Antonio Conte still wants more from Chelsea man of the match N'Golo Kante

Goals from Eden Hazard and Diego Costa restored the league leaders' 10-point cushion at the top of the table with midfielder Kante the standout performer once more

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Perfectionist Antonio Conte told man-of-the-match N'Golo Kante to cut out the mistakes.

Kante put in another commanding midfield performance in the 2-1 win at West Ham as Chelsea re-established their 10-point lead at the top of the Premier League.

He made an astonishing 50 passes, of which just five did not find their intended target.

But Blues boss Conte smiled: "He made five mistakes. He has to improve in this. He has to improve.

"I am joking. But I have to find one situation to tell him to improve. He's playing really well.

"He has great stamina, great quality and we are working to improve that quality. I'm pleased for him, but all my players performed very well."

Chelsea weathered a mild West Ham storm in the opening 25 minutes before Kante helped carve the hosts open in 10 seconds.

That was as long as it took for the Frenchman to intercept a loose pass near his own penalty area, and Eden Hazard to find the net in a lightning counter-attack.

Diego Costa grabbed the second from a corner five minutes into the second half, and Chelsea looked comfortable until Manuel Lanzini pulled one back in added time.

Yet even that consolation goal irked Conte, although he was delighted his players responded to weekend wins by nearest challengers Tottenham and Manchester City in kind.

"It's a pity to give away a second clean sheet at the end of the game, the second after Arsenal," added the Italian. "We must work a bit on this aspect.

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Eden Hazard set Chelsea on their way against West Ham (Getty)

"But I'm pleased for my players. It was not easy, to play after your opponents and know they won. If you drop points you give hope to your opponents in the chase. We played under pressure and our answer was very good."

Mercifully there was no repeat of the crowd disorder which marred the last time these sides met at the London Stadium, in the EFL Cup in October.

However, one fan did climb over the advertising hoardings to confront Hazard and his team-mates as they celebrated the first goal before being restrained by stewards in another worrying security breach for stadium bosses.

Hammers manager Slaven Bilic felt his side contributed to their own downfall.

"I'm really happy with the way we started," he said. "And then we made that mistake.

"It was a mistake you might be able to do against some teams. But you can't do it against them with the pace and quality they have. They don't miss that kind of thing."

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