Supporters of West Ham United have this evening taken to social media in their droves to sing the praises of goalkeeper Joe Hart, following his stellar performance during the club’s credible 1-1 draw away to Chelsea.
The two sides went head to head in a London derby at Stamford Bridge, with Premier League champions Chelsea hoping for an immediate bounce-back performance following their morale-draining 3-1 loss at the hands of Tottenham last time out.
Chelsea sat in a disappointing 5th-place in the English top-flight ahead of this evening’s kick-off, a massive 11 points adrift of Spurs for the Premier League’s final Champions League spot for next season.
West Ham, meanwhile, bounced back from a couple of harrowing defeats at the hands of Swansea and Burnley before the international break with a crucial 3-0 win over Southampton in their last outing, putting some much-needed space between the Hammers and the relegation zone.
The first-half of this evening’s clash unsurprisingly saw hosts Chelsea on top, with Eden Hazard and Willian looking particularly dangerous.
And the Blues were rewarded for their dominance 10 minutes before the interval, when Cesar Azpilicueta got on the end of a cushioned Alvaro Morata header to scuff a finish home past the helpless Joe Hart.
However, in typical Chelsea fashion of late, despite having had numerous chances to do so, Antonio Conte’s men failed to add to their lead over the remaining hour, with substitute Javier Hernandez making the champions pay for their profligacy in front of goal with an excellent finish from a Marko Arnautovic pull-back in the 73rd-minute.
However, while Chelsea were indeed wasteful in front of goal, the Blues were not helped by a throwback performance from Man of the Match Joe Hart between the posts for West Ham.
The English shot-stopper, who has struggled since his arrival at the Olympic Stadium from Manchester City last summer, was in inspired form for much of this evening’s clash, making top-class saves from all of Willian, Marcos Alonso and Olivier Giroud to send the Hammers’ home with a point.
And the club’s fans were quick to lavish praise on Hart following the full-time whistle , with the best of the Twitter roundup below:
Joe hart has been sensational
— West Ham Transfers (@westhamtransfer) April 8, 2018
This is the Joe Hart I expected when we signed him.
— West Ham Photos (@whufcphotos) April 8, 2018
Joe Hart awarded Man of the Match and rightly so. Absolutely immense today 👏 pic.twitter.com/50WPXGR4wz
— West Hαm Sociαl (@WestHamSocial) April 8, 2018
Great performance West Ham and well done Joe Hart!
— Leroy Rosenior (@LeroyDGRosenior) April 8, 2018
But Joe Hart today🔥🔥🔥
— Mr Loyal Hammer⚒ (@michaelblake514) April 8, 2018
“His saves will have earned #WHUFC a point”
Danny Mills is full of praise for Joe Hart’s performance. 👏
His latest bit of brilliance was a fingertip save from Giroud’s header onto the post.
— BBC 5 live Sport (@5liveSport) April 8, 2018
Joe Hart shown his class, had an unbelievable game
— Liam Casey (@LiamCasey23) April 8, 2018
West Ham have taken four points off the champions this season. I’ll take that! Joe Hart brilliant today. A win over Stoke next Monday and I reckon that is survival confirmed. COYI ⚒
— Matty Lawless (@mattylawless) April 8, 2018
Joe Hart today for West Ham:
✅Five brilliant saves
✅Vocal and commanding as usual
✅Man of the Match
— Concurring (@ConcurringRBLX) April 8, 2018
YESSSSSSS you know what? I eat my words Joe Hart had a good game amd made some vital saves👏🏼
— Emili WHUFC ⚒ (@a_mill_ee) April 8, 2018
Got to give it to Joe Hart. I’ve not been a fan but those two saves were magnificent today.
— Tom Rennie (@thomasjrennie) April 8, 2018