As Chelsea met West Brom at Stamford Bridge yesterday afternoon, the Blues were looking to bounce back from the loss against Newcastle whilst The Baggies were looking to get another positive result against one of the Premier League’s big boys after beating Manchester United and drawing against Arsenal.
The first-half was mostly uneventful as West Brom kept Chelsea at bay which led to the Blues' fans expressing their discontent at their team’s display. However the disgruntles were soon silenced as Chelsea netted just before the break, when Myhill parried Hazard's powerful shot from the left, Eto'o punished a dithering Liam Ridgewell at the far post to poke home his fourth goal for the club.
Chelsea improved in the second half and Hazard had a chance to double Chelsea’s lead but he failed to control a sublime long pass from Oscar. However West Brom nearly equalised against the run of play Long hit the post from a header. The equaliser came after McAuley’s header was parried by Cech and Long outjumped several Chelsea players to equalise.
West Brom pressed for a winner and went ahead after Cech failed to deal with Sessegnon’s shot. It was then Chelsea’s turn to attack in order to avoid a second straight defeat in the Premier League. Myhill displayed superb reflexes to turn aside a low drive from Ivanovic before William headed over.
Chelsea looked vulnerable on the counter and Brunt nearly secured the points for the Baggies after a run from his own half but shot over when he had passing options. With many Chelsea fans leaving Stamford Bridge early the Blues were awarded a controversial penalty after Ramires went to ground in the box. Hazard netted the resulting penalty which caused the West Brom players to express their anger.
A victory for West Brom would have represented a coup for their manager Steve Clarke as he was Mourinho's assistant during his hugely successful first stint at Chelsea.
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