We did well at Upton Park, says midfielder
The Ghanaian scored twice in a 3-1 victory in the London derby at Upton Park, using his head on both occasions.
The first came when after only two minutes, Ramires won a corner that Didier Drogba swung in for the former Olympique Lyonnais man to head home. He also scored the Blues' third goal of the game, when assisted by a cross from Paulo Ferreira.
It was a rare occasion to see the 27-year-old use his head twice to score for the Blues, and he now remains buoyant following the performance he put in against Avram Grant's charges.
"I think I attacked the ball really well and I managed to get two goals from it," Essien said on the club's official website.
"It was quite a difficult game for us but we got our heads down, we worked together as a team and we deserved the three points.
"We tried to win the first ball and keep control of the game and that is what we did in the first-half.
"West Ham did change their formation in the second half and maybe we relaxed a little bit and dropped the tempo, but we defended really well and then caught them on the counter attack for the third goal."