Chelsea share spoils with West Ham United in late Premier League fixture

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Chelsea share spoils with West Ham United in late Premier League fixture

A frustrated Antonio Conte claimed that West Ham's fightback to earn a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge summed up Chelsea's disappointing campaign, after Javier Hernandez's late equaliser further dented the defending Premier League champions' top-four hopes.

His disenchantment is spreading to supporters who booed at the final whistle.

"The key was that we were never out of it, because the way they go the first goal was diabolical".

The Blues dominated their opponents from start to finish and only wasteful finishing and superb goalkeeping by Joe Hart prevented them from adding to Cesar Azpilicueta's first-half opener.

"I think with this game we can see our season", Conte told the BBC. Then we concede two shots and concede a goal.

"We are creating a really good spirit in the team, right the way through, from the injured boys, the boys on the bench, we stick together on and off the pitch and today was a good example of that". "When you stay in this position in the table, it means that you have a problem".

They are 10 points adrift of 4th place team, Tottenham Hotspur and just six games to the end of the season - meanwhile, they have a chance to win a title this season as they will be playing Southampton in the semifinal of this year's FA Cup later this month.

Moyes' side weathered the early storm, however, and could have taken the lead themselves in the 14th minute when Marko Arnautovic pulled down a long ball in the penalty area.

"We were incredibly committed", said manager David Moyes, who took over in November when they were in the bottom three. "We gave away a poxy goal, so I was thrilled to get in at half-time only a goal down".

"We are moving in the right direction but in this league you have a smile on your face one day and not the next". He's had a great career.

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