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West Ham fans single one player out for special praise following Chelsea draw

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.

Matchup

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.

LONDON, ENGLAND – MARCH 31: Marko Arnautovic of West Ham United celebrates after scoring his sides third goal during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Southampton at London Stadium on March 31, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Alex Morton/Getty Images)

Stalemate

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.

Standout

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:

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