While Andre Ayew failed to add to his West Ham goals tally, he came on to some effect in their 2-1 defeat to Chelsea where he notched an assist that was too late to rally the hosts inside the Olympic Stadium on Monday night.
Eden Hazard scored to give the Blues the lead on 25 minutes off a devastating counter attack that showed why Antonio Conte’s team have remained the pacesetters in the division so far.
Diego Costa doubled the lead on 50 minutes as he pounced on a loose ball following a corner kick, the Spain international kneed the ball into the net.
The hosts were left to chase the game but met stone-walled defending by the trio of Cesar Azpilicueta, David Luiz and Gary Cahill. Ngolo Kante’s key intersections were very much responsible for breaking down the West Ham attack.
Bilic threw on Ayew on 64 minutes in place of Algeria’s Sofiane Feghouli to liven up the attack and it was a decision that proved effective.
It was late when he found his way into the Chelsea area and shot a pass under pressure from two defenders to Manuel Lanzini who put the ball into the net.
The defeat left West Ham in 11th spot while Chelsea extended their lead to 10 points at the top of the table.
Ayew has played 14 times in the Premier League this season, six of those being starts. He has scored two goals for the Hammers since moving from Swansea during the summer transfer window.