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West Ham stun Chelsea

Published:Sunday | December 10, 2017 | 12:00 AM

LONDON (AP):

Chelsea's bid to retain the English Premier League title has faltered again. West Ham handed the Blues their fourth loss of the season yesterday, winning 1-0.

Chelsea remained 11 points behind leaders Manchester City, who face second-place Manchester United today.

"To talk about a title race after a defeat is a bit strange," Chelsea coach Antonio Conte said. "When you have this start, it's impossible to think you are in the title race."

Marko Arnautovic's early strike was backed up by a resilient defensive display that ended an eight-game winless run for the hosts and gave new manager David Moyes a first victory.

Third-place Chelsea will be looking over its shoulder after Tottenham thrashed Stoke 5-1 to win for the first time in five league games.

Burnley stayed level on points with Spurs after beating 10-man Watford 1-0.

Also, Swansea rose off the bottom of the league after their first win in two months, switching with Crystal Palace, who blew a win when Christian Benteke missed a late penalty shot.

West Ham's opening intensity was rewarded after six minutes when Arnautovic applied a fitting finish to a flowing move.

From then on, West Ham retreated, often defending, with all 11 players inside their own third of the pitch at the Olympic Stadium, with the tactic limiting Chelsea to very few opportunities.

 

ORGANISED PERFORMANCE

 

"A really good start to the game by us and then we got a goal, which was a really well-worked goal, and then it was a completely disciplined, organised performance," said Moyes, who replaced Slaven Bilic in early November.

West Ham remain in the relegation zone, but the win put them level on points with 17th-place West Brom, which lost at Swansea 1-0.

Wilfried Bony lifted Swansea off the bottom of the table thanks to his late goal to beat West Bromwich Albion 1-0.

Also, Steve Mounie scored twice as Huddersfield defeated Brighton 2-0.