The Best of Twitter's Reaction to Chelsea 0-0 West Ham

Rowanne WesthenryFeatured ColumnistJanuary 29, 2014

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 29:  Manager Sam Allardyce of West Ham shakes hands with Jose Mourinho manager of Chelsea during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and West Ham United at Stamford Bridge on January 29, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
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West Ham left Stamford Bridge with a point after a solid defensive performance held Chelsea to a 0-0 draw. There was plenty of drama despite the scoreline, so let’s look at how the evening unfolded on Twitter.

Bleacher Report’s Garry Hayes posted this Vine before kick-off:

Here come the teams... #CFC #WHUFC https://t.co/BfMy0WDjed

— Garry Hayes (@garryhayes) January 29, 2014

Early on in the game, Oscar nearly scored another contender for goal of the season, but Adrian just managed to tip it onto the bar:

Oscar tries to curl one in and forces a good save #CFC http://t.co/FBA0HFBGXe

— TheShedEnder.com (@theshedender) January 29, 2014

That was a sign of the frustrating evening that was to follow for the Blues. As was this:

West Ham just had 10 players in there own box just now. Willian fires over. 15 mins #CFC

— Garry Hayes (@garryhayes) January 29, 2014

There was also a fair amount of this:

huge handball appeal from Hazard after his cross is blocked off.

— Chelsea Stats (@ChelseaStats) January 29, 2014

Despite Chelsea’s best efforts, there was no way through West Ham’s 10-man wall of defenders.

HEAT MAP: Oscar's everywhere for Chelsea who still haven't broken the deadlock at Stamford Bridge. 62% possession. pic.twitter.com/DrIp38h245

— Squawka Football (@Squawka) January 29, 2014

The ridiculous stats began appearing at half-time:

72% possession for Chelsea, 8 corners, hit the post done everything. You can't do more than that when the opponent parks the bus to be fair.

— Seleção Brasileira (@BrazilStats) January 29, 2014

PASS MAP: Andy Carroll has not completed a forward pass yet tonight. He's made just 6/16 (38%) passes. Shocking. pic.twitter.com/ha0l3OB85n

— Squawka Football (@Squawka) January 29, 2014

And the fans made their frustrations known:

West Ham spent roughly 20 minutes faffing about on throw-ins and freekicks in the first half.

— Frankie (@Frankiee44) January 29, 2014

There was more of the same in the second half:

Mikel hits from 1,000 yards out. Sums up Chelsea's night so far.

— Garry Hayes (@garryhayes) January 29, 2014

The ever-present question about Chelsea’s strikers reared its head:

Games like these you'd wish we had a clinical and goal scoring striker, eh?

— Chelsea Debate (@ChelseaDebate) January 29, 2014

This happened a few times:

Ramires shooting like Dick Cheney on that hunting trip.

— Keviη Stott (@KevinStott11) January 29, 2014

Before Frank Lampard came on for John Obi Mikel, having received a fair bit of stick during his warm-up:

West Ham singing to Lampard "you're not playing cos you're shit" - Chelsea retort. "Frankie Lampard he's won more than you"

— TerrenceTheCat (@TerrenceTheCat) January 29, 2014

Chelsea continued to throw everything at the Hammers:

#CFC 0-0 #WHUFC http://t.co/m8agXmpg0Z Chelsea still can't find opener against Hammers. They're trying... pic.twitter.com/yPkCbf6z7k

— FourFourTwo (@FourFourTwo) January 29, 2014

But there was no way through:

West Ham haven't had a single man leave their penalty area tonight - this is like watching Argentina in 1990. Or Chelsea in 2012!

— Carlo Garganese (@carlogarganese) January 29, 2014

Then the inevitable “If Chelsea had Mata…” tweets began:

Chelsea still drawing with West Ham. If only they had a £37m attacking midfielder who could break a team of West Ham’s quality down.

— Si (@PhantomGoal) January 29, 2014

Looks like Chelsea could really use a creative playmaker who likes playing between the lines. If only they had a backup to Oscar...

— Kieran Canning (@KieranCanning) January 29, 2014

Chelsea struggling to find the back of the net. Really need a creative player. Maybe bring on Mata? Oh wait....

— Messi Minutes (@MessiMinutes) January 29, 2014

And the funny, funny jokes:

What is the Mata with Chelsea?

