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Summary

  1. Chelsea go 10 points clear again with win
  2. Hazard slots home opener, Costa bundles in second
  3. Lanzini fires home late on for Hammers
  4. Carroll makes comeback after month out injured

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By Luke Reddy

All times stated are UK

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Game over?

West Ham 1-2 Chelsea

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I started this live text with a rallying cry. I wanted the neutral fan to believe there was hope of a tight title race.

So, do I concede it's all over or keep the message of belief in the chasing pack up.

I want to do the latter but I'm folding like a pack of cards. It looks done and dusted.

Chelsea were steady, calm, efficient and just generally good. West Ham will be crossing balls in their sleep, asking few questions in the process.

If you've just joined us, take a look at the match report here.  I will love you and leave you, my apologies for the pathetic rallying cry.

Thanks for all your tweets and texts, sleep well.

Chelsea top Gunners

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Some standout stats from tonight's game:

  • Chelsea are the seventh side to accrue 66+ points from their first 27 games of a Premier League season, having done it themselves twice before (69 in 05-06 and 68 in 04-05). All six previous sides have gone on to win the title.
  • Chelsea have enjoyed 118 Premier League London derby wins, more than any other side - one more than Arsenal.

'Chelsea's title'

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Slaven Bilic on Chelsea's title chance: "There is still a long way to go. They look serious, for me they are not going to lose that. I can't see them being casual."

Manager reaction

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West Ham manager Slaven Bilic talks to BBC Sport: "They deserved to beat us. It's very simple. If you want to beat Chelsea then you have to hope for their mistakes and use them. If it's the other way around and you make mistakes, they use them straight away and it's very hard. I'm disappointed.

"We were on top. We started well and created problems down the left but didn't have enough bodies in the box. Then we made a cheap mistake in a position where you can't lose the ball.

"After that I am happy with the first half. Second half again, a cheap goal. To be fair, all of their counter attacks looked dangerous."

Manager reaction

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte tells Sky Sports: "I think we played a good game. We controlled the game. It's a pity for the goal we conceded at the end. 

"To give away a clean sheet at the end is not good. We must improve in this situation. But I'm pleased. We showed great concentration and commitment and will to win. 

"N'Golo Kante has great stamina. He covered a lot of the ground. He's improving a lot.

"We must continue. It's important to rest really well and prepare for the FA Cup game against Manchester United."

First-time strikers

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What else can we say about Chelsea's success? 

It's evidently built on a solid base but they have been opportunistic this season too. They've scored the opening goal of the game 21 times this season in the Premier League, that's four more times than any other side.

So opponents are normally facing an uphill task. Chelsea then have something to build from and as we saw tonight, when they are defending, they can break with deadly speed.

It's all going their way.

Cruise control

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The Daily Star call Chelsea's position a "cruise".

The papers calls the win a "giant leap" towards the title.

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Catch us if you can

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I'll have manager quotes for you shortly, for now though, the papers, starting with the Daily Telegraph.

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Savage on the back foot

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You can listen to 5 live show 'Flintoff, Savage and the ping pong guy' right now.

Trash talk and friction in sport is being discussed.

Savage says: "I got heabutted five or six times."

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The title 'as soon as possible'

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Chelsea forward Eden Hazard on Sky Sports: “It’s easier for me to play more inside now and link up. Last season I was more out wide and there I am sometimes alone, against two guys.

"Antonio Conte is a great character and he helps us a lot.  

"We want to win the trophy as soon as possible and bring it back to Stamford Bridge.”

Conte counts to 10

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A happy man. That's 10 games without defeat and a 10-point lead at the summit. He's made Chelsea stiff, ruthless, almost ignorant to the challenge of other. 

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Jeff Hervel:  I mean really?!?! What was the point of that West Ham goal? All it did was wipe 5 points off of my fantasy total! I'm livid!  

Alan:  Very annoying goal - I've got Cahill and Courtois in my Fantasy team.

Some very irritated members of the BBC Sport team tonight for similar reasons, Alan... not me though as I have Lanzini. If I could do a smiling emoji on this keyboard, I would.

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How five-a-side 'has taken over the nation'

#PeoplesCup

More than 40,000 players across 178 venues took part in the first round of the 2017 FA People's Cup - the nation's biggest ever five-a-side tournament.

Radio 1Xtra's Nick Bright introduces our special highlights show, which you can  watch now in full on iPlayer.

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Andy: Nice of Phil Neville to say we've seen the new champions tonight, but I think next season is more likely for West Ham.

If Leicester can do it Andy.... 

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Stats can be deceiving. These make it look like this was a close-run affair. If you're just tuning in, Chelsea cruised it.

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Alan Shearer has tweeted N'Golo Kante could win Players' Player and Football Writers' Player of the Year.

Tonight the France international played 50 passes, completing 45. He ran 12.4km, only Cesc Fabregas (12.7km) ran further on the pitch.

