.  1:55PM 66 min Reid is turned by Morata on halfway and petrified by the acres of empty grass behind him, yanks him down.  1:54PM 64 min Half chances at both ends. First Azpilicueta’s long shot hits two defenders and is knocked off path through to Adrian who has to best Morata in  race to get there and smother it.Then Masuaku bullocks forward to shoot and ends up with a corner that comes to nught.  1:52PM 63 min Adrian appears to have been booked for timewasting. He's gone too soon. Chelsea sub: Zappacosta off, Willian on. Back four now?  1:51PM 62 min Antonio and Arnautovic are working their socks off and Andy Hinchcliffe fears they won't make the end. He warns that Andy Carroll would be the wrong option as substitute because he lacks the mobility to play in this system. Would Sam Allardyce take him to Everton, you think?  1:49PM 60 min Shot from Zappacosta as he tacked in from the left. It swerves past the right post on a crazy trajectory. Possibly a cross.  Antonio Conte is unhappy with his side Credit: REUTERS/David Klein   1:47PM 58 min Rotten ball from Cresswell cannons straight into Morata. The power being its only redeeming feature that foiled Morata's attempt to stun it with one touch. Obiang brought him down instead of letting him have a second touch. Free-kick, 22 yards out. Fabregas slips it to the right of the box where Moses is lurking but the routine doesn't work and Masuaku blocks the cross/shot.   1:45PM 56 min Chelsea sub: Moses does come on but for Marcos Alonso not Zappacosta who switches to the left.  1:44PM 54 min West Ham want a penalty after the ball brushes Christensen's arm on the left borderland of the box. His arm was up as Arnautovic tried to hook it over the defender and scoot round. Anthony Taylor says it wasn't deliberate or consequential ...  1:43PM 53 min And West Ham break with Antonio and Arnautovic after Cahill makes a wayward, lazy pass on halfway. It's two ve three but Antonio delays the pass by a second and Arnautovic is offside when put through one-on-one with Courtois. What a waste! Credit: SKY SPORTS   1:40PM 51 min The dainty feet of Fabregas work another quarter chance as he soft shoes himself to the byline where he is found by a cute Pedro pass. Fabregas cuts it back to the edge of the six-yard box but Morata couldn't get in front of Reid.  1:39PM 49 min Pedro shoots wide, not timing a shot presented by a dropping ball at the edge of the box. Good work from Hazard and Zappacosta to create some turmoil in the West Ham box though the latter's cross was a bit too floaty to give Morata the chance of attacking the header optmistically.  1:36PM 48 min Arnautovic has started the half through the middle with Antonio on the left. It's interesting how Masuaku drops back and Cresswell tucks in to make a five when Chelsea probe down the right. Might be a better bet to bring Moses on for Zappacosta to have a run at both?  1:34PM 46 min Masuaku, who has improved beyond recognition, saunters forward up the left and cracks a pass off Zappacosta for the opportunity of a Michail Antonio long throw that is headed back out of the box.  1:32PM Chelsea change Pedro is coming on for Bakayoko.  1:30PM Big Boy's birthday Oi big boy, happy birthday! pic.twitter.com/gLQyvOjOjf— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) December 9, 2017   1:23PM Half-time entertainment West Ham vs Chelsea shots on goal Arnautovic and Antonio are exchanging positions slickly to cause problems for Chelsea' defence.   Average touch positions (half time)   1:20PM Half time West Ham have played very well, kicking on from their marked improvement at the Etihad. Moyes may be an uninspiring choice as manager but given decent players and the right attitude, the evidence of his work is plain to see. Chelsea look out of sorts. I can understand why they need Fabregas in to pick a pass but wouldn't Pedro or Willian be a better option than Bakayoko or does that leave them too light?  1:18PM 45+2 min Noble and Lanzini combine resourcefully on the right but the latter's blocked cross/shot after giving Zappacosta the runaround hits Azpilicueta and gives the referee the signal to blow his whistle.  1:17PM 45 min From which Arnautovic shoots, a ratpowered bobbler from the edge of the area. 'Through traffic,' as the current cliche puts it. 'Through Traffic,' would be a more arresting image, the ball nutmegging Steve Winwood and his Hammond on its way to goal.  1:15PM 43 min Hazard's pass up the left after good work from Alonso to storm past Arnautovic hits Obiang and rebounds up to Arnautovic who skates forward at pace to win a corner.  1:12PM 41 min Cresswell takes this one short to Lanzini but he floats his long cross down Courtois' throat.   1:11PM 40 min Antonio's hard running puts Azpilicueta and Courtois in a pickle. The keeper runs out to help and screws a clearance behind him and out for a corner that doesn't beat the first man but earns another.  1:09PM 38 min Bakayoko hits a sliced shot from the right that swerves towards the bottom right corner after it takes a touch off Cresswell which helps it round the post as Adrian scrambled across goal. Reid wins the header at the corner and Noble belts it clear.  1:07PM 36 min Eventually Fabregas, the safe-cracker supreme, has the ball and tries to pick the lock with a lob over Ogbonna from the edge of the D. It's a cute little up and under that may have worked but for the vision of the pesky Masuaku who rumbled his intentions and bustled in from the left to win the header and catch Morata by surprise.  Possession: West Ham vs Chelsea   1:05PM 34 min West Ham  quickly get nine men behind the ball whenever Chelsea make a move forward and this time it works in pushing them back, in search of a gap. First Kante tries to penetrate but has to head backwards where Antonio snaps at his heels.  1:03PM 32 min Sky's commentary team is not enamoured of Michy Batshuayi's cuddling of a hot water bottle on the bench.  1:02PM 30 min Another sharp save from Adrian, low to his left, when Zappacosta's shot from the breakdown of the corner ricochets through a thicket of legs. Morata was offside but a good save nonetheless.  1:01PM 28 min West Ham break and Arnautovic's shot is blocked but Chelsea come back at them like lightning and Alonso dupes Zabaleta, sends him off to buy a paper, shifts the ball inside to Kante who loops a bouncing bomb of a shot towards the bottom left corner and Adrian swoops smartly to push it round for a corner.  12:59PM 26 min West Ham are being forced backwards and well as they are defending it's starting to feel somewhat ominous.    John McEnerney writes Hi Rob, is today the day Moyes gets his first win? Well Roy H got his first win for Palace against Chelsea so you never know. I wouldn’t have Moyes as the manager of a bad pub team let alone a Premier League side but that’s just me. Chelsea should take the 3 points but will be pushed hard. I have a feeling both managers won’t be in the Premiership next season one will be given the sack & the other will return to his native Italy to take over AC Milan or the national team. West Ham fans keep waiting for the Moyes Magic to happen well there’s better chance of finding a winged unicorn at the bottom of the garden playing chess with Elvis! Elvis says 'Queen's pawn to d4', John  12:55PM 23 min Sensational pass from Fabregas. He's 25 yards out and shapes to hit a cross but instead gulls the defenders by threading a pass between two claret shirts, Obiang and Lanzini, wrapping his foot around it and lacing it round the corner. Ogbonna reads it and blocks Bakayoko's snap shot.  12:53PM 21 min Hazard has a hack at a volley that fell from the moon via Ogbonna's head, taking the opportunity however puny, to have a dig at goal but it flashes wide. West Ham, one has to say, are playing very well. They look compact, organised and purposeful. And the crowd are responding with rare enthusiasm. Chelsea still look dangerous, though.  12:50PM 18 min Chelsea cross comes in and West Ham marshal Morata very closely and with some vigour to hold his run. The ball breaks free and Marcos Alonso goes up with Adrian. The ref books him for leaving his boot up but I'm not sure it was malicious. The keeper's legs were up - as keepers do - too.  12:48PM 16 min Marcos Alonso takes a tumble under Zabaleta's challenge but is unpunished for the rather exaggerated response.   Arnautovic scores his first goal for West Ham Credit: IAN KINGTON/AFP/Getty Images Arnautovic leaps in delight Credit:  Dan Mullan/Getty Images   12:45PM 14 min Andy Hinchcliffe, the Sky co-commentator, berates Alvaro Morata for a pratfall in the box. And rightly so. Reid had a hand on his shoulder after being turned but Morata could have withstood it and employed the space he'd created to whack a shot with his left foot.   12:42PM 12 min Lanzini hits a dipping cross to the far post to meet Ogbonna's run round the back. But he's penalised for using Alonso as a ladder to aid his climb.  12:41PM 10 min Cahill barges Antonio over about 30 yards out. They look a little rattled by the West Ham high press. It was frequently said that they weren't fit under Bilic ... they look like greyhounds out there today. Props to Moyes for that.  12:39PM 8 min Terrific finish from Arnautovic, dinked into the corner after a one-two with Lanzini at the edge of the box expertly manipulated Christensen out of position to work the space to shoot with his left, a curling finish. Excellent from Antonio too to come towards the ball and draw Cahill allowing Arnautovic to flood into the gap. West Ham 1 - 0 Chelsea (Marko Arnautovic, 6 min)   12:36PM GOAL!! West Ham 1-0 Chelsea (Arnautovic) 12:36PM 6 min Bakayoko gets up clutching his left buttock after Zabaleta challenges him in the air. He's OK. West Ham continue to hustle Chelsea in possession, win the ball back and Arnautovic and Antonio combine to storm forward until Kante makes a decisive tackle.  12:34PM 4 min Christensen heads it clear and Masuaku picks it up and bursts forward. West Ham work a hoepful cross in that Noble steers wide. Difficult to do anything else given his position.  12:33PM 2 min Bakayoko brings the ball out, passes up to Marcos Alonso who sprays a pass that Zabaleta cuts out. But West Ham cannot retain possession. They're better at winning it back than holding on to it. Masuaku does juts that and allows Lanzini to hare up the left, making good ground until Zappacosta shoves him over. Free-kick on the left, 22 yards upfield.  12:31PM 1 min We're off after Bubbles. Chelsea, in their inverse reverse kit, white shorts, white shirts, blue 'hose', attack from left to right and West Ham snap into a high pressing closedown to push them back.   12:27PM West Ham have four serviceable strikers On the bench but none in the team. David Moyes! 12:17PM Mark Noble is back The most sensible haircut in football return to lead his team against Chelsea Credit: James Griffiths/West Ham United via Getty Images   12:08PM David Moyes speaks We're interested in the game, we're no' talking about Joe Hart. We've set up to cause them a problem at times. We were good for long periods against arguably the best team in the Premier League but were up against another team who are as good as anybody in the Premier League.  11:51AM And for those of you watching in colour, this one's in black and white West HamAdrian; Zabaleta, Ogbonna, Reid, Cresswell; Noble, Obiang; Arnautovic, Lanzini, Masuaku; Antonio. Substitutes Hart, Rice, Fernandes, Chicharito, Ayew, Sakho, Carroll. David Moyes has dropped the England goalkeeper Joe Hart Credit: Arfa Griffiths/West Ham United via Getty Images Chelsea Courtois; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Cahill; Zappacosta, Fabregas, Kante, Bakayoko, Alonso; Hazard; Morata. Substitutes Caballero, Rudiger, Ampadu, Willian, Moses, Batshuayi, Pedro. Referee Anthony Taylor (Wythenshawe) 11:47AM Team news - Joe Hart has been dropped The skipper returns for our London derby ��#COYI#WHUCHEpic.twitter.com/ezpMfHtlhZ— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) December 9, 2017 Chelsea team today: Courtois; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Cahill (c); Zappacosta, Bakayoko, Kante, Fabregas, Alonso; Hazard, Morata. #WHUCHEpic.twitter.com/M7jVA07hb3— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) December 9, 2017   11:45AM Good morning And welcome to coverage of West Ham United vs Chelsea from the London Stadium where the visitors lost last year in the League Cup but won convincingly in the Premier League in the spring by virtue of goals from Eden Hazard and Diego Costa. Chelsea were oddly disjointed in the week against Atletico, particularly in midfield where the switch from 3-4-3 to 3-5-1-1 didn't really work without Marcos Alonso's creative influence on the left. Not sure that N'Golo Kante, Cesc Fabregas and Tiemoue Bakayoko work as a three quite yet, though they ought to as they have contrasting and complementary qualities. As well as Alvaro Morata is playing, I think they miss the Diego Costa of the first half of 2016-17 as well, that relentlessness and spikiness. Credit: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images As for West Ham - discernible signs of improvement at Manchester City and certainly an improved performance from Adrian which has done for Joe Hart's security as first-choice and he will start today on the bench. About time too. For all West Ham's flaws, David Sullivan has given a rather self-serving newspaper interview today which is full of nuggets that betray his ability to apportion blame on anyone but himself, save for the sin of being too understanding, too indulgent to Slaven Bilic and Sam Allardyce.  He chucks them under the bus while he, surprise, surprise emerges with clean hands and a misunderstood heart. The key for them, I think, is to stay as competitive as they can until they can sign reinforcements in January. But they have to be wary of the kind of players Moyes might want to sign. While they could probably do with players of the calibre of Marouane Fellaini and Juan Mata, his signings at Manchester United, the last thing they need is ones like Papy Djilibodji, Didier N'Dong, Paddy McNair, Donald Love, Darron Gibson and Bryan Oviedo, his cash buys at Sunderland. Lucky West Ham have such discerning owners. Oh! 

West Ham 1 Chelsea 0: Antonio Conte concedes defeat in title race after David Moyes masterclass

It was this time last year that Antonio Conte’s Chelsea were five victories into a 10-game winning streak that broke the rest of the Premier League, and just as the Italian knows when a team are in position to win titles, so he can spot one that is failing. The Chelsea manager was unequivocal in the aftermath of this, his side’s fourth defeat in 16, that not only were the champions out of the title race but, on this form, they had never been in it. A victory for Manchester City in their game in hand would stretch their lead over Chelsea to 14 points before the presents have been wrapped for Christmas, and now we will see another side of the Chelsea manager, and his relationship with the club. It would be right to say that, bitterly disappointed after defeat to Marko Arnautovic’s first West Ham goal, Conte looked like he a man who could fall out with the club’s hierarchy if things get worse. When asked whether the widening gap would change his plans for the January transfer window he replied, with the glassy-eyed stare: “I can give my opinion but the last decision is the club’s and it is their right to do this.” Conte said that his players were tired and he seemed also to be conceding some kind of defeat. It was a day when his best player Eden Hazard had not been able to get the team out of trouble and Tiemoue Bakayoko, one of those new summer signings, was taken off at half-time. Michy Batshuayi was never given the opportunity to score the equaliser, and Alvaro Morata missed a chance with seven minutes remaining that should really have been the equaliser. “To talk about the title race after a defeat is a bit strange, especially if this is the fourth defeat of the season in 16 games,” Conte said. “When you have this start, it is impossible to think you are in the title race. My experience is this – if you want to stay in the race for the title, in the first part of the season you can lose once or twice.   Marko Arnautovic scores his first goal for West Ham Credit: Reuters “After 16 games if you lose four it means you never started this race.” He was beaten by David Moyes, who put together a shrewd West Ham performance that was organised, disciplined and did the club’s new manager great credit. Retaining Adrian Lopez ahead of Joe Hart was just one part of it, but really the major factors were his use of Michal Antonio and Arnautovic to stretch Chelsea on the counter-attack and a confident defensive performance. There was no man-to-man marking job on Hazard and, instead, Pedro Obiang blocked the space in front of the two centre-halves. In the heart of the defence, Winston Reid was the game’s standout player, escaping with a tug on the collar of Morata’s shirt in the first half and generally dealing well with the Spanish centre-forward.  Moyes said that after the narrow defeat to Manchester City, this was the performance he believed his team had been ready to deliver.  “We had taken confidence from the City game because of our performance but ultimately we got nothing out of it. We need to stop conceding goals. We have got players who score. We kept a clean sheet – when did West Ham last keep a clean sheet?” David Moyes delighted to secure his first win as West Ham manager Credit: PA The reply to that question came from one long-serving West Ham correspondent who offered the answer “1983”. It might feel that long but this was the fourth of the season, and Moyes could see the funny side. Through that painful relegation season with Sunderland and then Real Sociedad, and Manchester United before that, it has been a long time since Moyes has been able to bask in the glow of victory over major opposition – not since a win over Barcelona in January 2015. “I used to say in the early days with Bill Kenwright [Everton chairman] that the best feeling for a manager used to be the Saturday night feeling,” Moyes said. “When you get a win and how good it makes you feel. I came off, went into the dressing room, praised the players, put my jacket on and thought, ‘Oh no, I’ve got Arsenal in midweek’.” The situation remains delicate at West Ham for their new manager, especially with the chairman David Sullivan’s admissions this week of regrets over the stadium move and the signing last January of Robert Snodgrass and Jose Fonte. The latter was in the Sky Sports studio for the afternoon. Andy Carroll, Diafra Sakho, Javier Hernandez and Andre Ayew were all left on the bench by Moyes as he tried to catch Chelsea out on the counter-attack. The goal came within the first five minutes for Arnautovic, his first in this his 13th appearance for the club since joining in the summer. The ball was worked well from the touchline starting with Pablo Zabaleta, to Arnautovic, to Michail Antonio, Manuel Lanzini and finally back to the Austria international for the delicate job of stroking his shot past Thibaut Courtois. “The two strikers we had were the two with the power and pace,” Moyes said. “There will be other games when we need Chicarito [Hernandez] for his finishing or when we need Andy Carroll for his aerial prowess. At the moment the level of the teams we are playing we need the boys who can cause the opposition problems on the counter attack.” Conte tried to change the game at half-time, bringing on Pedro for Bakayoko, and then later Willian and Victor Moses to give his side some width. But it was a poor performance from Chelsea, lacking the imagination that gave City a victory against a similarly robust West Ham.  Chelsea can't get going against West Ham Credit: Reuters There were very few times when Moyes’ defence looked like they were under pressure or out of shape. “We created the chances and didn’t take them and now we are talking about a defeat,” Conte said. “Many players were tired and it is normal when you play every three days. We started our pre-season with the same players, a lot of players are always playing and you have to pay something.” By which he meant he does not believe that this is a squad capable of challenging for the title again. He was never likely to stay beyond this season and days like this only serve to show how fragile that relationship with the club has become. 2:25PM Full time West Ham deservedly pick up the first victory of David Moyes' spell in charge. And very positive signs, too. Chelsea were oddly off-kilter. They don't look right, as if some of the fizz has gone. Thanks for your company. We'll have a match report here imminently.  2:23PM 90+5 min Blimey! The lesser-spotted foul throw from Willian as he rushes to hustle a re-start.  2:23PM 90+4 min First Cresswell heads out Azpilicueta's cross then Zabaleta rushes in to block the shot. Azpilicueta picks it up again and loops a cross towards the six-yard box that Adrian catches.   2:21PM 90+3 min Masuaku is named man of the match a moment after Fabregas whacks a 25-yarder over the bar.  2:20PM 90+2 min Kante turns in the box but can't find Morata. Ogbonna scoots it away. Back come Chelsea, faced by two banks of five.  2:19PM 90 min There will be five minutes of added time - some of it a direct result of the West Ham's understandable fannying about. 2:18PM 87 min Stuart Pearce, David Moyes' assistant, wellies the ball away from Chelsea who wanted to take a throw when it falls to him over the touchline. Antonio Conte is not impressed. But there's no confrontation. Pearce is sent to the dugout and Masuaku is booked for complicity in this sustained policy of timewasting. Adrian was booked half an hour ago for the same offence.   2:15PM 85 min Now it's Hazard's turn to miss the target from the edge of the area. It was more difficult than Morata's and set up by the centre-forward's neat passing at close quarters. Hazard strides through the inside-right channel into the D but fires his shot over as Reid threw himself in to block.  Miss: West Ham 1 - 0 Chelsea (Álvaro Morata, 83 min)   2:13PM 83 min A glorious chance for Morata is spurned when he torpedoes a shot into the side-netting with only the keeper to beat. Masuaku, who has played well, dozes off and allows Kante through to find the pass beyond West Ham's defence via a deflection off Reid.  Miss: West Ham 1 - 0 Chelsea (Álvaro Morata, 83 min)   2:11PM 82 min I must say I though Zabaleta had gone but he's been terrific today. Tenacious and effective.  2:10PM 81 min Chelsea lose the ball on the edge of the West Ham box and the home side makes a quick break through Sakho and Ayew that looks promising until Ayew tries a preposterous 25-yard pass from left to right that balloons into Courtois's hands.   West Ham vs Chelsea shots on goal   2:07PM 79 min Andre Ayew replaces Antonio.  2:07PM 78 min Antonio has run himself into the ground and lies on the grass in exhaustion. Antonio Conte suggests a stretcher with a raised eyebrow. Am I wrong? A meringue? But Conte seems somewhat subdued this past few weeks. As if the intensity has dissipated, the fire turned down.   2:04PM 77 min Morata challenges Adrian in the air five yards out and, because they go shoulder to shoulder, he is penalised. Nat Lofthouse, from another place, gives his head a shake.  2:03PM 75 min The ball doesn't stick to Sakho at the first time of asking but West Ham regroup and enjoy a decent spell of possession as they make gradual progress up the left. Masuaku looks composed and confident as he brings the ball inside to feed Sakho in the box but he cannot control it and Yer Actual have quickly to return to a spell of containment.  2:01PM 73 min Pedro and Hazard combine to get to the byline on the left but once again there's no space in the box for the cut-back after West Ham flood back.  2:00PM 71 min  West Ham sub: Sakho replaces Arnautovic who turns to applaud the crowd in a meeting of the mutual appreciation society. Obiang is booked seconds later for a clumsy, sliding foul that attacks Morata from the side.  Obiang sends Morata flying Credit: Alastair Grant/AP   1:57PM 70 min Fabregas stands up a cross to the far post that is knocked back to the edge of the box. Christensen meets it on the volley and Reid throws himself in its way to make a courageous block.  1:56PM 68 min Chelsea take it quickly, shift it up the right to Willian who glides in from the flank towards the box and Cresswell kick hum up the Aristotle before he crosses the whitewash. Free-kick.  1:55PM 66 min Reid is turned by Morata on halfway and petrified by the acres of empty grass behind him, yanks him down.  1:54PM 64 min Half chances at both ends. First Azpilicueta’s long shot hits two defenders and is knocked off path through to Adrian who has to best Morata in  race to get there and smother it.Then Masuaku bullocks forward to shoot and ends up with a corner that comes to nught.  1:52PM 63 min Adrian appears to have been booked for timewasting. He's gone too soon. Chelsea sub: Zappacosta off, Willian on. Back four now?  1:51PM 62 min Antonio and Arnautovic are working their socks off and Andy Hinchcliffe fears they won't make the end. He warns that Andy Carroll would be the wrong option as substitute because he lacks the mobility to play in this system. Would Sam Allardyce take him to Everton, you think?  1:49PM 60 min Shot from Zappacosta as he tacked in from the left. It swerves past the right post on a crazy trajectory. Possibly a cross.  Antonio Conte is unhappy with his side Credit: REUTERS/David Klein   1:47PM 58 min Rotten ball from Cresswell cannons straight into Morata. The power being its only redeeming feature that foiled Morata's attempt to stun it with one touch. Obiang brought him down instead of letting him have a second touch. Free-kick, 22 yards out. Fabregas slips it to the right of the box where Moses is lurking but the routine doesn't work and Masuaku blocks the cross/shot.   1:45PM 56 min Chelsea sub: Moses does come on but for Marcos Alonso not Zappacosta who switches to the left.  1:44PM 54 min West Ham want a penalty after the ball brushes Christensen's arm on the left borderland of the box. His arm was up as Arnautovic tried to hook it over the defender and scoot round. Anthony Taylor says it wasn't deliberate or consequential ...  1:43PM 53 min And West Ham break with Antonio and Arnautovic after Cahill makes a wayward, lazy pass on halfway. It's two ve three but Antonio delays the pass by a second and Arnautovic is offside when put through one-on-one with Courtois. What a waste! Credit: SKY SPORTS   1:40PM 51 min The dainty feet of Fabregas work another quarter chance as he soft shoes himself to the byline where he is found by a cute Pedro pass. Fabregas cuts it back to the edge of the six-yard box but Morata couldn't get in front of Reid.  1:39PM 49 min Pedro shoots wide, not timing a shot presented by a dropping ball at the edge of the box. Good work from Hazard and Zappacosta to create some turmoil in the West Ham box though the latter's cross was a bit too floaty to give Morata the chance of attacking the header optmistically.  1:36PM 48 min Arnautovic has started the half through the middle with Antonio on the left. It's interesting how Masuaku drops back and Cresswell tucks in to make a five when Chelsea probe down the right. Might be a better bet to bring Moses on for Zappacosta to have a run at both?  1:34PM 46 min Masuaku, who has improved beyond recognition, saunters forward up the left and cracks a pass off Zappacosta for the opportunity of a Michail Antonio long throw that is headed back out of the box.  1:32PM Chelsea change Pedro is coming on for Bakayoko.  1:30PM Big Boy's birthday Oi big boy, happy birthday! pic.twitter.com/gLQyvOjOjf— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) December 9, 2017   1:23PM Half-time entertainment West Ham vs Chelsea shots on goal Arnautovic and Antonio are exchanging positions slickly to cause problems for Chelsea' defence.   Average touch positions (half time)   1:20PM Half time West Ham have played very well, kicking on from their marked improvement at the Etihad. Moyes may be an uninspiring choice as manager but given decent players and the right attitude, the evidence of his work is plain to see. Chelsea look out of sorts. I can understand why they need Fabregas in to pick a pass but wouldn't Pedro or Willian be a better option than Bakayoko or does that leave them too light?  1:18PM 45+2 min Noble and Lanzini combine resourcefully on the right but the latter's blocked cross/shot after giving Zappacosta the runaround hits Azpilicueta and gives the referee the signal to blow his whistle.  1:17PM 45 min From which Arnautovic shoots, a ratpowered bobbler from the edge of the area. 'Through traffic,' as the current cliche puts it. 'Through Traffic,' would be a more arresting image, the ball nutmegging Steve Winwood and his Hammond on its way to goal.  1:15PM 43 min Hazard's pass up the left after good work from Alonso to storm past Arnautovic hits Obiang and rebounds up to Arnautovic who skates forward at pace to win a corner.  1:12PM 41 min Cresswell takes this one short to Lanzini but he floats his long cross down Courtois' throat.   1:11PM 40 min Antonio's hard running puts Azpilicueta and Courtois in a pickle. The keeper runs out to help and screws a clearance behind him and out for a corner that doesn't beat the first man but earns another.  1:09PM 38 min Bakayoko hits a sliced shot from the right that swerves towards the bottom right corner after it takes a touch off Cresswell which helps it round the post as Adrian scrambled across goal. Reid wins the header at the corner and Noble belts it clear.  1:07PM 36 min Eventually Fabregas, the safe-cracker supreme, has the ball and tries to pick the lock with a lob over Ogbonna from the edge of the D. It's a cute little up and under that may have worked but for the vision of the pesky Masuaku who rumbled his intentions and bustled in from the left to win the header and catch Morata by surprise.  Possession: West Ham vs Chelsea   1:05PM 34 min West Ham  quickly get nine men behind the ball whenever Chelsea make a move forward and this time it works in pushing them back, in search of a gap. First Kante tries to penetrate but has to head backwards where Antonio snaps at his heels.  1:03PM 32 min Sky's commentary team is not enamoured of Michy Batshuayi's cuddling of a hot water bottle on the bench.  1:02PM 30 min Another sharp save from Adrian, low to his left, when Zappacosta's shot from the breakdown of the corner ricochets through a thicket of legs. Morata was offside but a good save nonetheless.  1:01PM 28 min West Ham break and Arnautovic's shot is blocked but Chelsea come back at them like lightning and Alonso dupes Zabaleta, sends him off to buy a paper, shifts the ball inside to Kante who loops a bouncing bomb of a shot towards the bottom left corner and Adrian swoops smartly to push it round for a corner.  12:59PM 26 min West Ham are being forced backwards and well as they are defending it's starting to feel somewhat ominous.    John McEnerney writes Hi Rob, is today the day Moyes gets his first win? Well Roy H got his first win for Palace against Chelsea so you never know. I wouldn’t have Moyes as the manager of a bad pub team let alone a Premier League side but that’s just me. Chelsea should take the 3 points but will be pushed hard. I have a feeling both managers won’t be in the Premiership next season one will be given the sack & the other will return to his native Italy to take over AC Milan or the national team. West Ham fans keep waiting for the Moyes Magic to happen well there’s better chance of finding a winged unicorn at the bottom of the garden playing chess with Elvis! Elvis says 'Queen's pawn to d4', John  12:55PM 23 min Sensational pass from Fabregas. He's 25 yards out and shapes to hit a cross but instead gulls the defenders by threading a pass between two claret shirts, Obiang and Lanzini, wrapping his foot around it and lacing it round the corner. Ogbonna reads it and blocks Bakayoko's snap shot.  12:53PM 21 min Hazard has a hack at a volley that fell from the moon via Ogbonna's head, taking the opportunity however puny, to have a dig at goal but it flashes wide. West Ham, one has to say, are playing very well. They look compact, organised and purposeful. And the crowd are responding with rare enthusiasm. Chelsea still look dangerous, though.  12:50PM 18 min Chelsea cross comes in and West Ham marshal Morata very closely and with some vigour to hold his run. The ball breaks free and Marcos Alonso goes up with Adrian. The ref books him for leaving his boot up but I'm not sure it was malicious. The keeper's legs were up - as keepers do - too.  12:48PM 16 min Marcos Alonso takes a tumble under Zabaleta's challenge but is unpunished for the rather exaggerated response.   Arnautovic scores his first goal for West Ham Credit: IAN KINGTON/AFP/Getty Images Arnautovic leaps in delight Credit:  Dan Mullan/Getty Images   12:45PM 14 min Andy Hinchcliffe, the Sky co-commentator, berates Alvaro Morata for a pratfall in the box. And rightly so. Reid had a hand on his shoulder after being turned but Morata could have withstood it and employed the space he'd created to whack a shot with his left foot.   12:42PM 12 min Lanzini hits a dipping cross to the far post to meet Ogbonna's run round the back. But he's penalised for using Alonso as a ladder to aid his climb.  12:41PM 10 min Cahill barges Antonio over about 30 yards out. They look a little rattled by the West Ham high press. It was frequently said that they weren't fit under Bilic ... they look like greyhounds out there today. Props to Moyes for that.  12:39PM 8 min Terrific finish from Arnautovic, dinked into the corner after a one-two with Lanzini at the edge of the box expertly manipulated Christensen out of position to work the space to shoot with his left, a curling finish. Excellent from Antonio too to come towards the ball and draw Cahill allowing Arnautovic to flood into the gap. West Ham 1 - 0 Chelsea (Marko Arnautovic, 6 min)   12:36PM GOAL!! West Ham 1-0 Chelsea (Arnautovic) 12:36PM 6 min Bakayoko gets up clutching his left buttock after Zabaleta challenges him in the air. He's OK. West Ham continue to hustle Chelsea in possession, win the ball back and Arnautovic and Antonio combine to storm forward until Kante makes a decisive tackle.  12:34PM 4 min Christensen heads it clear and Masuaku picks it up and bursts forward. West Ham work a hoepful cross in that Noble steers wide. Difficult to do anything else given his position.  12:33PM 2 min Bakayoko brings the ball out, passes up to Marcos Alonso who sprays a pass that Zabaleta cuts out. But West Ham cannot retain possession. They're better at winning it back than holding on to it. Masuaku does juts that and allows Lanzini to hare up the left, making good ground until Zappacosta shoves him over. Free-kick on the left, 22 yards upfield.  12:31PM 1 min We're off after Bubbles. Chelsea, in their inverse reverse kit, white shorts, white shirts, blue 'hose', attack from left to right and West Ham snap into a high pressing closedown to push them back.   12:27PM West Ham have four serviceable strikers On the bench but none in the team. David Moyes! 12:17PM Mark Noble is back The most sensible haircut in football return to lead his team against Chelsea Credit: James Griffiths/West Ham United via Getty Images   12:08PM David Moyes speaks We're interested in the game, we're no' talking about Joe Hart. We've set up to cause them a problem at times. We were good for long periods against arguably the best team in the Premier League but were up against another team who are as good as anybody in the Premier League.  11:51AM And for those of you watching in colour, this one's in black and white West HamAdrian; Zabaleta, Ogbonna, Reid, Cresswell; Noble, Obiang; Arnautovic, Lanzini, Masuaku; Antonio. Substitutes Hart, Rice, Fernandes, Chicharito, Ayew, Sakho, Carroll. David Moyes has dropped the England goalkeeper Joe Hart Credit: Arfa Griffiths/West Ham United via Getty Images Chelsea Courtois; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Cahill; Zappacosta, Fabregas, Kante, Bakayoko, Alonso; Hazard; Morata. Substitutes Caballero, Rudiger, Ampadu, Willian, Moses, Batshuayi, Pedro. Referee Anthony Taylor (Wythenshawe) 11:47AM Team news - Joe Hart has been dropped The skipper returns for our London derby ��#COYI#WHUCHEpic.twitter.com/ezpMfHtlhZ— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) December 9, 2017 Chelsea team today: Courtois; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Cahill (c); Zappacosta, Bakayoko, Kante, Fabregas, Alonso; Hazard, Morata. #WHUCHEpic.twitter.com/M7jVA07hb3— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) December 9, 2017   11:45AM Good morning And welcome to coverage of West Ham United vs Chelsea from the London Stadium where the visitors lost last year in the League Cup but won convincingly in the Premier League in the spring by virtue of goals from Eden Hazard and Diego Costa. Chelsea were oddly disjointed in the week against Atletico, particularly in midfield where the switch from 3-4-3 to 3-5-1-1 didn't really work without Marcos Alonso's creative influence on the left. Not sure that N'Golo Kante, Cesc Fabregas and Tiemoue Bakayoko work as a three quite yet, though they ought to as they have contrasting and complementary qualities. As well as Alvaro Morata is playing, I think they miss the Diego Costa of the first half of 2016-17 as well, that relentlessness and spikiness. Credit: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images As for West Ham - discernible signs of improvement at Manchester City and certainly an improved performance from Adrian which has done for Joe Hart's security as first-choice and he will start today on the bench. About time too. For all West Ham's flaws, David Sullivan has given a rather self-serving newspaper interview today which is full of nuggets that betray his ability to apportion blame on anyone but himself, save for the sin of being too understanding, too indulgent to Slaven Bilic and Sam Allardyce.  He chucks them under the bus while he, surprise, surprise emerges with clean hands and a misunderstood heart. The key for them, I think, is to stay as competitive as they can until they can sign reinforcements in January. But they have to be wary of the kind of players Moyes might want to sign. While they could probably do with players of the calibre of Marouane Fellaini and Juan Mata, his signings at Manchester United, the last thing they need is ones like Papy Djilibodji, Didier N'Dong, Paddy McNair, Donald Love, Darron Gibson and Bryan Oviedo, his cash buys at Sunderland. Lucky West Ham have such discerning owners. Oh! 

