Chelsea failed to move level on points with Premier League leaders Arsenal as they could only manage a draw at home against West Ham United on Wednesday.
Chelsea were dominant in terms of possession and chances, but an Oscar shot hitting the bar was as close as they came to a goal in the first half. After the break it was one-way traffic, with Adrian a very busy goalkeeper and Demba Ba also hitting the post.
The game finished 0-0.
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First half quick analysis
With more than 70% possession they've been well in control for most of the game, though most shots have been from outside the penalty area. Oscar and Willian were the two making most of the running and creating space, but Eden Hazard has picked up a gear or two in the final 10 minutes of the half.
West Ham have dropped deeper and deeper as the first half wore on and it seems only a matter of time before they take the lead...but Adrian has only really had to make three routine saves and one good one.
More incisiveness and a better all-round tempo required.
Losing Diame to injury has hurt their compactness in midfield and the ability to break quickly with numbers. A set piece threat is certainly prevalent if they can find consistently good delivery; so far, they haven't.
Adrian has been well protected but you sense he'll be busier after the break.
Andy Carroll has been isolated in attack, almost doing more defending than attacking much of the time, and West Ham seem to be relying on winning free kicks to have a hope of scoring.
Second half quick analysis
The second half was a training session of attack vs. defence, and Chelsea's front four—then five, then about eight—failed to find the breakthrough.
The attacking midfielders created plenty of chances to be fair to them, but a lot of the play was in front of the defence and perhaps it could all have been played a little quicker.
Ultimately, a combination of slack finishing and good goalkeeping prevented Chelsea taking an addition two points.
A hard-working midfield is one thing, but West Ham essentially had nine defenders for this game.
The centre-back partnership of James Collins and James Tomkins were excellent, committed and reliable to the end, while Matty Taylor put in numerous big challenges.
Goalkeeper Adrian has to take many plaudits too after a string of fine late saves.
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