For West Ham, who sit just submerged in the relegation zone of the Premier League Wednesday's draw at Stamford Bridge showcased a wonderful, backs-against-the-wall resilience.

They left the Bridge with a point, something few would of predicted before they came and it's a point that could be vital to West Ham retaining their Premier League status. 

Sam Allardyce displayed a satisfaction in witnessing his team stick together and grind out a result in his post-match conference.

Although they never troubled to disrupt Mourinho's unbeaten record in League fixtures at Stamford Bridge (apart from Carroll fluffing his lines), Big Sam has every right to be pleased with the determination of his side and the emergence of goalkeeper Adrian, who looks capable of making those saves that instil a confidence throughout the rest of the team. 

Jose Mourinho was less impressed with West Ham's performance. He accused them of playing "19th century" football and then dismissed the appeal of The Hammer's playing style.

Admittedly, the direct style of West Ham isn't the most slick style to watch but why would it be?

West Ham simply haven't got the resources to outplay teams filled with players similar to the ilk of Hazard, Oscar, Lampard and Ramires. So, why should they get turned over four or five goals by trying to match quality with quality?

It's perhaps a little tongue-in-cheek that Mourinho can afford to comment on the pragmatic approach of West Ham when he himself has been known to murder a game as a spectacle.

The second leg of the Champions League semi-final in 09-10 was a great example of Mourinho choosing to make his Inter Milan side sit and absorb Barcelona's brilliance because, he like Big Sam, recognised the gulf in class. 

Jose was also responsible for the best defence in premier league history (conceding 15) in 04-05, something that should suggest he could show admiration to West Ham's performance.

The Chelsea players showed their frustration, hounding the referee as Allardyce quite rightly pointed out.  

Chelsea had a remarkable 39 shots, the most by any team that didn't manage to score since 03-04.

This is a statistic that illustrates what Chelsea have known all season - they need a striker who scores goals. It continues to beg the question, why didn't they keep Lukaku at the club, who has shown his class this season at Everton. 

The bottom line is that this is a fantastic point for West Ham and in his post match conference Big Sam got it absolutely right when asked what he thought about Mourinho's disapproval of his teams playing style by announcing, "I don't give a..."

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