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Chelsea v West Brom: Player ratings from Stamford Bridge

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One of the most comfortable games of the season for Chelsea this afternoon, as Jose Mourinho's side strolled to a 2-0 win against 10-man West Brom.

First-half goals from Diego Costa and Eden Hazard did the damage, while the Baggies' cause was lost once Claudio Yacob was given his marching orders just before the half-hour mark.

Chelsea started brightly with Diego Costa and Oscar linking up well early on. The pace was frantic and the Blues fans clearly responded to Mourinho's call for an improved atmosphere.

Stamford Bridge was rocking with the Matthew Harding Stand leading the choruses, and they didn't have to wait long to celebrate the opening goal. 

Diego Costa's movement was exceptional all game, and although the goal had a hint of offside, the Spaniard dispatched it clinically after cushioned chest control.

Woeful Baggies defending allowed the Blues to double their lead, Hazard's deflected effort finding the net after West Brom switched off from a short corner.

The game was effectively in the bag already, but it was made safe when referee Lee Mason gave a straight red card to Yacob after the Argentinian jumped in with two feet. West Brom will be unhappy with the decision, but he can have no real complaints - it was a stupid and reckless challenge.

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Perhaps the only thing that will bug Jose Mourinho will be Chelsea's inability to translate their numerical advantage into scoreboard dominance. The Blues faced 10 men for more than an hour, enjoying 88 per cent possession at one point in the second half.

But they could not break down the Baggies again.

Here are your Chelsea player ratings...

Thibaut Courtois

A bystander. Not sure if he touched the ball in the second half.

6

Branislav Ivanovic

The 90 minutes was basically an opportunity for Ivanovic to practice roaming forward. Was given the freedom of the right flank and made the most of it. Should have got a couple of assists but Chelsea were wasteful.

7

Gary Cahill

With West Brom reduced to 10 men mid-way through the first half, Cahill and Terry had almost nothing to do. One of the easiest matches of his career surely.

6

John Terry

Like Cahill, had basically nothing to do apart from recycling possession and jogging forward for set-pieces.

6

Cesar Azpilicueta

A good outlet on the left flank, although his right-footed dominance does tend to check some of Chelsea's forward momentum when it's switched out to the former-Marseille man. Dependable as ever in all facets.

6

Nemanja Matic

Should have scored a minute into the second half when he skied an easy volley from seven yards. But Chelsea's man advantage meant this was a relatively pain-free day in the middle of midfield for Matic.

6

Cesc Fabregas

Under virtually no pressure, you would have expected Fabregas to open up the WBA defence a few more times. He sliced them up on occasion, but most of his passes were lateral rather than vertical.

6

Willian

The quietest of the Chelsea attackers, the Brazilian threatened from the right and moved into the centre after Oscar was withdrawn with 15 minutes to play. Works incredibly hard and is economical with the ball, the perfect Mourinho attacking midfielder. Replaced by Ramires with five minutes to play.

6

Eden Hazard

Thoroughly deserved his goal as he gave Andre Wisdom a torrid time down the left hand side during the first-half. His low centre of gravity and dribbling skill was mesmeric at times, but we didn't see enough of it in the second period.

7

Oscar

Excellent ball for Costa's goal, Oscar was Chelsea's brightest player through the initial stages of the first-half. Like Chelsea, he faded in the second and was replaced by Loic Remy with 75 minutes on the clock.

7

Diego Costa

Exceptional movement, and took his first goal brilliantly after five minutes. Should have added to that 15 minutes later and against 10 men you thought a hat-trick was on the cards. It never materialised though as Chelsea killed the game, rather than their opponents. Substituted with eight minutes to play, as Mourinho gave Didier Drogba a run-out.

7

Man of the match: Oscar

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