Chelsea Drop Two More Points at the Bridge Against West Ham

Martin BentleyCorrespondent IDecember 14, 2008

For the second time this season, all four members of the Big Four failed to win, as Chelsea were held to a 1-1 draw at home to West Ham United.

Craig Bellamy put the Hammers in front with a controversial  goal, as Chelsea claimed that Mark Noble handled the ball in the build up to the score. Chelsea equalised in the second half through Nicolas Anelka, and Chelsea felt they should have had a penalty, as Frank Lampard was tripped in the West Ham box, but the Blues' appeal was turned down.

Chelsea have now dropped 14 points at Stamford Bridge this season, drawing four times and losing to both Arsenal and Liverpool, with their perfect away record keeping them in contention for the title, only a point behind Liverpool.

West Ham are now in 16th place, just one place above the relegation zone, and will need to start putting some wins together, beginning with next week's game at home to Aston Villa. However, their performance today will give them some confidence going into the Christmas run.