Chelsea vs West Ham Player Ratings

Eden Hazard was in superb form as he inspired Chelsea to a 2-0 win over West Ham at Stamford Bridge.

It was all too easy for Hazard to score...

By FOX SPORTS Staff

There was never really any doubt that Chelsea would come away with all three points against the Hammers at Stamford Bridge as Rafael Beintez's men dominated proceedings from start to finish, with Hazard in particular producing a masterclass display in attack. 

And it was the Belgian who played a huge part in the opening goal as his delicate chip set up the evergreen Frank Lampard to score in the 19th minute.

Hazard himself got himself on the scoresheet in the 50th minute when he controlled the ball on the right of the West Ham penalty area, cut in past two challenges and firing a low, accurate drive into the bottom of the net.

With the win, the Blues leapfrogged Tottenham Hotspur, who lost 1-0 to Fulham earlier on Sunday, into third place as the race to finish in the top four took yet another twist.

Here, FOX SPORTS rates the players who took to the pitch at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea

Petr Cech - 6.5

Cech was never really tested in goal but he had to be alert to keep out several decent efforts from West Ham. The Czech Republic international also coped well with the aerial balls in his box.

Cesar Azpilicueta - 7

The young full-back had yet another solid game on the right. Although he allowed the lively Jarvis to send in a few good crosses at times, Azpilicueta made amends with several well-timed challenges and showed great composure to keep possession under pressure.

Gary Cahill - 7

It speaks volumes about the current defensive partnership between Cahill and Luiz that Terry has only started one game with Rafael Benitez in charge. And Cahill staked his claim for continued inclusion in the squad with a calm, commanding display at the back.

David Luiz (78' off) - 7.5

Luiz never really got to grips in the air against Carroll, but then again, not many defenders do. The Brazilian was however near unbeatable on the ground, and he did very well to push forward whenever he had the chance and had a few decent opportunities to get onto the scoresheet.

Ashley Cole - 7

It was a typically stable and unassuming shift from Cole on the left. The former Arsenal player did not push up to support his attack as often has he usually did, but with Hazard in fine form, he really had no need to.

Ramires - 7.5

Ramires had an influential first-half and played a huge part in Chelsea' dominance in the middle of the pitch. The 25-year-old was his usual energetic self, making numerous interceptions and getting himself stuck in when needed.

Frank Lampard - 8

As has been the case for so long, Lampard set Chelsea on the way to victory with the opening goal as he ghosted past a static West Ham defence to divert Hazard's chip into the top corner. Incidentally, that goal was his 200th for Chelsea. Why is there still no new contract for him Abramovich?

Victor Moses (70' off) - 7.5

Moses has had his fair share of critics this season, but the Nigerian showed glimpses of his talent, especially in the first-half, as he teased and turned West Ham's defence on the flank. Created a few good goalscoring chances and was unlucky not to have scored after his goalbound shot was saved by Jaaskelainen.

Juan Mata (86' off) - 8.5

Mata may not have got a goal or an assist to his name, but he was certainly an influential component of Chelsea's win. The Spaniard dictated play for the Blues in midfield, combined well with Hazard and ran rings round West Ham's beleaguered defence.

Eden Hazard - 9.5

Unquestionably the best player in the game, Hazard was near untouchable as he tore West Ham apart in an exhilarating display of attacking football. The Belgian was the catalyst for almost everything good the Blues did in attack, orchestrating attack after attack on the West Ham goal and duly got himself on the scoresheet with a superb goal. He was also heavily involved in Chelsea's opening goal when he cleverly chipped a ball into the box for Lampard to head home.

Demba Ba - 5

What is it with Chelsea and strikers? Only Didier Drogba has only ever been a real success up front ever since Roman Abramovich took over the club, with the Blues going through a whole host of strikers failing to live up to their billing like Hernan Crespo, Andriy Shevchenko and Fernando Torres. And it appears Ba may soon join that list as yet another striker who has failed to make his mark for the Blues. The Senegalese had a horrific day in front of goal, spurning no less than three clear cut goalscoring chances and appeared nervy whenever he had possession.

Oscar (70' on) - 7

Oscar came on and added yet another deadly thrust to Chelsea's impressive attack. The Brazilian almost set up Lampard and Ba to score in the short time he was on and always looked a threat when he had the ball.

Substitutes

John Terry (78' on) - N/A

John Obi Mikel (86' on) - N/A

West Ham

Jussi Jaaskelainen - 7.5

Jaaskelainen was the sole reason West Ham left Stamford Bridge with their dignity still intact. The veteran Finnish custodian made a string of fantastic saves to deny Chelsea from scoring more and he will be one of the few Hammers players to come out of the game with any credit.

Guy Demel - 5

Demel never really managed to get to grips with the brilliance of Hazard and was often found caught out of position.

Winston Reid - 6

Reid was brave in the challenge and put his body on the line to block a few goalbound shots but was ultimately unable to stem the tide of Chelsea attacks.

James Collins (61' off) - 5.5

Collins did well to keep Ba quiet for majority of the game. However, he made a few mistakes in defence which Chelsea very nearly capitalised on.

 Joey O'Brien - 4.5

O'Brien was sluggish and struggled to contain the likes of Moses and Mata. The Irish international did make a few good challenges during the course of the game but he was often too easily beaten in one-on-one situations.

Gary O'Neil - 6.5

O'Neil was dominant in the air and won quite a number of headers in vital positions on the pitch. But as good as the 29-year-old was in the air, the former England Under-21 player was clumsy and slow on the ground.

Mohamed Diame (45' off) - 6

Diame was energetic in the middle of the pitch but he over-elaborated at times. One lung-bursting run forward past three Chelsea players in the first-half highlighted his quality. He was unfortunate to be taken off at half-time due to injury.

Jack Collison - 6

Collison worked hard in midfield but his lack of quality told as Chelsea exploited the 24-year-old's poor positioning sense to get into good attacking positions.

Matt Jarvis - 7

Jarvis had a good game for the Hammers as he provided Sam Allardyce's men with a genuine outlet of attack down the left flank. The 26-year-old's delivery into the box was superb, and it was a shame that the likes of Carroll and Vaz Te failed to convert his crosses.

Ricardo Vaz Te (80' off) - 5.5

Vaz Te had a quiet game by his standards and did not make much of an impact up front. A player known for his pace and skill on the ball, Vaz Te never got the chance to run at Chelsea's defence and his threat was all too easily snuffed out.

Andy Carroll - 7

Carroll dominated the aerial challenges and got the better of Luiz on a few occasions. The former Newcastle striker's ability to take the ball down before releasing his teammates was a joy to behold, and the 24-year-old's display will have done a lot to convince detractors of his quality.

Substitutes

Matthew Taylor (45' on) - 5

It may be unrealistic to ask expect Taylor to completely fill in the huge gap left in midfield by Diame's departure, but Allardyce will surely be expecting the 31-year-old to do much more than he did in the 45 minutes he was on. Taylor's set-pieces in particular was a disappointment.

James Tomkins (61' on) - 6

Tomkins added a bit of steel in midfield when he came on and showed some good touches in a decent display. His passing went awry in the final third but other than that, kept possession under pressure really well.

Carlton Cole (80' on) - N/A



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