James Ward-Prowse made a memorable debut, helping 10-man West Ham United defeat Chelsea 3-1 in the Premier League. This victory marked West Ham’s fifth win in their last nine home head-to-head matches.
Ward-Prowse’s highly anticipated set-piece skills came to fruition within seven minutes of his debut, as Nayef Aguerd headed in his corner delivery. Chelsea’s Nicolas Jackson also showed promise, but a marginal offside call denied him a penalty opportunity, and he missed two shots over the crossbar.
Despite falling behind, Chelsea dominated the game and equalized before the half-hour mark through Carney Chukwuemeka’s skilful strike. They earned a penalty when Raheem Sterling was fouled, but Alphonse Areola saved Enzo Fernández’s penalty.
West Ham took the lead again after the break, with Ward-Prowse assisting Michail Antonio’s goal. Aguerd received a second yellow card, reducing West Ham to nine men. Despite relentless Chelsea pressure, West Ham held on for the win.
In contrast, Moisés Caicedo had a difficult debut, conceding a penalty that Lucas Paquetá converted, compounding Chelsea’s woes. Under Mauricio Pochettino, Chelsea has yet to secure a win and has lost three of their last five Premier League matches.