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Keeper switch pays off as West Ham beats Chelsea 1-0

by Ace Damon
Keeper switch pays off as West Ham beats Chelsea 1-0

LONDON (AP) – Aaron Cresswell fired West Ham for their first English Premier League win at Chelsea in 17 years to give a boost to under-fire coach Manuel Pellegrini on Saturday.

Cresswell scored his third goal in the league campaign when the 1-0 win ended West Ham's eight-game run without a win in all competitions.

The left-back turned Reece James inside out at Stamford Bridge before passing the ball through goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga on 48 minutes to convict Frank Lampard to defeat in his first match as Chelsea coach against former club West Ham.

The Hammers sealed their first win since their 2-0 home win over Manchester United on September 22, when Chelsea fought without hurting England striker Tammy Abraham.

Pellegrini turned to former Millwall goalkeeper 33-year-old David Martin for his Premier League debut after Roberto leaked nine goals in three games.

Chelsea paid the price for a series of missed chances in the first half, with Lampard's men surrendering an unbeaten home run of 13 league games dating back to 2002 against West Ham. Christian Pulisic headed into the far post after the Jorginho's spin took Pedro to the intersection.

The visitors thought they doubled their advantage when Michail Antonio equalized at home on the far post after Robert Snodgrass's cross. But a VAR check scored the goal, leaving Chelsea 20 minutes to turn the tide.

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