Chelsea fail to show class as West Brom take the points
Chelsea headed into the match against West Brom looking for a crucial against one of the inform teams in the Premier League, but it that never materialized and baggies walked away with a 2-1 victory.
Peter Odemwingie nodded in the winning goal early in the second half after Shane Long and Eden Hazard had also scored with close-range headers before the break.
Roberto Di Matteo, on his return to West Brom, saw his side push hard for a second equaliser but they were unable to find a way past Boaz Myhill.
They started the match in a very sluggishly and Shane Long escaped the clutches of David Luiz to head past Petr Cech at the far post from a probing James Morrison cross.
Chelsea enjoyed plenty of possession in the early stages but Long was a constant threat on the break and got the better of Gary Cahill on two occasions without finding the net.
But you cannot keep the blues down forever and the brilliant Eden Hazard headed in from Cesar Azpilicueta’s cross from close range via a deflection off Billy Jones’ shoulder.
Shortly after the break though Steve Clarke’s side started quickly and Odemwingie converted Long’s near-post cross from the right to restore the home side’s lead.
That is how it stayed and the blues failed to pick up the win, which they so desperately needed. We have now picked up two points from the last four matches, and has left Di Matteo’s men falling further behind the League leaders.