​West Ham shocked Chelsea to end their winless Premier League run of seven games, defeating the Blues 1-0 at Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon.


Irons' manager Manuel Pellegrini found himself under increasing pressure ahead of the game, following questionable team selection and abject performances of recent weeks. 


However, the Chilean was able to get a tune from his hard-working players against Chelsea and he cited their consistency as a key factor in their unlikely success.

Speaking to the ​club's official website, Pellegrini stated: "We know the results recently are not what we expected of this team, but football is like that. You must understand that you must be solid and consistent in the Premier League through the whole game. I think that was the major change."


"That allowed us to keep a clean sheet and beat a team like Chelsea who are in a good moment."


Pellegrini's ability to both motivate and organise his players has come into question during ​West Ham's winless run, with the Hammers conceding goals far too easily. However, the manager feels that the players are still committed to his methods - despite recent struggles.


He added: "I think the players are convinced in what we are doing. It’s difficult when you aren’t getting the results you expect to continue working in the same way, but we didn’t concede easy goals [today]. 


“When you concede goals that you can do better with of course it’s very difficult to win. Today we were concentrated all over and that showed in our performance.”

David Martin, son of former West Ham defender Alvin, was handed a Premier League debut in the west London triumph, as Pellegrini finally omitted the below-par Roberto from his starting XI.


Pellegrini praised the boyhood Hammers' fan, adding: "David Martin had never played before in the ​Premier League, but I think he did very well. He had the personality to play, and I think our defenders helped him a lot to keep that clean sheet.


“His Dad is a West Ham legend and I’m happy for him that the first game was so successful. I’m hope this will now be the start of our recovery as a team.”