West Ham 1 Chelsea 0: Antonio Conte concedes defeat in title race after David Moyes masterclass

It was this time last year that Antonio Conte’s Chelsea were five victories into a 10-game winning streak that broke the rest of the Premier League, and just as the Italian knows when a team are in position to win titles, so he can spot one that is failing. The Chelsea manager was unequivocal in the aftermath of this, his side’s fourth defeat in 16, that not only were the champions out of the title race but, on this form, they had never been in it. A victory for Manchester City in their game in hand would stretch their lead over Chelsea to 14 points before the presents have been wrapped for Christmas, and now we will see another side of the Chelsea manager, and his relationship with the club. It would be right to say that, bitterly disappointed after defeat to Marko Arnautovic’s first West Ham goal, Conte looked like he a man who could fall out with the club’s hierarchy if things get worse. When asked whether the widening gap would change his plans for the January transfer window he replied, with the glassy-eyed stare: “I can give my opinion but the last decision is the club’s and it is their right to do this.” Conte said that his players were tired and he seemed also to be conceding some kind of defeat. It was a day when his best player Eden Hazard had not been able to get the team out of trouble and Tiemoue Bakayoko, one of those new summer signings, was taken off at half-time. Michy Batshuayi was never given the opportunity to score the equaliser, and Alvaro Morata missed a chance with seven minutes remaining that should really have been the equaliser. “To talk about the title race after a defeat is a bit strange, especially if this is the fourth defeat of the season in 16 games,” Conte said. “When you have this start, it is impossible to think you are in the title race. My experience is this – if you want to stay in the race for the title, in the first part of the season you can lose once or twice.   Marko Arnautovic scores his first goal for West Ham Credit: Reuters “After 16 games if you lose four it means you never started this race.” He was beaten by David Moyes, who put together a shrewd West Ham performance that was organised, disciplined and did the club’s new manager great credit. Retaining Adrian Lopez ahead of Joe Hart was just one part of it, but really the major factors were his use of Michal Antonio and Arnautovic to stretch Chelsea on the counter-attack and a confident defensive performance. There was no man-to-man marking job on Hazard and, instead, Pedro Obiang blocked the space in front of the two centre-halves. In the heart of the defence, Winston Reid was the game’s standout player, escaping with a tug on the collar of Morata’s shirt in the first half and generally dealing well with the Spanish centre-forward.  Moyes said that after the narrow defeat to Manchester City, this was the performance he believed his team had been ready to deliver.  “We had taken confidence from the City game because of our performance but ultimately we got nothing out of it. We need to stop conceding goals. We have got players who score. We kept a clean sheet – when did West Ham last keep a clean sheet?” David Moyes delighted to secure his first win as West Ham manager Credit: PA The reply to that question came from one long-serving West Ham correspondent who offered the answer “1983”. It might feel that long but this was the fourth of the season, and Moyes could see the funny side. Through that painful relegation season with Sunderland and then Real Sociedad, and Manchester United before that, it has been a long time since Moyes has been able to bask in the glow of victory over major opposition – not since a win over Barcelona in January 2015. “I used to say in the early days with Bill Kenwright [Everton chairman] that the best feeling for a manager used to be the Saturday night feeling,” Moyes said. “When you get a win and how good it makes you feel. I came off, went into the dressing room, praised the players, put my jacket on and thought, ‘Oh no, I’ve got Arsenal in midweek’.” The situation remains delicate at West Ham for their new manager, especially with the chairman David Sullivan’s admissions this week of regrets over the stadium move and the signing last January of Robert Snodgrass and Jose Fonte. The latter was in the Sky Sports studio for the afternoon. Andy Carroll, Diafra Sakho, Javier Hernandez and Andre Ayew were all left on the bench by Moyes as he tried to catch Chelsea out on the counter-attack. The goal came within the first five minutes for Arnautovic, his first in this his 13th appearance for the club since joining in the summer. The ball was worked well from the touchline starting with Pablo Zabaleta, to Arnautovic, to Michail Antonio, Manuel Lanzini and finally back to the Austria international for the delicate job of stroking his shot past Thibaut Courtois. “The two strikers we had were the two with the power and pace,” Moyes said. “There will be other games when we need Chicarito [Hernandez] for his finishing or when we need Andy Carroll for his aerial prowess. At the moment the level of the teams we are playing we need the boys who can cause the opposition problems on the counter attack.” Conte tried to change the game at half-time, bringing on Pedro for Bakayoko, and then later Willian and Victor Moses to give his side some width. But it was a poor performance from Chelsea, lacking the imagination that gave City a victory against a similarly robust West Ham.  Chelsea can't get going against West Ham Credit: Reuters There were very few times when Moyes’ defence looked like they were under pressure or out of shape. “We created the chances and didn’t take them and now we are talking about a defeat,” Conte said. “Many players were tired and it is normal when you play every three days. We started our pre-season with the same players, a lot of players are always playing and you have to pay something.” By which he meant he does not believe that this is a squad capable of challenging for the title again. He was never likely to stay beyond this season and days like this only serve to show how fragile that relationship with the club has become. 2:25PM Full time West Ham deservedly pick up the first victory of David Moyes' spell in charge. And very positive signs, too. Chelsea were oddly off-kilter. They don't look right, as if some of the fizz has gone. Thanks for your company. We'll have a match report here imminently.  2:23PM 90+5 min Blimey! The lesser-spotted foul throw from Willian as he rushes to hustle a re-start.  2:23PM 90+4 min First Cresswell heads out Azpilicueta's cross then Zabaleta rushes in to block the shot. Azpilicueta picks it up again and loops a cross towards the six-yard box that Adrian catches.   2:21PM 90+3 min Masuaku is named man of the match a moment after Fabregas whacks a 25-yarder over the bar.  2:20PM 90+2 min Kante turns in the box but can't find Morata. Ogbonna scoots it away. Back come Chelsea, faced by two banks of five.  2:19PM 90 min There will be five minutes of added time - some of it a direct result of the West Ham's understandable fannying about. 2:18PM 87 min Stuart Pearce, David Moyes' assistant, wellies the ball away from Chelsea who wanted to take a throw when it falls to him over the touchline. Antonio Conte is not impressed. But there's no confrontation. Pearce is sent to the dugout and Masuaku is booked for complicity in this sustained policy of timewasting. Adrian was booked half an hour ago for the same offence.   2:15PM 85 min Now it's Hazard's turn to miss the target from the edge of the area. It was more difficult than Morata's and set up by the centre-forward's neat passing at close quarters. Hazard strides through the inside-right channel into the D but fires his shot over as Reid threw himself in to block.  Miss: West Ham 1 - 0 Chelsea (Álvaro Morata, 83 min)   2:13PM 83 min A glorious chance for Morata is spurned when he torpedoes a shot into the side-netting with only the keeper to beat. Masuaku, who has played well, dozes off and allows Kante through to find the pass beyond West Ham's defence via a deflection off Reid.  Miss: West Ham 1 - 0 Chelsea (Álvaro Morata, 83 min)   2:11PM 82 min I must say I though Zabaleta had gone but he's been terrific today. Tenacious and effective.  2:10PM 81 min Chelsea lose the ball on the edge of the West Ham box and the home side makes a quick break through Sakho and Ayew that looks promising until Ayew tries a preposterous 25-yard pass from left to right that balloons into Courtois's hands.   West Ham vs Chelsea shots on goal   2:07PM 79 min Andre Ayew replaces Antonio.  2:07PM 78 min Antonio has run himself into the ground and lies on the grass in exhaustion. Antonio Conte suggests a stretcher with a raised eyebrow. Am I wrong? A meringue? But Conte seems somewhat subdued this past few weeks. As if the intensity has dissipated, the fire turned down.   2:04PM 77 min Morata challenges Adrian in the air five yards out and, because they go shoulder to shoulder, he is penalised. Nat Lofthouse, from another place, gives his head a shake.  2:03PM 75 min The ball doesn't stick to Sakho at the first time of asking but West Ham regroup and enjoy a decent spell of possession as they make gradual progress up the left. Masuaku looks composed and confident as he brings the ball inside to feed Sakho in the box but he cannot control it and Yer Actual have quickly to return to a spell of containment.  2:01PM 73 min Pedro and Hazard combine to get to the byline on the left but once again there's no space in the box for the cut-back after West Ham flood back.  2:00PM 71 min  West Ham sub: Sakho replaces Arnautovic who turns to applaud the crowd in a meeting of the mutual appreciation society. Obiang is booked seconds later for a clumsy, sliding foul that attacks Morata from the side.  Obiang sends Morata flying Credit: Alastair Grant/AP   1:57PM 70 min Fabregas stands up a cross to the far post that is knocked back to the edge of the box. Christensen meets it on the volley and Reid throws himself in its way to make a courageous block.  1:56PM 68 min Chelsea take it quickly, shift it up the right to Willian who glides in from the flank towards the box and Cresswell kick hum up the Aristotle before he crosses the whitewash. Free-kick.  1:55PM 66 min Reid is turned by Morata on halfway and petrified by the acres of empty grass behind him, yanks him down.  1:54PM 64 min Half chances at both ends. First Azpilicueta’s long shot hits two defenders and is knocked off path through to Adrian who has to best Morata in  race to get there and smother it.Then Masuaku bullocks forward to shoot and ends up with a corner that comes to nught.  1:52PM 63 min Adrian appears to have been booked for timewasting. He's gone too soon. Chelsea sub: Zappacosta off, Willian on. Back four now?  1:51PM 62 min Antonio and Arnautovic are working their socks off and Andy Hinchcliffe fears they won't make the end. He warns that Andy Carroll would be the wrong option as substitute because he lacks the mobility to play in this system. Would Sam Allardyce take him to Everton, you think?  1:49PM 60 min Shot from Zappacosta as he tacked in from the left. It swerves past the right post on a crazy trajectory. Possibly a cross.  Antonio Conte is unhappy with his side Credit: REUTERS/David Klein   1:47PM 58 min Rotten ball from Cresswell cannons straight into Morata. The power being its only redeeming feature that foiled Morata's attempt to stun it with one touch. Obiang brought him down instead of letting him have a second touch. Free-kick, 22 yards out. Fabregas slips it to the right of the box where Moses is lurking but the routine doesn't work and Masuaku blocks the cross/shot.   1:45PM 56 min Chelsea sub: Moses does come on but for Marcos Alonso not Zappacosta who switches to the left.  1:44PM 54 min West Ham want a penalty after the ball brushes Christensen's arm on the left borderland of the box. His arm was up as Arnautovic tried to hook it over the defender and scoot round. Anthony Taylor says it wasn't deliberate or consequential ...  1:43PM 53 min And West Ham break with Antonio and Arnautovic after Cahill makes a wayward, lazy pass on halfway. It's two ve three but Antonio delays the pass by a second and Arnautovic is offside when put through one-on-one with Courtois. What a waste! Credit: SKY SPORTS   1:40PM 51 min The dainty feet of Fabregas work another quarter chance as he soft shoes himself to the byline where he is found by a cute Pedro pass. Fabregas cuts it back to the edge of the six-yard box but Morata couldn't get in front of Reid.  1:39PM 49 min Pedro shoots wide, not timing a shot presented by a dropping ball at the edge of the box. Good work from Hazard and Zappacosta to create some turmoil in the West Ham box though the latter's cross was a bit too floaty to give Morata the chance of attacking the header optmistically.  1:36PM 48 min Arnautovic has started the half through the middle with Antonio on the left. It's interesting how Masuaku drops back and Cresswell tucks in to make a five when Chelsea probe down the right. Might be a better bet to bring Moses on for Zappacosta to have a run at both?  1:34PM 46 min Masuaku, who has improved beyond recognition, saunters forward up the left and cracks a pass off Zappacosta for the opportunity of a Michail Antonio long throw that is headed back out of the box.  1:32PM Chelsea change Pedro is coming on for Bakayoko.  1:30PM Big Boy's birthday Oi big boy, happy birthday! pic.twitter.com/gLQyvOjOjf— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) December 9, 2017   1:23PM Half-time entertainment West Ham vs Chelsea shots on goal Arnautovic and Antonio are exchanging positions slickly to cause problems for Chelsea' defence.   Average touch positions (half time)   1:20PM Half time West Ham have played very well, kicking on from their marked improvement at the Etihad. Moyes may be an uninspiring choice as manager but given decent players and the right attitude, the evidence of his work is plain to see. Chelsea look out of sorts. I can understand why they need Fabregas in to pick a pass but wouldn't Pedro or Willian be a better option than Bakayoko or does that leave them too light?  1:18PM 45+2 min Noble and Lanzini combine resourcefully on the right but the latter's blocked cross/shot after giving Zappacosta the runaround hits Azpilicueta and gives the referee the signal to blow his whistle.  1:17PM 45 min From which Arnautovic shoots, a ratpowered bobbler from the edge of the area. 'Through traffic,' as the current cliche puts it. 'Through Traffic,' would be a more arresting image, the ball nutmegging Steve Winwood and his Hammond on its way to goal.  1:15PM 43 min Hazard's pass up the left after good work from Alonso to storm past Arnautovic hits Obiang and rebounds up to Arnautovic who skates forward at pace to win a corner.  1:12PM 41 min Cresswell takes this one short to Lanzini but he floats his long cross down Courtois' throat.   1:11PM 40 min Antonio's hard running puts Azpilicueta and Courtois in a pickle. The keeper runs out to help and screws a clearance behind him and out for a corner that doesn't beat the first man but earns another.  1:09PM 38 min Bakayoko hits a sliced shot from the right that swerves towards the bottom right corner after it takes a touch off Cresswell which helps it round the post as Adrian scrambled across goal. Reid wins the header at the corner and Noble belts it clear.  1:07PM 36 min Eventually Fabregas, the safe-cracker supreme, has the ball and tries to pick the lock with a lob over Ogbonna from the edge of the D. It's a cute little up and under that may have worked but for the vision of the pesky Masuaku who rumbled his intentions and bustled in from the left to win the header and catch Morata by surprise.  Possession: West Ham vs Chelsea   1:05PM 34 min West Ham  quickly get nine men behind the ball whenever Chelsea make a move forward and this time it works in pushing them back, in search of a gap. First Kante tries to penetrate but has to head backwards where Antonio snaps at his heels.  1:03PM 32 min Sky's commentary team is not enamoured of Michy Batshuayi's cuddling of a hot water bottle on the bench.  1:02PM 30 min Another sharp save from Adrian, low to his left, when Zappacosta's shot from the breakdown of the corner ricochets through a thicket of legs. Morata was offside but a good save nonetheless.  1:01PM 28 min West Ham break and Arnautovic's shot is blocked but Chelsea come back at them like lightning and Alonso dupes Zabaleta, sends him off to buy a paper, shifts the ball inside to Kante who loops a bouncing bomb of a shot towards the bottom left corner and Adrian swoops smartly to push it round for a corner.  12:59PM 26 min West Ham are being forced backwards and well as they are defending it's starting to feel somewhat ominous.    John McEnerney writes Hi Rob, is today the day Moyes gets his first win? Well Roy H got his first win for Palace against Chelsea so you never know. I wouldn’t have Moyes as the manager of a bad pub team let alone a Premier League side but that’s just me. Chelsea should take the 3 points but will be pushed hard. I have a feeling both managers won’t be in the Premiership next season one will be given the sack & the other will return to his native Italy to take over AC Milan or the national team. West Ham fans keep waiting for the Moyes Magic to happen well there’s better chance of finding a winged unicorn at the bottom of the garden playing chess with Elvis! Elvis says 'Queen's pawn to d4', John  12:55PM 23 min Sensational pass from Fabregas. He's 25 yards out and shapes to hit a cross but instead gulls the defenders by threading a pass between two claret shirts, Obiang and Lanzini, wrapping his foot around it and lacing it round the corner. Ogbonna reads it and blocks Bakayoko's snap shot.  12:53PM 21 min Hazard has a hack at a volley that fell from the moon via Ogbonna's head, taking the opportunity however puny, to have a dig at goal but it flashes wide. West Ham, one has to say, are playing very well. They look compact, organised and purposeful. And the crowd are responding with rare enthusiasm. Chelsea still look dangerous, though.  12:50PM 18 min Chelsea cross comes in and West Ham marshal Morata very closely and with some vigour to hold his run. The ball breaks free and Marcos Alonso goes up with Adrian. The ref books him for leaving his boot up but I'm not sure it was malicious. The keeper's legs were up - as keepers do - too.  12:48PM 16 min Marcos Alonso takes a tumble under Zabaleta's challenge but is unpunished for the rather exaggerated response.   Arnautovic scores his first goal for West Ham Credit: IAN KINGTON/AFP/Getty Images Arnautovic leaps in delight Credit:  Dan Mullan/Getty Images   12:45PM 14 min Andy Hinchcliffe, the Sky co-commentator, berates Alvaro Morata for a pratfall in the box. And rightly so. Reid had a hand on his shoulder after being turned but Morata could have withstood it and employed the space he'd created to whack a shot with his left foot.   12:42PM 12 min Lanzini hits a dipping cross to the far post to meet Ogbonna's run round the back. But he's penalised for using Alonso as a ladder to aid his climb.  12:41PM 10 min Cahill barges Antonio over about 30 yards out. They look a little rattled by the West Ham high press. It was frequently said that they weren't fit under Bilic ... they look like greyhounds out there today. Props to Moyes for that.  12:39PM 8 min Terrific finish from Arnautovic, dinked into the corner after a one-two with Lanzini at the edge of the box expertly manipulated Christensen out of position to work the space to shoot with his left, a curling finish. Excellent from Antonio too to come towards the ball and draw Cahill allowing Arnautovic to flood into the gap. West Ham 1 - 0 Chelsea (Marko Arnautovic, 6 min)   12:36PM GOAL!! West Ham 1-0 Chelsea (Arnautovic) 12:36PM 6 min Bakayoko gets up clutching his left buttock after Zabaleta challenges him in the air. He's OK. West Ham continue to hustle Chelsea in possession, win the ball back and Arnautovic and Antonio combine to storm forward until Kante makes a decisive tackle.  12:34PM 4 min Christensen heads it clear and Masuaku picks it up and bursts forward. West Ham work a hoepful cross in that Noble steers wide. Difficult to do anything else given his position.  12:33PM 2 min Bakayoko brings the ball out, passes up to Marcos Alonso who sprays a pass that Zabaleta cuts out. But West Ham cannot retain possession. They're better at winning it back than holding on to it. Masuaku does juts that and allows Lanzini to hare up the left, making good ground until Zappacosta shoves him over. Free-kick on the left, 22 yards upfield.  12:31PM 1 min We're off after Bubbles. Chelsea, in their inverse reverse kit, white shorts, white shirts, blue 'hose', attack from left to right and West Ham snap into a high pressing closedown to push them back.   12:27PM West Ham have four serviceable strikers On the bench but none in the team. David Moyes! 12:17PM Mark Noble is back The most sensible haircut in football return to lead his team against Chelsea Credit: James Griffiths/West Ham United via Getty Images   12:08PM David Moyes speaks We're interested in the game, we're no' talking about Joe Hart. We've set up to cause them a problem at times. We were good for long periods against arguably the best team in the Premier League but were up against another team who are as good as anybody in the Premier League.  11:51AM And for those of you watching in colour, this one's in black and white West HamAdrian; Zabaleta, Ogbonna, Reid, Cresswell; Noble, Obiang; Arnautovic, Lanzini, Masuaku; Antonio. Substitutes Hart, Rice, Fernandes, Chicharito, Ayew, Sakho, Carroll. David Moyes has dropped the England goalkeeper Joe Hart Credit: Arfa Griffiths/West Ham United via Getty Images Chelsea Courtois; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Cahill; Zappacosta, Fabregas, Kante, Bakayoko, Alonso; Hazard; Morata. Substitutes Caballero, Rudiger, Ampadu, Willian, Moses, Batshuayi, Pedro. Referee Anthony Taylor (Wythenshawe) 11:47AM Team news - Joe Hart has been dropped The skipper returns for our London derby ��#COYI#WHUCHEpic.twitter.com/ezpMfHtlhZ— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) December 9, 2017 Chelsea team today: Courtois; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Cahill (c); Zappacosta, Bakayoko, Kante, Fabregas, Alonso; Hazard, Morata. #WHUCHEpic.twitter.com/M7jVA07hb3— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) December 9, 2017   11:45AM Good morning And welcome to coverage of West Ham United vs Chelsea from the London Stadium where the visitors lost last year in the League Cup but won convincingly in the Premier League in the spring by virtue of goals from Eden Hazard and Diego Costa. Chelsea were oddly disjointed in the week against Atletico, particularly in midfield where the switch from 3-4-3 to 3-5-1-1 didn't really work without Marcos Alonso's creative influence on the left. Not sure that N'Golo Kante, Cesc Fabregas and Tiemoue Bakayoko work as a three quite yet, though they ought to as they have contrasting and complementary qualities. As well as Alvaro Morata is playing, I think they miss the Diego Costa of the first half of 2016-17 as well, that relentlessness and spikiness. Credit: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images As for West Ham - discernible signs of improvement at Manchester City and certainly an improved performance from Adrian which has done for Joe Hart's security as first-choice and he will start today on the bench. About time too. For all West Ham's flaws, David Sullivan has given a rather self-serving newspaper interview today which is full of nuggets that betray his ability to apportion blame on anyone but himself, save for the sin of being too understanding, too indulgent to Slaven Bilic and Sam Allardyce.  He chucks them under the bus while he, surprise, surprise emerges with clean hands and a misunderstood heart. The key for them, I think, is to stay as competitive as they can until they can sign reinforcements in January. But they have to be wary of the kind of players Moyes might want to sign. While they could probably do with players of the calibre of Marouane Fellaini and Juan Mata, his signings at Manchester United, the last thing they need is ones like Papy Djilibodji, Didier N'Dong, Paddy McNair, Donald Love, Darron Gibson and Bryan Oviedo, his cash buys at Sunderland. Lucky West Ham have such discerning owners. Oh! 

West Ham 1 Chelsea 0: Antonio Conte concedes defeat in title race after David Moyes masterclass

