Result: Chelsea fail to break down stubborn West Ham United

Chelsea drop points in the title race following a 0-0 draw with West Ham United at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea have lost ground on Manchester City following a goalless draw with West Ham United at Stamford Bridge.

In a tight first half, Chelsea created more opportunities but West Ham made life difficult for the title contenders by offering their creative players very little freedom.

Oscar came closest early on for the hosts when he targeted the top corner from the edge of the box but Adrian reacted well to tip the ball to safety.

West Ham's goalkeeper was called into action just before the break to deny John Terry, who had lost his marker but failed to find the net with a header.

The Hammers missed a good opportunity to take the lead early in the second half when Stewart Downing curled a cross into the path of Andy Carroll but the striker missed the ball completely in the box to the relief of the Chelsea defence.

Hazard was inches away from finding the opening goal in the 67th minute but his drilled effort drifted just wide of Adrian's post.

The visitors dropped deeper to defend late on but they continued to make crucial blocks to frustrate the home supporters and Jose Mourinho.

West Ham were forced to desperately hang on for a draw in the closing stages as both Hazard and Frank Lampard came close to scoring a dramatic winner for the hosts in stoppage time before the referee blew the final whistle.

West Ham's Kevin Nolan and Chelsea's Eden Hazard in action during their Premier League match on January 29, 2014
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2Manchester UnitedMan Utd24165349163353
3Chelsea24155445162950
4Liverpool24138354292547
5Tottenham HotspurSpurs24136547222545
6Arsenal24126645311442
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10Watford2475123344-1126
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12Bournemouth2467112536-1125
13Crystal Palace2467112237-1525
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17Stoke CityStoke2465132550-2523
18Southampton24410102435-1122
19West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom24311101931-1220
20Swansea CitySwansea2455141535-2020
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