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West Ham United 0-1 Chelsea: Timo Werner earns Blues key win in race for top four

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Timo Werner scores for Chelsea against West Ham in the Premier LeagueFive of Timo Werner's six Premier League goals have been scored in London

Chelsea took a huge step towards securing a Champions League spot as Timo Werner's first goal since February helped Thomas Tuchel's side beat top four rivals West Ham.

Werner, who has struggled to make a significant impact since joining for £47m last summer, started and finished the move that settled a tightly-fought game.

The Germany forward fired home from Ben Chilwell's cross after a well-worked move involving Christian Pulisic, Werner's sixth Premier League goal since arriving from RB Leipzig.

West Ham struggled to create chances and finished the game with 10 men after Fabian Balbuena was shown a straight red card in the 81st minute after catching Chilwell's leg with his follow through while making a clearance.

Referee Chris Kavanagh watched a replay on the pitchside monitor before dismissing the Paraguay defender.

The Hammers remain fifth in the table, three points behind Chelsea, after Liverpool's failure to beat Newcastle earlier on Saturday.

In what was billed as a huge game in the race for the top four, West Ham were hoping to deliver a victory for the underdog at the end of a week when the so-called "big six" tried to break rank and join the European Super League.

David Moyes' side have enjoyed a fine run of form to raise hopes they could secure a Champions League spot.

However, they did not register an attempt on target until after half-time as Chelsea extended their unbeaten run away from home under Tuchel to 10 games in all competitions.

West Ham wanted a penalty when the game was goalless after Tomas Soucek's shot struck Cesar Azpilicueta in the torso before hitting his arm, while Werner missed a glorious chance to double the lead after Mason Mount's shot was parried into his path but the striker screwed it wide.

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Perfect start to a big week

This was the perfect start to a testing week for Tuchel's men as they opened up a three-point cushion between fourth and fifth spot in the table.

Having gone from the high of beating Manchester City to book an FA Cup final appearance, they were held by lowly Brighton as their fans made their feelings clear outside Stamford Bridge about their club's planned participation in the European Super League.

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They put that flat performance behind them, Chelsea doing enough to secure the points against West Ham before Tuesday's huge Champions League semi-final first leg away to record 13-time winners Real Madrid.

Werner has had his critics but he produced a big shift which he capped with a smart finish.

Even before his goal he was lively although he was fortunate his miss after Lukasz Fabianski palmed Mount's attempt straight to him did not prove costly in the end.

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Chelsea were ninth in the table when Tuchel took charge in January but the FA Cup finalists now have a clear advantage in the race to finish in the top four.

Their success under the German boss has been based on strong defensive foundations and this was their 10th top-flight clean sheet in 14 games since Tuchel arrived.

More to follow.

Player of the match

WernerTimo Werner

with an average of 7.85West HamWest Ham UnitedWest Ham UnitedChelseaChelseaChelsea

West Ham United

    Squad number11Player nameLingardAverage rating

    6.49

    Squad number1Player nameFabianskiAverage rating

    5.84

    Squad number28Player nameSoucekAverage rating

    5.66

    Squad number20Player nameBowenAverage rating

    5.56

    Squad number24Player nameFredericksAverage rating

    5.51

    Squad number21Player nameOgbonnaAverage rating

    5.51

    Squad number5Player nameCoufalAverage rating

    5.39

    Squad number4Player nameBalbuenaAverage rating

    5.20

    Squad number23Player nameDiopAverage rating

    5.20

    Squad number16Player nameNobleAverage rating

    5.17

    Squad number18Player nameFornalsAverage rating

    5.16

    Squad number9Player nameBenrahmaAverage rating

    4.85

    Squad number10Player nameLanziniAverage rating

    4.72

    Squad number31Player nameJohnsonAverage rating

    4.49

Chelsea

    Squad number11Player nameWernerAverage rating

    7.85

    Squad number7Player nameKantéAverage rating

    7.62

    Squad number19Player nameMountAverage rating

    7.40

    Squad number21Player nameChilwellAverage rating

    7.40

    Squad number10Player namePulisicAverage rating

    7.27

    Squad number2Player nameRüdigerAverage rating

    7.27

    Squad number28Player nameAzpilicuetaAverage rating

    7.26

    Squad number6Player nameThiago SilvaAverage rating

    7.16

    Squad number16Player nameMendyAverage rating

    7.15

    Squad number4Player nameChristensenAverage rating

    7.10

    Squad number22Player nameZiyechAverage rating

    6.70

    Squad number5Player nameJorginhoAverage rating

    6.34

    Squad number24Player nameJamesAverage rating

    6.18

    Squad number9Player nameAbrahamAverage rating

    5.86

Line-upsMatch StatsLive Text

Line-ups

West Ham

Formation 3-4-1-2

1Fabianski4Balbuena21Ogbonna23Diop5Coufal16Noble28Soucek24Fredericks18Fornals20Bowen11Lingard1Fabianski4BalbuenaBooked at 81mins21Ogbonna23Diop5Coufal16NobleSubstituted forLanziniat 69'minutes28Soucek24FredericksSubstituted forJohnsonat 83'minutes18FornalsSubstituted forBenrahmaat 69'minutes20Bowen11Lingard

Substitutes

7Yarmolenko9Benrahma10Lanzini14Alves31Johnson34Trott35Randolph45Odubeko54Coventry

Chelsea

Formation 3-4-2-1

16Mendy4Christensen6Thiago Silva2Rüdiger28Azpilicueta7Kanté5Jorginho21Chilwell19Mount10Pulisic11Werner16MendyBooked at 90mins4ChristensenBooked at 42mins6Thiago Silva2Rüdiger28AzpilicuetaSubstituted forJamesat 86'minutes7KantéBooked at 90mins5Jorginho21Chilwell19Mount10PulisicSubstituted forZiyechat 74'minutes11WernerBooked at 35minsSubstituted forAbrahamat 87'minutes

Substitutes

1Arrizabalaga3Alonso9Abraham15Zouma20Hudson-Odoi22Ziyech23Gilmour24James29HavertzReferee:Chris Kavanagh

Match Stats

Home TeamWest HamAway TeamChelseaPossessionHome45%Away55%ShotsHome9Away17Shots on TargetHome2Away6CornersHome4Away2FoulsHome9Away11

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    Match ends, West Ham United 0, Chelsea 1.

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