By Will Butcher
Pedro Obiang has told fans that West Ham did their utmost to stop Premier League leaders Chelsea on Monday night.
Obiang, 24, failed to prevent a 2-1 defeat to Antonio Conte’s side at the London Stadium, with goals from Eden Hazard and Diego Costa proving too much for the Hammers.
Spaniard Obiang posted on his personal Twitter account, claiming Slaven Bilic’s side “tried everything” against their London rivals but were unable to salvage anything from the match.
We tried everything but …. pic.twitter.com/rhAGbFLEby
— Pedro Mba Obiang (@Obiang14) March 7, 2017
Belgium international Hazard gave the Blues the lead midway through the first half, after rounding goalkeeper Darren Randolph to finish a fine counter-attacking move.
Hazard’s 11th goal of the season for Chelsea was doubled five minutes after the restart, as Costa took advantage of some slack defending from a corner to prod the ball home.
Playmaker Manuel Lanzini restored some pride in the defeat for West Ham, as he lashed home a strike inside the penalty area in injury time which only proved to be a consolation.
The loss leaves the Hammers in 11th place, as they miss the chance to jump back into the top half of the Premier League table.
However, three points away at Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth on Saturday could see them do just that if Southampton and Stoke City both fail to win on the weekend.
West Ham’s number 14, Obiang, has been in fantastic form this season as his stock continues to rise alongside captain Mark Noble in midfield.
Obiang has featured 28 times in all competitions, helping his side taste victory on 11 separate occasions and even scoring for the first time in claret and blue against Southampton.
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