Chelsea 3-0 WestHam -Fernando Torres Scores 1st Chelsea Goal

Fernando Torres Celebrates 1st Chelsea Goal

Chelsea 3-0 West Ham

Stamford Bridge April 23, 2011

Fernando Torres smiled after scoring his first goal for Chelsea in Saturday's 3-0 victory over West Ham in his 14th outing after a £50m January move from Liverpool, the Spain striker ended a 903-minute drought.

"It was not the beginning I was expecting when I signed, but it's never easy when you arrive in January at a massive team like this," said Torres.

"There's less pressure for me now, now I can enjoy it."

The 27-year-old started on the substitutes' bench for the fifth successive Premier League match before coming on for Didier Drogba in the 76th minute.

Chelsea were leading 1-0.

Torres kicked a great shot past West Ham goalkeeper Robert Green.

"I kept working and it's thanks to all my team-mates that I scored," he added. "Thanks to all my team-mates, they were looking for me in every game.

"It wasn't so difficult for me but for the fans - I had more anxiety for them than for me, I wanted to show them I could score and hopefully this is the first of many goals.

"Now we can try and finish the season as we all want."

Blues boss Carlo Ancelotti was thrilled for Torres and his side, who are now three points clear of Arsenal in third and remain six points behind leaders Manchester United following their 1-0 victory over Everton.

"What a perfect day," stated Ancelotti. "Everyone has been waiting for Fernando to score and finally he did it. From today, a new life.

"He needed a goal - he worked hard and maintained confidence and composure. From today, he will have fantastic future at this club.

"The big problem was that he came to a new club and it was not easy to immediately find a good relationship with the new teammates and our play.

"Now the bad moment has gone and we will take advantage with his performances."

"Considering the performance of Didier today, considering that Fernando scored, we have to try to put both together," the Italian commented.

"We have one week to train, we can try and I think that I will take a decision for the next game."

Ancelotti said Chelsea will fight until the end to retain their crown.

"I don't think Manchester United have more pressure now, they are six points ahead and that is a good gap with just four games left," the Chelsea manager added.

"But we will keep trying to do our best and hope something will happen. If not, we have to celebrate Man United for having a great Premier League season."

The scoreline was harsh on bottom-of-the table West Ham - two points adrift of safety - and Hammers manager Avram Grant reflected: "I think everybody in this room knows that we deserved better.

"Petr Cech was excellent today with two or three great saves. If someone didn't see the game, they think 3-0, Chelsea is much better than us.

"I can be very proud of the players. Without the player of the year [Scott Parker], without Matthew Upson, without Gary O'Neil, and Mark Noble second half, they showed a lot of belief, a lot of spirit.

"If we continue to play like this, we will stay in the league."

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