Chelsea slipped up in the race for the title as they were held by a dogged West Ham at Stamford Bridge.

The Blues controlled the match but were frustrated by Sam Allardyce's lowly Hammers, who defended stoutly.

Oscar had a shot touched onto the bar by Adrian, who also kept out efforts from John Terry and Samuel Eto'o.

Eto'o thought he had scored late on after assuming the West Ham keeper had wrongly placed the ball for a free-kick, but his effort was disallowed.

West Ham tactics 'frustrate' Mourinho

That was one of several frantic moments in the last 10 minutes for the visitors, with Frank Lampard forcing Adrian to make a superb save with his feet and another Blues substitute, Demba Ba, hitting the post with a flicked effort.

The result meant the Hammers avoided their 14th defeat in 17 meetings against Chelsea, but they remain in the bottom three.

The hosts, meanwhile, stay two points adrift of Arsenal, who drew with Southampton on Tuesday, but are three behind Manchester City, who went top with a 5-1 win at Tottenham.

Chelsea face City at Etihad Stadium on Monday.

If they are to have any hope of winning that game, Jose Mourinho's attackers must rediscover the killer instinct they were lacking against West Ham, who had conceded 17 goals in their previous five matches.

Blues feel the blues

Chelsea had 39 shots (including blocked shots) - the most by any team who failed to score in the Premier League since 2003-04

The visitors showed greater resolve in west London, although it was striker Andy Carroll who was their best defender.

The 25-year-old, making his first league start of the season, was regularly well positioned when Chelsea threatened with set-pieces, but spent more time in his own box than the opposition's.

The hosts dominated possession throughout, but only hit something near top gear towards the end of the first half, when Adrian made excellent saves to keep out Terry's header and Eto'o's fierce drive.

Prior to that, the Spaniard had tipped Oscar's curling effort onto the bar.

Chelsea intimidated officials - Allardyce

Despite their dominance, Chelsea lacked a striker hovering around the six-yard area, with Eto'o often dropping deeper in order to get involved in the build-up.

That pattern continued until the final five minutes, when Ba's close-range flick struck the woodwork.

Lampard also went close to a winner in stoppage time, but his side-footed effort from 10 yards was blocked by the alert Adrian, soon after the goalkeeper had escaped a potentially embarrassing incident.

Eto'o thought he had made a misjudgement when placing the ball for a free-kick and tapped into the net, but referee Neil Swarbrick disallowed the Cameroon striker's effort.

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Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (6)

Chelsea

  • 01 Cech
  • 02 Ivanovic
  • 28 Azpilicueta (Lampard - 63' )
  • 12 Mikel (Matic - 63' )
  • 24 Cahill
  • 26 Terry
  • 22 Willian
  • 07 Ramires Booked
  • 29 Eto'o
  • 11 Oscar (Ba - 80' )
  • 17 Hazard

Substitutes

  • 03 Cole
  • 04 David Luiz
  • 08 Lampard
  • 14 Schürrle
  • 19 Ba
  • 21 Matic
  • 23 Schwarzer

West Ham United

  • 13 Adrián
  • 20 Demel
  • 17 O'Brien Booked
  • 14 Taylor Booked
  • 19 Collins
  • 05 Tomkins
  • 21 Diamé (Jarvis - 30' )
  • 16 Noble
  • 09 Carroll (Cole - 64' )
  • 04 Nolan Booked (Nocerino - 80' )
  • 23 Downing

Substitutes

  • 03 McCartney
  • 07 Jarvis
  • 15 Morrison
  • 22 Jääskeläinen
  • 24 Cole
  • 46 Borriello
  • 47 Nocerino
Ref: Neil Swarbrick
Att: 41,376

Match Stats

Shots

39 1

On target

9 1

Corners

13 3

Fouls

12 11

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Chelsea 0, West Ham United 0.

90:00 +6:44 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Chelsea 0, West Ham United 0.

90:00 +6:40

Attempt missed. Demba Ba (Chelsea) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Ramires with a cross.

90:00 +6:34

Attempt saved. Frank Lampard (Chelsea) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Eden Hazard.

90:00 +5:14

Foul by Demba Ba (Chelsea).

90:00 +5:14

Adrián (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +5:09

Attempt saved. Eden Hazard (Chelsea) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

90:00 +4:27

Attempt missed. Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Demba Ba with a headed pass following a corner.

90:00 +4:11

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by James Collins.

90:00 +3:04

Attempt missed. Eden Hazard (Chelsea) left footed shot from the left side of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Willian.

90:00 +2:48

Demba Ba (Chelsea) hits the left post with a right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box.

90:00 +1:28

Attempt blocked. Frank Lampard (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Eden Hazard.

90:00 +1:08

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

90:00 +1:05

Joey O'Brien went off injured after West Ham United had used all subs.

89:41

Delay in match Joey O'Brien (West Ham United) because of an injury.

89:05

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Joey O'Brien.

88:13

Nemanja Matic (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

88:13

Foul by Carlton Cole (West Ham United).

87:00

Attempt missed. Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by John Terry.

86:02

Attempt blocked. Frank Lampard (Chelsea) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Eden Hazard.

84:23

Offside, West Ham United. Stewart Downing tries a through ball, but Carlton Cole is caught offside.

83:51 Booking

Booking Ramires (Chelsea) is shown the yellow card.

82:54

Attempt saved. Gary Cahill (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Nemanja Matic.

82:20

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by James Collins.

81:17

Eden Hazard (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

81:17

Foul by James Tomkins (West Ham United).

80:20

Offside, Chelsea. Ramires tries a through ball, but Samuel Eto'o is caught offside.

