Joe Cole reveals two reasons why Chelsea failed to beat West Ham

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Chelsea legend Joe Cole has blamed poor defending and inability to turn dominance into goals as the reasons for Chelsea’s failure to beat West Ham at the London Stadium.

Chelsea’s 1-1 draw against West Ham means the Blues have just two wins in 13 Premier League games.

“It shows you when you’re in the ascendency you’ve got to score goals and West Ham got back into it,” Cole told BT Sport.

“It’s a good goal from West Ham but bad defending. First of all as Coufal just delivers it, that’s too much space.

“But then at the far post, Reece James and Thiago Silva just switch off and Emerson comes in and scuffs it in.

“Cucurella has got to say to Mudryk, ‘You get there’ and if he can’t get there, Cucurella has to get there. If he’s not there, he has to retreat into the space and deal with Bowen.

“And as the cross comes in Reece James just takes his eye off the ball and Emerson is at the far post. It’s those details in football, and then it’s 1-1.

“At that point in the game, West Ham were looking like they were saying, ‘How many are we going to stop the score being?’ But one bit of quality and they got in and it’s 1-1.”