It was this time last year that Antonio Conte’s Chelsea were five victories into a 10-game winning streak that broke the rest of the Premier League, and just as the Italian knows when a team are in position to win titles, so he can spot one that is failing. The Chelsea manager was unequivocal in the aftermath of this, his side’s fourth defeat in 16, that not only were the champions out of the title race but, on this form, they had never been in it. A victory for Manchester City in their game in hand would stretch their lead over Chelsea to 14 points before the presents have been wrapped for Christmas, and now we will see another side of the Chelsea manager, and his relationship with the club. It would be right to say that, bitterly disappointed after defeat to Marko Arnautovic’s first West Ham goal, Conte looked like he a man who could fall out with the club’s hierarchy if things get worse. When asked whether the widening gap would change his plans for the January transfer window he replied, with the glassy-eyed stare: “I can give my opinion but the last decision is the club’s and it is their right to do this.” Conte said that his players were tired and he seemed also to be conceding some kind of defeat. It was a day when his best player Eden Hazard had not been able to get the team out of trouble and Tiemoue Bakayoko, one of those new summer signings, was taken off at half-time. Michy Batshuayi was never given the opportunity to score the equaliser, and Alvaro Morata missed a chance with seven minutes remaining that should really have been the equaliser. “To talk about the title race after a defeat is a bit strange, especially if this is the fourth defeat of the season in 16 games,” Conte said. “When you have this start, it is impossible to think you are in the title race. My experience is this – if you want to stay in the race for the title, in the first part of the season you can lose once or twice.   Marko Arnautovic scores his first goal for West Ham Credit: Reuters “After 16 games if you lose four it means you never started this race.” He was beaten by David Moyes, who put together a shrewd West Ham performance that was organised, disciplined and did the club’s new manager great credit. Retaining Adrian Lopez ahead of Joe Hart was just one part of it, but really the major factors were his use of Michal Antonio and Arnautovic to stretch Chelsea on the counter-attack and a confident defensive performance. There was no man-to-man marking job on Hazard and, instead, Pedro Obiang blocked the space in front of the two centre-halves. In the heart of the defence, Winston Reid was the game’s standout player, escaping with a tug on the collar of Morata’s shirt in the first half and generally dealing well with the Spanish centre-forward.  Moyes said that after the narrow defeat to Manchester City, this was the performance he believed his team had been ready to deliver.  “We had taken confidence from the City game because of our performance but ultimately we got nothing out of it. We need to stop conceding goals. We have got players who score. We kept a clean sheet – when did West Ham last keep a clean sheet?” David Moyes delighted to secure his first win as West Ham manager Credit: PA The reply to that question came from one long-serving West Ham correspondent who offered the answer “1983”. It might feel that long but this was the fourth of the season, and Moyes could see the funny side. Through that painful relegation season with Sunderland and then Real Sociedad, and Manchester United before that, it has been a long time since Moyes has been able to bask in the glow of victory over major opposition – not since a win over Barcelona in January 2015. “I used to say in the early days with Bill Kenwright [Everton chairman] that the best feeling for a manager used to be the Saturday night feeling,” Moyes said. “When you get a win and how good it makes you feel. I came off, went into the dressing room, praised the players, put my jacket on and thought, ‘Oh no, I’ve got Arsenal in midweek’.” The situation remains delicate at West Ham for their new manager, especially with the chairman David Sullivan’s admissions this week of regrets over the stadium move and the signing last January of Robert Snodgrass and Jose Fonte. The latter was in the Sky Sports studio for the afternoon. Andy Carroll, Diafra Sakho, Javier Hernandez and Andre Ayew were all left on the bench by Moyes as he tried to catch Chelsea out on the counter-attack. The goal came within the first five minutes for Arnautovic, his first in this his 13th appearance for the club since joining in the summer. The ball was worked well from the touchline starting with Pablo Zabaleta, to Arnautovic, to Michail Antonio, Manuel Lanzini and finally back to the Austria international for the delicate job of stroking his shot past Thibaut Courtois. “The two strikers we had were the two with the power and pace,” Moyes said. “There will be other games when we need Chicarito [Hernandez] for his finishing or when we need Andy Carroll for his aerial prowess. At the moment the level of the teams we are playing we need the boys who can cause the opposition problems on the counter attack.” Conte tried to change the game at half-time, bringing on Pedro for Bakayoko, and then later Willian and Victor Moses to give his side some width. But it was a poor performance from Chelsea, lacking the imagination that gave City a victory against a similarly robust West Ham.  Chelsea can't get going against West Ham Credit: Reuters There were very few times when Moyes’ defence looked like they were under pressure or out of shape. “We created the chances and didn’t take them and now we are talking about a defeat,” Conte said. “Many players were tired and it is normal when you play every three days. We started our pre-season with the same players, a lot of players are always playing and you have to pay something.” By which he meant he does not believe that this is a squad capable of challenging for the title again. He was never likely to stay beyond this season and days like this only serve to show how fragile that relationship with the club has become. 2:25PM Full time West Ham deservedly pick up the first victory of David Moyes' spell in charge. And very positive signs, too. Chelsea were oddly off-kilter. They don't look right, as if some of the fizz has gone. Thanks for your company. We'll have a match report here imminently.  2:23PM 90+5 min Blimey! The lesser-spotted foul throw from Willian as he rushes to hustle a re-start.  2:23PM 90+4 min First Cresswell heads out Azpilicueta's cross then Zabaleta rushes in to block the shot. Azpilicueta picks it up again and loops a cross towards the six-yard box that Adrian catches.   2:21PM 90+3 min Masuaku is named man of the match a moment after Fabregas whacks a 25-yarder over the bar.  2:20PM 90+2 min Kante turns in the box but can't find Morata. Ogbonna scoots it away. Back come Chelsea, faced by two banks of five.  2:19PM 90 min There will be five minutes of added time - some of it a direct result of the West Ham's understandable fannying about. 2:18PM 87 min Stuart Pearce, David Moyes' assistant, wellies the ball away from Chelsea who wanted to take a throw when it falls to him over the touchline. Antonio Conte is not impressed. But there's no confrontation. Pearce is sent to the dugout and Masuaku is booked for complicity in this sustained policy of timewasting. Adrian was booked half an hour ago for the same offence.   2:15PM 85 min Now it's Hazard's turn to miss the target from the edge of the area. It was more difficult than Morata's and set up by the centre-forward's neat passing at close quarters. Hazard strides through the inside-right channel into the D but fires his shot over as Reid threw himself in to block.  Miss: West Ham 1 - 0 Chelsea (Álvaro Morata, 83 min)   2:13PM 83 min A glorious chance for Morata is spurned when he torpedoes a shot into the side-netting with only the keeper to beat. Masuaku, who has played well, dozes off and allows Kante through to find the pass beyond West Ham's defence via a deflection off Reid.  Miss: West Ham 1 - 0 Chelsea (Álvaro Morata, 83 min)   2:11PM 82 min I must say I though Zabaleta had gone but he's been terrific today. Tenacious and effective.  2:10PM 81 min Chelsea lose the ball on the edge of the West Ham box and the home side makes a quick break through Sakho and Ayew that looks promising until Ayew tries a preposterous 25-yard pass from left to right that balloons into Courtois's hands.   West Ham vs Chelsea shots on goal   2:07PM 79 min Andre Ayew replaces Antonio.  2:07PM 78 min Antonio has run himself into the ground and lies on the grass in exhaustion. Antonio Conte suggests a stretcher with a raised eyebrow. Am I wrong? A meringue? But Conte seems somewhat subdued this past few weeks. As if the intensity has dissipated, the fire turned down.   2:04PM 77 min Morata challenges Adrian in the air five yards out and, because they go shoulder to shoulder, he is penalised. Nat Lofthouse, from another place, gives his head a shake.  2:03PM 75 min The ball doesn't stick to Sakho at the first time of asking but West Ham regroup and enjoy a decent spell of possession as they make gradual progress up the left. Masuaku looks composed and confident as he brings the ball inside to feed Sakho in the box but he cannot control it and Yer Actual have quickly to return to a spell of containment.  2:01PM 73 min Pedro and Hazard combine to get to the byline on the left but once again there's no space in the box for the cut-back after West Ham flood back.  2:00PM 71 min  West Ham sub: Sakho replaces Arnautovic who turns to applaud the crowd in a meeting of the mutual appreciation society. Obiang is booked seconds later for a clumsy, sliding foul that attacks Morata from the side.  Obiang sends Morata flying Credit: Alastair Grant/AP   1:57PM 70 min Fabregas stands up a cross to the far post that is knocked back to the edge of the box. Christensen meets it on the volley and Reid throws himself in its way to make a courageous block.  1:56PM 68 min Chelsea take it quickly, shift it up the right to Willian who glides in from the flank towards the box and Cresswell kick hum up the Aristotle before he crosses the whitewash. Free-kick.  1:55PM 66 min Reid is turned by Morata on halfway and petrified by the acres of empty grass behind him, yanks him down.  1:54PM 64 min Half chances at both ends. First Azpilicueta’s long shot hits two defenders and is knocked off path through to Adrian who has to best Morata in  race to get there and smother it.Then Masuaku bullocks forward to shoot and ends up with a corner that comes to nught.  1:52PM 63 min Adrian appears to have been booked for timewasting. He's gone too soon. Chelsea sub: Zappacosta off, Willian on. Back four now?  1:51PM 62 min Antonio and Arnautovic are working their socks off and Andy Hinchcliffe fears they won't make the end. He warns that Andy Carroll would be the wrong option as substitute because he lacks the mobility to play in this system. Would Sam Allardyce take him to Everton, you think?  1:49PM 60 min Shot from Zappacosta as he tacked in from the left. It swerves past the right post on a crazy trajectory. Possibly a cross.  Antonio Conte is unhappy with his side Credit: REUTERS/David Klein   1:47PM 58 min Rotten ball from Cresswell cannons straight into Morata. The power being its only redeeming feature that foiled Morata's attempt to stun it with one touch. Obiang brought him down instead of letting him have a second touch. Free-kick, 22 yards out. Fabregas slips it to the right of the box where Moses is lurking but the routine doesn't work and Masuaku blocks the cross/shot.   1:45PM 56 min Chelsea sub: Moses does come on but for Marcos Alonso not Zappacosta who switches to the left.  1:44PM 54 min West Ham want a penalty after the ball brushes Christensen's arm on the left borderland of the box. His arm was up as Arnautovic tried to hook it over the defender and scoot round. Anthony Taylor says it wasn't deliberate or consequential ...  1:43PM 53 min And West Ham break with Antonio and Arnautovic after Cahill makes a wayward, lazy pass on halfway. It's two ve three but Antonio delays the pass by a second and Arnautovic is offside when put through one-on-one with Courtois. What a waste! Credit: SKY SPORTS   1:40PM 51 min The dainty feet of Fabregas work another quarter chance as he soft shoes himself to the byline where he is found by a cute Pedro pass. Fabregas cuts it back to the edge of the six-yard box but Morata couldn't get in front of Reid.  1:39PM 49 min Pedro shoots wide, not timing a shot presented by a dropping ball at the edge of the box. Good work from Hazard and Zappacosta to create some turmoil in the West Ham box though the latter's cross was a bit too floaty to give Morata the chance of attacking the header optmistically.  1:36PM 48 min Arnautovic has started the half through the middle with Antonio on the left. It's interesting how Masuaku drops back and Cresswell tucks in to make a five when Chelsea probe down the right. Might be a better bet to bring Moses on for Zappacosta to have a run at both?  1:34PM 46 min Masuaku, who has improved beyond recognition, saunters forward up the left and cracks a pass off Zappacosta for the opportunity of a Michail Antonio long throw that is headed back out of the box.  1:32PM Chelsea change Pedro is coming on for Bakayoko.  1:30PM Big Boy's birthday Oi big boy, happy birthday! pic.twitter.com/gLQyvOjOjf— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) December 9, 2017   1:23PM Half-time entertainment West Ham vs Chelsea shots on goal Arnautovic and Antonio are exchanging positions slickly to cause problems for Chelsea' defence.   Average touch positions (half time)   1:20PM Half time West Ham have played very well, kicking on from their marked improvement at the Etihad. Moyes may be an uninspiring choice as manager but given decent players and the right attitude, the evidence of his work is plain to see. Chelsea look out of sorts. I can understand why they need Fabregas in to pick a pass but wouldn't Pedro or Willian be a better option than Bakayoko or does that leave them too light?  1:18PM 45+2 min Noble and Lanzini combine resourcefully on the right but the latter's blocked cross/shot after giving Zappacosta the runaround hits Azpilicueta and gives the referee the signal to blow his whistle.  1:17PM 45 min From which Arnautovic shoots, a ratpowered bobbler from the edge of the area. 'Through traffic,' as the current cliche puts it. 'Through Traffic,' would be a more arresting image, the ball nutmegging Steve Winwood and his Hammond on its way to goal.  1:15PM 43 min Hazard's pass up the left after good work from Alonso to storm past Arnautovic hits Obiang and rebounds up to Arnautovic who skates forward at pace to win a corner.  1:12PM 41 min Cresswell takes this one short to Lanzini but he floats his long cross down Courtois' throat.   1:11PM 40 min Antonio's hard running puts Azpilicueta and Courtois in a pickle. The keeper runs out to help and screws a clearance behind him and out for a corner that doesn't beat the first man but earns another.  1:09PM 38 min Bakayoko hits a sliced shot from the right that swerves towards the bottom right corner after it takes a touch off Cresswell which helps it round the post as Adrian scrambled across goal. Reid wins the header at the corner and Noble belts it clear.  1:07PM 36 min Eventually Fabregas, the safe-cracker supreme, has the ball and tries to pick the lock with a lob over Ogbonna from the edge of the D. It's a cute little up and under that may have worked but for the vision of the pesky Masuaku who rumbled his intentions and bustled in from the left to win the header and catch Morata by surprise.  Possession: West Ham vs Chelsea   1:05PM 34 min West Ham  quickly get nine men behind the ball whenever Chelsea make a move forward and this time it works in pushing them back, in search of a gap. First Kante tries to penetrate but has to head backwards where Antonio snaps at his heels.  1:03PM 32 min Sky's commentary team is not enamoured of Michy Batshuayi's cuddling of a hot water bottle on the bench.  1:02PM 30 min Another sharp save from Adrian, low to his left, when Zappacosta's shot from the breakdown of the corner ricochets through a thicket of legs. Morata was offside but a good save nonetheless.  1:01PM 28 min West Ham break and Arnautovic's shot is blocked but Chelsea come back at them like lightning and Alonso dupes Zabaleta, sends him off to buy a paper, shifts the ball inside to Kante who loops a bouncing bomb of a shot towards the bottom left corner and Adrian swoops smartly to push it round for a corner.  12:59PM 26 min West Ham are being forced backwards and well as they are defending it's starting to feel somewhat ominous.    John McEnerney writes Hi Rob, is today the day Moyes gets his first win? Well Roy H got his first win for Palace against Chelsea so you never know. I wouldn’t have Moyes as the manager of a bad pub team let alone a Premier League side but that’s just me. Chelsea should take the 3 points but will be pushed hard. I have a feeling both managers won’t be in the Premiership next season one will be given the sack & the other will return to his native Italy to take over AC Milan or the national team. West Ham fans keep waiting for the Moyes Magic to happen well there’s better chance of finding a winged unicorn at the bottom of the garden playing chess with Elvis! Elvis says 'Queen's pawn to d4', John  12:55PM 23 min Sensational pass from Fabregas. He's 25 yards out and shapes to hit a cross but instead gulls the defenders by threading a pass between two claret shirts, Obiang and Lanzini, wrapping his foot around it and lacing it round the corner. Ogbonna reads it and blocks Bakayoko's snap shot.  12:53PM 21 min Hazard has a hack at a volley that fell from the moon via Ogbonna's head, taking the opportunity however puny, to have a dig at goal but it flashes wide. West Ham, one has to say, are playing very well. They look compact, organised and purposeful. And the crowd are responding with rare enthusiasm. Chelsea still look dangerous, though.  12:50PM 18 min Chelsea cross comes in and West Ham marshal Morata very closely and with some vigour to hold his run. The ball breaks free and Marcos Alonso goes up with Adrian. The ref books him for leaving his boot up but I'm not sure it was malicious. The keeper's legs were up - as keepers do - too.  12:48PM 16 min Marcos Alonso takes a tumble under Zabaleta's challenge but is unpunished for the rather exaggerated response.   Arnautovic scores his first goal for West Ham Credit: IAN KINGTON/AFP/Getty Images Arnautovic leaps in delight Credit:  Dan Mullan/Getty Images   12:45PM 14 min Andy Hinchcliffe, the Sky co-commentator, berates Alvaro Morata for a pratfall in the box. And rightly so. Reid had a hand on his shoulder after being turned but Morata could have withstood it and employed the space he'd created to whack a shot with his left foot.   12:42PM 12 min Lanzini hits a dipping cross to the far post to meet Ogbonna's run round the back. But he's penalised for using Alonso as a ladder to aid his climb.  12:41PM 10 min Cahill barges Antonio over about 30 yards out. They look a little rattled by the West Ham high press. It was frequently said that they weren't fit under Bilic ... they look like greyhounds out there today. Props to Moyes for that.  12:39PM 8 min Terrific finish from Arnautovic, dinked into the corner after a one-two with Lanzini at the edge of the box expertly manipulated Christensen out of position to work the space to shoot with his left, a curling finish. Excellent from Antonio too to come towards the ball and draw Cahill allowing Arnautovic to flood into the gap. West Ham 1 - 0 Chelsea (Marko Arnautovic, 6 min)   12:36PM GOAL!! West Ham 1-0 Chelsea (Arnautovic) 12:36PM 6 min Bakayoko gets up clutching his left buttock after Zabaleta challenges him in the air. He's OK. West Ham continue to hustle Chelsea in possession, win the ball back and Arnautovic and Antonio combine to storm forward until Kante makes a decisive tackle.  12:34PM 4 min Christensen heads it clear and Masuaku picks it up and bursts forward. West Ham work a hoepful cross in that Noble steers wide. Difficult to do anything else given his position.  12:33PM 2 min Bakayoko brings the ball out, passes up to Marcos Alonso who sprays a pass that Zabaleta cuts out. But West Ham cannot retain possession. They're better at winning it back than holding on to it. Masuaku does juts that and allows Lanzini to hare up the left, making good ground until Zappacosta shoves him over. Free-kick on the left, 22 yards upfield.  12:31PM 1 min We're off after Bubbles. Chelsea, in their inverse reverse kit, white shorts, white shirts, blue 'hose', attack from left to right and West Ham snap into a high pressing closedown to push them back.   12:27PM West Ham have four serviceable strikers On the bench but none in the team. David Moyes! 12:17PM Mark Noble is back The most sensible haircut in football return to lead his team against Chelsea Credit: James Griffiths/West Ham United via Getty Images   12:08PM David Moyes speaks We're interested in the game, we're no' talking about Joe Hart. We've set up to cause them a problem at times. We were good for long periods against arguably the best team in the Premier League but were up against another team who are as good as anybody in the Premier League.  11:51AM And for those of you watching in colour, this one's in black and white West HamAdrian; Zabaleta, Ogbonna, Reid, Cresswell; Noble, Obiang; Arnautovic, Lanzini, Masuaku; Antonio. Substitutes Hart, Rice, Fernandes, Chicharito, Ayew, Sakho, Carroll. David Moyes has dropped the England goalkeeper Joe Hart Credit: Arfa Griffiths/West Ham United via Getty Images Chelsea Courtois; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Cahill; Zappacosta, Fabregas, Kante, Bakayoko, Alonso; Hazard; Morata. Substitutes Caballero, Rudiger, Ampadu, Willian, Moses, Batshuayi, Pedro. Referee Anthony Taylor (Wythenshawe) 11:47AM Team news - Joe Hart has been dropped The skipper returns for our London derby ��#COYI#WHUCHEpic.twitter.com/ezpMfHtlhZ— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) December 9, 2017 Chelsea team today: Courtois; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Cahill (c); Zappacosta, Bakayoko, Kante, Fabregas, Alonso; Hazard, Morata. #WHUCHEpic.twitter.com/M7jVA07hb3— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) December 9, 2017   11:45AM Good morning And welcome to coverage of West Ham United vs Chelsea from the London Stadium where the visitors lost last year in the League Cup but won convincingly in the Premier League in the spring by virtue of goals from Eden Hazard and Diego Costa. Chelsea were oddly disjointed in the week against Atletico, particularly in midfield where the switch from 3-4-3 to 3-5-1-1 didn't really work without Marcos Alonso's creative influence on the left. Not sure that N'Golo Kante, Cesc Fabregas and Tiemoue Bakayoko work as a three quite yet, though they ought to as they have contrasting and complementary qualities. As well as Alvaro Morata is playing, I think they miss the Diego Costa of the first half of 2016-17 as well, that relentlessness and spikiness. Credit: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images As for West Ham - discernible signs of improvement at Manchester City and certainly an improved performance from Adrian which has done for Joe Hart's security as first-choice and he will start today on the bench. About time too. For all West Ham's flaws, David Sullivan has given a rather self-serving newspaper interview today which is full of nuggets that betray his ability to apportion blame on anyone but himself, save for the sin of being too understanding, too indulgent to Slaven Bilic and Sam Allardyce.  He chucks them under the bus while he, surprise, surprise emerges with clean hands and a misunderstood heart. The key for them, I think, is to stay as competitive as they can until they can sign reinforcements in January. But they have to be wary of the kind of players Moyes might want to sign. While they could probably do with players of the calibre of Marouane Fellaini and Juan Mata, his signings at Manchester United, the last thing they need is ones like Papy Djilibodji, Didier N'Dong, Paddy McNair, Donald Love, Darron Gibson and Bryan Oviedo, his cash buys at Sunderland. Lucky West Ham have such discerning owners. Oh! 

West Ham 1 Chelsea 0: Antonio Conte concedes defeat in title race after David Moyes masterclass

It was this time last year that Antonio Conte’s Chelsea were five victories into a 10-game winning streak that broke the rest of the Premier League, and just as the Italian knows when a team are in position to win titles, so he can spot one that is failing. The Chelsea manager was unequivocal in the aftermath of this, his side’s fourth defeat in 16, that not only were the champions out of the title race but, on this form, they had never been in it. A victory for Manchester City in their game in hand would stretch their lead over Chelsea to 14 points before the presents have been wrapped for Christmas, and now we will see another side of the Chelsea manager, and his relationship with the club. It would be right to say that, bitterly disappointed after defeat to Marko Arnautovic’s first West Ham goal, Conte looked like he a man who could fall out with the club’s hierarchy if things get worse. When asked whether the widening gap would change his plans for the January transfer window he replied, with the glassy-eyed stare: “I can give my opinion but the last decision is the club’s and it is their right to do this.” Conte said that his players were tired and he seemed also to be conceding some kind of defeat. It was a day when his best player Eden Hazard had not been able to get the team out of trouble and Tiemoue Bakayoko, one of those new summer signings, was taken off at half-time. Michy Batshuayi was never given the opportunity to score the equaliser, and Alvaro Morata missed a chance with seven minutes remaining that should really have been the equaliser. “To talk about the title race after a defeat is a bit strange, especially if this is the fourth defeat of the season in 16 games,” Conte said. “When you have this start, it is impossible to think you are in the title race. My experience is this – if you want to stay in the race for the title, in the first part of the season you can lose once or twice.   Marko Arnautovic scores his first goal for West Ham Credit: Reuters “After 16 games if you lose four it means you never started this race.” He was beaten by David Moyes, who put together a shrewd West Ham performance that was organised, disciplined and did the club’s new manager great credit. Retaining Adrian Lopez ahead of Joe Hart was just one part of it, but really the major factors were his use of Michal Antonio and Arnautovic to stretch Chelsea on the counter-attack and a confident defensive performance. There was no man-to-man marking job on Hazard and, instead, Pedro Obiang blocked the space in front of the two centre-halves. In the heart of the defence, Winston Reid was the game’s standout player, escaping with a tug on the collar of Morata’s shirt in the first half and generally dealing well with the Spanish centre-forward.  Moyes said that after the narrow defeat to Manchester City, this was the performance he believed his team had been ready to deliver.  “We had taken confidence from the City game because of our performance but ultimately we got nothing out of it. We need to stop conceding goals. We have got players who score. We kept a clean sheet – when did West Ham last keep a clean sheet?” David Moyes delighted to secure his first win as West Ham manager Credit: PA The reply to that question came from one long-serving West Ham correspondent who offered the answer “1983”. It might feel that long but this was the fourth of the season, and Moyes could see the funny side. Through that painful relegation season with Sunderland and then Real Sociedad, and Manchester United before that, it has been a long time since Moyes has been able to bask in the glow of victory over major opposition – not since a win over Barcelona in January 2015. “I used to say in the early days with Bill Kenwright [Everton chairman] that the best feeling for a manager used to be the Saturday night feeling,” Moyes said. “When you get a win and how good it makes you feel. I came off, went into the dressing room, praised the players, put my jacket on and thought, ‘Oh no, I’ve got Arsenal in midweek’.” The situation remains delicate at West Ham for their new manager, especially with the chairman David Sullivan’s admissions this week of regrets over the stadium move and the signing last January of Robert Snodgrass and Jose Fonte. The latter was in the Sky Sports studio for the afternoon. Andy Carroll, Diafra Sakho, Javier Hernandez and Andre Ayew were all left on the bench by Moyes as he tried to catch Chelsea out on the counter-attack. The goal came within the first five minutes for Arnautovic, his first in this his 13th appearance for the club since joining in the summer. The ball was worked well from the touchline starting with Pablo Zabaleta, to Arnautovic, to Michail Antonio, Manuel Lanzini and finally back to the Austria international for the delicate job of stroking his shot past Thibaut Courtois. “The two strikers we had were the two with the power and pace,” Moyes said. “There will be other games when we need Chicarito [Hernandez] for his finishing or when we need Andy Carroll for his aerial prowess. At the moment the level of the teams we are playing we need the boys who can cause the opposition problems on the counter attack.” Conte tried to change the game at half-time, bringing on Pedro for Bakayoko, and then later Willian and Victor Moses to give his side some width. But it was a poor performance from Chelsea, lacking the imagination that gave City a victory against a similarly robust West Ham.  Chelsea can't get going against West Ham Credit: Reuters There were very few times when Moyes’ defence looked like they were under pressure or out of shape. “We created the chances and didn’t take them and now we are talking about a defeat,” Conte said. “Many players were tired and it is normal when you play every three days. We started our pre-season with the same players, a lot of players are always playing and you have to pay something.” By which he meant he does not believe that this is a squad capable of challenging for the title again. He was never likely to stay beyond this season and days like this only serve to show how fragile that relationship with the club has become. 2:25PM Full time West Ham deservedly pick up the first victory of David Moyes' spell in charge. And very positive signs, too. Chelsea were oddly off-kilter. They don't look right, as if some of the fizz has gone. Thanks for your company. We'll have a match report here imminently.  2:23PM 90+5 min Blimey! The lesser-spotted foul throw from Willian as he rushes to hustle a re-start.  2:23PM 90+4 min First Cresswell heads out Azpilicueta's cross then Zabaleta rushes in to block the shot. Azpilicueta picks it up again and loops a cross towards the six-yard box that Adrian catches.   2:21PM 90+3 min Masuaku is named man of the match a moment after Fabregas whacks a 25-yarder over the bar.  2:20PM 90+2 min Kante turns in the box but can't find Morata. Ogbonna scoots it away. Back come Chelsea, faced by two banks of five.  2:19PM 90 min There will be five minutes of added time - some of it a direct result of the West Ham's understandable fannying about. 2:18PM 87 min Stuart Pearce, David Moyes' assistant, wellies the ball away from Chelsea who wanted to take a throw when it falls to him over the touchline. Antonio Conte is not impressed. But there's no confrontation. Pearce is sent to the dugout and Masuaku is booked for complicity in this sustained policy of timewasting. Adrian was booked half an hour ago for the same offence.   2:15PM 85 min Now it's Hazard's turn to miss the target from the edge of the area. It was more difficult than Morata's and set up by the centre-forward's neat passing at close quarters. Hazard strides through the inside-right channel into the D but fires his shot over as Reid threw himself in to block.  Miss: West Ham 1 - 0 Chelsea (Álvaro Morata, 83 min)   2:13PM 83 min A glorious chance for Morata is spurned when he torpedoes a shot into the side-netting with only the keeper to beat. Masuaku, who has played well, dozes off and allows Kante through to find the pass beyond West Ham's defence via a deflection off Reid.  Miss: West Ham 1 - 0 Chelsea (Álvaro Morata, 83 min)   2:11PM 82 min I must say I though Zabaleta had gone but he's been terrific today. Tenacious and effective.  2:10PM 81 min Chelsea lose the ball on the edge of the West Ham box and the home side makes a quick break through Sakho and Ayew that looks promising until Ayew tries a preposterous 25-yard pass from left to right that balloons into Courtois's hands.   West Ham vs Chelsea shots on goal   2:07PM 79 min Andre Ayew replaces Antonio.  2:07PM 78 min Antonio has run himself into the ground and lies on the grass in exhaustion. Antonio Conte suggests a stretcher with a raised eyebrow. Am I wrong? A meringue? But Conte seems somewhat subdued this past few weeks. As if the intensity has dissipated, the fire turned down.   2:04PM 77 min Morata challenges Adrian in the air five yards out and, because they go shoulder to shoulder, he is penalised. Nat Lofthouse, from another place, gives his head a shake.  2:03PM 75 min The ball doesn't stick to Sakho at the first time of asking but West Ham regroup and enjoy a decent spell of possession as they make gradual progress up the left. Masuaku looks composed and confident as he brings the ball inside to feed Sakho in the box but he cannot control it and Yer Actual have quickly to return to a spell of containment.  2:01PM 73 min Pedro and Hazard combine to get to the byline on the left but once again there's no space in the box for the cut-back after West Ham flood back.  2:00PM 71 min  West Ham sub: Sakho replaces Arnautovic who turns to applaud the crowd in a meeting of the mutual appreciation society. Obiang is booked seconds later for a clumsy, sliding foul that attacks Morata from the side.  Obiang sends Morata flying Credit: Alastair Grant/AP   1:57PM 70 min Fabregas stands up a cross to the far post that is knocked back to the edge of the box. Christensen meets it on the volley and Reid throws himself in its way to make a courageous block.  1:56PM 68 min Chelsea take it quickly, shift it up the right to Willian who glides in from the flank towards the box and Cresswell kick hum up the Aristotle before he crosses the whitewash. Free-kick.  1:55PM 66 min Reid is turned by Morata on halfway and petrified by the acres of empty grass behind him, yanks him down.  1:54PM 64 min Half chances at both ends. First Azpilicueta’s long shot hits two defenders and is knocked off path through to Adrian who has to best Morata in  race to get there and smother it.Then Masuaku bullocks forward to shoot and ends up with a corner that comes to nught.  1:52PM 63 min Adrian appears to have been booked for timewasting. He's gone too soon. Chelsea sub: Zappacosta off, Willian on. Back four now?  1:51PM 62 min Antonio and Arnautovic are working their socks off and Andy Hinchcliffe fears they won't make the end. He warns that Andy Carroll would be the wrong option as substitute because he lacks the mobility to play in this system. Would Sam Allardyce take him to Everton, you think?  1:49PM 60 min Shot from Zappacosta as he tacked in from the left. It swerves past the right post on a crazy trajectory. Possibly a cross.  Antonio Conte is unhappy with his side Credit: REUTERS/David Klein   1:47PM 58 min Rotten ball from Cresswell cannons straight into Morata. The power being its only redeeming feature that foiled Morata's attempt to stun it with one touch. Obiang brought him down instead of letting him have a second touch. Free-kick, 22 yards out. Fabregas slips it to the right of the box where Moses is lurking but the routine doesn't work and Masuaku blocks the cross/shot.   1:45PM 56 min Chelsea sub: Moses does come on but for Marcos Alonso not Zappacosta who switches to the left.  1:44PM 54 min West Ham want a penalty after the ball brushes Christensen's arm on the left borderland of the box. His arm was up as Arnautovic tried to hook it over the defender and scoot round. Anthony Taylor says it wasn't deliberate or consequential ...  1:43PM 53 min And West Ham break with Antonio and Arnautovic after Cahill makes a wayward, lazy pass on halfway. It's two ve three but Antonio delays the pass by a second and Arnautovic is offside when put through one-on-one with Courtois. What a waste! Credit: SKY SPORTS   1:40PM 51 min The dainty feet of Fabregas work another quarter chance as he soft shoes himself to the byline where he is found by a cute Pedro pass. Fabregas cuts it back to the edge of the six-yard box but Morata couldn't get in front of Reid.  1:39PM 49 min Pedro shoots wide, not timing a shot presented by a dropping ball at the edge of the box. Good work from Hazard and Zappacosta to create some turmoil in the West Ham box though the latter's cross was a bit too floaty to give Morata the chance of attacking the header optmistically.  1:36PM 48 min Arnautovic has started the half through the middle with Antonio on the left. It's interesting how Masuaku drops back and Cresswell tucks in to make a five when Chelsea probe down the right. Might be a better bet to bring Moses on for Zappacosta to have a run at both?  1:34PM 46 min Masuaku, who has improved beyond recognition, saunters forward up the left and cracks a pass off Zappacosta for the opportunity of a Michail Antonio long throw that is headed back out of the box.  1:32PM Chelsea change Pedro is coming on for Bakayoko.  1:30PM Big Boy's birthday Oi big boy, happy birthday! pic.twitter.com/gLQyvOjOjf— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) December 9, 2017   1:23PM Half-time entertainment West Ham vs Chelsea shots on goal Arnautovic and Antonio are exchanging positions slickly to cause problems for Chelsea' defence.   Average touch positions (half time)   1:20PM Half time West Ham have played very well, kicking on from their marked improvement at the Etihad. Moyes may be an uninspiring choice as manager but given decent players and the right attitude, the evidence of his work is plain to see. Chelsea look out of sorts. I can understand why they need Fabregas in to pick a pass but wouldn't Pedro or Willian be a better option than Bakayoko or does that leave them too light?  1:18PM 45+2 min Noble and Lanzini combine resourcefully on the right but the latter's blocked cross/shot after giving Zappacosta the runaround hits Azpilicueta and gives the referee the signal to blow his whistle.  1:17PM 45 min From which Arnautovic shoots, a ratpowered bobbler from the edge of the area. 'Through traffic,' as the current cliche puts it. 'Through Traffic,' would be a more arresting image, the ball nutmegging Steve Winwood and his Hammond on its way to goal.  1:15PM 43 min Hazard's pass up the left after good work from Alonso to storm past Arnautovic hits Obiang and rebounds up to Arnautovic who skates forward at pace to win a corner.  1:12PM 41 min Cresswell takes this one short to Lanzini but he floats his long cross down Courtois' throat.   1:11PM 40 min Antonio's hard running puts Azpilicueta and Courtois in a pickle. The keeper runs out to help and screws a clearance behind him and out for a corner that doesn't beat the first man but earns another.  1:09PM 38 min Bakayoko hits a sliced shot from the right that swerves towards the bottom right corner after it takes a touch off Cresswell which helps it round the post as Adrian scrambled across goal. Reid wins the header at the corner and Noble belts it clear.  1:07PM 36 min Eventually Fabregas, the safe-cracker supreme, has the ball and tries to pick the lock with a lob over Ogbonna from the edge of the D. It's a cute little up and under that may have worked but for the vision of the pesky Masuaku who rumbled his intentions and bustled in from the left to win the header and catch Morata by surprise.  Possession: West Ham vs Chelsea   1:05PM 34 min West Ham  quickly get nine men behind the ball whenever Chelsea make a move forward and this time it works in pushing them back, in search of a gap. First Kante tries to penetrate but has to head backwards where Antonio snaps at his heels.  1:03PM 32 min Sky's commentary team is not enamoured of Michy Batshuayi's cuddling of a hot water bottle on the bench.  1:02PM 30 min Another sharp save from Adrian, low to his left, when Zappacosta's shot from the breakdown of the corner ricochets through a thicket of legs. Morata was offside but a good save nonetheless.  1:01PM 28 min West Ham break and Arnautovic's shot is blocked but Chelsea come back at them like lightning and Alonso dupes Zabaleta, sends him off to buy a paper, shifts the ball inside to Kante who loops a bouncing bomb of a shot towards the bottom left corner and Adrian swoops smartly to push it round for a corner.  12:59PM 26 min West Ham are being forced backwards and well as they are defending it's starting to feel somewhat ominous.    John McEnerney writes Hi Rob, is today the day Moyes gets his first win? Well Roy H got his first win for Palace against Chelsea so you never know. I wouldn’t have Moyes as the manager of a bad pub team let alone a Premier League side but that’s just me. Chelsea should take the 3 points but will be pushed hard. I have a feeling both managers won’t be in the Premiership next season one will be given the sack & the other will return to his native Italy to take over AC Milan or the national team. West Ham fans keep waiting for the Moyes Magic to happen well there’s better chance of finding a winged unicorn at the bottom of the garden playing chess with Elvis! Elvis says 'Queen's pawn to d4', John  12:55PM 23 min Sensational pass from Fabregas. He's 25 yards out and shapes to hit a cross but instead gulls the defenders by threading a pass between two claret shirts, Obiang and Lanzini, wrapping his foot around it and lacing it round the corner. Ogbonna reads it and blocks Bakayoko's snap shot.  12:53PM 21 min Hazard has a hack at a volley that fell from the moon via Ogbonna's head, taking the opportunity however puny, to have a dig at goal but it flashes wide. West Ham, one has to say, are playing very well. They look compact, organised and purposeful. And the crowd are responding with rare enthusiasm. Chelsea still look dangerous, though.  12:50PM 18 min Chelsea cross comes in and West Ham marshal Morata very closely and with some vigour to hold his run. The ball breaks free and Marcos Alonso goes up with Adrian. The ref books him for leaving his boot up but I'm not sure it was malicious. The keeper's legs were up - as keepers do - too.  12:48PM 16 min Marcos Alonso takes a tumble under Zabaleta's challenge but is unpunished for the rather exaggerated response.   Arnautovic scores his first goal for West Ham Credit: IAN KINGTON/AFP/Getty Images Arnautovic leaps in delight Credit:  Dan Mullan/Getty Images   12:45PM 14 min Andy Hinchcliffe, the Sky co-commentator, berates Alvaro Morata for a pratfall in the box. And rightly so. Reid had a hand on his shoulder after being turned but Morata could have withstood it and employed the space he'd created to whack a shot with his left foot.   12:42PM 12 min Lanzini hits a dipping cross to the far post to meet Ogbonna's run round the back. But he's penalised for using Alonso as a ladder to aid his climb.  12:41PM 10 min Cahill barges Antonio over about 30 yards out. They look a little rattled by the West Ham high press. It was frequently said that they weren't fit under Bilic ... they look like greyhounds out there today. Props to Moyes for that.  12:39PM 8 min Terrific finish from Arnautovic, dinked into the corner after a one-two with Lanzini at the edge of the box expertly manipulated Christensen out of position to work the space to shoot with his left, a curling finish. Excellent from Antonio too to come towards the ball and draw Cahill allowing Arnautovic to flood into the gap. West Ham 1 - 0 Chelsea (Marko Arnautovic, 6 min)   12:36PM GOAL!! West Ham 1-0 Chelsea (Arnautovic) 12:36PM 6 min Bakayoko gets up clutching his left buttock after Zabaleta challenges him in the air. He's OK. West Ham continue to hustle Chelsea in possession, win the ball back and Arnautovic and Antonio combine to storm forward until Kante makes a decisive tackle.  12:34PM 4 min Christensen heads it clear and Masuaku picks it up and bursts forward. West Ham work a hoepful cross in that Noble steers wide. Difficult to do anything else given his position.  12:33PM 2 min Bakayoko brings the ball out, passes up to Marcos Alonso who sprays a pass that Zabaleta cuts out. But West Ham cannot retain possession. They're better at winning it back than holding on to it. Masuaku does juts that and allows Lanzini to hare up the left, making good ground until Zappacosta shoves him over. Free-kick on the left, 22 yards upfield.  12:31PM 1 min We're off after Bubbles. Chelsea, in their inverse reverse kit, white shorts, white shirts, blue 'hose', attack from left to right and West Ham snap into a high pressing closedown to push them back.   12:27PM West Ham have four serviceable strikers On the bench but none in the team. David Moyes! 12:17PM Mark Noble is back The most sensible haircut in football return to lead his team against Chelsea Credit: James Griffiths/West Ham United via Getty Images   12:08PM David Moyes speaks We're interested in the game, we're no' talking about Joe Hart. We've set up to cause them a problem at times. We were good for long periods against arguably the best team in the Premier League but were up against another team who are as good as anybody in the Premier League.  11:51AM And for those of you watching in colour, this one's in black and white West HamAdrian; Zabaleta, Ogbonna, Reid, Cresswell; Noble, Obiang; Arnautovic, Lanzini, Masuaku; Antonio. Substitutes Hart, Rice, Fernandes, Chicharito, Ayew, Sakho, Carroll. David Moyes has dropped the England goalkeeper Joe Hart Credit: Arfa Griffiths/West Ham United via Getty Images Chelsea Courtois; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Cahill; Zappacosta, Fabregas, Kante, Bakayoko, Alonso; Hazard; Morata. Substitutes Caballero, Rudiger, Ampadu, Willian, Moses, Batshuayi, Pedro. Referee Anthony Taylor (Wythenshawe) 11:47AM Team news - Joe Hart has been dropped The skipper returns for our London derby ��#COYI#WHUCHEpic.twitter.com/ezpMfHtlhZ— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) December 9, 2017 Chelsea team today: Courtois; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Cahill (c); Zappacosta, Bakayoko, Kante, Fabregas, Alonso; Hazard, Morata. #WHUCHEpic.twitter.com/M7jVA07hb3— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) December 9, 2017   11:45AM Good morning And welcome to coverage of West Ham United vs Chelsea from the London Stadium where the visitors lost last year in the League Cup but won convincingly in the Premier League in the spring by virtue of goals from Eden Hazard and Diego Costa. Chelsea were oddly disjointed in the week against Atletico, particularly in midfield where the switch from 3-4-3 to 3-5-1-1 didn't really work without Marcos Alonso's creative influence on the left. Not sure that N'Golo Kante, Cesc Fabregas and Tiemoue Bakayoko work as a three quite yet, though they ought to as they have contrasting and complementary qualities. As well as Alvaro Morata is playing, I think they miss the Diego Costa of the first half of 2016-17 as well, that relentlessness and spikiness. Credit: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images As for West Ham - discernible signs of improvement at Manchester City and certainly an improved performance from Adrian which has done for Joe Hart's security as first-choice and he will start today on the bench. About time too. For all West Ham's flaws, David Sullivan has given a rather self-serving newspaper interview today which is full of nuggets that betray his ability to apportion blame on anyone but himself, save for the sin of being too understanding, too indulgent to Slaven Bilic and Sam Allardyce.  He chucks them under the bus while he, surprise, surprise emerges with clean hands and a misunderstood heart. The key for them, I think, is to stay as competitive as they can until they can sign reinforcements in January. But they have to be wary of the kind of players Moyes might want to sign. While they could probably do with players of the calibre of Marouane Fellaini and Juan Mata, his signings at Manchester United, the last thing they need is ones like Papy Djilibodji, Didier N'Dong, Paddy McNair, Donald Love, Darron Gibson and Bryan Oviedo, his cash buys at Sunderland. Lucky West Ham have such discerning owners. Oh! 

