Monday August 11 1969
WEST HAM 1 (Hurst 26)
While Chelsea may look back in stern disappointment at the number of missed opportunities, they would also have to thank Bonetti, who kept them in the match with a sublime display of goalkeeping.
Time and time again Bonetti positioned himself to save shots from a distance, headers and even one on ones. So much so that ironically it was West Ham’s Ferguson who stole the final hurrah as he produced a marvelous save in the last minute to award his team the full points.
The flow of the game was witnessed as early as the fifth minute when a clever Peters long pass into the Chelsea penalty area was met by Hurst. His shot however was saved by Bonetti.
Bonetti’s reputation was further enhanced after 15 minutes when he saved a forceful shot by Redknapp after some eye pleasing passing movements outside the Chelsea penalty box by the trio of Peters, Lindsay and Redknapp. Redknapp’s shot was heading for the top corner, only for him to witness Bonetti somehow raise himself horizontally and push the ball over the bar for a corner.
Two other Bonetti shot stoppers from corners kept Chelsea even, but their luck ran out on the half hour mark, when a Hurst thunderbolt could not be stopped. Even Bonetti’s couldn’t reach it .
West Ham one up.
Chelsea’s best chance came nearly after 40 minutes of the game, when Osgood’s dribbling wizardry swooped him past a couple of West Ham defenders only to disappoint with a poor shot.
The second half began as the first with Hurst shooting from outside the box and Bonetti athletically saving the shot.
Two more disappointing Chelsea shots didn’t require Ferguson to work at all.
The great moment for Chelsea to steal a point came in the last minute when some quick interpassing between Cooke and Osgood resulted in Cooke bypassing the defence and facing Ferguson. Ferguson rushed forward to reduce the angle, Cooke shot and Ferguson managed to get a slight touch on the ball to push it away and save the full points for West Ham.
In the end it was Bonetti who shone, yet West Ham grabbed all the points and maintained their 100 per cent winning and clean sheet record..
West Ham: Ferguson, Bonds, Charles, Peters, Moore, Boyce, Redknapp, Lindsay, Bennett, Hurst, Sissons
Chelsea: Bonetti, Harris, McCreadie, Hollins, Dempsey, Osgood,Cooke, Hinton, Hutchinson (Baldwin), Houseman, Tambling.