A deadly goal from Pulisic gave Chelsea victory over West Ham

LONDON: Chelsea strengthened their hold on third place in the English Premier League with a 1-0 win over 10 West Ham United players, thanks to substitute Christian Pulisic’s last-gasp goal on Sunday. Pulisic entered in area of rigor in perfect timing to meet Marcos Alonso’s cross and hit the net in the 90th minute, and shortly thereafter his colleague Jorginho missed a penalty when he hit a weak ball into the hands of West Ham goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski. West Ham defender Craig Dawson, who was in In excellent form during the match, he was sent off shortly after returning to VAR after a violent foul on substitute Romelu Lukaku resulted in a penalty. Thomas Tuchel’s team has entered in field after two consecutive defeats in home against Brentford and Arsenal, but the German manager worried about the performance of the offensive line, and more of the defensive line in the last few games of the season. “He (Tuchel) asked me to make a difference and take part in creating chances,” Pulisic, who replaced Timo Werner in the 76th minute, told Sky Sports. It’s nice to have a push to stay in the top four. “” We needed to win in home and we have great feelings in front of our fans. We want to finish the season on a high . playing strong games in championship and then going in final (the FA Cup against Liverpool). I needed to play, make a difference and show that I wanted to play ”. West Ham have made six changes to their starting lineup in view of facing Eintracht Frankfurt in the first leg of the Europa League semi-final on Thursday, a competition that offers them the best chance of qualifying for the Champions League next season. It looked like West Ham would come out in a draw after Fabianski starred in holding two attempts by N’Golo Kante and Trevo Chaluba, before Werner missed a tight corner chance in the second half. Chelsea have 65 points in 32 games, five points behind Arsenal, third in 33 games, while West Ham are seventh with 52 points. Chelsea will have the opportunity to solidify their presence in their position when they face Manchester United next Thursday. (Reuters)