West Ham 1 Chelsea 0: Antonio Conte concedes defeat in title race after David Moyes masterclass

It was this time last year that Antonio Conte’s Chelsea were five victories into a 10-game winning streak that broke the rest of the Premier League, and just as the Italian knows when a team are in position to win titles, so he can spot one that is failing. The Chelsea manager was unequivocal in the aftermath of this, his side’s fourth defeat in 16, that not only were the champions out of the title race but, on this form, they had never been in it. A victory for Manchester City in their game in hand would stretch their lead over Chelsea to 14 points before the presents have been wrapped for Christmas, and now we will see another side of the Chelsea manager, and his relationship with the club. It would be right to say that, bitterly disappointed after defeat to Marko Arnautovic’s first West Ham goal, Conte looked like he a man who could fall out with the club’s hierarchy if things get worse. When asked whether the widening gap would change his plans for the January transfer window he replied, with the glassy-eyed stare: “I can give my opinion but the last decision is the club’s and it is their right to do this.” Conte said that his players were tired and he seemed also to be conceding some kind of defeat. It was a day when his best player Eden Hazard had not been able to get the team out of trouble and Tiemoue Bakayoko, one of those new summer signings, was taken off at half-time. Michy Batshuayi was never given the opportunity to score the equaliser, and Alvaro Morata missed a chance with seven minutes remaining that should really have been the equaliser. “To talk about the title race after a defeat is a bit strange, especially if this is the fourth defeat of the season in 16 games,” Conte said. “When you have this start, it is impossible to think you are in the title race. My experience is this – if you want to stay in the race for the title, in the first part of the season you can lose once or twice.   Marko Arnautovic scores his first goal for West Ham Credit: Reuters “After 16 games if you lose four it means you never started this race.” He was beaten by David Moyes, who put together a shrewd West Ham performance that was organised, disciplined and did the club’s new manager great credit. Retaining Adrian Lopez ahead of Joe Hart was just one part of it, but really the major factors were his use of Michal Antonio and Arnautovic to stretch Chelsea on the counter-attack and a confident defensive performance. There was no man-to-man marking job on Hazard and, instead, Pedro Obiang blocked the space in front of the two centre-halves. In the heart of the defence, Winston Reid was the game’s standout player, escaping with a tug on the collar of Morata’s shirt in the first half and generally dealing well with the Spanish centre-forward.  Moyes said that after the narrow defeat to Manchester City, this was the performance he believed his team had been ready to deliver.  “We had taken confidence from the City game because of our performance but ultimately we got nothing out of it. We need to stop conceding goals. We have got players who score. We kept a clean sheet – when did West Ham last keep a clean sheet?” David Moyes delighted to secure his first win as West Ham manager Credit: PA The reply to that question came from one long-serving West Ham correspondent who offered the answer “1983”. It might feel that long but this was the fourth of the season, and Moyes could see the funny side. Through that painful relegation season with Sunderland and then Real Sociedad, and Manchester United before that, it has been a long time since Moyes has been able to bask in the glow of victory over major opposition – not since a win over Barcelona in January 2015. “I used to say in the early days with Bill Kenwright [Everton chairman] that the best feeling for a manager used to be the Saturday night feeling,” Moyes said. “When you get a win and how good it makes you feel. I came off, went into the dressing room, praised the players, put my jacket on and thought, ‘Oh no, I’ve got Arsenal in midweek’.” The situation remains delicate at West Ham for their new manager, especially with the chairman David Sullivan’s admissions this week of regrets over the stadium move and the signing last January of Robert Snodgrass and Jose Fonte. The latter was in the Sky Sports studio for the afternoon. Andy Carroll, Diafra Sakho, Javier Hernandez and Andre Ayew were all left on the bench by Moyes as he tried to catch Chelsea out on the counter-attack. The goal came within the first five minutes for Arnautovic, his first in this his 13th appearance for the club since joining in the summer. The ball was worked well from the touchline starting with Pablo Zabaleta, to Arnautovic, to Michail Antonio, Manuel Lanzini and finally back to the Austria international for the delicate job of stroking his shot past Thibaut Courtois. “The two strikers we had were the two with the power and pace,” Moyes said. “There will be other games when we need Chicarito [Hernandez] for his finishing or when we need Andy Carroll for his aerial prowess. At the moment the level of the teams we are playing we need the boys who can cause the opposition problems on the counter attack.” Conte tried to change the game at half-time, bringing on Pedro for Bakayoko, and then later Willian and Victor Moses to give his side some width. But it was a poor performance from Chelsea, lacking the imagination that gave City a victory against a similarly robust West Ham.  Chelsea can't get going against West Ham Credit: Reuters There were very few times when Moyes’ defence looked like they were under pressure or out of shape. “We created the chances and didn’t take them and now we are talking about a defeat,” Conte said. “Many players were tired and it is normal when you play every three days. We started our pre-season with the same players, a lot of players are always playing and you have to pay something.” By which he meant he does not believe that this is a squad capable of challenging for the title again. He was never likely to stay beyond this season and days like this only serve to show how fragile that relationship with the club has become. 2:25PM Full time West Ham deservedly pick up the first victory of David Moyes' spell in charge. And very positive signs, too. Chelsea were oddly off-kilter. They don't look right, as if some of the fizz has gone. Thanks for your company. We'll have a match report here imminently.  2:23PM 90+5 min Blimey! The lesser-spotted foul throw from Willian as he rushes to hustle a re-start.  2:23PM 90+4 min First Cresswell heads out Azpilicueta's cross then Zabaleta rushes in to block the shot. Azpilicueta picks it up again and loops a cross towards the six-yard box that Adrian catches.   2:21PM 90+3 min Masuaku is named man of the match a moment after Fabregas whacks a 25-yarder over the bar.  2:20PM 90+2 min Kante turns in the box but can't find Morata. Ogbonna scoots it away. Back come Chelsea, faced by two banks of five.  2:19PM 90 min There will be five minutes of added time - some of it a direct result of the West Ham's understandable fannying about. 2:18PM 87 min Stuart Pearce, David Moyes' assistant, wellies the ball away from Chelsea who wanted to take a throw when it falls to him over the touchline. Antonio Conte is not impressed. But there's no confrontation. Pearce is sent to the dugout and Masuaku is booked for complicity in this sustained policy of timewasting. Adrian was booked half an hour ago for the same offence.   2:15PM 85 min Now it's Hazard's turn to miss the target from the edge of the area. It was more difficult than Morata's and set up by the centre-forward's neat passing at close quarters. Hazard strides through the inside-right channel into the D but fires his shot over as Reid threw himself in to block.  Miss: West Ham 1 - 0 Chelsea (Álvaro Morata, 83 min)   2:13PM 83 min A glorious chance for Morata is spurned when he torpedoes a shot into the side-netting with only the keeper to beat. Masuaku, who has played well, dozes off and allows Kante through to find the pass beyond West Ham's defence via a deflection off Reid.  Miss: West Ham 1 - 0 Chelsea (Álvaro Morata, 83 min)   2:11PM 82 min I must say I though Zabaleta had gone but he's been terrific today. Tenacious and effective.  2:10PM 81 min Chelsea lose the ball on the edge of the West Ham box and the home side makes a quick break through Sakho and Ayew that looks promising until Ayew tries a preposterous 25-yard pass from left to right that balloons into Courtois's hands.   West Ham vs Chelsea shots on goal   2:07PM 79 min Andre Ayew replaces Antonio.  2:07PM 78 min Antonio has run himself into the ground and lies on the grass in exhaustion. Antonio Conte suggests a stretcher with a raised eyebrow. Am I wrong? A meringue? But Conte seems somewhat subdued this past few weeks. As if the intensity has dissipated, the fire turned down.   2:04PM 77 min Morata challenges Adrian in the air five yards out and, because they go shoulder to shoulder, he is penalised. Nat Lofthouse, from another place, gives his head a shake.  2:03PM 75 min The ball doesn't stick to Sakho at the first time of asking but West Ham regroup and enjoy a decent spell of possession as they make gradual progress up the left. Masuaku looks composed and confident as he brings the ball inside to feed Sakho in the box but he cannot control it and Yer Actual have quickly to return to a spell of containment.  2:01PM 73 min Pedro and Hazard combine to get to the byline on the left but once again there's no space in the box for the cut-back after West Ham flood back.  2:00PM 71 min  West Ham sub: Sakho replaces Arnautovic who turns to applaud the crowd in a meeting of the mutual appreciation society. Obiang is booked seconds later for a clumsy, sliding foul that attacks Morata from the side.  Obiang sends Morata flying Credit: Alastair Grant/AP   1:57PM 70 min Fabregas stands up a cross to the far post that is knocked back to the edge of the box. Christensen meets it on the volley and Reid throws himself in its way to make a courageous block.  1:56PM 68 min Chelsea take it quickly, shift it up the right to Willian who glides in from the flank towards the box and Cresswell kick hum up the Aristotle before he crosses the whitewash. Free-kick.  1:55PM 66 min Reid is turned by Morata on halfway and petrified by the acres of empty grass behind him, yanks him down.  1:54PM 64 min Half chances at both ends. First Azpilicueta’s long shot hits two defenders and is knocked off path through to Adrian who has to best Morata in  race to get there and smother it.Then Masuaku bullocks forward to shoot and ends up with a corner that comes to nught.  1:52PM 63 min Adrian appears to have been booked for timewasting. He's gone too soon. Chelsea sub: Zappacosta off, Willian on. Back four now?  1:51PM 62 min Antonio and Arnautovic are working their socks off and Andy Hinchcliffe fears they won't make the end. He warns that Andy Carroll would be the wrong option as substitute because he lacks the mobility to play in this system. Would Sam Allardyce take him to Everton, you think?  1:49PM 60 min Shot from Zappacosta as he tacked in from the left. It swerves past the right post on a crazy trajectory. Possibly a cross.  Antonio Conte is unhappy with his side Credit: REUTERS/David Klein   1:47PM 58 min Rotten ball from Cresswell cannons straight into Morata. The power being its only redeeming feature that foiled Morata's attempt to stun it with one touch. Obiang brought him down instead of letting him have a second touch. Free-kick, 22 yards out. Fabregas slips it to the right of the box where Moses is lurking but the routine doesn't work and Masuaku blocks the cross/shot.   1:45PM 56 min Chelsea sub: Moses does come on but for Marcos Alonso not Zappacosta who switches to the left.  1:44PM 54 min West Ham want a penalty after the ball brushes Christensen's arm on the left borderland of the box. His arm was up as Arnautovic tried to hook it over the defender and scoot round. Anthony Taylor says it wasn't deliberate or consequential ...  1:43PM 53 min And West Ham break with Antonio and Arnautovic after Cahill makes a wayward, lazy pass on halfway. It's two ve three but Antonio delays the pass by a second and Arnautovic is offside when put through one-on-one with Courtois. What a waste! Credit: SKY SPORTS   1:40PM 51 min The dainty feet of Fabregas work another quarter chance as he soft shoes himself to the byline where he is found by a cute Pedro pass. Fabregas cuts it back to the edge of the six-yard box but Morata couldn't get in front of Reid.  1:39PM 49 min Pedro shoots wide, not timing a shot presented by a dropping ball at the edge of the box. Good work from Hazard and Zappacosta to create some turmoil in the West Ham box though the latter's cross was a bit too floaty to give Morata the chance of attacking the header optmistically.  1:36PM 48 min Arnautovic has started the half through the middle with Antonio on the left. It's interesting how Masuaku drops back and Cresswell tucks in to make a five when Chelsea probe down the right. Might be a better bet to bring Moses on for Zappacosta to have a run at both?  1:34PM 46 min Masuaku, who has improved beyond recognition, saunters forward up the left and cracks a pass off Zappacosta for the opportunity of a Michail Antonio long throw that is headed back out of the box.  1:32PM Chelsea change Pedro is coming on for Bakayoko.  1:30PM Big Boy's birthday Oi big boy, happy birthday! pic.twitter.com/gLQyvOjOjf— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) December 9, 2017   1:23PM Half-time entertainment West Ham vs Chelsea shots on goal Arnautovic and Antonio are exchanging positions slickly to cause problems for Chelsea' defence.   Average touch positions (half time)   1:20PM Half time West Ham have played very well, kicking on from their marked improvement at the Etihad. Moyes may be an uninspiring choice as manager but given decent players and the right attitude, the evidence of his work is plain to see. Chelsea look out of sorts. I can understand why they need Fabregas in to pick a pass but wouldn't Pedro or Willian be a better option than Bakayoko or does that leave them too light?  1:18PM 45+2 min Noble and Lanzini combine resourcefully on the right but the latter's blocked cross/shot after giving Zappacosta the runaround hits Azpilicueta and gives the referee the signal to blow his whistle.  1:17PM 45 min From which Arnautovic shoots, a ratpowered bobbler from the edge of the area. 'Through traffic,' as the current cliche puts it. 'Through Traffic,' would be a more arresting image, the ball nutmegging Steve Winwood and his Hammond on its way to goal.  1:15PM 43 min Hazard's pass up the left after good work from Alonso to storm past Arnautovic hits Obiang and rebounds up to Arnautovic who skates forward at pace to win a corner.  1:12PM 41 min Cresswell takes this one short to Lanzini but he floats his long cross down Courtois' throat.   1:11PM 40 min Antonio's hard running puts Azpilicueta and Courtois in a pickle. The keeper runs out to help and screws a clearance behind him and out for a corner that doesn't beat the first man but earns another.  1:09PM 38 min Bakayoko hits a sliced shot from the right that swerves towards the bottom right corner after it takes a touch off Cresswell which helps it round the post as Adrian scrambled across goal. Reid wins the header at the corner and Noble belts it clear.  1:07PM 36 min Eventually Fabregas, the safe-cracker supreme, has the ball and tries to pick the lock with a lob over Ogbonna from the edge of the D. It's a cute little up and under that may have worked but for the vision of the pesky Masuaku who rumbled his intentions and bustled in from the left to win the header and catch Morata by surprise.  Possession: West Ham vs Chelsea   1:05PM 34 min West Ham  quickly get nine men behind the ball whenever Chelsea make a move forward and this time it works in pushing them back, in search of a gap. First Kante tries to penetrate but has to head backwards where Antonio snaps at his heels.  1:03PM 32 min Sky's commentary team is not enamoured of Michy Batshuayi's cuddling of a hot water bottle on the bench.  1:02PM 30 min Another sharp save from Adrian, low to his left, when Zappacosta's shot from the breakdown of the corner ricochets through a thicket of legs. Morata was offside but a good save nonetheless.  1:01PM 28 min West Ham break and Arnautovic's shot is blocked but Chelsea come back at them like lightning and Alonso dupes Zabaleta, sends him off to buy a paper, shifts the ball inside to Kante who loops a bouncing bomb of a shot towards the bottom left corner and Adrian swoops smartly to push it round for a corner.  12:59PM 26 min West Ham are being forced backwards and well as they are defending it's starting to feel somewhat ominous.    John McEnerney writes Hi Rob, is today the day Moyes gets his first win? Well Roy H got his first win for Palace against Chelsea so you never know. I wouldn’t have Moyes as the manager of a bad pub team let alone a Premier League side but that’s just me. Chelsea should take the 3 points but will be pushed hard. I have a feeling both managers won’t be in the Premiership next season one will be given the sack & the other will return to his native Italy to take over AC Milan or the national team. West Ham fans keep waiting for the Moyes Magic to happen well there’s better chance of finding a winged unicorn at the bottom of the garden playing chess with Elvis! Elvis says 'Queen's pawn to d4', John  12:55PM 23 min Sensational pass from Fabregas. He's 25 yards out and shapes to hit a cross but instead gulls the defenders by threading a pass between two claret shirts, Obiang and Lanzini, wrapping his foot around it and lacing it round the corner. Ogbonna reads it and blocks Bakayoko's snap shot.  12:53PM 21 min Hazard has a hack at a volley that fell from the moon via Ogbonna's head, taking the opportunity however puny, to have a dig at goal but it flashes wide. West Ham, one has to say, are playing very well. They look compact, organised and purposeful. And the crowd are responding with rare enthusiasm. Chelsea still look dangerous, though.  12:50PM 18 min Chelsea cross comes in and West Ham marshal Morata very closely and with some vigour to hold his run. The ball breaks free and Marcos Alonso goes up with Adrian. The ref books him for leaving his boot up but I'm not sure it was malicious. The keeper's legs were up - as keepers do - too.  12:48PM 16 min Marcos Alonso takes a tumble under Zabaleta's challenge but is unpunished for the rather exaggerated response.   Arnautovic scores his first goal for West Ham Credit: IAN KINGTON/AFP/Getty Images Arnautovic leaps in delight Credit:  Dan Mullan/Getty Images   12:45PM 14 min Andy Hinchcliffe, the Sky co-commentator, berates Alvaro Morata for a pratfall in the box. And rightly so. Reid had a hand on his shoulder after being turned but Morata could have withstood it and employed the space he'd created to whack a shot with his left foot.   12:42PM 12 min Lanzini hits a dipping cross to the far post to meet Ogbonna's run round the back. But he's penalised for using Alonso as a ladder to aid his climb.  12:41PM 10 min Cahill barges Antonio over about 30 yards out. They look a little rattled by the West Ham high press. It was frequently said that they weren't fit under Bilic ... they look like greyhounds out there today. Props to Moyes for that.  12:39PM 8 min Terrific finish from Arnautovic, dinked into the corner after a one-two with Lanzini at the edge of the box expertly manipulated Christensen out of position to work the space to shoot with his left, a curling finish. Excellent from Antonio too to come towards the ball and draw Cahill allowing Arnautovic to flood into the gap. West Ham 1 - 0 Chelsea (Marko Arnautovic, 6 min)   12:36PM GOAL!! West Ham 1-0 Chelsea (Arnautovic) 12:36PM 6 min Bakayoko gets up clutching his left buttock after Zabaleta challenges him in the air. He's OK. West Ham continue to hustle Chelsea in possession, win the ball back and Arnautovic and Antonio combine to storm forward until Kante makes a decisive tackle.  12:34PM 4 min Christensen heads it clear and Masuaku picks it up and bursts forward. West Ham work a hoepful cross in that Noble steers wide. Difficult to do anything else given his position.  12:33PM 2 min Bakayoko brings the ball out, passes up to Marcos Alonso who sprays a pass that Zabaleta cuts out. But West Ham cannot retain possession. They're better at winning it back than holding on to it. Masuaku does juts that and allows Lanzini to hare up the left, making good ground until Zappacosta shoves him over. Free-kick on the left, 22 yards upfield.  12:31PM 1 min We're off after Bubbles. Chelsea, in their inverse reverse kit, white shorts, white shirts, blue 'hose', attack from left to right and West Ham snap into a high pressing closedown to push them back.   12:27PM West Ham have four serviceable strikers On the bench but none in the team. David Moyes! 12:17PM Mark Noble is back The most sensible haircut in football return to lead his team against Chelsea Credit: James Griffiths/West Ham United via Getty Images   12:08PM David Moyes speaks We're interested in the game, we're no' talking about Joe Hart. We've set up to cause them a problem at times. We were good for long periods against arguably the best team in the Premier League but were up against another team who are as good as anybody in the Premier League.  11:51AM And for those of you watching in colour, this one's in black and white West HamAdrian; Zabaleta, Ogbonna, Reid, Cresswell; Noble, Obiang; Arnautovic, Lanzini, Masuaku; Antonio. Substitutes Hart, Rice, Fernandes, Chicharito, Ayew, Sakho, Carroll. David Moyes has dropped the England goalkeeper Joe Hart Credit: Arfa Griffiths/West Ham United via Getty Images Chelsea Courtois; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Cahill; Zappacosta, Fabregas, Kante, Bakayoko, Alonso; Hazard; Morata. Substitutes Caballero, Rudiger, Ampadu, Willian, Moses, Batshuayi, Pedro. Referee Anthony Taylor (Wythenshawe) 11:47AM Team news - Joe Hart has been dropped The skipper returns for our London derby ��#COYI#WHUCHEpic.twitter.com/ezpMfHtlhZ— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) December 9, 2017 Chelsea team today: Courtois; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Cahill (c); Zappacosta, Bakayoko, Kante, Fabregas, Alonso; Hazard, Morata. #WHUCHEpic.twitter.com/M7jVA07hb3— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) December 9, 2017   11:45AM Good morning And welcome to coverage of West Ham United vs Chelsea from the London Stadium where the visitors lost last year in the League Cup but won convincingly in the Premier League in the spring by virtue of goals from Eden Hazard and Diego Costa. Chelsea were oddly disjointed in the week against Atletico, particularly in midfield where the switch from 3-4-3 to 3-5-1-1 didn't really work without Marcos Alonso's creative influence on the left. Not sure that N'Golo Kante, Cesc Fabregas and Tiemoue Bakayoko work as a three quite yet, though they ought to as they have contrasting and complementary qualities. As well as Alvaro Morata is playing, I think they miss the Diego Costa of the first half of 2016-17 as well, that relentlessness and spikiness. Credit: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images As for West Ham - discernible signs of improvement at Manchester City and certainly an improved performance from Adrian which has done for Joe Hart's security as first-choice and he will start today on the bench. About time too. For all West Ham's flaws, David Sullivan has given a rather self-serving newspaper interview today which is full of nuggets that betray his ability to apportion blame on anyone but himself, save for the sin of being too understanding, too indulgent to Slaven Bilic and Sam Allardyce.  He chucks them under the bus while he, surprise, surprise emerges with clean hands and a misunderstood heart. The key for them, I think, is to stay as competitive as they can until they can sign reinforcements in January. But they have to be wary of the kind of players Moyes might want to sign. While they could probably do with players of the calibre of Marouane Fellaini and Juan Mata, his signings at Manchester United, the last thing they need is ones like Papy Djilibodji, Didier N'Dong, Paddy McNair, Donald Love, Darron Gibson and Bryan Oviedo, his cash buys at Sunderland. Lucky West Ham have such discerning owners. Oh! 

