Chelsea missing Terry's leadership, warns Allardyce

West Ham 3 Chelsea 1

West Ham's manager, Sam Allardyce, accused Chelsea of missing leadership on the pitch after his team recovered from a half-time deficit to defeat them 3-1 on Saturday. He even identified the man to fill the role but Rafael Benitez, the beleaguered leader off the pitch, said it was too early to throw him back into the fray. "I think they're missing John Terry. I think they're missing leadership," Allardyce declared of the former England captain, who was recently suspended for four games and then sustained a knee injury on his return against Liverpool. With Frank Lampard also out, Petr Cech has been captain, but as well as being less voluble than Terry, he is not best placed as a goalkeeper to galvanise the team in the way that Kevin Nolan did for West Ham.

Benitez, who again suffered chants of "You're not wanted here" from Chelsea supporters, implied that only Lampard of the senior pair had any realistic chance of being fit for Wednesday's Champions' League game at home to Nordsjaelland, in which even victory over the weakest team in the group will not be sufficient for qualification if Juventus avoid defeat in Donetsk.

"He will train on Monday and we will see. He is doing well, but the calf is dangerous, because you never know. He needs more confidence from training. He may say he feels fantastic, or he may not be 100 per cent sure."

Of Terry, Benitez said: "He will train part of the session on Monday so, hopefully, will be close, but with the knee you never know. He has to play games and then see the reaction. At the moment he can run, can do a lot of things, but he has [to have] control when he turns. He is turning, but in a game you have to turn without being aware of this."

Whether or not either player returns at Sunderland on Saturday – a game Chelsea wanted postponed because of their commitments in the World Clubs Cup – both are likely to travel to Japan. As Benitez said, there are "not too many options".

What disappointed him most was that, after looking solid in defence in the two goalless games that started his reign, Chelsea looked dangerous in attack for half an hour, but were then overrun in the second half.

"I thought we had taken one step forward," Benitez said. "We were still strong in defence but we had more balance, and we were making chances in attack. The second half everything changed." The manager said he had been "angry" in the dressing room for the first time and thought his players shared the mood. He said of the leadership issue: "Always character and leadership is necessary in a team.

"But you cannot say we lacked leadership in the first half. We have to win games, and everyone will be happier." But will they? The banners, the chants and the fans' forums say not.

The new manager's predicament, not helped by an ambiguous reply when asked if he was confident of seeing out his seven-month contract, inevitably overshadowed a fine day for West Ham; an impressive performance by Carlton Cole against his first club compensating for the news that Andy Carroll's knee injury will keep him out until well into the new year.

Match facts



Goals: WH Cole 63, Diame 86, Maiga 90. Chelsea Mata 13. Subs: WH Taylor 7 (Tomkins, h-t), Diame 8 (O'Neil, h-t), Maiga (C Cole, 87) Chelsea Oscar (Hazard, 73), Marin (Moses, 78).

Bookings: West Ham Noble. Chelsea Cech, Mikel. Man of the match C Cole. Match rating 8/10.

Possession: West Ham 45%. Chelsea 55%.

Attempts on target: West Ham 13. Chelsea 9.

Referee M Atkinson (Leeds). Attendance 35,005.

Champions League: Eye on the opposition

* Chelsea's final group stage opponents, Danish minnows Nordsjælland, warmed up for Wednesday's Group E trip to Stamford Bridge with a 3-0 win at home to Brondby last night to stay second in the Superliga.

Tommy Ramone performing at The Old Waldorf Nightclub in 1978 in San Francisco, California.
peopleDrummer was final surviving member of seminal punk band
Life and Style
Swimsuit, £245, by Agent Provocateur

