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Andy Carroll’s late strike for West Ham saves Joe Hart and stuns Stoke

It was threatening to be another grim night for West Ham United and, for Joe Hart, a personal ordeal given that the England manager, Gareth Southgate, was here to see the latest evidence of his deterioration. Hart has already lost his place as England’…

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Chelsea restore 10-point lead at top of Premier League after win at West Ham

In theory, there is still time for Chelsea’s rivals to catch and overhaul them at the top of the Premier League. In reality, though, it is beginning to feel almost inconceivable that Antonio Conte’s team might be vulnerable when there is barely a shred of evidence to indicate this brilliantly functional team might yet be capable of unravelling.

Their latest victory was just another measure of their durability bearing in mind it came after a weekend in which the two nearest teams, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City, had won convincingly. Another team in Chelsea’s position might have wobbled. Not this side, though. Antonio Conte’s team have re-established their ten-point lead and when Eden Hazard is shimmering with this kind of menace, with David Luiz supreme in defence and N’Golo Kanté excelling in midfield, the most demoralising aspect for the other teams at the top of the table is that there is no sign of obvious weakness.

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