West Ham 1 Chelsea 0: Antonio Conte concedes defeat in title race after David Moyes masterclass

It was this time last year that Antonio Conte’s Chelsea were five victories into a 10-game winning streak that broke the rest of the Premier League, and just as the Italian knows when a team are in position to win titles, so he can spot one that is failing. The Chelsea manager was unequivocal in the aftermath of this, his side’s fourth defeat in 16, that not only were the champions out of the title race but, on this form, they had never been in it. A victory for Manchester City in their game in hand would stretch their lead over Chelsea to 14 points before the presents have been wrapped for Christmas, and now we will see another side of the Chelsea manager, and his relationship with the club. It would be right to say that, bitterly disappointed after defeat to Marko Arnautovic’s first West Ham goal, Conte looked like he a man who could fall out with the club’s hierarchy if things get worse. When asked whether the widening gap would change his plans for the January transfer window he replied, with the glassy-eyed stare: “I can give my opinion but the last decision is the club’s and it is their right to do this.” Conte said that his players were tired and he seemed also to be conceding some kind of defeat. It was a day when his best player Eden Hazard had not been able to get the team out of trouble and Tiemoue Bakayoko, one of those new summer signings, was taken off at half-time. Michy Batshuayi was never given the opportunity to score the equaliser, and Alvaro Morata missed a chance with seven minutes remaining that should really have been the equaliser. “To talk about the title race after a defeat is a bit strange, especially if this is the fourth defeat of the season in 16 games,” Conte said. “When you have this start, it is impossible to think you are in the title race. My experience is this – if you want to stay in the race for the title, in the first part of the season you can lose once or twice.   Marko Arnautovic scores his first goal for West Ham Credit: Reuters “After 16 games if you lose four it means you never started this race.” He was beaten by David Moyes, who put together a shrewd West Ham performance that was organised, disciplined and did the club’s new manager great credit. Retaining Adrian Lopez ahead of Joe Hart was just one part of it, but really the major factors were his use of Michal Antonio and Arnautovic to stretch Chelsea on the counter-attack and a confident defensive performance. There was no man-to-man marking job on Hazard and, instead, Pedro Obiang blocked the space in front of the two centre-halves. In the heart of the defence, Winston Reid was the game’s standout player, escaping with a tug on the collar of Morata’s shirt in the first half and generally dealing well with the Spanish centre-forward.  Moyes said that after the narrow defeat to Manchester City, this was the performance he believed his team had been ready to deliver.  “We had taken confidence from the City game because of our performance but ultimately we got nothing out of it. We need to stop conceding goals. We have got players who score. We kept a clean sheet – when did West Ham last keep a clean sheet?” David Moyes delighted to secure his first win as West Ham manager Credit: PA The reply to that question came from one long-serving West Ham correspondent who offered the answer “1983”. It might feel that long but this was the fourth of the season, and Moyes could see the funny side. Through that painful relegation season with Sunderland and then Real Sociedad, and Manchester United before that, it has been a long time since Moyes has been able to bask in the glow of victory over major opposition – not since a win over Barcelona in January 2015. “I used to say in the early days with Bill Kenwright [Everton chairman] that the best feeling for a manager used to be the Saturday night feeling,” Moyes said. “When you get a win and how good it makes you feel. I came off, went into the dressing room, praised the players, put my jacket on and thought, ‘Oh no, I’ve got Arsenal in midweek’.” The situation remains delicate at West Ham for their new manager, especially with the chairman David Sullivan’s admissions this week of regrets over the stadium move and the signing last January of Robert Snodgrass and Jose Fonte. The latter was in the Sky Sports studio for the afternoon. Andy Carroll, Diafra Sakho, Javier Hernandez and Andre Ayew were all left on the bench by Moyes as he tried to catch Chelsea out on the counter-attack. The goal came within the first five minutes for Arnautovic, his first in this his 13th appearance for the club since joining in the summer. The ball was worked well from the touchline starting with Pablo Zabaleta, to Arnautovic, to Michail Antonio, Manuel Lanzini and finally back to the Austria international for the delicate job of stroking his shot past Thibaut Courtois. “The two strikers we had were the two with the power and pace,” Moyes said. “There will be other games when we need Chicarito [Hernandez] for his finishing or when we need Andy Carroll for his aerial prowess. At the moment the level of the teams we are playing we need the boys who can cause the opposition problems on the counter attack.” Conte tried to change the game at half-time, bringing on Pedro for Bakayoko, and then later Willian and Victor Moses to give his side some width. But it was a poor performance from Chelsea, lacking the imagination that gave City a victory against a similarly robust West Ham.  Chelsea can't get going against West Ham Credit: Reuters There were very few times when Moyes’ defence looked like they were under pressure or out of shape. “We created the chances and didn’t take them and now we are talking about a defeat,” Conte said. “Many players were tired and it is normal when you play every three days. We started our pre-season with the same players, a lot of players are always playing and you have to pay something.” By which he meant he does not believe that this is a squad capable of challenging for the title again. He was never likely to stay beyond this season and days like this only serve to show how fragile that relationship with the club has become. 2:25PM Full time West Ham deservedly pick up the first victory of David Moyes' spell in charge. And very positive signs, too. Chelsea were oddly off-kilter. They don't look right, as if some of the fizz has gone. Thanks for your company. We'll have a match report here imminently.  2:23PM 90+5 min Blimey! The lesser-spotted foul throw from Willian as he rushes to hustle a re-start.  2:23PM 90+4 min First Cresswell heads out Azpilicueta's cross then Zabaleta rushes in to block the shot. Azpilicueta picks it up again and loops a cross towards the six-yard box that Adrian catches.   2:21PM 90+3 min Masuaku is named man of the match a moment after Fabregas whacks a 25-yarder over the bar.  2:20PM 90+2 min Kante turns in the box but can't find Morata. Ogbonna scoots it away. Back come Chelsea, faced by two banks of five.  2:19PM 90 min There will be five minutes of added time - some of it a direct result of the West Ham's understandable fannying about. 2:18PM 87 min Stuart Pearce, David Moyes' assistant, wellies the ball away from Chelsea who wanted to take a throw when it falls to him over the touchline. Antonio Conte is not impressed. But there's no confrontation. Pearce is sent to the dugout and Masuaku is booked for complicity in this sustained policy of timewasting. Adrian was booked half an hour ago for the same offence.   2:15PM 85 min Now it's Hazard's turn to miss the target from the edge of the area. It was more difficult than Morata's and set up by the centre-forward's neat passing at close quarters. Hazard strides through the inside-right channel into the D but fires his shot over as Reid threw himself in to block.  Miss: West Ham 1 - 0 Chelsea (Álvaro Morata, 83 min)   2:13PM 83 min A glorious chance for Morata is spurned when he torpedoes a shot into the side-netting with only the keeper to beat. Masuaku, who has played well, dozes off and allows Kante through to find the pass beyond West Ham's defence via a deflection off Reid.  Miss: West Ham 1 - 0 Chelsea (Álvaro Morata, 83 min)   2:11PM 82 min I must say I though Zabaleta had gone but he's been terrific today. Tenacious and effective.  2:10PM 81 min Chelsea lose the ball on the edge of the West Ham box and the home side makes a quick break through Sakho and Ayew that looks promising until Ayew tries a preposterous 25-yard pass from left to right that balloons into Courtois's hands.   West Ham vs Chelsea shots on goal   2:07PM 79 min Andre Ayew replaces Antonio.  2:07PM 78 min Antonio has run himself into the ground and lies on the grass in exhaustion. Antonio Conte suggests a stretcher with a raised eyebrow. Am I wrong? A meringue? But Conte seems somewhat subdued this past few weeks. As if the intensity has dissipated, the fire turned down.   2:04PM 77 min Morata challenges Adrian in the air five yards out and, because they go shoulder to shoulder, he is penalised. Nat Lofthouse, from another place, gives his head a shake.  2:03PM 75 min The ball doesn't stick to Sakho at the first time of asking but West Ham regroup and enjoy a decent spell of possession as they make gradual progress up the left. Masuaku looks composed and confident as he brings the ball inside to feed Sakho in the box but he cannot control it and Yer Actual have quickly to return to a spell of containment.  2:01PM 73 min Pedro and Hazard combine to get to the byline on the left but once again there's no space in the box for the cut-back after West Ham flood back.  2:00PM 71 min  West Ham sub: Sakho replaces Arnautovic who turns to applaud the crowd in a meeting of the mutual appreciation society. Obiang is booked seconds later for a clumsy, sliding foul that attacks Morata from the side.  Obiang sends Morata flying Credit: Alastair Grant/AP   1:57PM 70 min Fabregas stands up a cross to the far post that is knocked back to the edge of the box. Christensen meets it on the volley and Reid throws himself in its way to make a courageous block.  1:56PM 68 min Chelsea take it quickly, shift it up the right to Willian who glides in from the flank towards the box and Cresswell kick hum up the Aristotle before he crosses the whitewash. Free-kick.  1:55PM 66 min Reid is turned by Morata on halfway and petrified by the acres of empty grass behind him, yanks him down.  1:54PM 64 min Half chances at both ends. First Azpilicueta’s long shot hits two defenders and is knocked off path through to Adrian who has to best Morata in  race to get there and smother it.Then Masuaku bullocks forward to shoot and ends up with a corner that comes to nught.  1:52PM 63 min Adrian appears to have been booked for timewasting. He's gone too soon. Chelsea sub: Zappacosta off, Willian on. Back four now?  1:51PM 62 min Antonio and Arnautovic are working their socks off and Andy Hinchcliffe fears they won't make the end. He warns that Andy Carroll would be the wrong option as substitute because he lacks the mobility to play in this system. Would Sam Allardyce take him to Everton, you think?  1:49PM 60 min Shot from Zappacosta as he tacked in from the left. It swerves past the right post on a crazy trajectory. Possibly a cross.  Antonio Conte is unhappy with his side Credit: REUTERS/David Klein   1:47PM 58 min Rotten ball from Cresswell cannons straight into Morata. The power being its only redeeming feature that foiled Morata's attempt to stun it with one touch. Obiang brought him down instead of letting him have a second touch. Free-kick, 22 yards out. Fabregas slips it to the right of the box where Moses is lurking but the routine doesn't work and Masuaku blocks the cross/shot.   1:45PM 56 min Chelsea sub: Moses does come on but for Marcos Alonso not Zappacosta who switches to the left.  1:44PM 54 min West Ham want a penalty after the ball brushes Christensen's arm on the left borderland of the box. His arm was up as Arnautovic tried to hook it over the defender and scoot round. Anthony Taylor says it wasn't deliberate or consequential ...  1:43PM 53 min And West Ham break with Antonio and Arnautovic after Cahill makes a wayward, lazy pass on halfway. It's two ve three but Antonio delays the pass by a second and Arnautovic is offside when put through one-on-one with Courtois. What a waste! Credit: SKY SPORTS   1:40PM 51 min The dainty feet of Fabregas work another quarter chance as he soft shoes himself to the byline where he is found by a cute Pedro pass. Fabregas cuts it back to the edge of the six-yard box but Morata couldn't get in front of Reid.  1:39PM 49 min Pedro shoots wide, not timing a shot presented by a dropping ball at the edge of the box. Good work from Hazard and Zappacosta to create some turmoil in the West Ham box though the latter's cross was a bit too floaty to give Morata the chance of attacking the header optmistically.  1:36PM 48 min Arnautovic has started the half through the middle with Antonio on the left. It's interesting how Masuaku drops back and Cresswell tucks in to make a five when Chelsea probe down the right. Might be a better bet to bring Moses on for Zappacosta to have a run at both?  1:34PM 46 min Masuaku, who has improved beyond recognition, saunters forward up the left and cracks a pass off Zappacosta for the opportunity of a Michail Antonio long throw that is headed back out of the box.  1:32PM Chelsea change Pedro is coming on for Bakayoko.  1:30PM Big Boy's birthday Oi big boy, happy birthday! pic.twitter.com/gLQyvOjOjf— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) December 9, 2017   1:23PM Half-time entertainment West Ham vs Chelsea shots on goal Arnautovic and Antonio are exchanging positions slickly to cause problems for Chelsea' defence.   Average touch positions (half time)   1:20PM Half time West Ham have played very well, kicking on from their marked improvement at the Etihad. Moyes may be an uninspiring choice as manager but given decent players and the right attitude, the evidence of his work is plain to see. Chelsea look out of sorts. I can understand why they need Fabregas in to pick a pass but wouldn't Pedro or Willian be a better option than Bakayoko or does that leave them too light?  1:18PM 45+2 min Noble and Lanzini combine resourcefully on the right but the latter's blocked cross/shot after giving Zappacosta the runaround hits Azpilicueta and gives the referee the signal to blow his whistle.  1:17PM 45 min From which Arnautovic shoots, a ratpowered bobbler from the edge of the area. 'Through traffic,' as the current cliche puts it. 'Through Traffic,' would be a more arresting image, the ball nutmegging Steve Winwood and his Hammond on its way to goal.  1:15PM 43 min Hazard's pass up the left after good work from Alonso to storm past Arnautovic hits Obiang and rebounds up to Arnautovic who skates forward at pace to win a corner.  1:12PM 41 min Cresswell takes this one short to Lanzini but he floats his long cross down Courtois' throat.   1:11PM 40 min Antonio's hard running puts Azpilicueta and Courtois in a pickle. The keeper runs out to help and screws a clearance behind him and out for a corner that doesn't beat the first man but earns another.  1:09PM 38 min Bakayoko hits a sliced shot from the right that swerves towards the bottom right corner after it takes a touch off Cresswell which helps it round the post as Adrian scrambled across goal. Reid wins the header at the corner and Noble belts it clear.  1:07PM 36 min Eventually Fabregas, the safe-cracker supreme, has the ball and tries to pick the lock with a lob over Ogbonna from the edge of the D. It's a cute little up and under that may have worked but for the vision of the pesky Masuaku who rumbled his intentions and bustled in from the left to win the header and catch Morata by surprise.  Possession: West Ham vs Chelsea   1:05PM 34 min West Ham  quickly get nine men behind the ball whenever Chelsea make a move forward and this time it works in pushing them back, in search of a gap. First Kante tries to penetrate but has to head backwards where Antonio snaps at his heels.  1:03PM 32 min Sky's commentary team is not enamoured of Michy Batshuayi's cuddling of a hot water bottle on the bench.  1:02PM 30 min Another sharp save from Adrian, low to his left, when Zappacosta's shot from the breakdown of the corner ricochets through a thicket of legs. Morata was offside but a good save nonetheless.  1:01PM 28 min West Ham break and Arnautovic's shot is blocked but Chelsea come back at them like lightning and Alonso dupes Zabaleta, sends him off to buy a paper, shifts the ball inside to Kante who loops a bouncing bomb of a shot towards the bottom left corner and Adrian swoops smartly to push it round for a corner.  12:59PM 26 min West Ham are being forced backwards and well as they are defending it's starting to feel somewhat ominous.    John McEnerney writes Hi Rob, is today the day Moyes gets his first win? Well Roy H got his first win for Palace against Chelsea so you never know. I wouldn’t have Moyes as the manager of a bad pub team let alone a Premier League side but that’s just me. Chelsea should take the 3 points but will be pushed hard. I have a feeling both managers won’t be in the Premiership next season one will be given the sack & the other will return to his native Italy to take over AC Milan or the national team. West Ham fans keep waiting for the Moyes Magic to happen well there’s better chance of finding a winged unicorn at the bottom of the garden playing chess with Elvis! Elvis says 'Queen's pawn to d4', John  12:55PM 23 min Sensational pass from Fabregas. He's 25 yards out and shapes to hit a cross but instead gulls the defenders by threading a pass between two claret shirts, Obiang and Lanzini, wrapping his foot around it and lacing it round the corner. Ogbonna reads it and blocks Bakayoko's snap shot.  12:53PM 21 min Hazard has a hack at a volley that fell from the moon via Ogbonna's head, taking the opportunity however puny, to have a dig at goal but it flashes wide. West Ham, one has to say, are playing very well. They look compact, organised and purposeful. And the crowd are responding with rare enthusiasm. Chelsea still look dangerous, though.  12:50PM 18 min Chelsea cross comes in and West Ham marshal Morata very closely and with some vigour to hold his run. The ball breaks free and Marcos Alonso goes up with Adrian. The ref books him for leaving his boot up but I'm not sure it was malicious. The keeper's legs were up - as keepers do - too.  12:48PM 16 min Marcos Alonso takes a tumble under Zabaleta's challenge but is unpunished for the rather exaggerated response.   Arnautovic scores his first goal for West Ham Credit: IAN KINGTON/AFP/Getty Images Arnautovic leaps in delight Credit:  Dan Mullan/Getty Images   12:45PM 14 min Andy Hinchcliffe, the Sky co-commentator, berates Alvaro Morata for a pratfall in the box. And rightly so. Reid had a hand on his shoulder after being turned but Morata could have withstood it and employed the space he'd created to whack a shot with his left foot.   12:42PM 12 min Lanzini hits a dipping cross to the far post to meet Ogbonna's run round the back. But he's penalised for using Alonso as a ladder to aid his climb.  12:41PM 10 min Cahill barges Antonio over about 30 yards out. They look a little rattled by the West Ham high press. It was frequently said that they weren't fit under Bilic ... they look like greyhounds out there today. Props to Moyes for that.  12:39PM 8 min Terrific finish from Arnautovic, dinked into the corner after a one-two with Lanzini at the edge of the box expertly manipulated Christensen out of position to work the space to shoot with his left, a curling finish. Excellent from Antonio too to come towards the ball and draw Cahill allowing Arnautovic to flood into the gap. West Ham 1 - 0 Chelsea (Marko Arnautovic, 6 min)   12:36PM GOAL!! West Ham 1-0 Chelsea (Arnautovic) 12:36PM 6 min Bakayoko gets up clutching his left buttock after Zabaleta challenges him in the air. He's OK. West Ham continue to hustle Chelsea in possession, win the ball back and Arnautovic and Antonio combine to storm forward until Kante makes a decisive tackle.  12:34PM 4 min Christensen heads it clear and Masuaku picks it up and bursts forward. West Ham work a hoepful cross in that Noble steers wide. Difficult to do anything else given his position.  12:33PM 2 min Bakayoko brings the ball out, passes up to Marcos Alonso who sprays a pass that Zabaleta cuts out. But West Ham cannot retain possession. They're better at winning it back than holding on to it. Masuaku does juts that and allows Lanzini to hare up the left, making good ground until Zappacosta shoves him over. Free-kick on the left, 22 yards upfield.  12:31PM 1 min We're off after Bubbles. Chelsea, in their inverse reverse kit, white shorts, white shirts, blue 'hose', attack from left to right and West Ham snap into a high pressing closedown to push them back.   12:27PM West Ham have four serviceable strikers On the bench but none in the team. David Moyes! 12:17PM Mark Noble is back The most sensible haircut in football return to lead his team against Chelsea Credit: James Griffiths/West Ham United via Getty Images   12:08PM David Moyes speaks We're interested in the game, we're no' talking about Joe Hart. We've set up to cause them a problem at times. We were good for long periods against arguably the best team in the Premier League but were up against another team who are as good as anybody in the Premier League.  11:51AM And for those of you watching in colour, this one's in black and white West HamAdrian; Zabaleta, Ogbonna, Reid, Cresswell; Noble, Obiang; Arnautovic, Lanzini, Masuaku; Antonio. Substitutes Hart, Rice, Fernandes, Chicharito, Ayew, Sakho, Carroll. David Moyes has dropped the England goalkeeper Joe Hart Credit: Arfa Griffiths/West Ham United via Getty Images Chelsea Courtois; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Cahill; Zappacosta, Fabregas, Kante, Bakayoko, Alonso; Hazard; Morata. Substitutes Caballero, Rudiger, Ampadu, Willian, Moses, Batshuayi, Pedro. Referee Anthony Taylor (Wythenshawe) 11:47AM Team news - Joe Hart has been dropped The skipper returns for our London derby ��#COYI#WHUCHEpic.twitter.com/ezpMfHtlhZ— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) December 9, 2017 Chelsea team today: Courtois; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Cahill (c); Zappacosta, Bakayoko, Kante, Fabregas, Alonso; Hazard, Morata. #WHUCHEpic.twitter.com/M7jVA07hb3— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) December 9, 2017   11:45AM Good morning And welcome to coverage of West Ham United vs Chelsea from the London Stadium where the visitors lost last year in the League Cup but won convincingly in the Premier League in the spring by virtue of goals from Eden Hazard and Diego Costa. Chelsea were oddly disjointed in the week against Atletico, particularly in midfield where the switch from 3-4-3 to 3-5-1-1 didn't really work without Marcos Alonso's creative influence on the left. Not sure that N'Golo Kante, Cesc Fabregas and Tiemoue Bakayoko work as a three quite yet, though they ought to as they have contrasting and complementary qualities. As well as Alvaro Morata is playing, I think they miss the Diego Costa of the first half of 2016-17 as well, that relentlessness and spikiness. Credit: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images As for West Ham - discernible signs of improvement at Manchester City and certainly an improved performance from Adrian which has done for Joe Hart's security as first-choice and he will start today on the bench. About time too. For all West Ham's flaws, David Sullivan has given a rather self-serving newspaper interview today which is full of nuggets that betray his ability to apportion blame on anyone but himself, save for the sin of being too understanding, too indulgent to Slaven Bilic and Sam Allardyce.  He chucks them under the bus while he, surprise, surprise emerges with clean hands and a misunderstood heart. The key for them, I think, is to stay as competitive as they can until they can sign reinforcements in January. But they have to be wary of the kind of players Moyes might want to sign. While they could probably do with players of the calibre of Marouane Fellaini and Juan Mata, his signings at Manchester United, the last thing they need is ones like Papy Djilibodji, Didier N'Dong, Paddy McNair, Donald Love, Darron Gibson and Bryan Oviedo, his cash buys at Sunderland. Lucky West Ham have such discerning owners. Oh! 

West Ham 1 Chelsea 0: Antonio Conte concedes defeat in title race after David Moyes masterclass

It was this time last year that Antonio Conte’s Chelsea were five victories into a 10-game winning streak that broke the rest of the Premier League, and just as the Italian knows when a team are in position to win titles, so he can spot one that is failing. The Chelsea manager was unequivocal in the aftermath of this, his side’s fourth defeat in 16, that not only were the champions out of the title race but, on this form, they had never been in it. A victory for Manchester City in their game in hand would stretch their lead over Chelsea to 14 points before the presents have been wrapped for Christmas, and now we will see another side of the Chelsea manager, and his relationship with the club. It would be right to say that, bitterly disappointed after defeat to Marko Arnautovic’s first West Ham goal, Conte looked like he a man who could fall out with the club’s hierarchy if things get worse. When asked whether the widening gap would change his plans for the January transfer window he replied, with the glassy-eyed stare: “I can give my opinion but the last decision is the club’s and it is their right to do this.” Conte said that his players were tired and he seemed also to be conceding some kind of defeat. It was a day when his best player Eden Hazard had not been able to get the team out of trouble and Tiemoue Bakayoko, one of those new summer signings, was taken off at half-time. Michy Batshuayi was never given the opportunity to score the equaliser, and Alvaro Morata missed a chance with seven minutes remaining that should really have been the equaliser. “To talk about the title race after a defeat is a bit strange, especially if this is the fourth defeat of the season in 16 games,” Conte said. “When you have this start, it is impossible to think you are in the title race. My experience is this – if you want to stay in the race for the title, in the first part of the season you can lose once or twice.   Marko Arnautovic scores his first goal for West Ham Credit: Reuters “After 16 games if you lose four it means you never started this race.” He was beaten by David Moyes, who put together a shrewd West Ham performance that was organised, disciplined and did the club’s new manager great credit. Retaining Adrian Lopez ahead of Joe Hart was just one part of it, but really the major factors were his use of Michal Antonio and Arnautovic to stretch Chelsea on the counter-attack and a confident defensive performance. There was no man-to-man marking job on Hazard and, instead, Pedro Obiang blocked the space in front of the two centre-halves. In the heart of the defence, Winston Reid was the game’s standout player, escaping with a tug on the collar of Morata’s shirt in the first half and generally dealing well with the Spanish centre-forward.  Moyes said that after the narrow defeat to Manchester City, this was the performance he believed his team had been ready to deliver.  “We had taken confidence from the City game because of our performance but ultimately we got nothing out of it. We need to stop conceding goals. We have got players who score. We kept a clean sheet – when did West Ham last keep a clean sheet?” David Moyes delighted to secure his first win as West Ham manager Credit: PA The reply to that question came from one long-serving West Ham correspondent who offered the answer “1983”. It might feel that long but this was the fourth of the season, and Moyes could see the funny side. Through that painful relegation season with Sunderland and then Real Sociedad, and Manchester United before that, it has been a long time since Moyes has been able to bask in the glow of victory over major opposition – not since a win over Barcelona in January 2015. “I used to say in the early days with Bill Kenwright [Everton chairman] that the best feeling for a manager used to be the Saturday night feeling,” Moyes said. “When you get a win and how good it makes you feel. I came off, went into the dressing room, praised the players, put my jacket on and thought, ‘Oh no, I’ve got Arsenal in midweek’.” The situation remains delicate at West Ham for their new manager, especially with the chairman David Sullivan’s admissions this week of regrets over the stadium move and the signing last January of Robert Snodgrass and Jose Fonte. The latter was in the Sky Sports studio for the afternoon. Andy Carroll, Diafra Sakho, Javier Hernandez and Andre Ayew were all left on the bench by Moyes as he tried to catch Chelsea out on the counter-attack. The goal came within the first five minutes for Arnautovic, his first in this his 13th appearance for the club since joining in the summer. The ball was worked well from the touchline starting with Pablo Zabaleta, to Arnautovic, to Michail Antonio, Manuel Lanzini and finally back to the Austria international for the delicate job of stroking his shot past Thibaut Courtois. “The two strikers we had were the two with the power and pace,” Moyes said. “There will be other games when we need Chicarito [Hernandez] for his finishing or when we need Andy Carroll for his aerial prowess. At the moment the level of the teams we are playing we need the boys who can cause the opposition problems on the counter attack.” Conte tried to change the game at half-time, bringing on Pedro for Bakayoko, and then later Willian and Victor Moses to give his side some width. But it was a poor performance from Chelsea, lacking the imagination that gave City a victory against a similarly robust West Ham.  Chelsea can't get going against West Ham Credit: Reuters There were very few times when Moyes’ defence looked like they were under pressure or out of shape. “We created the chances and didn’t take them and now we are talking about a defeat,” Conte said. “Many players were tired and it is normal when you play every three days. We started our pre-season with the same players, a lot of players are always playing and you have to pay something.” By which he meant he does not believe that this is a squad capable of challenging for the title again. He was never likely to stay beyond this season and days like this only serve to show how fragile that relationship with the club has become. 2:25PM Full time West Ham deservedly pick up the first victory of David Moyes' spell in charge. And very positive signs, too. Chelsea were oddly off-kilter. They don't look right, as if some of the fizz has gone. Thanks for your company. We'll have a match report here imminently.  2:23PM 90+5 min Blimey! The lesser-spotted foul throw from Willian as he rushes to hustle a re-start.  2:23PM 90+4 min First Cresswell heads out Azpilicueta's cross then Zabaleta rushes in to block the shot. Azpilicueta picks it up again and loops a cross towards the six-yard box that Adrian catches.   2:21PM 90+3 min Masuaku is named man of the match a moment after Fabregas whacks a 25-yarder over the bar.  2:20PM 90+2 min Kante turns in the box but can't find Morata. Ogbonna scoots it away. Back come Chelsea, faced by two banks of five.  2:19PM 90 min There will be five minutes of added time - some of it a direct result of the West Ham's understandable fannying about. 2:18PM 87 min Stuart Pearce, David Moyes' assistant, wellies the ball away from Chelsea who wanted to take a throw when it falls to him over the touchline. Antonio Conte is not impressed. But there's no confrontation. Pearce is sent to the dugout and Masuaku is booked for complicity in this sustained policy of timewasting. Adrian was booked half an hour ago for the same offence.   2:15PM 85 min Now it's Hazard's turn to miss the target from the edge of the area. It was more difficult than Morata's and set up by the centre-forward's neat passing at close quarters. Hazard strides through the inside-right channel into the D but fires his shot over as Reid threw himself in to block.  Miss: West Ham 1 - 0 Chelsea (Álvaro Morata, 83 min)   2:13PM 83 min A glorious chance for Morata is spurned when he torpedoes a shot into the side-netting with only the keeper to beat. Masuaku, who has played well, dozes off and allows Kante through to find the pass beyond West Ham's defence via a deflection off Reid.  Miss: West Ham 1 - 0 Chelsea (Álvaro Morata, 83 min)   2:11PM 82 min I must say I though Zabaleta had gone but he's been terrific today. Tenacious and effective.  2:10PM 81 min Chelsea lose the ball on the edge of the West Ham box and the home side makes a quick break through Sakho and Ayew that looks promising until Ayew tries a preposterous 25-yard pass from left to right that balloons into Courtois's hands.   West Ham vs Chelsea shots on goal   2:07PM 79 min Andre Ayew replaces Antonio.  2:07PM 78 min Antonio has run himself into the ground and lies on the grass in exhaustion. Antonio Conte suggests a stretcher with a raised eyebrow. Am I wrong? A meringue? But Conte seems somewhat subdued this past few weeks. As if the intensity has dissipated, the fire turned down.   2:04PM 77 min Morata challenges Adrian in the air five yards out and, because they go shoulder to shoulder, he is penalised. Nat Lofthouse, from another place, gives his head a shake.  2:03PM 75 min The ball doesn't stick to Sakho at the first time of asking but West Ham regroup and enjoy a decent spell of possession as they make gradual progress up the left. Masuaku looks composed and confident as he brings the ball inside to feed Sakho in the box but he cannot control it and Yer Actual have quickly to return to a spell of containment.  2:01PM 73 min Pedro and Hazard combine to get to the byline on the left but once again there's no space in the box for the cut-back after West Ham flood back.  2:00PM 71 min  West Ham sub: Sakho replaces Arnautovic who turns to applaud the crowd in a meeting of the mutual appreciation society. Obiang is booked seconds later for a clumsy, sliding foul that attacks Morata from the side.  Obiang sends Morata flying Credit: Alastair Grant/AP   1:57PM 70 min Fabregas stands up a cross to the far post that is knocked back to the edge of the box. Christensen meets it on the volley and Reid throws himself in its way to make a courageous block.  1:56PM 68 min Chelsea take it quickly, shift it up the right to Willian who glides in from the flank towards the box and Cresswell kick hum up the Aristotle before he crosses the whitewash. Free-kick.  1:55PM 66 min Reid is turned by Morata on halfway and petrified by the acres of empty grass behind him, yanks him down.  1:54PM 64 min Half chances at both ends. First Azpilicueta’s long shot hits two defenders and is knocked off path through to Adrian who has to best Morata in  race to get there and smother it.Then Masuaku bullocks forward to shoot and ends up with a corner that comes to nught.  1:52PM 63 min Adrian appears to have been booked for timewasting. He's gone too soon. Chelsea sub: Zappacosta off, Willian on. Back four now?  1:51PM 62 min Antonio and Arnautovic are working their socks off and Andy Hinchcliffe fears they won't make the end. He warns that Andy Carroll would be the wrong option as substitute because he lacks the mobility to play in this system. Would Sam Allardyce take him to Everton, you think?  1:49PM 60 min Shot from Zappacosta as he tacked in from the left. It swerves past the right post on a crazy trajectory. Possibly a cross.  Antonio Conte is unhappy with his side Credit: REUTERS/David Klein   1:47PM 58 min Rotten ball from Cresswell cannons straight into Morata. The power being its only redeeming feature that foiled Morata's attempt to stun it with one touch. Obiang brought him down instead of letting him have a second touch. Free-kick, 22 yards out. Fabregas slips it to the right of the box where Moses is lurking but the routine doesn't work and Masuaku blocks the cross/shot.   1:45PM 56 min Chelsea sub: Moses does come on but for Marcos Alonso not Zappacosta who switches to the left.  1:44PM 54 min West Ham want a penalty after the ball brushes Christensen's arm on the left borderland of the box. His arm was up as Arnautovic tried to hook it over the defender and scoot round. Anthony Taylor says it wasn't deliberate or consequential ...  1:43PM 53 min And West Ham break with Antonio and Arnautovic after Cahill makes a wayward, lazy pass on halfway. It's two ve three but Antonio delays the pass by a second and Arnautovic is offside when put through one-on-one with Courtois. What a waste! Credit: SKY SPORTS   1:40PM 51 min The dainty feet of Fabregas work another quarter chance as he soft shoes himself to the byline where he is found by a cute Pedro pass. Fabregas cuts it back to the edge of the six-yard box but Morata couldn't get in front of Reid.  1:39PM 49 min Pedro shoots wide, not timing a shot presented by a dropping ball at the edge of the box. Good work from Hazard and Zappacosta to create some turmoil in the West Ham box though the latter's cross was a bit too floaty to give Morata the chance of attacking the header optmistically.  1:36PM 48 min Arnautovic has started the half through the middle with Antonio on the left. It's interesting how Masuaku drops back and Cresswell tucks in to make a five when Chelsea probe down the right. Might be a better bet to bring Moses on for Zappacosta to have a run at both?  1:34PM 46 min Masuaku, who has improved beyond recognition, saunters forward up the left and cracks a pass off Zappacosta for the opportunity of a Michail Antonio long throw that is headed back out of the box.  1:32PM Chelsea change Pedro is coming on for Bakayoko.  1:30PM Big Boy's birthday Oi big boy, happy birthday! pic.twitter.com/gLQyvOjOjf— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) December 9, 2017   1:23PM Half-time entertainment West Ham vs Chelsea shots on goal Arnautovic and Antonio are exchanging positions slickly to cause problems for Chelsea' defence.   Average touch positions (half time)   1:20PM Half time West Ham have played very well, kicking on from their marked improvement at the Etihad. Moyes may be an uninspiring choice as manager but given decent players and the right attitude, the evidence of his work is plain to see. Chelsea look out of sorts. I can understand why they need Fabregas in to pick a pass but wouldn't Pedro or Willian be a better option than Bakayoko or does that leave them too light?  1:18PM 45+2 min Noble and Lanzini combine resourcefully on the right but the latter's blocked cross/shot after giving Zappacosta the runaround hits Azpilicueta and gives the referee the signal to blow his whistle.  1:17PM 45 min From which Arnautovic shoots, a ratpowered bobbler from the edge of the area. 'Through traffic,' as the current cliche puts it. 'Through Traffic,' would be a more arresting image, the ball nutmegging Steve Winwood and his Hammond on its way to goal.  1:15PM 43 min Hazard's pass up the left after good work from Alonso to storm past Arnautovic hits Obiang and rebounds up to Arnautovic who skates forward at pace to win a corner.  1:12PM 41 min Cresswell takes this one short to Lanzini but he floats his long cross down Courtois' throat.   1:11PM 40 min Antonio's hard running puts Azpilicueta and Courtois in a pickle. The keeper runs out to help and screws a clearance behind him and out for a corner that doesn't beat the first man but earns another.  1:09PM 38 min Bakayoko hits a sliced shot from the right that swerves towards the bottom right corner after it takes a touch off Cresswell which helps it round the post as Adrian scrambled across goal. Reid wins the header at the corner and Noble belts it clear.  1:07PM 36 min Eventually Fabregas, the safe-cracker supreme, has the ball and tries to pick the lock with a lob over Ogbonna from the edge of the D. It's a cute little up and under that may have worked but for the vision of the pesky Masuaku who rumbled his intentions and bustled in from the left to win the header and catch Morata by surprise.  Possession: West Ham vs Chelsea   1:05PM 34 min West Ham  quickly get nine men behind the ball whenever Chelsea make a move forward and this time it works in pushing them back, in search of a gap. First Kante tries to penetrate but has to head backwards where Antonio snaps at his heels.  1:03PM 32 min Sky's commentary team is not enamoured of Michy Batshuayi's cuddling of a hot water bottle on the bench.  1:02PM 30 min Another sharp save from Adrian, low to his left, when Zappacosta's shot from the breakdown of the corner ricochets through a thicket of legs. Morata was offside but a good save nonetheless.  1:01PM 28 min West Ham break and Arnautovic's shot is blocked but Chelsea come back at them like lightning and Alonso dupes Zabaleta, sends him off to buy a paper, shifts the ball inside to Kante who loops a bouncing bomb of a shot towards the bottom left corner and Adrian swoops smartly to push it round for a corner.  12:59PM 26 min West Ham are being forced backwards and well as they are defending it's starting to feel somewhat ominous.    John McEnerney writes Hi Rob, is today the day Moyes gets his first win? Well Roy H got his first win for Palace against Chelsea so you never know. I wouldn’t have Moyes as the manager of a bad pub team let alone a Premier League side but that’s just me. Chelsea should take the 3 points but will be pushed hard. I have a feeling both managers won’t be in the Premiership next season one will be given the sack & the other will return to his native Italy to take over AC Milan or the national team. West Ham fans keep waiting for the Moyes Magic to happen well there’s better chance of finding a winged unicorn at the bottom of the garden playing chess with Elvis! Elvis says 'Queen's pawn to d4', John  12:55PM 23 min Sensational pass from Fabregas. He's 25 yards out and shapes to hit a cross but instead gulls the defenders by threading a pass between two claret shirts, Obiang and Lanzini, wrapping his foot around it and lacing it round the corner. Ogbonna reads it and blocks Bakayoko's snap shot.  12:53PM 21 min Hazard has a hack at a volley that fell from the moon via Ogbonna's head, taking the opportunity however puny, to have a dig at goal but it flashes wide. West Ham, one has to say, are playing very well. They look compact, organised and purposeful. And the crowd are responding with rare enthusiasm. Chelsea still look dangerous, though.  12:50PM 18 min Chelsea cross comes in and West Ham marshal Morata very closely and with some vigour to hold his run. The ball breaks free and Marcos Alonso goes up with Adrian. The ref books him for leaving his boot up but I'm not sure it was malicious. The keeper's legs were up - as keepers do - too.  12:48PM 16 min Marcos Alonso takes a tumble under Zabaleta's challenge but is unpunished for the rather exaggerated response.   Arnautovic scores his first goal for West Ham Credit: IAN KINGTON/AFP/Getty Images Arnautovic leaps in delight Credit:  Dan Mullan/Getty Images   12:45PM 14 min Andy Hinchcliffe, the Sky co-commentator, berates Alvaro Morata for a pratfall in the box. And rightly so. Reid had a hand on his shoulder after being turned but Morata could have withstood it and employed the space he'd created to whack a shot with his left foot.   12:42PM 12 min Lanzini hits a dipping cross to the far post to meet Ogbonna's run round the back. But he's penalised for using Alonso as a ladder to aid his climb.  12:41PM 10 min Cahill barges Antonio over about 30 yards out. They look a little rattled by the West Ham high press. It was frequently said that they weren't fit under Bilic ... they look like greyhounds out there today. Props to Moyes for that.  12:39PM 8 min Terrific finish from Arnautovic, dinked into the corner after a one-two with Lanzini at the edge of the box expertly manipulated Christensen out of position to work the space to shoot with his left, a curling finish. Excellent from Antonio too to come towards the ball and draw Cahill allowing Arnautovic to flood into the gap. West Ham 1 - 0 Chelsea (Marko Arnautovic, 6 min)   12:36PM GOAL!! West Ham 1-0 Chelsea (Arnautovic) 12:36PM 6 min Bakayoko gets up clutching his left buttock after Zabaleta challenges him in the air. He's OK. West Ham continue to hustle Chelsea in possession, win the ball back and Arnautovic and Antonio combine to storm forward until Kante makes a decisive tackle.  12:34PM 4 min Christensen heads it clear and Masuaku picks it up and bursts forward. West Ham work a hoepful cross in that Noble steers wide. Difficult to do anything else given his position.  12:33PM 2 min Bakayoko brings the ball out, passes up to Marcos Alonso who sprays a pass that Zabaleta cuts out. But West Ham cannot retain possession. They're better at winning it back than holding on to it. Masuaku does juts that and allows Lanzini to hare up the left, making good ground until Zappacosta shoves him over. Free-kick on the left, 22 yards upfield.  12:31PM 1 min We're off after Bubbles. Chelsea, in their inverse reverse kit, white shorts, white shirts, blue 'hose', attack from left to right and West Ham snap into a high pressing closedown to push them back.   12:27PM West Ham have four serviceable strikers On the bench but none in the team. David Moyes! 12:17PM Mark Noble is back The most sensible haircut in football return to lead his team against Chelsea Credit: James Griffiths/West Ham United via Getty Images   12:08PM David Moyes speaks We're interested in the game, we're no' talking about Joe Hart. We've set up to cause them a problem at times. We were good for long periods against arguably the best team in the Premier League but were up against another team who are as good as anybody in the Premier League.  11:51AM And for those of you watching in colour, this one's in black and white West HamAdrian; Zabaleta, Ogbonna, Reid, Cresswell; Noble, Obiang; Arnautovic, Lanzini, Masuaku; Antonio. Substitutes Hart, Rice, Fernandes, Chicharito, Ayew, Sakho, Carroll. David Moyes has dropped the England goalkeeper Joe Hart Credit: Arfa Griffiths/West Ham United via Getty Images Chelsea Courtois; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Cahill; Zappacosta, Fabregas, Kante, Bakayoko, Alonso; Hazard; Morata. Substitutes Caballero, Rudiger, Ampadu, Willian, Moses, Batshuayi, Pedro. Referee Anthony Taylor (Wythenshawe) 11:47AM Team news - Joe Hart has been dropped The skipper returns for our London derby ��#COYI#WHUCHEpic.twitter.com/ezpMfHtlhZ— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) December 9, 2017 Chelsea team today: Courtois; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Cahill (c); Zappacosta, Bakayoko, Kante, Fabregas, Alonso; Hazard, Morata. #WHUCHEpic.twitter.com/M7jVA07hb3— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) December 9, 2017   11:45AM Good morning And welcome to coverage of West Ham United vs Chelsea from the London Stadium where the visitors lost last year in the League Cup but won convincingly in the Premier League in the spring by virtue of goals from Eden Hazard and Diego Costa. Chelsea were oddly disjointed in the week against Atletico, particularly in midfield where the switch from 3-4-3 to 3-5-1-1 didn't really work without Marcos Alonso's creative influence on the left. Not sure that N'Golo Kante, Cesc Fabregas and Tiemoue Bakayoko work as a three quite yet, though they ought to as they have contrasting and complementary qualities. As well as Alvaro Morata is playing, I think they miss the Diego Costa of the first half of 2016-17 as well, that relentlessness and spikiness. Credit: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images As for West Ham - discernible signs of improvement at Manchester City and certainly an improved performance from Adrian which has done for Joe Hart's security as first-choice and he will start today on the bench. About time too. For all West Ham's flaws, David Sullivan has given a rather self-serving newspaper interview today which is full of nuggets that betray his ability to apportion blame on anyone but himself, save for the sin of being too understanding, too indulgent to Slaven Bilic and Sam Allardyce.  He chucks them under the bus while he, surprise, surprise emerges with clean hands and a misunderstood heart. The key for them, I think, is to stay as competitive as they can until they can sign reinforcements in January. But they have to be wary of the kind of players Moyes might want to sign. While they could probably do with players of the calibre of Marouane Fellaini and Juan Mata, his signings at Manchester United, the last thing they need is ones like Papy Djilibodji, Didier N'Dong, Paddy McNair, Donald Love, Darron Gibson and Bryan Oviedo, his cash buys at Sunderland. Lucky West Ham have such discerning owners. Oh! 

