West Ham fans have not had it easy lately. 

Comedic goalkeeping gaffes, shocking results and humiliating social media videos have left the Hammers feeling blue and looking very claret in the face. 

So, going into Saturday's trip to Stamford Bridge, there wasn't much hope among the West Ham fanbase. The London derby was being tipped as Manuel Pellegrini's final game in charge, with the entire London Stadium growing tired of his side's lifeless performances. 

Meanwhile, Chelsea were absolutely flying under Frank Lampard, and had only suffered defeats to the Premier League elite sides. A routine home victory on the cards, then? 

Many were furious that Pellegrini had picked Aaron Cresswell at left-back, which definitely wouldn't comeback to haunt them in about an hour or so....


A cagey opening 45 minutes ended goalless, as the Hammers looked surprisingly solid at the back, and matched their superior hosts in all departments. 

Then - a breakthrough. 

Would you believe it, West Ham's Cresswell (remember him from before?) carved open the ​Chelsea defence and slotted beyond Kepa to send the Hammers into delirium. 

​​Of course, you can't please all of the people all of the time, and West Ham's lead meant a possible reprieve for the least popular man in East London. 


​West Ham's third choice keeper David Martin was the star of the show, replacing the under-fire Roberto, and pulling off an unbelievable double save to keep the Hammers in front. 


For a brief and wonderful minute or so, West Ham thought they had doubled their advantage, Michail Antonio scoring his second goal in two games. The mysterious creature that is VAR intervened however, sparing Chelsea's blushes and putting the game back in the balance. 

But West Ham held on to a famous and impressive victory over their London rivals at Stamford Bridge, relieving the pressure on Pellegrini...for the time being.