Bowen hails West Ham 'character' as Chelsea beaten in 5-goal thriller | OneFootball

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·4 December 2021

Bowen hails West Ham 'character' as Chelsea beaten in 5-goal thriller

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Arthur Masuaku scored a bizarre late winner as top-four hopefuls West Ham twice came from behind to beat Premier League leaders Chelsea in a pulsating encounter at London Stadium.

After collecting the ball wide on the left, Masuaku arrowed a cross-cum-shot past Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy at his near post to send the Hammers supporters into ecstasy.

Thiago Silva broke the deadlock for Chelsea in the first half, heading Mason Mount's corner past Lukasz Fabianski via the inside of the post.

West Ham were gifted a chance to equalise when Edouard Mendy brought down Jarrod Bowen following a poor backpass from Jorginho, allowing Manuel Lanzini to stroke home from the penalty spot.

Bowen's low drive from the edge of the area restored parity once more before Masuaku's remarkable 87th-minute winner.

The win consolidates West Ham's place in the top four, while Chelsea will drop to third if Manchester City and Liverpool win this weekend.

Afterwards, Bowen said: "That is what we are about as a team, the character, the belief. We hung in sometimes when it was difficult. We never know when we are beaten, we went behind twice but showed that reaction and a lot better performance.

"We wanted to be on the front foot and press them aggressively and not let them play, which they are good at. We wanted to limit what their game plan was.

"We haven't won in a few games and have been disappointed in ourselves, but to come back and beat Chelsea, what a performance."

On the winner from Arthur Masuaku, he added: "He will tell you he took a shot. It has gone in. We are big on putting balls into the box. Sometimes you may get a bit of luck. He will say he shot, we are just buzzing to get the three points."

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