West Ham 1 Chelsea 0: Antonio Conte concedes defeat in title race after David Moyes masterclass

It was this time last year that Antonio Conte’s Chelsea were five victories into a 10-game winning streak that broke the rest of the Premier League, and just as the Italian knows when a team are in position to win titles, so he can spot one that is failing. The Chelsea manager was unequivocal in the aftermath of this, his side’s fourth defeat in 16, that not only were the champions out of the title race but, on this form, they had never been in it. A victory for Manchester City in their game in hand would stretch their lead over Chelsea to 14 points before the presents have been wrapped for Christmas, and now we will see another side of the Chelsea manager, and his relationship with the club. It would be right to say that, bitterly disappointed after defeat to Marko Arnautovic’s first West Ham goal, Conte looked like he a man who could fall out with the club’s hierarchy if things get worse. When asked whether the widening gap would change his plans for the January transfer window he replied, with the glassy-eyed stare: “I can give my opinion but the last decision is the club’s and it is their right to do this.” Conte said that his players were tired and he seemed also to be conceding some kind of defeat. It was a day when his best player Eden Hazard had not been able to get the team out of trouble and Tiemoue Bakayoko, one of those new summer signings, was taken off at half-time. Michy Batshuayi was never given the opportunity to score the equaliser, and Alvaro Morata missed a chance with seven minutes remaining that should really have been the equaliser. “To talk about the title race after a defeat is a bit strange, especially if this is the fourth defeat of the season in 16 games,” Conte said. “When you have this start, it is impossible to think you are in the title race. My experience is this – if you want to stay in the race for the title, in the first part of the season you can lose once or twice.   Marko Arnautovic scores his first goal for West Ham Credit: Reuters “After 16 games if you lose four it means you never started this race.” He was beaten by David Moyes, who put together a shrewd West Ham performance that was organised, disciplined and did the club’s new manager great credit. Retaining Adrian Lopez ahead of Joe Hart was just one part of it, but really the major factors were his use of Michal Antonio and Arnautovic to stretch Chelsea on the counter-attack and a confident defensive performance. There was no man-to-man marking job on Hazard and, instead, Pedro Obiang blocked the space in front of the two centre-halves. In the heart of the defence, Winston Reid was the game’s standout player, escaping with a tug on the collar of Morata’s shirt in the first half and generally dealing well with the Spanish centre-forward.  Moyes said that after the narrow defeat to Manchester City, this was the performance he believed his team had been ready to deliver.  “We had taken confidence from the City game because of our performance but ultimately we got nothing out of it. We need to stop conceding goals. We have got players who score. We kept a clean sheet – when did West Ham last keep a clean sheet?” David Moyes delighted to secure his first win as West Ham manager Credit: PA The reply to that question came from one long-serving West Ham correspondent who offered the answer “1983”. It might feel that long but this was the fourth of the season, and Moyes could see the funny side. Through that painful relegation season with Sunderland and then Real Sociedad, and Manchester United before that, it has been a long time since Moyes has been able to bask in the glow of victory over major opposition – not since a win over Barcelona in January 2015. “I used to say in the early days with Bill Kenwright [Everton chairman] that the best feeling for a manager used to be the Saturday night feeling,” Moyes said. “When you get a win and how good it makes you feel. I came off, went into the dressing room, praised the players, put my jacket on and thought, ‘Oh no, I’ve got Arsenal in midweek’.” The situation remains delicate at West Ham for their new manager, especially with the chairman David Sullivan’s admissions this week of regrets over the stadium move and the signing last January of Robert Snodgrass and Jose Fonte. The latter was in the Sky Sports studio for the afternoon. Andy Carroll, Diafra Sakho, Javier Hernandez and Andre Ayew were all left on the bench by Moyes as he tried to catch Chelsea out on the counter-attack. The goal came within the first five minutes for Arnautovic, his first in this his 13th appearance for the club since joining in the summer. The ball was worked well from the touchline starting with Pablo Zabaleta, to Arnautovic, to Michail Antonio, Manuel Lanzini and finally back to the Austria international for the delicate job of stroking his shot past Thibaut Courtois. “The two strikers we had were the two with the power and pace,” Moyes said. “There will be other games when we need Chicarito [Hernandez] for his finishing or when we need Andy Carroll for his aerial prowess. At the moment the level of the teams we are playing we need the boys who can cause the opposition problems on the counter attack.” Conte tried to change the game at half-time, bringing on Pedro for Bakayoko, and then later Willian and Victor Moses to give his side some width. But it was a poor performance from Chelsea, lacking the imagination that gave City a victory against a similarly robust West Ham.  Chelsea can't get going against West Ham Credit: Reuters There were very few times when Moyes’ defence looked like they were under pressure or out of shape. “We created the chances and didn’t take them and now we are talking about a defeat,” Conte said. “Many players were tired and it is normal when you play every three days. We started our pre-season with the same players, a lot of players are always playing and you have to pay something.” By which he meant he does not believe that this is a squad capable of challenging for the title again. He was never likely to stay beyond this season and days like this only serve to show how fragile that relationship with the club has become. 2:25PM Full time West Ham deservedly pick up the first victory of David Moyes' spell in charge. And very positive signs, too. Chelsea were oddly off-kilter. They don't look right, as if some of the fizz has gone. Thanks for your company. We'll have a match report here imminently.  2:23PM 90+5 min Blimey! The lesser-spotted foul throw from Willian as he rushes to hustle a re-start.  2:23PM 90+4 min First Cresswell heads out Azpilicueta's cross then Zabaleta rushes in to block the shot. Azpilicueta picks it up again and loops a cross towards the six-yard box that Adrian catches.   2:21PM 90+3 min Masuaku is named man of the match a moment after Fabregas whacks a 25-yarder over the bar.  2:20PM 90+2 min Kante turns in the box but can't find Morata. Ogbonna scoots it away. Back come Chelsea, faced by two banks of five.  2:19PM 90 min There will be five minutes of added time - some of it a direct result of the West Ham's understandable fannying about. 2:18PM 87 min Stuart Pearce, David Moyes' assistant, wellies the ball away from Chelsea who wanted to take a throw when it falls to him over the touchline. Antonio Conte is not impressed. But there's no confrontation. Pearce is sent to the dugout and Masuaku is booked for complicity in this sustained policy of timewasting. Adrian was booked half an hour ago for the same offence.   2:15PM 85 min Now it's Hazard's turn to miss the target from the edge of the area. It was more difficult than Morata's and set up by the centre-forward's neat passing at close quarters. Hazard strides through the inside-right channel into the D but fires his shot over as Reid threw himself in to block.  Miss: West Ham 1 - 0 Chelsea (Álvaro Morata, 83 min)   2:13PM 83 min A glorious chance for Morata is spurned when he torpedoes a shot into the side-netting with only the keeper to beat. Masuaku, who has played well, dozes off and allows Kante through to find the pass beyond West Ham's defence via a deflection off Reid.  Miss: West Ham 1 - 0 Chelsea (Álvaro Morata, 83 min)   2:11PM 82 min I must say I though Zabaleta had gone but he's been terrific today. Tenacious and effective.  2:10PM 81 min Chelsea lose the ball on the edge of the West Ham box and the home side makes a quick break through Sakho and Ayew that looks promising until Ayew tries a preposterous 25-yard pass from left to right that balloons into Courtois's hands.   West Ham vs Chelsea shots on goal   2:07PM 79 min Andre Ayew replaces Antonio.  2:07PM 78 min Antonio has run himself into the ground and lies on the grass in exhaustion. Antonio Conte suggests a stretcher with a raised eyebrow. Am I wrong? A meringue? But Conte seems somewhat subdued this past few weeks. As if the intensity has dissipated, the fire turned down.   2:04PM 77 min Morata challenges Adrian in the air five yards out and, because they go shoulder to shoulder, he is penalised. Nat Lofthouse, from another place, gives his head a shake.  2:03PM 75 min The ball doesn't stick to Sakho at the first time of asking but West Ham regroup and enjoy a decent spell of possession as they make gradual progress up the left. Masuaku looks composed and confident as he brings the ball inside to feed Sakho in the box but he cannot control it and Yer Actual have quickly to return to a spell of containment.  2:01PM 73 min Pedro and Hazard combine to get to the byline on the left but once again there's no space in the box for the cut-back after West Ham flood back.  2:00PM 71 min  West Ham sub: Sakho replaces Arnautovic who turns to applaud the crowd in a meeting of the mutual appreciation society. Obiang is booked seconds later for a clumsy, sliding foul that attacks Morata from the side.  Obiang sends Morata flying Credit: Alastair Grant/AP   1:57PM 70 min Fabregas stands up a cross to the far post that is knocked back to the edge of the box. Christensen meets it on the volley and Reid throws himself in its way to make a courageous block.  1:56PM 68 min Chelsea take it quickly, shift it up the right to Willian who glides in from the flank towards the box and Cresswell kick hum up the Aristotle before he crosses the whitewash. Free-kick.  1:55PM 66 min Reid is turned by Morata on halfway and petrified by the acres of empty grass behind him, yanks him down.  1:54PM 64 min Half chances at both ends. First Azpilicueta’s long shot hits two defenders and is knocked off path through to Adrian who has to best Morata in  race to get there and smother it.Then Masuaku bullocks forward to shoot and ends up with a corner that comes to nught.  1:52PM 63 min Adrian appears to have been booked for timewasting. He's gone too soon. Chelsea sub: Zappacosta off, Willian on. Back four now?  1:51PM 62 min Antonio and Arnautovic are working their socks off and Andy Hinchcliffe fears they won't make the end. He warns that Andy Carroll would be the wrong option as substitute because he lacks the mobility to play in this system. Would Sam Allardyce take him to Everton, you think?  1:49PM 60 min Shot from Zappacosta as he tacked in from the left. It swerves past the right post on a crazy trajectory. Possibly a cross.  Antonio Conte is unhappy with his side Credit: REUTERS/David Klein   1:47PM 58 min Rotten ball from Cresswell cannons straight into Morata. The power being its only redeeming feature that foiled Morata's attempt to stun it with one touch. Obiang brought him down instead of letting him have a second touch. Free-kick, 22 yards out. Fabregas slips it to the right of the box where Moses is lurking but the routine doesn't work and Masuaku blocks the cross/shot.   1:45PM 56 min Chelsea sub: Moses does come on but for Marcos Alonso not Zappacosta who switches to the left.  1:44PM 54 min West Ham want a penalty after the ball brushes Christensen's arm on the left borderland of the box. His arm was up as Arnautovic tried to hook it over the defender and scoot round. Anthony Taylor says it wasn't deliberate or consequential ...  1:43PM 53 min And West Ham break with Antonio and Arnautovic after Cahill makes a wayward, lazy pass on halfway. It's two ve three but Antonio delays the pass by a second and Arnautovic is offside when put through one-on-one with Courtois. What a waste! Credit: SKY SPORTS   1:40PM 51 min The dainty feet of Fabregas work another quarter chance as he soft shoes himself to the byline where he is found by a cute Pedro pass. Fabregas cuts it back to the edge of the six-yard box but Morata couldn't get in front of Reid.  1:39PM 49 min Pedro shoots wide, not timing a shot presented by a dropping ball at the edge of the box. Good work from Hazard and Zappacosta to create some turmoil in the West Ham box though the latter's cross was a bit too floaty to give Morata the chance of attacking the header optmistically.  1:36PM 48 min Arnautovic has started the half through the middle with Antonio on the left. It's interesting how Masuaku drops back and Cresswell tucks in to make a five when Chelsea probe down the right. Might be a better bet to bring Moses on for Zappacosta to have a run at both?  1:34PM 46 min Masuaku, who has improved beyond recognition, saunters forward up the left and cracks a pass off Zappacosta for the opportunity of a Michail Antonio long throw that is headed back out of the box.  1:32PM Chelsea change Pedro is coming on for Bakayoko.  1:30PM Big Boy's birthday Oi big boy, happy birthday! pic.twitter.com/gLQyvOjOjf— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) December 9, 2017   1:23PM Half-time entertainment West Ham vs Chelsea shots on goal Arnautovic and Antonio are exchanging positions slickly to cause problems for Chelsea' defence.   Average touch positions (half time)   1:20PM Half time West Ham have played very well, kicking on from their marked improvement at the Etihad. Moyes may be an uninspiring choice as manager but given decent players and the right attitude, the evidence of his work is plain to see. Chelsea look out of sorts. I can understand why they need Fabregas in to pick a pass but wouldn't Pedro or Willian be a better option than Bakayoko or does that leave them too light?  1:18PM 45+2 min Noble and Lanzini combine resourcefully on the right but the latter's blocked cross/shot after giving Zappacosta the runaround hits Azpilicueta and gives the referee the signal to blow his whistle.  1:17PM 45 min From which Arnautovic shoots, a ratpowered bobbler from the edge of the area. 'Through traffic,' as the current cliche puts it. 'Through Traffic,' would be a more arresting image, the ball nutmegging Steve Winwood and his Hammond on its way to goal.  1:15PM 43 min Hazard's pass up the left after good work from Alonso to storm past Arnautovic hits Obiang and rebounds up to Arnautovic who skates forward at pace to win a corner.  1:12PM 41 min Cresswell takes this one short to Lanzini but he floats his long cross down Courtois' throat.   1:11PM 40 min Antonio's hard running puts Azpilicueta and Courtois in a pickle. The keeper runs out to help and screws a clearance behind him and out for a corner that doesn't beat the first man but earns another.  1:09PM 38 min Bakayoko hits a sliced shot from the right that swerves towards the bottom right corner after it takes a touch off Cresswell which helps it round the post as Adrian scrambled across goal. Reid wins the header at the corner and Noble belts it clear.  1:07PM 36 min Eventually Fabregas, the safe-cracker supreme, has the ball and tries to pick the lock with a lob over Ogbonna from the edge of the D. It's a cute little up and under that may have worked but for the vision of the pesky Masuaku who rumbled his intentions and bustled in from the left to win the header and catch Morata by surprise.  Possession: West Ham vs Chelsea   1:05PM 34 min West Ham  quickly get nine men behind the ball whenever Chelsea make a move forward and this time it works in pushing them back, in search of a gap. First Kante tries to penetrate but has to head backwards where Antonio snaps at his heels.  1:03PM 32 min Sky's commentary team is not enamoured of Michy Batshuayi's cuddling of a hot water bottle on the bench.  1:02PM 30 min Another sharp save from Adrian, low to his left, when Zappacosta's shot from the breakdown of the corner ricochets through a thicket of legs. Morata was offside but a good save nonetheless.  1:01PM 28 min West Ham break and Arnautovic's shot is blocked but Chelsea come back at them like lightning and Alonso dupes Zabaleta, sends him off to buy a paper, shifts the ball inside to Kante who loops a bouncing bomb of a shot towards the bottom left corner and Adrian swoops smartly to push it round for a corner.  12:59PM 26 min West Ham are being forced backwards and well as they are defending it's starting to feel somewhat ominous.    John McEnerney writes Hi Rob, is today the day Moyes gets his first win? Well Roy H got his first win for Palace against Chelsea so you never know. I wouldn’t have Moyes as the manager of a bad pub team let alone a Premier League side but that’s just me. Chelsea should take the 3 points but will be pushed hard. I have a feeling both managers won’t be in the Premiership next season one will be given the sack & the other will return to his native Italy to take over AC Milan or the national team. West Ham fans keep waiting for the Moyes Magic to happen well there’s better chance of finding a winged unicorn at the bottom of the garden playing chess with Elvis! Elvis says 'Queen's pawn to d4', John  12:55PM 23 min Sensational pass from Fabregas. He's 25 yards out and shapes to hit a cross but instead gulls the defenders by threading a pass between two claret shirts, Obiang and Lanzini, wrapping his foot around it and lacing it round the corner. Ogbonna reads it and blocks Bakayoko's snap shot.  12:53PM 21 min Hazard has a hack at a volley that fell from the moon via Ogbonna's head, taking the opportunity however puny, to have a dig at goal but it flashes wide. West Ham, one has to say, are playing very well. They look compact, organised and purposeful. And the crowd are responding with rare enthusiasm. Chelsea still look dangerous, though.  12:50PM 18 min Chelsea cross comes in and West Ham marshal Morata very closely and with some vigour to hold his run. The ball breaks free and Marcos Alonso goes up with Adrian. The ref books him for leaving his boot up but I'm not sure it was malicious. The keeper's legs were up - as keepers do - too.  12:48PM 16 min Marcos Alonso takes a tumble under Zabaleta's challenge but is unpunished for the rather exaggerated response.   Arnautovic scores his first goal for West Ham Credit: IAN KINGTON/AFP/Getty Images Arnautovic leaps in delight Credit:  Dan Mullan/Getty Images   12:45PM 14 min Andy Hinchcliffe, the Sky co-commentator, berates Alvaro Morata for a pratfall in the box. And rightly so. Reid had a hand on his shoulder after being turned but Morata could have withstood it and employed the space he'd created to whack a shot with his left foot.   12:42PM 12 min Lanzini hits a dipping cross to the far post to meet Ogbonna's run round the back. But he's penalised for using Alonso as a ladder to aid his climb.  12:41PM 10 min Cahill barges Antonio over about 30 yards out. They look a little rattled by the West Ham high press. It was frequently said that they weren't fit under Bilic ... they look like greyhounds out there today. Props to Moyes for that.  12:39PM 8 min Terrific finish from Arnautovic, dinked into the corner after a one-two with Lanzini at the edge of the box expertly manipulated Christensen out of position to work the space to shoot with his left, a curling finish. Excellent from Antonio too to come towards the ball and draw Cahill allowing Arnautovic to flood into the gap. West Ham 1 - 0 Chelsea (Marko Arnautovic, 6 min)   12:36PM GOAL!! West Ham 1-0 Chelsea (Arnautovic) 12:36PM 6 min Bakayoko gets up clutching his left buttock after Zabaleta challenges him in the air. He's OK. West Ham continue to hustle Chelsea in possession, win the ball back and Arnautovic and Antonio combine to storm forward until Kante makes a decisive tackle.  12:34PM 4 min Christensen heads it clear and Masuaku picks it up and bursts forward. West Ham work a hoepful cross in that Noble steers wide. Difficult to do anything else given his position.  12:33PM 2 min Bakayoko brings the ball out, passes up to Marcos Alonso who sprays a pass that Zabaleta cuts out. But West Ham cannot retain possession. They're better at winning it back than holding on to it. Masuaku does juts that and allows Lanzini to hare up the left, making good ground until Zappacosta shoves him over. Free-kick on the left, 22 yards upfield.  12:31PM 1 min We're off after Bubbles. Chelsea, in their inverse reverse kit, white shorts, white shirts, blue 'hose', attack from left to right and West Ham snap into a high pressing closedown to push them back.   12:27PM West Ham have four serviceable strikers On the bench but none in the team. David Moyes! 12:17PM Mark Noble is back The most sensible haircut in football return to lead his team against Chelsea Credit: James Griffiths/West Ham United via Getty Images   12:08PM David Moyes speaks We're interested in the game, we're no' talking about Joe Hart. We've set up to cause them a problem at times. We were good for long periods against arguably the best team in the Premier League but were up against another team who are as good as anybody in the Premier League.  11:51AM And for those of you watching in colour, this one's in black and white West HamAdrian; Zabaleta, Ogbonna, Reid, Cresswell; Noble, Obiang; Arnautovic, Lanzini, Masuaku; Antonio. Substitutes Hart, Rice, Fernandes, Chicharito, Ayew, Sakho, Carroll. David Moyes has dropped the England goalkeeper Joe Hart Credit: Arfa Griffiths/West Ham United via Getty Images Chelsea Courtois; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Cahill; Zappacosta, Fabregas, Kante, Bakayoko, Alonso; Hazard; Morata. Substitutes Caballero, Rudiger, Ampadu, Willian, Moses, Batshuayi, Pedro. Referee Anthony Taylor (Wythenshawe) 11:47AM Team news - Joe Hart has been dropped The skipper returns for our London derby ��#COYI#WHUCHEpic.twitter.com/ezpMfHtlhZ— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) December 9, 2017 Chelsea team today: Courtois; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Cahill (c); Zappacosta, Bakayoko, Kante, Fabregas, Alonso; Hazard, Morata. #WHUCHEpic.twitter.com/M7jVA07hb3— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) December 9, 2017   11:45AM Good morning And welcome to coverage of West Ham United vs Chelsea from the London Stadium where the visitors lost last year in the League Cup but won convincingly in the Premier League in the spring by virtue of goals from Eden Hazard and Diego Costa. Chelsea were oddly disjointed in the week against Atletico, particularly in midfield where the switch from 3-4-3 to 3-5-1-1 didn't really work without Marcos Alonso's creative influence on the left. Not sure that N'Golo Kante, Cesc Fabregas and Tiemoue Bakayoko work as a three quite yet, though they ought to as they have contrasting and complementary qualities. As well as Alvaro Morata is playing, I think they miss the Diego Costa of the first half of 2016-17 as well, that relentlessness and spikiness. Credit: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images As for West Ham - discernible signs of improvement at Manchester City and certainly an improved performance from Adrian which has done for Joe Hart's security as first-choice and he will start today on the bench. About time too. For all West Ham's flaws, David Sullivan has given a rather self-serving newspaper interview today which is full of nuggets that betray his ability to apportion blame on anyone but himself, save for the sin of being too understanding, too indulgent to Slaven Bilic and Sam Allardyce.  He chucks them under the bus while he, surprise, surprise emerges with clean hands and a misunderstood heart. The key for them, I think, is to stay as competitive as they can until they can sign reinforcements in January. But they have to be wary of the kind of players Moyes might want to sign. While they could probably do with players of the calibre of Marouane Fellaini and Juan Mata, his signings at Manchester United, the last thing they need is ones like Papy Djilibodji, Didier N'Dong, Paddy McNair, Donald Love, Darron Gibson and Bryan Oviedo, his cash buys at Sunderland. Lucky West Ham have such discerning owners. Oh! 

