Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho hailed the spirit in his side following their 3-2 victory over West Bromwich Albion in a pulsating Premier League encounter.
The Blues scored three goals and saved a penalty in the opening 45 minutes, with Spanish trio Pedro, Diego Costa and Cesar Azpilicueta on the scoresheet. Thibaut Courtois saved a James Morrison spot kick, but the same man had also netted to make it 3-1 at the interval.
John Terry was dismissed for a foul on Salomon Rondon to both increase scrutiny on the former England captain and put pressure on the Blues, but another Morrison effort wasn't enough for the Baggies to salvage anything from the game at the Hawthorns.
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'The Special One' was in no doubt that his side fully deserved the victory, bouncing back from a slow start to the current campaign, and he also felt his side handled the situation of losing a man for the second time this season well.
“We deserved it. It was difficult but we deserved it. 3-1 was short with 11 against 11, and with the chances we created, the space we found, and the way we attacked their defensive line,” he said post-match, according to the official Chelsea website.
“Then with one player less - we are getting experience of that - we adapted well but they scored to make it 3-2. We had the best chances to score the next goal.
“I’m happy we controlled the game well, and I’m happy with the spirit because the players really wanted to win.”
Chelsea's victory was their first this season after a 2-2 draw against Swansea on the opening day and an emphatic 3-0 defeat to Manchester City at the Etihad last weekend.
Mourinho reacted by signing Pedro – who also got an assist on debut – and Baba Rahman, and the response was emphatic against Tony Pulis' side. However, the red card for Terry raises further questions on what is the best pairing at the heart of the Chelsea defence.