West Ham United don’t have much time to bask in the glory of their shock 1-0 win at bitter rivals Chelsea.

The Hammers ended their miserable eight-game winless run at Stamford Bridge.

Serious questions were being asked about Manuel Pellegrini’s future.

But West Ham provided plenty of answers on Saturday.

Aaron Cresswell’s goal early in the second half did for West Ham. But it was a victory they thoroughly deserved.

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Martin and Antonio key to shock win

Everyone played their part in the win. But key to victory were goalkeeper David Martin and fans’ favourite Michail Antonio.

Martin provided the kind of calm, reassuring presence that has been sorely lacking in Lukasz Fabianski’s absence.

At the other end Antonio was at his powerful, pacy best as he tormented Chelsea every time he went near the ball.

His mobility and workrate made all the difference for West Ham.

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Antonio ran himself into the ground

But after a three-month injury lay-off Antonio had run himself into the ground.

Before he was replaced by Sebastien Haller for the last 15 minutes, Antonio had just gone down with cramp.

 

An element of gamesmanship may have been involved.

But after a big hamstring injury, Antonio looked to be walking gingerly as he left the field.

And that will give Pellegrini a huge dilemma ahead of the quick turnaround for the midweek trip to Wolves.

West Ham looked back to their recent worst when Haller came on.

His lack of mobility and workrate gave the Hammers an alarmingly familiar look.

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Pellegrini’s huge dilemma for Wolves

Pellegrini will be taking a huge risk if he throws Antonio back in from the start for a second game in four days.

The attacker has endured long injury lay-offs in recent seasons.

And the last thing West Ham want is to flog him to the point of injury again.

It may well be Haller starts the game at Molineux with Antonio on the bench should he be needed.

It is certainly a tough call. And that’s why Pellegrini gets paid the big bucks.

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