Chelsea held by West Ham

Chelsea dropped points in their pursuit of the Premier League title as they were held to a goalless draw by relegation threatened West Ham United.

The Blues mustered thirty-nine shots on target, the most by any team who failed to score in ten years in the English top flight, with the nine they managed to get on target dealt with by Spanish goalkeeper Adrian, who was in inspired form for Sam Allardyce’s struggling side.

Samuel Eto’o thought he had won the match late on, but saw his effort disallowed.

Jose Mourinho was unable to hide his frustration at the result, accusing his opponents of playing football ‘from the 19th century’.

His side remain in third place; two points behind Arsenal who have slipped to second after Manchester City continued their fine goal-scoring form by putting five past Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane.

Chelsea face City at the Etihad Stadium on Monday evening, twelve days before coming up against them in the fifth round of the FA Cup, again in Manchester.

Victory will see the Blues move level on points with Manuel Pellegrini’s men, though Arsenal have the chance to regain top spot before they clash, as they host Crystal Palace on Sunday.