Juan Mata played a decent through-ball for Fernando Torres to run on to, but he was matched for pace by none other than The Hammers' clumpy centre-half James Collins.
Probably through no fault of his own, the Spaniard is not performing and that is despite the conditions being made perfect for him to succeed at Stamford Bridge.
With £15 million Daniel Sturridge injured and attracting interest from Liverpool, and Romelu Lukaku on loan at West Brom, Rafael Benitez will certainly want to add to his squad when the transfer window opens in the New Year.
But there is a more astute recruitment policy going on at Stamford Bridge than meets the eye and Chelsea fans ought not to simply expect big-name, big-money signings.
Players like Radamel Falcao or Edison Cavani are not easy to acquire and might not be the right solutions to the Blues' problems, and Roman Abramovich can ill-afford another big-money flop.
Many experts believe Torres will be first-choice striker for the rest of the season, as Tony Banks writes in The Express:
“The aim at the moment is to buy to support Torres, with Abramovich still backing his £50 million striker.”
Rafa Benitez will still have a significant war chest to delve into in January, though, so which young starlets can we expect to see house hunting in West London in the New Year?