Costa celebrates against  West Ham Utd
Costa celebrates against West Ham Utd

Goals from John Terry and Diego Costa helped Chelsea to a comfortable Boxing Day win over West Ham.
The Captain tapped-in from close range on the half-hour mark after Diego Costa flicked on from the corner. The Blues had already gone close through Oscar and Gary Cahill before Terry broke the deadlock. His goal takes his Premier League tally to 36, two behind David Unsworth (who was a regular penalty-taker, by the way) as the highest scoring Premier League defender.
Chelsea continued to dominate the match, creating a whole host of chances, forcing a string of impressive saves from Adrian in the West Ham goal. Enner Valencia’s wayward free-kick proved to be the Hammers’ only attempt of the first half.
Branislav Ivanovic was denied a penalty when he went down after a challenge from Andy Carroll. The right-back was soon surrounded by the opposition who were adamant he should be given a yellow for diving.
Jose Mourinho’s men started the second half as they finished the first – pressing ahead for a second goal. After a number of chances, Diego Costa finally got his goal and Chelsea’s second on 61 minutes.
Running at three West Ham defenders, Costa twisted and turned, sending them in all directions, before firing a low shot past Adrian and into the bottom corner.
Chelsea came close to a third goal on a number of occasions, but more impressive saves from Adrian kept the score to a misleading 2-0.
The Blues were in complete control and West Ham only looked like causing any sort of problem in the final five minutes. Substitute Amalfitano raced onto a whipped ball, but struck the post after chipping Courtois.
Mourinho’s men now travel to Southampton on Sunday in search on a win which will guarantee top spot heading into 2015.

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