West Ham 1 Chelsea 0: Antonio Conte concedes defeat in title race after David Moyes masterclass

It was this time last year that Antonio Conte’s Chelsea were five victories into a 10-game winning streak that broke the rest of the Premier League, and just as the Italian knows when a team are in position to win titles, so he can spot one that is failing. The Chelsea manager was unequivocal in the aftermath of this, his side’s fourth defeat in 16, that not only were the champions out of the title race but, on this form, they had never been in it. A victory for Manchester City in their game in hand would stretch their lead over Chelsea to 14 points before the presents have been wrapped for Christmas, and now we will see another side of the Chelsea manager, and his relationship with the club. It would be right to say that, bitterly disappointed after defeat to Marko Arnautovic’s first West Ham goal, Conte looked like he a man who could fall out with the club’s hierarchy if things get worse. When asked whether the widening gap would change his plans for the January transfer window he replied, with the glassy-eyed stare: “I can give my opinion but the last decision is the club’s and it is their right to do this.” Conte said that his players were tired and he seemed also to be conceding some kind of defeat. It was a day when his best player Eden Hazard had not been able to get the team out of trouble and Tiemoue Bakayoko, one of those new summer signings, was taken off at half-time. Michy Batshuayi was never given the opportunity to score the equaliser, and Alvaro Morata missed a chance with seven minutes remaining that should really have been the equaliser. “To talk about the title race after a defeat is a bit strange, especially if this is the fourth defeat of the season in 16 games,” Conte said. “When you have this start, it is impossible to think you are in the title race. My experience is this – if you want to stay in the race for the title, in the first part of the season you can lose once or twice.   Marko Arnautovic scores his first goal for West Ham Credit: Reuters “After 16 games if you lose four it means you never started this race.” He was beaten by David Moyes, who put together a shrewd West Ham performance that was organised, disciplined and did the club’s new manager great credit. Retaining Adrian Lopez ahead of Joe Hart was just one part of it, but really the major factors were his use of Michal Antonio and Arnautovic to stretch Chelsea on the counter-attack and a confident defensive performance. There was no man-to-man marking job on Hazard and, instead, Pedro Obiang blocked the space in front of the two centre-halves. In the heart of the defence, Winston Reid was the game’s standout player, escaping with a tug on the collar of Morata’s shirt in the first half and generally dealing well with the Spanish centre-forward.  Moyes said that after the narrow defeat to Manchester City, this was the performance he believed his team had been ready to deliver.  “We had taken confidence from the City game because of our performance but ultimately we got nothing out of it. We need to stop conceding goals. We have got players who score. We kept a clean sheet – when did West Ham last keep a clean sheet?” David Moyes delighted to secure his first win as West Ham manager Credit: PA The reply to that question came from one long-serving West Ham correspondent who offered the answer “1983”. It might feel that long but this was the fourth of the season, and Moyes could see the funny side. Through that painful relegation season with Sunderland and then Real Sociedad, and Manchester United before that, it has been a long time since Moyes has been able to bask in the glow of victory over major opposition – not since a win over Barcelona in January 2015. “I used to say in the early days with Bill Kenwright [Everton chairman] that the best feeling for a manager used to be the Saturday night feeling,” Moyes said. “When you get a win and how good it makes you feel. I came off, went into the dressing room, praised the players, put my jacket on and thought, ‘Oh no, I’ve got Arsenal in midweek’.” The situation remains delicate at West Ham for their new manager, especially with the chairman David Sullivan’s admissions this week of regrets over the stadium move and the signing last January of Robert Snodgrass and Jose Fonte. The latter was in the Sky Sports studio for the afternoon. Andy Carroll, Diafra Sakho, Javier Hernandez and Andre Ayew were all left on the bench by Moyes as he tried to catch Chelsea out on the counter-attack. The goal came within the first five minutes for Arnautovic, his first in this his 13th appearance for the club since joining in the summer. The ball was worked well from the touchline starting with Pablo Zabaleta, to Arnautovic, to Michail Antonio, Manuel Lanzini and finally back to the Austria international for the delicate job of stroking his shot past Thibaut Courtois. “The two strikers we had were the two with the power and pace,” Moyes said. “There will be other games when we need Chicarito [Hernandez] for his finishing or when we need Andy Carroll for his aerial prowess. At the moment the level of the teams we are playing we need the boys who can cause the opposition problems on the counter attack.” Conte tried to change the game at half-time, bringing on Pedro for Bakayoko, and then later Willian and Victor Moses to give his side some width. But it was a poor performance from Chelsea, lacking the imagination that gave City a victory against a similarly robust West Ham.  Chelsea can't get going against West Ham Credit: Reuters There were very few times when Moyes’ defence looked like they were under pressure or out of shape. “We created the chances and didn’t take them and now we are talking about a defeat,” Conte said. “Many players were tired and it is normal when you play every three days. We started our pre-season with the same players, a lot of players are always playing and you have to pay something.” By which he meant he does not believe that this is a squad capable of challenging for the title again. He was never likely to stay beyond this season and days like this only serve to show how fragile that relationship with the club has become. 2:25PM Full time West Ham deservedly pick up the first victory of David Moyes' spell in charge. And very positive signs, too. Chelsea were oddly off-kilter. They don't look right, as if some of the fizz has gone. Thanks for your company. We'll have a match report here imminently.  2:23PM 90+5 min Blimey! The lesser-spotted foul throw from Willian as he rushes to hustle a re-start.  2:23PM 90+4 min First Cresswell heads out Azpilicueta's cross then Zabaleta rushes in to block the shot. Azpilicueta picks it up again and loops a cross towards the six-yard box that Adrian catches.   2:21PM 90+3 min Masuaku is named man of the match a moment after Fabregas whacks a 25-yarder over the bar.  2:20PM 90+2 min Kante turns in the box but can't find Morata. Ogbonna scoots it away. Back come Chelsea, faced by two banks of five.  2:19PM 90 min There will be five minutes of added time - some of it a direct result of the West Ham's understandable fannying about. 2:18PM 87 min Stuart Pearce, David Moyes' assistant, wellies the ball away from Chelsea who wanted to take a throw when it falls to him over the touchline. Antonio Conte is not impressed. But there's no confrontation. Pearce is sent to the dugout and Masuaku is booked for complicity in this sustained policy of timewasting. Adrian was booked half an hour ago for the same offence.   2:15PM 85 min Now it's Hazard's turn to miss the target from the edge of the area. It was more difficult than Morata's and set up by the centre-forward's neat passing at close quarters. Hazard strides through the inside-right channel into the D but fires his shot over as Reid threw himself in to block.  Miss: West Ham 1 - 0 Chelsea (Álvaro Morata, 83 min)   2:13PM 83 min A glorious chance for Morata is spurned when he torpedoes a shot into the side-netting with only the keeper to beat. Masuaku, who has played well, dozes off and allows Kante through to find the pass beyond West Ham's defence via a deflection off Reid.  Miss: West Ham 1 - 0 Chelsea (Álvaro Morata, 83 min)   2:11PM 82 min I must say I though Zabaleta had gone but he's been terrific today. Tenacious and effective.  2:10PM 81 min Chelsea lose the ball on the edge of the West Ham box and the home side makes a quick break through Sakho and Ayew that looks promising until Ayew tries a preposterous 25-yard pass from left to right that balloons into Courtois's hands.   West Ham vs Chelsea shots on goal   2:07PM 79 min Andre Ayew replaces Antonio.  2:07PM 78 min Antonio has run himself into the ground and lies on the grass in exhaustion. Antonio Conte suggests a stretcher with a raised eyebrow. Am I wrong? A meringue? But Conte seems somewhat subdued this past few weeks. As if the intensity has dissipated, the fire turned down.   2:04PM 77 min Morata challenges Adrian in the air five yards out and, because they go shoulder to shoulder, he is penalised. Nat Lofthouse, from another place, gives his head a shake.  2:03PM 75 min The ball doesn't stick to Sakho at the first time of asking but West Ham regroup and enjoy a decent spell of possession as they make gradual progress up the left. Masuaku looks composed and confident as he brings the ball inside to feed Sakho in the box but he cannot control it and Yer Actual have quickly to return to a spell of containment.  2:01PM 73 min Pedro and Hazard combine to get to the byline on the left but once again there's no space in the box for the cut-back after West Ham flood back.  2:00PM 71 min  West Ham sub: Sakho replaces Arnautovic who turns to applaud the crowd in a meeting of the mutual appreciation society. Obiang is booked seconds later for a clumsy, sliding foul that attacks Morata from the side.  Obiang sends Morata flying Credit: Alastair Grant/AP   1:57PM 70 min Fabregas stands up a cross to the far post that is knocked back to the edge of the box. Christensen meets it on the volley and Reid throws himself in its way to make a courageous block.  1:56PM 68 min Chelsea take it quickly, shift it up the right to Willian who glides in from the flank towards the box and Cresswell kick hum up the Aristotle before he crosses the whitewash. Free-kick.  1:55PM 66 min Reid is turned by Morata on halfway and petrified by the acres of empty grass behind him, yanks him down.  1:54PM 64 min Half chances at both ends. First Azpilicueta’s long shot hits two defenders and is knocked off path through to Adrian who has to best Morata in  race to get there and smother it.Then Masuaku bullocks forward to shoot and ends up with a corner that comes to nught.  1:52PM 63 min Adrian appears to have been booked for timewasting. He's gone too soon. Chelsea sub: Zappacosta off, Willian on. Back four now?  1:51PM 62 min Antonio and Arnautovic are working their socks off and Andy Hinchcliffe fears they won't make the end. He warns that Andy Carroll would be the wrong option as substitute because he lacks the mobility to play in this system. Would Sam Allardyce take him to Everton, you think?  1:49PM 60 min Shot from Zappacosta as he tacked in from the left. It swerves past the right post on a crazy trajectory. Possibly a cross.  Antonio Conte is unhappy with his side Credit: REUTERS/David Klein   1:47PM 58 min Rotten ball from Cresswell cannons straight into Morata. The power being its only redeeming feature that foiled Morata's attempt to stun it with one touch. Obiang brought him down instead of letting him have a second touch. Free-kick, 22 yards out. Fabregas slips it to the right of the box where Moses is lurking but the routine doesn't work and Masuaku blocks the cross/shot.   1:45PM 56 min Chelsea sub: Moses does come on but for Marcos Alonso not Zappacosta who switches to the left.  1:44PM 54 min West Ham want a penalty after the ball brushes Christensen's arm on the left borderland of the box. His arm was up as Arnautovic tried to hook it over the defender and scoot round. Anthony Taylor says it wasn't deliberate or consequential ...  1:43PM 53 min And West Ham break with Antonio and Arnautovic after Cahill makes a wayward, lazy pass on halfway. It's two ve three but Antonio delays the pass by a second and Arnautovic is offside when put through one-on-one with Courtois. What a waste! Credit: SKY SPORTS   1:40PM 51 min The dainty feet of Fabregas work another quarter chance as he soft shoes himself to the byline where he is found by a cute Pedro pass. Fabregas cuts it back to the edge of the six-yard box but Morata couldn't get in front of Reid.  1:39PM 49 min Pedro shoots wide, not timing a shot presented by a dropping ball at the edge of the box. Good work from Hazard and Zappacosta to create some turmoil in the West Ham box though the latter's cross was a bit too floaty to give Morata the chance of attacking the header optmistically.  1:36PM 48 min Arnautovic has started the half through the middle with Antonio on the left. It's interesting how Masuaku drops back and Cresswell tucks in to make a five when Chelsea probe down the right. Might be a better bet to bring Moses on for Zappacosta to have a run at both?  1:34PM 46 min Masuaku, who has improved beyond recognition, saunters forward up the left and cracks a pass off Zappacosta for the opportunity of a Michail Antonio long throw that is headed back out of the box.  1:32PM Chelsea change Pedro is coming on for Bakayoko.  1:30PM Big Boy's birthday Oi big boy, happy birthday! pic.twitter.com/gLQyvOjOjf— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) December 9, 2017   1:23PM Half-time entertainment West Ham vs Chelsea shots on goal Arnautovic and Antonio are exchanging positions slickly to cause problems for Chelsea' defence.   Average touch positions (half time)   1:20PM Half time West Ham have played very well, kicking on from their marked improvement at the Etihad. Moyes may be an uninspiring choice as manager but given decent players and the right attitude, the evidence of his work is plain to see. Chelsea look out of sorts. I can understand why they need Fabregas in to pick a pass but wouldn't Pedro or Willian be a better option than Bakayoko or does that leave them too light?  1:18PM 45+2 min Noble and Lanzini combine resourcefully on the right but the latter's blocked cross/shot after giving Zappacosta the runaround hits Azpilicueta and gives the referee the signal to blow his whistle.  1:17PM 45 min From which Arnautovic shoots, a ratpowered bobbler from the edge of the area. 'Through traffic,' as the current cliche puts it. 'Through Traffic,' would be a more arresting image, the ball nutmegging Steve Winwood and his Hammond on its way to goal.  1:15PM 43 min Hazard's pass up the left after good work from Alonso to storm past Arnautovic hits Obiang and rebounds up to Arnautovic who skates forward at pace to win a corner.  1:12PM 41 min Cresswell takes this one short to Lanzini but he floats his long cross down Courtois' throat.   1:11PM 40 min Antonio's hard running puts Azpilicueta and Courtois in a pickle. The keeper runs out to help and screws a clearance behind him and out for a corner that doesn't beat the first man but earns another.  1:09PM 38 min Bakayoko hits a sliced shot from the right that swerves towards the bottom right corner after it takes a touch off Cresswell which helps it round the post as Adrian scrambled across goal. Reid wins the header at the corner and Noble belts it clear.  1:07PM 36 min Eventually Fabregas, the safe-cracker supreme, has the ball and tries to pick the lock with a lob over Ogbonna from the edge of the D. It's a cute little up and under that may have worked but for the vision of the pesky Masuaku who rumbled his intentions and bustled in from the left to win the header and catch Morata by surprise.  Possession: West Ham vs Chelsea   1:05PM 34 min West Ham  quickly get nine men behind the ball whenever Chelsea make a move forward and this time it works in pushing them back, in search of a gap. First Kante tries to penetrate but has to head backwards where Antonio snaps at his heels.  1:03PM 32 min Sky's commentary team is not enamoured of Michy Batshuayi's cuddling of a hot water bottle on the bench.  1:02PM 30 min Another sharp save from Adrian, low to his left, when Zappacosta's shot from the breakdown of the corner ricochets through a thicket of legs. Morata was offside but a good save nonetheless.  1:01PM 28 min West Ham break and Arnautovic's shot is blocked but Chelsea come back at them like lightning and Alonso dupes Zabaleta, sends him off to buy a paper, shifts the ball inside to Kante who loops a bouncing bomb of a shot towards the bottom left corner and Adrian swoops smartly to push it round for a corner.  12:59PM 26 min West Ham are being forced backwards and well as they are defending it's starting to feel somewhat ominous.    John McEnerney writes Hi Rob, is today the day Moyes gets his first win? Well Roy H got his first win for Palace against Chelsea so you never know. I wouldn’t have Moyes as the manager of a bad pub team let alone a Premier League side but that’s just me. Chelsea should take the 3 points but will be pushed hard. I have a feeling both managers won’t be in the Premiership next season one will be given the sack & the other will return to his native Italy to take over AC Milan or the national team. West Ham fans keep waiting for the Moyes Magic to happen well there’s better chance of finding a winged unicorn at the bottom of the garden playing chess with Elvis! Elvis says 'Queen's pawn to d4', John  12:55PM 23 min Sensational pass from Fabregas. He's 25 yards out and shapes to hit a cross but instead gulls the defenders by threading a pass between two claret shirts, Obiang and Lanzini, wrapping his foot around it and lacing it round the corner. Ogbonna reads it and blocks Bakayoko's snap shot.  12:53PM 21 min Hazard has a hack at a volley that fell from the moon via Ogbonna's head, taking the opportunity however puny, to have a dig at goal but it flashes wide. West Ham, one has to say, are playing very well. They look compact, organised and purposeful. And the crowd are responding with rare enthusiasm. Chelsea still look dangerous, though.  12:50PM 18 min Chelsea cross comes in and West Ham marshal Morata very closely and with some vigour to hold his run. The ball breaks free and Marcos Alonso goes up with Adrian. The ref books him for leaving his boot up but I'm not sure it was malicious. The keeper's legs were up - as keepers do - too.  12:48PM 16 min Marcos Alonso takes a tumble under Zabaleta's challenge but is unpunished for the rather exaggerated response.   Arnautovic scores his first goal for West Ham Credit: IAN KINGTON/AFP/Getty Images Arnautovic leaps in delight Credit:  Dan Mullan/Getty Images   12:45PM 14 min Andy Hinchcliffe, the Sky co-commentator, berates Alvaro Morata for a pratfall in the box. And rightly so. Reid had a hand on his shoulder after being turned but Morata could have withstood it and employed the space he'd created to whack a shot with his left foot.   12:42PM 12 min Lanzini hits a dipping cross to the far post to meet Ogbonna's run round the back. But he's penalised for using Alonso as a ladder to aid his climb.  12:41PM 10 min Cahill barges Antonio over about 30 yards out. They look a little rattled by the West Ham high press. It was frequently said that they weren't fit under Bilic ... they look like greyhounds out there today. Props to Moyes for that.  12:39PM 8 min Terrific finish from Arnautovic, dinked into the corner after a one-two with Lanzini at the edge of the box expertly manipulated Christensen out of position to work the space to shoot with his left, a curling finish. Excellent from Antonio too to come towards the ball and draw Cahill allowing Arnautovic to flood into the gap. West Ham 1 - 0 Chelsea (Marko Arnautovic, 6 min)   12:36PM GOAL!! West Ham 1-0 Chelsea (Arnautovic) 12:36PM 6 min Bakayoko gets up clutching his left buttock after Zabaleta challenges him in the air. He's OK. West Ham continue to hustle Chelsea in possession, win the ball back and Arnautovic and Antonio combine to storm forward until Kante makes a decisive tackle.  12:34PM 4 min Christensen heads it clear and Masuaku picks it up and bursts forward. West Ham work a hoepful cross in that Noble steers wide. Difficult to do anything else given his position.  12:33PM 2 min Bakayoko brings the ball out, passes up to Marcos Alonso who sprays a pass that Zabaleta cuts out. But West Ham cannot retain possession. They're better at winning it back than holding on to it. Masuaku does juts that and allows Lanzini to hare up the left, making good ground until Zappacosta shoves him over. Free-kick on the left, 22 yards upfield.  12:31PM 1 min We're off after Bubbles. Chelsea, in their inverse reverse kit, white shorts, white shirts, blue 'hose', attack from left to right and West Ham snap into a high pressing closedown to push them back.   12:27PM West Ham have four serviceable strikers On the bench but none in the team. David Moyes! 12:17PM Mark Noble is back The most sensible haircut in football return to lead his team against Chelsea Credit: James Griffiths/West Ham United via Getty Images   12:08PM David Moyes speaks We're interested in the game, we're no' talking about Joe Hart. We've set up to cause them a problem at times. We were good for long periods against arguably the best team in the Premier League but were up against another team who are as good as anybody in the Premier League.  11:51AM And for those of you watching in colour, this one's in black and white West HamAdrian; Zabaleta, Ogbonna, Reid, Cresswell; Noble, Obiang; Arnautovic, Lanzini, Masuaku; Antonio. Substitutes Hart, Rice, Fernandes, Chicharito, Ayew, Sakho, Carroll. David Moyes has dropped the England goalkeeper Joe Hart Credit: Arfa Griffiths/West Ham United via Getty Images Chelsea Courtois; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Cahill; Zappacosta, Fabregas, Kante, Bakayoko, Alonso; Hazard; Morata. Substitutes Caballero, Rudiger, Ampadu, Willian, Moses, Batshuayi, Pedro. Referee Anthony Taylor (Wythenshawe) 11:47AM Team news - Joe Hart has been dropped The skipper returns for our London derby ��#COYI#WHUCHEpic.twitter.com/ezpMfHtlhZ— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) December 9, 2017 Chelsea team today: Courtois; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Cahill (c); Zappacosta, Bakayoko, Kante, Fabregas, Alonso; Hazard, Morata. #WHUCHEpic.twitter.com/M7jVA07hb3— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) December 9, 2017   11:45AM Good morning And welcome to coverage of West Ham United vs Chelsea from the London Stadium where the visitors lost last year in the League Cup but won convincingly in the Premier League in the spring by virtue of goals from Eden Hazard and Diego Costa. Chelsea were oddly disjointed in the week against Atletico, particularly in midfield where the switch from 3-4-3 to 3-5-1-1 didn't really work without Marcos Alonso's creative influence on the left. Not sure that N'Golo Kante, Cesc Fabregas and Tiemoue Bakayoko work as a three quite yet, though they ought to as they have contrasting and complementary qualities. As well as Alvaro Morata is playing, I think they miss the Diego Costa of the first half of 2016-17 as well, that relentlessness and spikiness. Credit: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images As for West Ham - discernible signs of improvement at Manchester City and certainly an improved performance from Adrian which has done for Joe Hart's security as first-choice and he will start today on the bench. About time too. For all West Ham's flaws, David Sullivan has given a rather self-serving newspaper interview today which is full of nuggets that betray his ability to apportion blame on anyone but himself, save for the sin of being too understanding, too indulgent to Slaven Bilic and Sam Allardyce.  He chucks them under the bus while he, surprise, surprise emerges with clean hands and a misunderstood heart. The key for them, I think, is to stay as competitive as they can until they can sign reinforcements in January. But they have to be wary of the kind of players Moyes might want to sign. While they could probably do with players of the calibre of Marouane Fellaini and Juan Mata, his signings at Manchester United, the last thing they need is ones like Papy Djilibodji, Didier N'Dong, Paddy McNair, Donald Love, Darron Gibson and Bryan Oviedo, his cash buys at Sunderland. Lucky West Ham have such discerning owners. Oh! 

West Ham 1 Chelsea 0: Antonio Conte concedes defeat in title race after David Moyes masterclass

