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Jose Mourinho produced a lesson in the art of deflection by claiming West Ham United played “19th century football” to hold Chelsea to a goalless draw.

Forget the fact that this was a Chelsea team that badly needed the introduction of a Juan Mata, not a Nemanja Matic. Forget the fact West Ham had conceded 28 goals in their last nine games before arriving at Stamford Bridge.

Mourinho, the Chelsea manager, instead chose to accuse West Ham of resorting to old-fashioned “basic” football and using every trick in the book to get a point.

This is the same Mourinho who did not play a single striker at Old Trafford earlier this season. No wonder West Ham manager Sam Allardyce laughed off the criticism, declaring he “couldn’t give a s—e”.

Chelsea managed 39 shots, in comparison to West Ham’s one, but could not hit the target. Oscar saw a shot tipped on to the crossbar and substitute Demba Ba struck the post in the dying seconds. Mata, Manchester United’s record £37 million signing, may afford himself a wry smile this morning, as his old club missed the chance to go second.

Mourinho said: “West Ham need points, to come here and not play and do it the way they did, is it acceptable? Maybe yes. Maybe yes. I cannot be too critical because if I was in this position, I don’t know if I would do the same. This is football from the 19th century. This is not the Premier League. This is not the best league in the world.”

Asked what 19th-century football is, Mourinho said: “Pretending injuries. Cheating, I don’t know if that’s the right word. The goalkeeper taking time not after minute 70, but in the first minute. 10 defenders in the box, defenders not putting a foot outside the box. Very basic. But I’m nobody to criticise. They are happy. They get a point. I hope the point means something for them at the end of the season, and my players did everything to try and win the game. The only thing I could use was a Black and Decker to destroy the wall.”

Mourinho revealed that Allardyce had laughed when he personally told the West Ham manager what he thought of his side’s tactics. Allardyce laughed even harder when Mourinho’s comments were put to him in the post-match press conference.

Allardyce said: “He can’t take it can he? He can’t take it because we’ve out-tacticted, out-witted him. He just can’t cope. He can tell me all he wants. I don’t give a s—e, to be honest. I love to see Chelsea players moaning at the referee, trying to intimidate him, Jose jumping up and down in his technical area. It’s great to see.”

Mourinho was particularly furious with the fact that only four minutes of time was added on, as West Ham defender Joey O’Brien was forced off with a dislocated shoulder. He thought O’Brien should have already been sent off before then for a late challenge on Willian.

West Ham had made all three of their substitutions when O’Brien was forced off. Up against 10 men, Chelsea almost nicked it as Ba struck the foot of the post and another substitute Frank Lampard saw a goal-bound effort brilliantly saved by Adrian.

Other than that flurry, Oscar had a 20-yard shot tipped on to the top of the bar by Adrian and the West Ham keeper also produced a brilliant stop with his feet from a John Terry header.

“I was telling the fourth official that the message the referees were given, with four minutes’ extra time, was not right,” Mourinho said. “When one team comes here to do what West Ham did and the referees have the chance to show they are not happy with the game too, and they give four minutes – with five changes in the second half? That was the wrong message.

“The extra-time is a situation where the referees are not uniform. Sometimes they have seven minutes and you ask why. Sometimes two and you ask why. They’re not consistent. It’s the same with the red cards.”

Although it was a backs-to-the-wall performance, West Ham had their moments. James Tomkins forced Petr Cech to save a header, while Andy Carroll appealed twice for a penalty and completely missed his kick from a Stewart Downing chipped cross.

O’Brien will be out for at least a month after dislocating his shoulder, but it is hoped that Mohamed Diame will recover quickly from falling over the advertising boards and hurting his knee.

“Tottenham was the best result, 3-0, having not won there for about 15 years,” Allardyce said. “This one probably equals it because of the position we’re in and the problems we’ve had to overcome, and the stick we’ve had regarding our position in the league. It was all about frustrating a team with world-class players and not to come here and lie down. Tactically we got it right.”

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