Antonio Conte says West Ham draw sums up Chelsea's season

Antonio Conte says West Ham draw sums up Chelsea's season

Marko Arnautovic chased the ball deep into the Chelsea box who found Chicharito in open space for the blast past Thibaut Courtois.

Rice said: "I've come back here after being released by Chelsea at 14 and five years later I'm playing for West Ham in the Premier League".

Chelsea took the lead at Stamford Bridge through a first-half goal from Cesar Azpilicueta, only for Javier Hernandez to find a way through in the final quarter of the match to see the spoils shared.

However, this accusation can not be levelled at West Ham's defenders, whose dogged resistance - apart from one sloppy moment following a Chelsea corner for the opening goal - kept the Blues at arm's length for most of the contest.

Chelsea paid tribute to former captain and assistant manager Ray Wilkins, who died aged 61 on Wednesday following a cardiac arrest, before kick-off with a minute's applause.

But next Monday they host fellow strugglers Stoke knowing a defeat would drag them right back into trouble ahead of a tricky run-in including fixtures against Arsenal, Manchester United and Manchester City.

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His introduction to the game was certainly key for West Ham to get their goal, with Arnautovic struggling as a lone striker.

Rice, 19, had a starring role as the Hammers eased their relegation fears with a 1-1 draw against Chelsea.

The 3-1 loss to Spurs on April Fool's Day made three points the only option, but they hadn't counted on Hart being in such inspired form. And a season that has been as turbulent as West Ham's, albeit for different reasons, looks set to end in disappointment. "Many games where you have a good performance, create many chances to score but you are not clinical".

"We came out here today with a a point and that's massive for us going into the last six games of the season", Rice added. "But I think this game describes very clearly our season".

"Some of our players had heavy legs but we still won the game when we were questioned, I really like the spirit in this team", said manager Arsene Wenger. If West Ham can win one or two of those matches, they could be blowing bubbles in the Premier League for another season.

It has been a whirlwind few weeks for Rice which have seen him make his senior worldwide debut and play a starring role in Ireland u21's dramatic last-gasp win over Azerbaijan last month.

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