London - Frank Lampard scored twice against his old club as Chelsea beat West
Ham 3-0 on Saturday to move up to third place in the Premier League
Lampard's two goals, which included a penalty, came either
side of an Oscar strike at West Ham's Upton Park ground, with Jose
Mourinho's side now level on points with second-placed Liverpool after
The gulf in class between the two London clubs was
apparent throughout and only goal difference is currently keeping West
Ham out of the bottom three.
West Ham had to defend stoutly early
on as Eden Hazard's cross from the left narrowly evaded Branislav
Ivanovic and James Tomkins, the centre-back, did well to dispossess
Samuel Eto'o after the ball had been played to the Chelsea forward in
Oscar could not hit the target from the edge of the
penalty area after Ravel Morrison had lost possession but West Ham
replied with a move that saw Kevin Nolan put the ball in the net only to
be penalised for an obvious barge on goalkeeper Petr Cech.
Terry did well to block a shot from Joe Cole, his former Chelsea
team-mate, but Chelsea's next attack saw Guy Demel gift them a penalty.
right-back's miscued his attempt to play the ball back to Jussi
Jaaskelainen and the goalkeeper could not stop himself from bringing
Lampard blasted the penalty high into the net in the
21st minute to record his first goal in 11 Premier League games, ending
his longest barren run for a decade.
The former West Ham man celebrated -- briefly -- in front of the home fans, who reacted predictably with boos.
midfielder Lampard headed another chance narrowly wide before Oscar
doubled the lead in the 34th minute, with the Hammers' defence again
Hazard's flick sent the Brazilian away down the middle
and when no challenge came in Oscar slotted low past Jaaskelainen from
the edge of the box.
West Ham manager Sam Allardyce, who again
chose not to field a recognised striker, reacted by making a double
substitution five minutes before half-time.
Joe Cole and Jack Collison were taken off, with Modibo Maiga and Mohamed Diame coming on.
Chelsea continued to dominate, however, and Jaaskelainen pulled off an acrobatic save to stop Eto'o making it 3-0.
Cahill, the England centre-back, almost scored the third early in the
second half when but Mark Noble kicked his header from a corner off the
Cesar Azpilicueta, playing at left-back instead of Ashley
Cole, started a move in his own half that saw him cross to Oscar at the
back post only for the midfielder to fire wastefully wide.
saw a curling long-range effort drop just miss the target before West
Ham spurned an opportunity to get back into the game.
the man who created the chance with some trickery on the right but when
he squared the ball for Maiga in front of goal the substitute could only
It proved to be crucial as Lampard made it 3-0 in the
82nd minute with a low, first-time effort after Hazard's initial shot
had bounced off a defender.
Substitute Demba Ba, another former
West Ham player, put the ball into the net in stoppage time but the
'goal' was ruled out for offside.