'We're going to win the league'

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Antonio Conte goes to address the away fans as they sing "we're going to win the league".

Two clenched fists from the Italian. A happy man as he jogs to the tunnel.

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Phil Neville

Former Manchester United defender on Radio 5 live

There is no team playing with this quality, organisation. There is no-one who can get close to them.

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Phil Neville

Former Manchester United defender on Radio 5 live

I think what we have seen tonight is the new Premier League champions.

FULL-TIME

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Too little, too late. 

I can't help but think Andre Ayew should have been out there earlier. Chelsea played in third gear, some of their players could have played with a pipe and slippers. Just not enough on offer from the home side.

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Manuel Lanzini

Now then? West Ham may get one more attack.

They raise some hope. Cesc Fabregas is played a horrible pass in midfield and he can't get hold of it. Andre Ayew pounces and races at the away defence to square to Manuel Lanzini. He drills low into the net.

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West Ham 0-2 Chelsea

We will have three minutes added. Slaven can barely stand up. Call it early ref.

West Ham have a throw-in deep in Chelsea territory, attacking an end now featuring more empty seats than full ones.

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Chelsea's fans are singing "we're going to win the league".

They are going 10 points clear with 33 to play for.

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Andy Carroll has had 33 touches, a lower tally than any outfield player who started.

He was of course a fitness doubt having been injured for a month. Surely he can be used in a better way?

He stretches for a cross but Cesar Azpilicueta blocks his run so he can't connect with the cross.

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You will not see a more cut and dry final five minutes since you watched the Dog & Duck hold onto their 12-0 lead against the Red Lion on a council playing field.

Cesar Azpilicueta picks out Willian on the edge of the box. He moves into a shooting position but the angle is narrow and the effort is blocked for a corner.

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Andy: Our squad is so thin, Bilic needs backing from board to bring in some big players in the summer.

Dimitri: Chelsea refreshingly hard working team considering the flair in their team.

Is that Payet tweeting us?

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A lot of folk now leaving London Stadium. White seats aplenty on show. The queue at the chippy will be smaller at this time. Good thinking ladies and gents, good thinking.

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Chelsea lining up to add a third. Diego Costa clipping a cross beyond Marcos Alonso but he keeps things alive, finding Willian, who tees up Cesc Fabregas 18 yards out - curled over.

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Phil Neville

Former Manchester United defender on Radio 5 live

I think this was the game we thought they may slip up. Chelsea are such a well-oiled machine. The central defenders have been first class.

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So Chelsea now have N'Golo Kante, Nemanja Matic and three recognised central defenders out there. West Ham will probably still try to cross balls.

There's a wall of black shirts between the home side and the goal they are attacking. A well-built wall at that. No inch given.

SUBSTITUTION

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Either this hand-to-face movement is a sneaky tactical instruction or Slaven Bilic is putting his head into his hands. Who could blame him?

Mark Noble is going off for Edimilson Fernandes, Kurt Zouma jogs on with Victor Moses going off. Moses takes his gloves off like a man who has just done a fine afternoon's gardening.

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SUBSTITUTION

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Sam Byram crosses, volleyed clear. Byram crosses again, Andy Carroll flicks it on. Mark Noble beats his man in a wide area and tries a passed cross, blocked... corner.

Cross after cross, surely one will pay off?

Eden Hazard makes his way off for Willian and the Belgian looks a little bit surprised.

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Numbers-wise there's not a lot in it. In terms of effectiveness and quality, there's plenty dividing these sides.

Willian will be on in a minute.

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Pedro Obiang steps up from his defensive midfield role and wants a hit. Oh dear. Sliced wide. That's right out of the David Batty scrapbook.

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Andy Carroll wins a header in the box, no-one there for the flick but Thibaut Courtois. Surely there is another way? 

GREAT SAVE!

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Darren Randolph with a stunner of a save. He dives to his right and palms a ball which is about four feet from the ground around the post.

Diego Costa had swiveled and struck all in one movement. 

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West Ham have played 20 open play crosses. Chelsea four.

Perhaps that underlines the focus of attack with Andy Carroll central to their decisions all the time it seems.

SUBSTITUTION

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Nemanja Matic is coming on for Chelsea, Pedro off. That tells you Antonio Conte will take what he has.

A double change for the Hammers sees Sofiane Feghouli come off with Winston Reid. Andre Ayew and Sam Byram enter.

CLOSE!

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This is West Ham's best moment. A save, a penalty appeal and a header over.

It's Sofiane Feghouli who pounces on a loose ball in the box to drive low against the keeper - brilliant block by Thibaut Courtois. There's a melee and Marcos Alonso blocks with his arm it seems - a big, big shout.

Winston Reid keeps the attack alive, lobbing in a cross which Jose Fonte heads over. That feels like a key moment, one of them had to go in. A truly chaotic minute.

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