Chelsea's utter dominance was eventually rewarded nine minutes before the interval, when Morata's knock down found Azpilicueta inside the six-yard box and the Spaniard took a touch before prodding past a static Hart.
The goalkeeper's World Cup spot is under threat after a hard season which has seen him dropped by Hammers manager David Moyes following some unconvincing performances.
"We gave away a really poxy first goal".
"When this happens regularly and you stay in this position, it means you have problems". Instead, we are talking about a draw.
"This type of game are very hard, you need to be very clever, very focused to stop a very good side like Chelsea", Hernandez told Sky Sports. "How many times have I said we didn't take the chances?"
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"It was a good weekend for us because they were singing my name, then I scored and I could celebrate with them".
"The first season I was at Borussia Monchengladbach, we lost the first five games and didn't get a single point", He added.
Another superb diving save from man-of-the-match Hart denied substitute Olivier Giroud in the closing stages but ultimately neither side could find the winning goal. With AP Photos.Chelsea appears increasingly unlikely to qualify for the Champions League after being held 1-1 by West Ham. I'd rather talk about how well the team performed and kept at it and gave us a chance.
Alvaro Morata had two goals disallowed for offside while West Ham keeper Joe Hart suddenly began to display the sort of form which not so long ago made him England's undisputed No 1.
"It's been a hard time recently but I'm happy with the overall season", Christensen told Chelsea's match day programme. That will be good for Joe today. "I've always said we need 40 points, we might not need them but we won't be happy until we get there".
"He does a great job holding the ball up for his team, being aggressive and holding off Gary Cahill".
"When we came in, we asked everybody to show us what you can do".