It was this time last year that Antonio Conte’s Chelsea were five victories into a 10-game winning streak that broke the rest of the Premier League, and just as the Italian knows when a team are in position to win titles, so he can spot one that is failing. The Chelsea manager was unequivocal in the aftermath of this, his side’s fourth defeat in 16, that not only were the champions out of the title race but, on this form, they had never been in it. A victory for Manchester City in their game in hand would stretch their lead over Chelsea to 14 points before the presents have been wrapped for Christmas, and now we will see another side of the Chelsea manager, and his relationship with the club. It would be right to say that, bitterly disappointed after defeat to Marko Arnautovic’s first West Ham goal, Conte looked like he a man who could fall out with the club’s hierarchy if things get worse. When asked whether the widening gap would change his plans for the January transfer window he replied, with the glassy-eyed stare: “I can give my opinion but the last decision is the club’s and it is their right to do this.” Conte said that his players were tired and he seemed also to be conceding some kind of defeat. It was a day when his best player Eden Hazard had not been able to get the team out of trouble and Tiemoue Bakayoko, one of those new summer signings, was taken off at half-time. Michy Batshuayi was never given the opportunity to score the equaliser, and Alvaro Morata missed a chance with seven minutes remaining that should really have been the equaliser. “To talk about the title race after a defeat is a bit strange, especially if this is the fourth defeat of the season in 16 games,” Conte said. “When you have this start, it is impossible to think you are in the title race. My experience is this – if you want to stay in the race for the title, in the first part of the season you can lose once or twice.   Marko Arnautovic scores his first goal for West Ham Credit: Reuters “After 16 games if you lose four it means you never started this race.” He was beaten by David Moyes, who put together a shrewd West Ham performance that was organised, disciplined and did the club’s new manager great credit. Retaining Adrian Lopez ahead of Joe Hart was just one part of it, but really the major factors were his use of Michal Antonio and Arnautovic to stretch Chelsea on the counter-attack and a confident defensive performance. There was no man-to-man marking job on Hazard and, instead, Pedro Obiang blocked the space in front of the two centre-halves. In the heart of the defence, Winston Reid was the game’s standout player, escaping with a tug on the collar of Morata’s shirt in the first half and generally dealing well with the Spanish centre-forward.  Moyes said that after the narrow defeat to Manchester City, this was the performance he believed his team had been ready to deliver.  “We had taken confidence from the City game because of our performance but ultimately we got nothing out of it. We need to stop conceding goals. We have got players who score. We kept a clean sheet – when did West Ham last keep a clean sheet?” David Moyes delighted to secure his first win as West Ham manager Credit: PA The reply to that question came from one long-serving West Ham correspondent who offered the answer “1983”. It might feel that long but this was the fourth of the season, and Moyes could see the funny side. Through that painful relegation season with Sunderland and then Real Sociedad, and Manchester United before that, it has been a long time since Moyes has been able to bask in the glow of victory over major opposition – not since a win over Barcelona in January 2015. “I used to say in the early days with Bill Kenwright [Everton chairman] that the best feeling for a manager used to be the Saturday night feeling,” Moyes said. “When you get a win and how good it makes you feel. I came off, went into the dressing room, praised the players, put my jacket on and thought, ‘Oh no, I’ve got Arsenal in midweek’.” The situation remains delicate at West Ham for their new manager, especially with the chairman David Sullivan’s admissions this week of regrets over the stadium move and the signing last January of Robert Snodgrass and Jose Fonte. The latter was in the Sky Sports studio for the afternoon. Andy Carroll, Diafra Sakho, Javier Hernandez and Andre Ayew were all left on the bench by Moyes as he tried to catch Chelsea out on the counter-attack. The goal came within the first five minutes for Arnautovic, his first in this his 13th appearance for the club since joining in the summer. The ball was worked well from the touchline starting with Pablo Zabaleta, to Arnautovic, to Michail Antonio, Manuel Lanzini and finally back to the Austria international for the delicate job of stroking his shot past Thibaut Courtois. “The two strikers we had were the two with the power and pace,” Moyes said. “There will be other games when we need Chicarito [Hernandez] for his finishing or when we need Andy Carroll for his aerial prowess. At the moment the level of the teams we are playing we need the boys who can cause the opposition problems on the counter attack.” Conte tried to change the game at half-time, bringing on Pedro for Bakayoko, and then later Willian and Victor Moses to give his side some width. But it was a poor performance from Chelsea, lacking the imagination that gave City a victory against a similarly robust West Ham.  Chelsea can't get going against West Ham Credit: Reuters There were very few times when Moyes’ defence looked like they were under pressure or out of shape. “We created the chances and didn’t take them and now we are talking about a defeat,” Conte said. “Many players were tired and it is normal when you play every three days. We started our pre-season with the same players, a lot of players are always playing and you have to pay something.” By which he meant he does not believe that this is a squad capable of challenging for the title again. He was never likely to stay beyond this season and days like this only serve to show how fragile that relationship with the club has become. 2:25PM Full time West Ham deservedly pick up the first victory of David Moyes' spell in charge. And very positive signs, too. Chelsea were oddly off-kilter. They don't look right, as if some of the fizz has gone. Thanks for your company. We'll have a match report here imminently.  2:23PM 90+5 min Blimey! The lesser-spotted foul throw from Willian as he rushes to hustle a re-start.  2:23PM 90+4 min First Cresswell heads out Azpilicueta's cross then Zabaleta rushes in to block the shot. Azpilicueta picks it up again and loops a cross towards the six-yard box that Adrian catches.   2:21PM 90+3 min Masuaku is named man of the match a moment after Fabregas whacks a 25-yarder over the bar.  2:20PM 90+2 min Kante turns in the box but can't find Morata. Ogbonna scoots it away. Back come Chelsea, faced by two banks of five.  2:19PM 90 min There will be five minutes of added time - some of it a direct result of the West Ham's understandable fannying about. 2:18PM 87 min Stuart Pearce, David Moyes' assistant, wellies the ball away from Chelsea who wanted to take a throw when it falls to him over the touchline. Antonio Conte is not impressed. But there's no confrontation. Pearce is sent to the dugout and Masuaku is booked for complicity in this sustained policy of timewasting. Adrian was booked half an hour ago for the same offence.   2:15PM 85 min Now it's Hazard's turn to miss the target from the edge of the area. It was more difficult than Morata's and set up by the centre-forward's neat passing at close quarters. Hazard strides through the inside-right channel into the D but fires his shot over as Reid threw himself in to block.  Miss: West Ham 1 - 0 Chelsea (Álvaro Morata, 83 min)   2:13PM 83 min A glorious chance for Morata is spurned when he torpedoes a shot into the side-netting with only the keeper to beat. Masuaku, who has played well, dozes off and allows Kante through to find the pass beyond West Ham's defence via a deflection off Reid.  Miss: West Ham 1 - 0 Chelsea (Álvaro Morata, 83 min)   2:11PM 82 min I must say I though Zabaleta had gone but he's been terrific today. Tenacious and effective.  2:10PM 81 min Chelsea lose the ball on the edge of the West Ham box and the home side makes a quick break through Sakho and Ayew that looks promising until Ayew tries a preposterous 25-yard pass from left to right that balloons into Courtois's hands.   West Ham vs Chelsea shots on goal   2:07PM 79 min Andre Ayew replaces Antonio.  2:07PM 78 min Antonio has run himself into the ground and lies on the grass in exhaustion. Antonio Conte suggests a stretcher with a raised eyebrow. Am I wrong? A meringue? But Conte seems somewhat subdued this past few weeks. As if the intensity has dissipated, the fire turned down.   2:04PM 77 min Morata challenges Adrian in the air five yards out and, because they go shoulder to shoulder, he is penalised. Nat Lofthouse, from another place, gives his head a shake.  2:03PM 75 min The ball doesn't stick to Sakho at the first time of asking but West Ham regroup and enjoy a decent spell of possession as they make gradual progress up the left. Masuaku looks composed and confident as he brings the ball inside to feed Sakho in the box but he cannot control it and Yer Actual have quickly to return to a spell of containment.  2:01PM 73 min Pedro and Hazard combine to get to the byline on the left but once again there's no space in the box for the cut-back after West Ham flood back.  2:00PM 71 min  West Ham sub: Sakho replaces Arnautovic who turns to applaud the crowd in a meeting of the mutual appreciation society. Obiang is booked seconds later for a clumsy, sliding foul that attacks Morata from the side.  Obiang sends Morata flying Credit: Alastair Grant/AP   1:57PM 70 min Fabregas stands up a cross to the far post that is knocked back to the edge of the box. Christensen meets it on the volley and Reid throws himself in its way to make a courageous block.  1:56PM 68 min Chelsea take it quickly, shift it up the right to Willian who glides in from the flank towards the box and Cresswell kick hum up the Aristotle before he crosses the whitewash. Free-kick.  1:55PM 66 min Reid is turned by Morata on halfway and petrified by the acres of empty grass behind him, yanks him down.  1:54PM 64 min Half chances at both ends. First Azpilicueta’s long shot hits two defenders and is knocked off path through to Adrian who has to best Morata in  race to get there and smother it.Then Masuaku bullocks forward to shoot and ends up with a corner that comes to nught.  1:52PM 63 min Adrian appears to have been booked for timewasting. He's gone too soon. Chelsea sub: Zappacosta off, Willian on. Back four now?  1:51PM 62 min Antonio and Arnautovic are working their socks off and Andy Hinchcliffe fears they won't make the end. He warns that Andy Carroll would be the wrong option as substitute because he lacks the mobility to play in this system. Would Sam Allardyce take him to Everton, you think?  1:49PM 60 min Shot from Zappacosta as he tacked in from the left. It swerves past the right post on a crazy trajectory. Possibly a cross.  Antonio Conte is unhappy with his side Credit: REUTERS/David Klein   1:47PM 58 min Rotten ball from Cresswell cannons straight into Morata. The power being its only redeeming feature that foiled Morata's attempt to stun it with one touch. Obiang brought him down instead of letting him have a second touch. Free-kick, 22 yards out. Fabregas slips it to the right of the box where Moses is lurking but the routine doesn't work and Masuaku blocks the cross/shot.   1:45PM 56 min Chelsea sub: Moses does come on but for Marcos Alonso not Zappacosta who switches to the left.  1:44PM 54 min West Ham want a penalty after the ball brushes Christensen's arm on the left borderland of the box. His arm was up as Arnautovic tried to hook it over the defender and scoot round. Anthony Taylor says it wasn't deliberate or consequential ...  1:43PM 53 min And West Ham break with Antonio and Arnautovic after Cahill makes a wayward, lazy pass on halfway. It's two ve three but Antonio delays the pass by a second and Arnautovic is offside when put through one-on-one with Courtois. What a waste! Credit: SKY SPORTS   1:40PM 51 min The dainty feet of Fabregas work another quarter chance as he soft shoes himself to the byline where he is found by a cute Pedro pass. Fabregas cuts it back to the edge of the six-yard box but Morata couldn't get in front of Reid.  1:39PM 49 min Pedro shoots wide, not timing a shot presented by a dropping ball at the edge of the box. Good work from Hazard and Zappacosta to create some turmoil in the West Ham box though the latter's cross was a bit too floaty to give Morata the chance of attacking the header optmistically.  1:36PM 48 min Arnautovic has started the half through the middle with Antonio on the left. It's interesting how Masuaku drops back and Cresswell tucks in to make a five when Chelsea probe down the right. Might be a better bet to bring Moses on for Zappacosta to have a run at both?  1:34PM 46 min Masuaku, who has improved beyond recognition, saunters forward up the left and cracks a pass off Zappacosta for the opportunity of a Michail Antonio long throw that is headed back out of the box.  1:32PM Chelsea change Pedro is coming on for Bakayoko.  1:30PM Big Boy's birthday Oi big boy, happy birthday! pic.twitter.com/gLQyvOjOjf— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) December 9, 2017   1:23PM Half-time entertainment West Ham vs Chelsea shots on goal Arnautovic and Antonio are exchanging positions slickly to cause problems for Chelsea' defence.   Average touch positions (half time)   1:20PM Half time West Ham have played very well, kicking on from their marked improvement at the Etihad. Moyes may be an uninspiring choice as manager but given decent players and the right attitude, the evidence of his work is plain to see. Chelsea look out of sorts. I can understand why they need Fabregas in to pick a pass but wouldn't Pedro or Willian be a better option than Bakayoko or does that leave them too light?  1:18PM 45+2 min Noble and Lanzini combine resourcefully on the right but the latter's blocked cross/shot after giving Zappacosta the runaround hits Azpilicueta and gives the referee the signal to blow his whistle.  1:17PM 45 min From which Arnautovic shoots, a ratpowered bobbler from the edge of the area. 'Through traffic,' as the current cliche puts it. 'Through Traffic,' would be a more arresting image, the ball nutmegging Steve Winwood and his Hammond on its way to goal.  1:15PM 43 min Hazard's pass up the left after good work from Alonso to storm past Arnautovic hits Obiang and rebounds up to Arnautovic who skates forward at pace to win a corner.  1:12PM 41 min Cresswell takes this one short to Lanzini but he floats his long cross down Courtois' throat.   1:11PM 40 min Antonio's hard running puts Azpilicueta and Courtois in a pickle. The keeper runs out to help and screws a clearance behind him and out for a corner that doesn't beat the first man but earns another.  1:09PM 38 min Bakayoko hits a sliced shot from the right that swerves towards the bottom right corner after it takes a touch off Cresswell which helps it round the post as Adrian scrambled across goal. Reid wins the header at the corner and Noble belts it clear.  1:07PM 36 min Eventually Fabregas, the safe-cracker supreme, has the ball and tries to pick the lock with a lob over Ogbonna from the edge of the D. It's a cute little up and under that may have worked but for the vision of the pesky Masuaku who rumbled his intentions and bustled in from the left to win the header and catch Morata by surprise.  Possession: West Ham vs Chelsea   1:05PM 34 min West Ham  quickly get nine men behind the ball whenever Chelsea make a move forward and this time it works in pushing them back, in search of a gap. First Kante tries to penetrate but has to head backwards where Antonio snaps at his heels.  1:03PM 32 min Sky's commentary team is not enamoured of Michy Batshuayi's cuddling of a hot water bottle on the bench.  1:02PM 30 min Another sharp save from Adrian, low to his left, when Zappacosta's shot from the breakdown of the corner ricochets through a thicket of legs. Morata was offside but a good save nonetheless.  1:01PM 28 min West Ham break and Arnautovic's shot is blocked but Chelsea come back at them like lightning and Alonso dupes Zabaleta, sends him off to buy a paper, shifts the ball inside to Kante who loops a bouncing bomb of a shot towards the bottom left corner and Adrian swoops smartly to push it round for a corner.  12:59PM 26 min West Ham are being forced backwards and well as they are defending it's starting to feel somewhat ominous.    John McEnerney writes Hi Rob, is today the day Moyes gets his first win? Well Roy H got his first win for Palace against Chelsea so you never know. I wouldn’t have Moyes as the manager of a bad pub team let alone a Premier League side but that’s just me. Chelsea should take the 3 points but will be pushed hard. I have a feeling both managers won’t be in the Premiership next season one will be given the sack & the other will return to his native Italy to take over AC Milan or the national team. West Ham fans keep waiting for the Moyes Magic to happen well there’s better chance of finding a winged unicorn at the bottom of the garden playing chess with Elvis! Elvis says 'Queen's pawn to d4', John  12:55PM 23 min Sensational pass from Fabregas. He's 25 yards out and shapes to hit a cross but instead gulls the defenders by threading a pass between two claret shirts, Obiang and Lanzini, wrapping his foot around it and lacing it round the corner. Ogbonna reads it and blocks Bakayoko's snap shot.  12:53PM 21 min Hazard has a hack at a volley that fell from the moon via Ogbonna's head, taking the opportunity however puny, to have a dig at goal but it flashes wide. West Ham, one has to say, are playing very well. They look compact, organised and purposeful. And the crowd are responding with rare enthusiasm. Chelsea still look dangerous, though.  12:50PM 18 min Chelsea cross comes in and West Ham marshal Morata very closely and with some vigour to hold his run. The ball breaks free and Marcos Alonso goes up with Adrian. The ref books him for leaving his boot up but I'm not sure it was malicious. The keeper's legs were up - as keepers do - too.  12:48PM 16 min Marcos Alonso takes a tumble under Zabaleta's challenge but is unpunished for the rather exaggerated response.   Arnautovic scores his first goal for West Ham Credit: IAN KINGTON/AFP/Getty Images Arnautovic leaps in delight Credit:  Dan Mullan/Getty Images   12:45PM 14 min Andy Hinchcliffe, the Sky co-commentator, berates Alvaro Morata for a pratfall in the box. And rightly so. Reid had a hand on his shoulder after being turned but Morata could have withstood it and employed the space he'd created to whack a shot with his left foot.   12:42PM 12 min Lanzini hits a dipping cross to the far post to meet Ogbonna's run round the back. But he's penalised for using Alonso as a ladder to aid his climb.  12:41PM 10 min Cahill barges Antonio over about 30 yards out. They look a little rattled by the West Ham high press. It was frequently said that they weren't fit under Bilic ... they look like greyhounds out there today. Props to Moyes for that.  12:39PM 8 min Terrific finish from Arnautovic, dinked into the corner after a one-two with Lanzini at the edge of the box expertly manipulated Christensen out of position to work the space to shoot with his left, a curling finish. Excellent from Antonio too to come towards the ball and draw Cahill allowing Arnautovic to flood into the gap. West Ham 1 - 0 Chelsea (Marko Arnautovic, 6 min)   12:36PM GOAL!! West Ham 1-0 Chelsea (Arnautovic) 12:36PM 6 min Bakayoko gets up clutching his left buttock after Zabaleta challenges him in the air. He's OK. West Ham continue to hustle Chelsea in possession, win the ball back and Arnautovic and Antonio combine to storm forward until Kante makes a decisive tackle.  12:34PM 4 min Christensen heads it clear and Masuaku picks it up and bursts forward. West Ham work a hoepful cross in that Noble steers wide. Difficult to do anything else given his position.  12:33PM 2 min Bakayoko brings the ball out, passes up to Marcos Alonso who sprays a pass that Zabaleta cuts out. But West Ham cannot retain possession. They're better at winning it back than holding on to it. Masuaku does juts that and allows Lanzini to hare up the left, making good ground until Zappacosta shoves him over. Free-kick on the left, 22 yards upfield.  12:31PM 1 min We're off after Bubbles. Chelsea, in their inverse reverse kit, white shorts, white shirts, blue 'hose', attack from left to right and West Ham snap into a high pressing closedown to push them back.   12:27PM West Ham have four serviceable strikers On the bench but none in the team. David Moyes! 12:17PM Mark Noble is back The most sensible haircut in football return to lead his team against Chelsea Credit: James Griffiths/West Ham United via Getty Images   12:08PM David Moyes speaks We're interested in the game, we're no' talking about Joe Hart. We've set up to cause them a problem at times. We were good for long periods against arguably the best team in the Premier League but were up against another team who are as good as anybody in the Premier League.  11:51AM And for those of you watching in colour, this one's in black and white West HamAdrian; Zabaleta, Ogbonna, Reid, Cresswell; Noble, Obiang; Arnautovic, Lanzini, Masuaku; Antonio. Substitutes Hart, Rice, Fernandes, Chicharito, Ayew, Sakho, Carroll. David Moyes has dropped the England goalkeeper Joe Hart Credit: Arfa Griffiths/West Ham United via Getty Images Chelsea Courtois; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Cahill; Zappacosta, Fabregas, Kante, Bakayoko, Alonso; Hazard; Morata. Substitutes Caballero, Rudiger, Ampadu, Willian, Moses, Batshuayi, Pedro. Referee Anthony Taylor (Wythenshawe) 11:47AM Team news - Joe Hart has been dropped The skipper returns for our London derby ��#COYI#WHUCHEpic.twitter.com/ezpMfHtlhZ— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) December 9, 2017 Chelsea team today: Courtois; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Cahill (c); Zappacosta, Bakayoko, Kante, Fabregas, Alonso; Hazard, Morata. #WHUCHEpic.twitter.com/M7jVA07hb3— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) December 9, 2017   11:45AM Good morning And welcome to coverage of West Ham United vs Chelsea from the London Stadium where the visitors lost last year in the League Cup but won convincingly in the Premier League in the spring by virtue of goals from Eden Hazard and Diego Costa. Chelsea were oddly disjointed in the week against Atletico, particularly in midfield where the switch from 3-4-3 to 3-5-1-1 didn't really work without Marcos Alonso's creative influence on the left. Not sure that N'Golo Kante, Cesc Fabregas and Tiemoue Bakayoko work as a three quite yet, though they ought to as they have contrasting and complementary qualities. As well as Alvaro Morata is playing, I think they miss the Diego Costa of the first half of 2016-17 as well, that relentlessness and spikiness. Credit: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images As for West Ham - discernible signs of improvement at Manchester City and certainly an improved performance from Adrian which has done for Joe Hart's security as first-choice and he will start today on the bench. About time too. For all West Ham's flaws, David Sullivan has given a rather self-serving newspaper interview today which is full of nuggets that betray his ability to apportion blame on anyone but himself, save for the sin of being too understanding, too indulgent to Slaven Bilic and Sam Allardyce.  He chucks them under the bus while he, surprise, surprise emerges with clean hands and a misunderstood heart. The key for them, I think, is to stay as competitive as they can until they can sign reinforcements in January. But they have to be wary of the kind of players Moyes might want to sign. While they could probably do with players of the calibre of Marouane Fellaini and Juan Mata, his signings at Manchester United, the last thing they need is ones like Papy Djilibodji, Didier N'Dong, Paddy McNair, Donald Love, Darron Gibson and Bryan Oviedo, his cash buys at Sunderland. Lucky West Ham have such discerning owners. Oh! 

West Ham vs Chelsea, Premier League: live score updates

  2:25PM Full time West Ham deservedly pick up the first victory of David Moyes' spell in charge. And very positive signs, too. Chelsea were oddly off-kilter. They don't look right, as if some of the fizz has gone. Thanks for your company. We'll have a match report here imminently.  2:23PM 90+5 min Blimey! The lesser-spotted foul throw from Willian as he rushes to hustle a re-start.  2:23PM 90+4 min First Cresswell heads out Azpilicueta's cross then Zabaleta rushes in to block the shot. Azpilicueta picks it up again and loops a cross towards the six-yard box that Adrian catches.   2:21PM 90+3 min Masuaku is named man of the match a moment after Fabregas whacks a 25-yarder over the bar.  2:20PM 90+2 min Kante turns in the box but can't find Morata. Ogbonna scoots it away. Back come Chelsea, faced by two banks of five.  2:19PM 90 min There will be five minutes of added time - some of it a direct result of the West Ham's understandable fannying about. 2:18PM 87 min Stuart Pearce, David Moyes' assistant, wellies the ball away from Chelsea who wanted to take a throw when it falls to him over the touchline. Antonio Conte is not impressed. But there's no confrontation. Pearce is sent to the dugout and Masuaku is booked for complicity in this sustained policy of timewasting. Adrian was booked half an hour ago for the same offence.   2:15PM 85 min Now it's Hazard's turn to miss the target from the edge of the area. It was more difficult than Morata's and set up by the centre-forward's neat passing at close quarters. Hazard strides through the inside-right channel into the D but fires his shot over as Reid threw himself in to block.  Miss: West Ham 1 - 0 Chelsea (Álvaro Morata, 83 min)   2:13PM 83 min A glorious chance for Morata is spurned when he torpedoes a shot into the side-netting with only the keeper to beat. Masuaku, who has played well, dozes off and allows Kante through to find the pass beyond West Ham's defence via a deflection off Reid.  Miss: West Ham 1 - 0 Chelsea (Álvaro Morata, 83 min)   2:11PM 82 min I must say I though Zabaleta had gone but he's been terrific today. Tenacious and effective.  2:10PM 81 min Chelsea lose the ball on the edge of the West Ham box and the home side makes a quick break through Sakho and Ayew that looks promising until Ayew tries a preposterous 25-yard pass from left to right that balloons into Courtois's hands.   West Ham vs Chelsea shots on goal   2:07PM 79 min Andre Ayew replaces Antonio.  2:07PM 78 min Antonio has run himself into the ground and lies on the grass in exhaustion. Antonio Conte suggests a stretcher with a raised eyebrow. Am I wrong? A meringue? But Conte seems somewhat subdued this past few weeks. As if the intensity has dissipated, the fire turned down.   2:04PM 77 min Morata challenges Adrian in the air five yards out and, because they go shoulder to shoulder, he is penalised. Nat Lofthouse, from another place, gives his head a shake.  2:03PM 75 min The ball doesn't stick to Sakho at the first time of asking but West Ham regroup and enjoy a decent spell of possession as they make gradual progress up the left. Masuaku looks composed and confident as he brings the ball inside to feed Sakho in the box but he cannot control it and Yer Actual have quickly to return to a spell of containment.  2:01PM 73 min Pedro and Hazard combine to get to the byline on the left but once again there's no space in the box for the cut-back after West Ham flood back.  2:00PM 71 min  West Ham sub: Sakho replaces Arnautovic who turns to applaud the crowd in a meeting of the mutual appreciation society. Obiang is booked seconds later for a clumsy, sliding foul that attacks Morata from the side.  Obiang sends Morata flying Credit: Alastair Grant/AP   1:57PM 70 min Fabregas stands up a cross to the far post that is knocked back to the edge of the box. Christensen meets it on the volley and Reid throws himself in its way to make a courageous block.  1:56PM 68 min Chelsea take it quickly, shift it up the right to Willian who glides in from the flank towards the box and Cresswell kick hum up the Aristotle before he crosses the whitewash. Free-kick.  1:55PM 66 min Reid is turned by Morata on halfway and petrified by the acres of empty grass behind him, yanks him down.  1:54PM 64 min Half chances at both ends. First Azpilicueta’s long shot hits two defenders and is knocked off path through to Adrian who has to best Morata in  race to get there and smother it.Then Masuaku bullocks forward to shoot and ends up with a corner that comes to nught.  1:52PM 63 min Adrian appears to have been booked for timewasting. He's gone too soon. Chelsea sub: Zappacosta off, Willian on. Back four now?  1:51PM 62 min Antonio and Arnautovic are working their socks off and Andy Hinchcliffe fears they won't make the end. He warns that Andy Carroll would be the wrong option as substitute because he lacks the mobility to play in this system. Would Sam Allardyce take him to Everton, you think?  1:49PM 60 min Shot from Zappacosta as he tacked in from the left. It swerves past the right post on a crazy trajectory. Possibly a cross.  Antonio Conte is unhappy with his side Credit: REUTERS/David Klein   1:47PM 58 min Rotten ball from Cresswell cannons straight into Morata. The power being its only redeeming feature that foiled Morata's attempt to stun it with one touch. Obiang brought him down instead of letting him have a second touch. Free-kick, 22 yards out. Fabregas slips it to the right of the box where Moses is lurking but the routine doesn't work and Masuaku blocks the cross/shot.   1:45PM 56 min Chelsea sub: Moses does come on but for Marcos Alonso not Zappacosta who switches to the left.  1:44PM 54 min West Ham want a penalty after the ball brushes Christensen's arm on the left borderland of the box. His arm was up as Arnautovic tried to hook it over the defender and scoot round. Anthony Taylor says it wasn't deliberate or consequential ...  1:43PM 53 min And West Ham break with Antonio and Arnautovic after Cahill makes a wayward, lazy pass on halfway. It's two ve three but Antonio delays the pass by a second and Arnautovic is offside when put through one-on-one with Courtois. What a waste! Credit: SKY SPORTS   1:40PM 51 min The dainty feet of Fabregas work another quarter chance as he soft shoes himself to the byline where he is found by a cute Pedro pass. Fabregas cuts it back to the edge of the six-yard box but Morata couldn't get in front of Reid.  1:39PM 49 min Pedro shoots wide, not timing a shot presented by a dropping ball at the edge of the box. Good work from Hazard and Zappacosta to create some turmoil in the West Ham box though the latter's cross was a bit too floaty to give Morata the chance of attacking the header optmistically.  1:36PM 48 min Arnautovic has started the half through the middle with Antonio on the left. It's interesting how Masuaku drops back and Cresswell tucks in to make a five when Chelsea probe down the right. Might be a better bet to bring Moses on for Zappacosta to have a run at both?  1:34PM 46 min Masuaku, who has improved beyond recognition, saunters forward up the left and cracks a pass off Zappacosta for the opportunity of a Michail Antonio long throw that is headed back out of the box.  1:32PM Chelsea change Pedro is coming on for Bakayoko.  1:30PM Big Boy's birthday Oi big boy, happy birthday! pic.twitter.com/gLQyvOjOjf— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) December 9, 2017   1:23PM Half-time entertainment West Ham vs Chelsea shots on goal Arnautovic and Antonio are exchanging positions slickly to cause problems for Chelsea' defence.   Average touch positions (half time)   1:20PM Half time West Ham have played very well, kicking on from their marked improvement at the Etihad. Moyes may be an uninspiring choice as manager but given decent players and the right attitude, the evidence of his work is plain to see. Chelsea look out of sorts. I can understand why they need Fabregas in to pick a pass but wouldn't Pedro or Willian be a better option than Bakayoko or does that leave them too light?  1:18PM 45+2 min Noble and Lanzini combine resourcefully on the right but the latter's blocked cross/shot after giving Zappacosta the runaround hits Azpilicueta and gives the referee the signal to blow his whistle.  1:17PM 45 min From which Arnautovic shoots, a ratpowered bobbler from the edge of the area. 'Through traffic,' as the current cliche puts it. 'Through Traffic,' would be a more arresting image, the ball nutmegging Steve Winwood and his Hammond on its way to goal.  1:15PM 43 min Hazard's pass up the left after good work from Alonso to storm past Arnautovic hits Obiang and rebounds up to Arnautovic who skates forward at pace to win a corner.  1:12PM 41 min Cresswell takes this one short to Lanzini but he floats his long cross down Courtois' throat.   1:11PM 40 min Antonio's hard running puts Azpilicueta and Courtois in a pickle. The keeper runs out to help and screws a clearance behind him and out for a corner that doesn't beat the first man but earns another.  1:09PM 38 min Bakayoko hits a sliced shot from the right that swerves towards the bottom right corner after it takes a touch off Cresswell which helps it round the post as Adrian scrambled across goal. Reid wins the header at the corner and Noble belts it clear.  1:07PM 36 min Eventually Fabregas, the safe-cracker supreme, has the ball and tries to pick the lock with a lob over Ogbonna from the edge of the D. It's a cute little up and under that may have worked but for the vision of the pesky Masuaku who rumbled his intentions and bustled in from the left to win the header and catch Morata by surprise.  Possession: West Ham vs Chelsea   1:05PM 34 min West Ham  quickly get nine men behind the ball whenever Chelsea make a move forward and this time it works in pushing them back, in search of a gap. First Kante tries to penetrate but has to head backwards where Antonio snaps at his heels.  1:03PM 32 min Sky's commentary team is not enamoured of Michy Batshuayi's cuddling of a hot water bottle on the bench.  1:02PM 30 min Another sharp save from Adrian, low to his left, when Zappacosta's shot from the breakdown of the corner ricochets through a thicket of legs. Morata was offside but a good save nonetheless.  1:01PM 28 min West Ham break and Arnautovic's shot is blocked but Chelsea come back at them like lightning and Alonso dupes Zabaleta, sends him off to buy a paper, shifts the ball inside to Kante who loops a bouncing bomb of a shot towards the bottom left corner and Adrian swoops smartly to push it round for a corner.  12:59PM 26 min West Ham are being forced backwards and well as they are defending it's starting to feel somewhat ominous.    John McEnerney writes Hi Rob, is today the day Moyes gets his first win? Well Roy H got his first win for Palace against Chelsea so you never know. I wouldn’t have Moyes as the manager of a bad pub team let alone a Premier League side but that’s just me. Chelsea should take the 3 points but will be pushed hard. I have a feeling both managers won’t be in the Premiership next season one will be given the sack & the other will return to his native Italy to take over AC Milan or the national team. West Ham fans keep waiting for the Moyes Magic to happen well there’s better chance of finding a winged unicorn at the bottom of the garden playing chess with Elvis! Elvis says 'Queen's pawn to d4', John  12:55PM 23 min Sensational pass from Fabregas. He's 25 yards out and shapes to hit a cross but instead gulls the defenders by threading a pass between two claret shirts, Obiang and Lanzini, wrapping his foot around it and lacing it round the corner. Ogbonna reads it and blocks Bakayoko's snap shot.  12:53PM 21 min Hazard has a hack at a volley that fell from the moon via Ogbonna's head, taking the opportunity however puny, to have a dig at goal but it flashes wide. West Ham, one has to say, are playing very well. They look compact, organised and purposeful. And the crowd are responding with rare enthusiasm. Chelsea still look dangerous, though.  12:50PM 18 min Chelsea cross comes in and West Ham marshal Morata very closely and with some vigour to hold his run. The ball breaks free and Marcos Alonso goes up with Adrian. The ref books him for leaving his boot up but I'm not sure it was malicious. The keeper's legs were up - as keepers do - too.  12:48PM 16 min Marcos Alonso takes a tumble under Zabaleta's challenge but is unpunished for the rather exaggerated response.   Arnautovic scores his first goal for West Ham Credit: IAN KINGTON/AFP/Getty Images Arnautovic leaps in delight Credit:  Dan Mullan/Getty Images   12:45PM 14 min Andy Hinchcliffe, the Sky co-commentator, berates Alvaro Morata for a pratfall in the box. And rightly so. Reid had a hand on his shoulder after being turned but Morata could have withstood it and employed the space he'd created to whack a shot with his left foot.   12:42PM 12 min Lanzini hits a dipping cross to the far post to meet Ogbonna's run round the back. But he's penalised for using Alonso as a ladder to aid his climb.  12:41PM 10 min Cahill barges Antonio over about 30 yards out. They look a little rattled by the West Ham high press. It was frequently said that they weren't fit under Bilic ... they look like greyhounds out there today. Props to Moyes for that.  12:39PM 8 min Terrific finish from Arnautovic, dinked into the corner after a one-two with Lanzini at the edge of the box expertly manipulated Christensen out of position to work the space to shoot with his left, a curling finish. Excellent from Antonio too to come towards the ball and draw Cahill allowing Arnautovic to flood into the gap. West Ham 1 - 0 Chelsea (Marko Arnautovic, 6 min)   12:36PM GOAL!! West Ham 1-0 Chelsea (Arnautovic) 12:36PM 6 min Bakayoko gets up clutching his left buttock after Zabaleta challenges him in the air. He's OK. West Ham continue to hustle Chelsea in possession, win the ball back and Arnautovic and Antonio combine to storm forward until Kante makes a decisive tackle.  12:34PM 4 min Christensen heads it clear and Masuaku picks it up and bursts forward. West Ham work a hoepful cross in that Noble steers wide. Difficult to do anything else given his position.  12:33PM 2 min Bakayoko brings the ball out, passes up to Marcos Alonso who sprays a pass that Zabaleta cuts out. But West Ham cannot retain possession. They're better at winning it back than holding on to it. Masuaku does juts that and allows Lanzini to hare up the left, making good ground until Zappacosta shoves him over. Free-kick on the left, 22 yards upfield.  12:31PM 1 min We're off after Bubbles. Chelsea, in their inverse reverse kit, white shorts, white shirts, blue 'hose', attack from left to right and West Ham snap into a high pressing closedown to push them back.   12:27PM West Ham have four serviceable strikers On the bench but none in the team. David Moyes! 12:17PM Mark Noble is back The most sensible haircut in football return to lead his team against Chelsea Credit: James Griffiths/West Ham United via Getty Images   12:08PM David Moyes speaks We're interested in the game, we're no' talking about Joe Hart. We've set up to cause them a problem at times. We were good for long periods against arguably the best team in the Premier League but were up against another team who are as good as anybody in the Premier League.  11:51AM And for those of you watching in colour, this one's in black and white West HamAdrian; Zabaleta, Ogbonna, Reid, Cresswell; Noble, Obiang; Arnautovic, Lanzini, Masuaku; Antonio. Substitutes Hart, Rice, Fernandes, Chicharito, Ayew, Sakho, Carroll. David Moyes has dropped the England goalkeeper Joe Hart Credit: Arfa Griffiths/West Ham United via Getty Images Chelsea Courtois; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Cahill; Zappacosta, Fabregas, Kante, Bakayoko, Alonso; Hazard; Morata. Substitutes Caballero, Rudiger, Ampadu, Willian, Moses, Batshuayi, Pedro. Referee Anthony Taylor (Wythenshawe) 11:47AM Team news - Joe Hart has been dropped The skipper returns for our London derby ��#COYI#WHUCHEpic.twitter.com/ezpMfHtlhZ— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) December 9, 2017 Chelsea team today: Courtois; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Cahill (c); Zappacosta, Bakayoko, Kante, Fabregas, Alonso; Hazard, Morata. #WHUCHEpic.twitter.com/M7jVA07hb3— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) December 9, 2017   11:45AM Good morning And welcome to coverage of West Ham United vs Chelsea from the London Stadium where the visitors lost last year in the League Cup but won convincingly in the Premier League in the spring by virtue of goals from Eden Hazard and Diego Costa. Chelsea were oddly disjointed in the week against Atletico, particularly in midfield where the switch from 3-4-3 to 3-5-1-1 didn't really work without Marcos Alonso's creative influence on the left. Not sure that N'Golo Kante, Cesc Fabregas and Tiemoue Bakayoko work as a three quite yet, though they ought to as they have contrasting and complementary qualities. As well as Alvaro Morata is playing, I think they miss the Diego Costa of the first half of 2016-17 as well, that relentlessness and spikiness. Credit: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images As for West Ham - discernible signs of improvement at Manchester City and certainly an improved performance from Adrian which has done for Joe Hart's security as first-choice and he will start today on the bench. About time too. For all West Ham's flaws, David Sullivan has given a rather self-serving newspaper interview today which is full of nuggets that betray his ability to apportion blame on anyone but himself, save for the sin of being too understanding, too indulgent to Slaven Bilic and Sam Allardyce.  He chucks them under the bus while he, surprise, surprise emerges with clean hands and a misunderstood heart. The key for them, I think, is to stay as competitive as they can until they can sign reinforcements in January. But they have to be wary of the kind of players Moyes might want to sign. While they could probably do with players of the calibre of Marouane Fellaini and Juan Mata, his signings at Manchester United, the last thing they need is ones like Papy Djilibodji, Didier N'Dong, Paddy McNair, Donald Love, Darron Gibson and Bryan Oviedo, his cash buys at Sunderland. Lucky West Ham have such discerning owners. Oh! 

Todt speaks during the Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team presentation in Arese

Jean Todt speaks during the Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team presentation in Arese, near Milan, Italy December 2, 2017. REUTERS/Alessandro Garofalo

Todt speaks during the Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team presentation in Arese

Jean Todt speaks during the Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team presentation in Arese, near Milan, Italy December 2, 2017. REUTERS/Alessandro Garofalo

Todt speaks during the Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team presentation in Arese

Jean Todt speaks during the Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team presentation in Arese, near Milan, Italy December 2, 2017. REUTERS/Alessandro Garofalo

Europa League - HNK Rijeka vs AC Milan

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Gattuso slams fragile Milan's 'embarrassing' Europa League defeat

Gattuso slams fragile Milan's 'embarrassing' Europa League defeat

Gattuso slams fragile Milan's 'embarrassing' Europa League defeat

Gattuso slams fragile Milan's 'embarrassing' Europa League defeat

Gattuso slams fragile Milan's 'embarrassing' Europa League defeat

The Rossoneri boss was left fuming after they went down in Croatia, even though the side sealed qualification to the last 32 as group winners

Gattuso slams fragile Milan's 'embarrassing' Europa League defeat

The Rossoneri boss was left fuming after they went down in Croatia, even though the side sealed qualification to the last 32 as group winners

Gattuso slams fragile Milan's 'embarrassing' Europa League defeat

Gattuso slams fragile Milan's 'embarrassing' Europa League defeat

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