West Ham 2-1 Chelsea: Cheikhou Kouyate and Edimilson Fernandes seal EFL Cup win
By James Walker-Roberts
Last Updated: 27/10/16 7:45am
West Ham advanced to the quarter-finals of the EFL Cup after beating Chelsea 2-1 at the London Stadium on Wednesday.
Cheikhou Kouyate put the Hammers, who will travel to Manchester United in the next round, ahead in the 11th minute with a brilliant header from Mark Noble's cross.
Michy Batshuayi missed a good chance to level late in the first half for Chelsea, who made seven changes from their win over Man Utd on Sunday.
Edimilson Fernandes then made it 2-0 shortly after the break and all the visitors could muster in response was an injury-time consolation from Gary Cahill.
That goal came shortly after some disturbances in the crowd, with missiles thrown and fighting breaking out.
The trouble looked to be largely kept under control, with police, who were inside the stadium for the first time, stepping in to restore order.
Otherwise there appeared to be few problems in the stands and there was action enough on the pitch to keep the crowd - a West Ham record for the League Cup - fully engaged.
West Ham made two changes from the weekend, with Darren Randolph and Aaron Cresswell starting, while Chelsea made seven alterations, with John Terry returning to start after a month out with injury.
It was the visitors who made the more positive start as Terry volleyed over from a corner and N'Golo Kante forced Randolph into a good save.
West Ham had not threatened until they took the lead after 11 minutes, with Kouyate brilliantly flicking Noble's cross past Asmir Begovic.
Michail Antonio should have doubled the advantage shortly afterwards when he dragged wide of the post, the ball falling to him around the penalty spot after Dimitri Payet appeared to be fouled by Kante.
Randolph tipped over an effort from Nathaniel Chalobah at the other end, before Lanzini again went close for West Ham, missing the target wide from 10 yards out.
Begovic then saved a free-kick from Payet before keeping out a sweetly-struck first-time shot from Pedro Obiang.
Batshuayi spurned a great chance to level late in the half but failed to hit the target from in front of goal. Oscar then jabbed a shot narrowly wide in injury-time.
West Ham doubled their advantage shortly after the interval as Begovic saved well from Payet but the ball came out to Fernandes and he fired an effort across goal and into the corner.
Mark Noble went close with a shot from outside the box as West Ham looked to add to their lead.
Diego Costa and Eden Hazard were sent on by Antonio Conte but the Blues could not drag themselves back into the match.
Willian missed a brilliant chance when he dragged wide before Hazard struck the woodwork and Costa failed to beat Randolph when through on goal.
West Ham also had chances, with Andre Ayew heading wide on his return from injury, and Payet shooting at Begovic from Simone Zaza's cutback.
Chelsea did pull a goal back in injury-time through Cahill but it was too little too late.