79:49 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, West Ham United. Antonio Nocerino replaces Kevin Nolan.

79:03 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Chelsea. Demba Ba replaces Oscar.

78:28

Foul by Samuel Eto'o (Chelsea).

78:28

Guy Demel (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

77:26

Attempt missed. Nemanja Matic (Chelsea) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Samuel Eto'o.

75:59

Offside, Chelsea. Eden Hazard tries a through ball, but Branislav Ivanovic is caught offside.

75:32

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Kevin Nolan.

75:27

Attempt blocked. Nemanja Matic (Chelsea) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

73:40 Booking

Booking Kevin Nolan (West Ham United) is shown the yellow card.

73:29

Gary Cahill (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

73:29

Foul by Kevin Nolan (West Ham United).

72:57

Attempt missed. Frank Lampard (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Oscar.

71:39

Attempt blocked. Frank Lampard (Chelsea) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Samuel Eto'o.

71:15

Attempt blocked. Oscar (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Eden Hazard.

68:55

Foul by Willian (Chelsea).

68:55

Matthew Taylor (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

68:01

Nemanja Matic (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

68:01

Foul by James Tomkins (West Ham United).

67:27

Foul by Ramires (Chelsea).

67:27

Stewart Downing (West Ham United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

66:34

Attempt missed. Eden Hazard (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Frank Lampard.

64:24

Foul by Ramires (Chelsea).

64:24

Joey O'Brien (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

64:06

Attempt blocked. Frank Lampard (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Willian.

63:12 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, West Ham United. Carlton Cole replaces Andy Carroll.

62:59 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Chelsea. Frank Lampard replaces César Azpilicueta.

62:52 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Chelsea. Nemanja Matic replaces John Obi Mikel.

61:50

Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Branislav Ivanovic.

60:04 Booking

Booking Matthew Taylor (West Ham United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

60:00

Ramires (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

60:00

Foul by Matthew Taylor (West Ham United).

59:19

Attempt saved. John Obi Mikel (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Gary Cahill.

59:08

Attempt blocked. Samuel Eto'o (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Eden Hazard.

57:56 Booking

Booking Joey O'Brien (West Ham United) is shown the yellow card.

57:38

Gary Cahill (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

57:38

Foul by Andy Carroll (West Ham United).

56:35

Attempt missed. Ramires (Chelsea) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by César Azpilicueta with a cross.

55:57

Attempt blocked. Ramires (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Eden Hazard.

54:35

Foul by Ramires (Chelsea).

54:35

Mark Noble (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

53:14

Attempt saved. Oscar (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ramires.

49:53

Attempt missed. Eden Hazard (Chelsea) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Willian.

47:46

Attempt missed. Gary Cahill (Chelsea) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Willian with a cross following a corner.

47:25

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by James Tomkins.

47:23

Attempt blocked. Ramires (Chelsea) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Oscar.

46:28

Foul by Ramires (Chelsea).

46:28

Andy Carroll (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

46:22

Attempt blocked. John Obi Mikel (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Eden Hazard.

45:00

Second Half begins Chelsea 0, West Ham United 0.

45:00 +3:10 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Chelsea 0, West Ham United 0.

45:00 +3:05

Attempt blocked. Oscar (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Willian.

45:00 +2:38

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Adrián.

45:00 +2:33

Attempt saved. Samuel Eto'o (Chelsea) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top right corner.

45:00 +2:31

Attempt blocked. Oscar (Chelsea) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Branislav Ivanovic.

45:00 +1:09

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Joey O'Brien.

45:00 +0:25

Foul by John Terry (Chelsea).

45:00 +0:25

James Tomkins (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

44:38

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Guy Demel.

43:49

Attempt saved. John Terry (Chelsea) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Willian with a cross.

43:25

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Stewart Downing.

43:22

Attempt blocked. Samuel Eto'o (Chelsea) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Willian.

42:18

Foul by Willian (Chelsea).

42:18

Joey O'Brien (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

41:06

Attempt saved. Eden Hazard (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Oscar.

40:38

Attempt blocked. Eden Hazard (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Samuel Eto'o.

39:22

Gary Cahill (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

39:22

Foul by Andy Carroll (West Ham United).

37:50

Foul by John Obi Mikel (Chelsea).

37:50

Kevin Nolan (West Ham United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

36:14

Eden Hazard (Chelsea) wins a free kick on the right wing.

36:14

Foul by Andy Carroll (West Ham United).

34:52

Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Gary Cahill.

31:03

Attempt missed. Oscar (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by César Azpilicueta.

29:34 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, West Ham United. Matthew Jarvis replaces Mohamed Diamé because of an injury.

24:42

Attempt missed. Ramires (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Willian.

23:37

Attempt missed. John Obi Mikel (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Ramires.

21:50

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Joey O'Brien.

21:12

Ramires (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

21:12

Foul by Mohamed Diamé (West Ham United).

20:00

Hand ball by Andy Carroll (West Ham United).

18:41

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by James Collins.

14:30

Attempt missed. Samuel Eto'o (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Eden Hazard with a headed pass.

13:29

Attempt missed. Willian (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Oscar.

12:39

Ramires (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

12:39

Foul by Andy Carroll (West Ham United).

11:56

Foul by Willian (Chelsea).

11:56

James Tomkins (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

11:21

Attempt saved. James Tomkins (West Ham United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Stewart Downing with a cross.

10:39

Foul by Gary Cahill (Chelsea).

10:39

Mohamed Diamé (West Ham United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

8:55

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Adrián.

8:41

Attempt saved. Oscar (Chelsea) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Willian.

1:27

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Matthew Taylor.

0:48

Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Gary Cahill.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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