On Monday, when Chelsea beat West Ham 3-0 to reignite their Premier League challenge after successive losses, Tammy Abraham hit a quickfire late double.
At an empty Stamford Bridge, the Hammers proved to be tricky opponents but lacked the firepower to damage the men of Frank Lampard, who led early on Thiago Silva’s bullet header.
Before defeats to Everton and Wolves tested their success, Chelsea enjoyed a good start to the season, but the win at London Stadium puts them in the fifth position.
At the top of the table, champions Liverpool opened a five-point lead, but behind them, just seven points separate Leicester in second place from Wolves in 11th place.
“It was nice to see that at the end because we had a period at 1-0 where it was tough, we dealt with that well,” Lampard told the BBC.
“We dropped off slightly and it was important tonight we came back,” he added. For the team, there were tonnes of stuff to demonstrate their character. We want more.
“This year, Christmas has changed for everybody. It’s a busy time of year for us for the lads that we just have to train for Arsenal.
In the seventh minute, West Ham had the ball in the net after a cleverly worked free-kick, but after an excellent finish from a close angle, Declan Rice was thwarted by the offside flag.
Three minutes later, when Silva powered home a header from Mason Mount’s corner, Chelsea was in front.
Following a well-timed run, the Brazilian found the net from close range, leaving West Ham goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski rooted to the spot.
After their goal, Chelsea enjoyed the lion’s share of possession without producing anything of note, but as the half went on, West Ham worked their way into the game.