Perhaps a little fortunate not to be given his marching orders for the penalty, the veteran keeper had a largely impressive game. Dominating his box aerially and pulling off some nimble saves, finding himself on the losing side after such a display was symptomatic of his season so far.
Like Collins and Jaaskelainen, he did little wrong, but the frailties around him proved costly in the end.
Passed fit to feature today, in hindsight he would have perhaps preferred the night off. Kept tight to Tomkins when required, and offered a useful outlet on the flank in the few opportunities West Ham managed to break.
Brought back into the fold after an injury lay-off, the Welsh international was untroubled by Eto’o, as Chelsea’s midfield inflicted the damage.
Criminal decision-making and awareness handed Lampard the chance to put Chelsea ahead from the spot and, on another day, would have led to his keeper seeing red. Inexcusable.
A young man in form; a man full of confidence. Every touch, jink, and pass was met by the appreciation of the home fans. The one ray of hope for the Hammers.
Brought off early in the first half having failed to make any impact on the match.
An enigma. On paper, he should offer West Ham much more than he does, but without a regular target in the box Downing continues to underwhelm.
Should have given his side the lead inside 20 minutes, the captain will be hoping his side can pick things up in the coming weeks to avoid risk of suffering the same doomed fate he experienced with Newcastle.
Replaced in the first half, along with Collison, as Allardyce looked to shape things up, in what was a disappointing clash against his old side.
Dormant in the first half, he picked up the pace in the second. That said, his improved effort failed to kick-start his side and he was replaced by Jarvis with ten minutes remaining.
Apart from one scare in the first half, when he was required to get down quickly to block Nolan, the Czech keeper was relatively unfazed as he picked up his fifth clean sheet on the road.
A strong, calm, and simple display from Chelsea’s right back. Without the threat of Jarvis, and an uninspiring Downing, Ivanovic enjoyed a relatively easy ride at Upton Park.
Took a heavy blow in the second half, but that really as troubling as it got for Cahill here tonight.
Deputising on the left for Ashley Cole, the Spaniard showed exceptional awareness and blistering pace to pour water on Morrison’s electric break in the first half, and provided much pace and attacking guile down the flank.
A few nervy moments alongside Cahill in the opening minutes, but other than experiencing some token, home-advantage pressing from the Hammers, had little to trouble him.
J. Obi Mikel
Playing the holding role tonight will not have been the hardest task asked of the Nigerian in his career to date, but what he had to do, he did with relative ease and composure.
Offered an outlet for Terry and Cahill by dropping deep, and supplied many a pirouette in the centre of the park. The Brazilian was everywhere and will have certainly clocked up some mileage.
His quickstep movement and magnet-like control played havoc with West Ham’s defence on night where lesser spirited players of similar talent could have gone missing. Played his part in Chelsea’s second, spotting Oscar in space in the middle of the park.
Was endearing his worst goal drought in a decade, the visit to his former haunts soon saw him rectify that, putting Chelsea ahead from the spot in the first half. He doubled his lead in the final minutes in what was another sweet return to Upton Park.
Capitalised on Demel’s error to force Jaaskelainen into the foul that resulted in Lampard’s penalty, and scored a simply wonderful second. Brought off for the final moments.
It was easy to forget he was on the pitch at times. Chelsea’s strikers are yet to find the net away from home in the league this season, and on this demonstration it’s not hard to see why.
On after 20 minutes, last season’s hero was unable to replicate his impact, or offer any for that matter, as Chelsea entered cruise control.
Wouldn’t have expected to have been brought on after 20 minutes, and from his display, probably won’t expect to again in the coming weeks. Attempted an acrobatic effort in the second half, but only made contact with the air, before missing an absolute sitter with the goal gaping.