LONDON: Tammy Abraham scored two quick goals at the end of the game as Chelsea beat West Ham 3-0 to rekindle their English Premier League challenge after two straight defeats.
The Hammers turned out to be a tough opponent but not sharp enough to break through Frank Lampard, who led the way at Stamford Bridge with a solid Thiago Silva header.
Chelsea enjoyed a solid start to the season before the defeat at the hands of Everton and the Wolves stifled their progress, but a win over West Ham once again jumped Lampard’s men to fifth.
Defending champions Liverpool led comfortably with a five-point advantage over nearest rivals Leicester, but only seven points separated the second-placed Wolves.
“The result in the end was very happy because we faced a difficult challenge when leading 1-0, but we handled it well.
“We slipped a little and it was important for us to get up tonight. The team started showing their character and we wanted more.
“We will start making preparations to meet Arsenal, it is a busy period for us,” Lampard said.
Chelsea now have 25 points, one behind Everton who are in fourth place, while West Ham remain 10th.
Before that Burnley beat the Wolves 2-1 to jump out of the relegation zone, thanks to goals from Ashley Barnes and Chris Wood.