— BBC Sporf (@BBCSporf) January 29, 2014

What's a Mata Chelsea?

— Jamie Hall (@JamieHall__) January 29, 2014

I have definitely not seen enough tweets from rival fans saying Chelsea only needed Juan goal. Slacking.

— Gene Oliver (@mantomanmarking) January 29, 2014

Chelsea supporters were unimpressed with the result:

Way too many shots from outside the box, no patience in our build up.

— Blues Talk (@Blues_Talk) January 29, 2014

4 minutes added on. 6 subs = 3 mins (30 secs each). so only 1 min for the injury that’s already been 2. and about 34 minutes of time wasting

— Chelsea Stats (@ChelseaStats) January 29, 2014

If Chelsea insist on plodding through the first half with such lethargy, games will come down to a mad scramble second 45

— The Special John (@bainesyDiego10) January 29, 2014

Yes yes yes - let's keep shooting randomly from distance - it's been SO effective for 87 minutes

— TerrenceTheCat (@TerrenceTheCat) January 29, 2014

There was a good case made for buying a striker in this transfer window:

In the last four days, Chelsea have had nearly 70 shots on goal against Stoke and West Ham and scored just one - from a free-kick #CFC

— The Special John (@bainesyDiego10) January 29, 2014

39 shots, 9 on target. If this isn't conclusive proof we're in dire need of a striker, I don't know what is. pic.twitter.com/WqNCZxFbYO

— Frankie (@Frankiee44) January 29, 2014

And one supporter had these words of wisdom:

We drew a game and remain third, yet half the people on my TL are on suicide watch tonight. You lot haven't lived.

— Kelvin Barker (@ChelseaKelv) January 29, 2014

But Sid Lowe summed it up perfectly:

Sounds like West Ham - Chelsea was fun..... Once the game had finished.

— Sid Lowe (@sidlowe) January 29, 2014

Jose Mourinho blasted West Ham’s tactics:

Mourinho: It's difficult to play a match when only one team wants to play. Because West Ham need points they came here the way they did.#CFC

— Chelsea FC (@chelseafc) January 29, 2014

Mourinho: 'I don’t want to criticise too much because if I was in their position, I don’t know if I would do the same.' #CFC

— Chelsea FC (@chelseafc) January 29, 2014

Mourinho on West Ham: "This is not Premier League, this is not the best league in the world. This is football from the 19th century."

— Miguel Delaney (@MiguelDelaney) January 29, 2014

A few people suggested that this might be a little rich from Mourinho:

Mourinho's sounding like a hypocrite. Look at this Chelsea bus! pic.twitter.com/BnCxMvfZi0

— Muzzy (@Muzzy_92) January 29, 2014

Not usually one for player/manager bashing but how is Mourinho warranting complaints over #WHUFC 'negative tactics? #CFC

— Mitch Waddon (@MitchWaddon) January 29, 2014

Before Sam Allardyce responded, adding a new word to the football lexicon as he did so:

Allardyce: "It's brilliant when you get a result against him! I love Chelsea moaning."

— Miguel Delaney (@MiguelDelaney) January 29, 2014

Allardyce: "He can't take it can he. He can't take him because we've out-tacticed him, out-witted him. He just can't cope."

— Miguel Delaney (@MiguelDelaney) January 29, 2014

Allardyce adding "out-tacticed" to the list of footballing Outs: - Outplayed - Out-fought - Out-thought - Out-gunned - Out-manoeuvred/run

— Football Clichés (@FootballCliches) January 29, 2014

Chelsea fans were reminded of another damp and miserable London derby:

The last time Chelsea failed to score in the Premier League at Stamford Bridge was January 2nd 2013 in a 1-0 defeat to Queens Park Rangers.

— Squawka Football (@Squawka) January 29, 2014

And given a dose of realism:

Think we've got to be careful of over-analysing tonight's game, Chelsea beat West Ham 99/100, just unlucky tonight @GrantJames_CFC

— Jack Rathborn (@jackrathborn) January 29, 2014

Before looking to the next game:

Back from the Bridge - wet as an otters pocket. Frustrating night, but that's the way it goes & soon forgotten when we beat City on Monday.

— Mark Worrall (@gate17marco) January 29, 2014