Fresh from beating Manchester United 2-0 at Wembley in the Charity Shield Chelsea faced West Ham at Stamford Bridge in the first game of the 2000/01 season.
Official Match Day Programme
De Goey, Panucci, Babayaro, Desailly, Poyet, Hasselbaink, Wise, Stanic, Melchiot, Di Matteo, Zola
Subs: Le Saux, Flo, Morris, Cudicini, Thome
Result: Chelsea 4-2 West Ham
Chelsea Goals: Hasselbaink (31), Zola (59), Stanic (77, 89)
West Ham Goals:
Di Canio (47), Kanoute 84)
It was Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink on his league debut who opened the scoring on 31 minutes from the penalty spot after being fouled by the outrushing goalkeeper.
A certain Frank Lampard was playing for West Ham in this fixture. Picture via telegraph.co.uk
West Ham equalised just after half time through Di Canio with a very clever finish. Gianfranco Zola restored Chelsea’s lead on 59 minutes with a trademark indirect free kick from 25 yards.
The moment of the match happened on 77 minutes when another debutant Mario Stanic found himself ball juggling before unleashing a shot on the volley from around 35 yards. His shot was quite unbelievable which landed in the top corner.
Picture via premierleague.com
West Ham made it 3-2 from a corner with Kanoute scoring a header after some poor Chelsea defending. The final goal came in the 89th minute with Mario Stanic scoring his second of the game with a fine header from a clever cross from Roberto Di Matteo. Chelsea won this emphatic game 4-2 and it was a great start to the 2000/01 season.
I’m predicting a difficult game against West Ham. London derbies are rarely straight forward but we should have enough to get the three points. Hopefully we can build on positive results against Cardiff and Brighton.
Come On Chelsea!
Written By Chris Wright