Diving in at the deep end is no excuse for shirking the style stakes

The Mexico chief finally lets rip as his emotions get the better of him
world cup 2014
German supporters (left) and Argentina fans
Final gives England fans a choice between to old enemies
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Spectators photograph the Tour de France riders as they make their way through the Yorkshire countryside
voicesHoward Jacobson: Line the streets for a cycling race? You might just as well watch a swarm of wasps
Life and Style
lifeHere's one answer to an inquisitive Reddit user's question
peopleDave Legeno, the actor who played werewolf Fenrir Greyback in the Harry Potter films, has died
Mario Balotelli, Divock Origi, Loic Remy, Wilfried Bony and Karim Benzema
transfersBony, Benzema and the other transfer targets
Yaya Touré has defended his posturing over his future at Manchester City
Detail of the dress made entirely of loom bands
Life and Style
There were mass celebrations across Argentina as the country's national team reached their first World Cup final for 24 years
transfersOne of the men to suffer cardiac arrest was 16 years old
Arts and Entertainment
Armando Iannucci, the creator of 'The Thick of It' says he has
tvArmando Iannucci to concentrate on US show Veep
A mugshot of Ian Watkins released by South Wales Police following his guilty pleas
peopleBandmates open up about abuse
Basketball superstar LeBron James gets into his stride for the Cleveland Cavaliers
sportNBA superstar announces decision to return to Cleveland Cavaliers
Caption competition
Caption competition
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily World Cup Quiz
Independent Dating

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: Peace without magnanimity - the summit in a railway siding that ended the fighting

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments

Peace without magnanimity - the summit in a railway siding that ended the fighting
Scottish independence: How the Commonwealth Games could swing the vote

Scottish independence: How the Commonwealth Games could swing the vote

In the final part of our series, Chris Green arrives in Glasgow - a host city struggling to keep the politics out of its celebration of sport
Out in the cold: A writer spends a night on the streets and hears the stories of the homeless

A writer spends a night on the streets

Rough sleepers - the homeless, the destitute and the drunk - exist in every city. Will Nicoll meets those whose luck has run out
Striking new stations, high-speed links and (whisper it) better services - the UK's railways are entering a new golden age

UK's railways are entering a new golden age

New stations are opening across the country and our railways appear to be entering an era not seen in Britain since the early 1950s
Conchita Wurst becomes a 'bride' on the Paris catwalk - and proves there is life after Eurovision

Conchita becomes a 'bride' on Paris catwalk

Alexander Fury salutes the Eurovision Song Contest winner's latest triumph
Pétanque World Championship in Marseilles hit by

Pétanque 'world cup' hit by death threats

This year's most acrimonious sporting event took place in France, not Brazil. How did pétanque get so passionate?
Whelks are healthy, versatile and sustainable - so why did we stop eating them in the UK?

Why did we stop eating whelks?

Whelks were the Victorian equivalent of the donor kebab and our stocks are abundant. So why do we now export them all to the Far East?
10 best women's sunglasses

In the shade: 10 best women's sunglasses

From luxury bespoke eyewear to fun festival sunnies, we round up the shades to be seen in this summer
Germany vs Argentina World Cup 2014: Lionel Messi? Javier Mascherano is key for Argentina...

World Cup final: Messi? Mascherano is key for Argentina...

No 10 is always centre of attention but Barça team-mate is just as crucial to finalists’ hopes
Siobhan-Marie O’Connor: Swimmer knows she needs Glasgow joy on road to Rio

Siobhan-Marie O’Connor: Swimmer needs Glasgow joy on road to Rio

18-year-old says this month’s Commonwealth Games are a key staging post in her career before time slips away
The true Gaza back-story that the Israelis aren’t telling this week

The true Gaza back-story that the Israelis aren’t telling this week

A future Palestine state will have no borders and be an enclave within Israel, surrounded on all sides by Israeli-held territory, says Robert Fisk
A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: The German people demand an end to the fighting

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments

The German people demand an end to the fighting
New play by Oscar Wilde's grandson reveals what the Irish wit said at his trials

New play reveals what Oscar Wilde said at trials

For a century, what Wilde actually said at his trials was a mystery. But the recent discovery of shorthand notes changed that. Now his grandson Merlin Holland has turned them into a play
Can scientists save the world's sea life from

Can scientists save our sea life?

By the end of the century, the only living things left in our oceans could be plankton and jellyfish. Alex Renton meets the scientists who are trying to turn the tide
Richard III, Trafalgar Studios, review: Martin Freeman gives highly intelligent performance

Richard III review

Martin Freeman’s psychotic monarch is big on mockery but wanting in malice