The Straits Times
Published on Dec 02, 2012

More misery for Benitez as West Ham stun Chelsea


LONDON (AFP) - Rafael Benitez lamented Chelsea's profligacy in front of goal after his side's run of league games without a win was extended to seven following a 3-1 loss at West Ham United on Saturday.

In a true game of two halves, Chelsea led through Juan Mata's 13th-minute opener and looked comfortable until West Ham stormed back in the second half with goals from Carlton Cole, Mohamed Diame and Modibo Maiga.

Chelsea have not endured such a barren run in the Premier League since 1995, and Benitez has picked up just two points from a possible nine since replacing the sacked Roberto Di Matteo.

"To win, it's simple," Benitez said. "In the first half we just had to score more goals. We have to improve.