Chelsea went a fourth league game without a win as they were beaten by the top flight's surprise package West Brom at The Hawthorns.

The Baggies went in front through striker Shane Long's stooping header.

Eden Hazard nodded Chelsea level but West Brom regained the lead when Peter Odemwingie headed in Long's cross.

West Brom controlled game - Clarke

Chelsea were denied a spot-kick for Claudio Yacob's shove on Victor Moses and Daniel Sturridge failed to take two late chances as the Baggies held on.

Sturridge raced through on goal only to have his shot saved by Baggies keeper Boaz Myhill before he had an angled shot across goal go wide.

The visitors' second-half pressure was almost incessant but not enough to bring them a point, while victory moved the bouncing Baggies - managed by ex-Chelsea player and assistant manager Steve Clarke - up to fourth place and just a point behind Chelsea.

It was West Brom's sixth home league win in seven games this season.

Albion also beat Chelsea at The Hawthorns last season, a defeat that resulted in Andre Villas-Boas being sacked as Blues boss and former Baggies boss Roberto Di Matteo taking over.

Di Matteo went on to taste Champions League and FA Cup glory so he might have had a degree of satisfaction in returning to the club who dismissed him as manager in February 2010.

Analysis

"What a big scalp that is for Steve Clarke and West Brom. Chelsea threw everything at Albion in the second half but couldn't find a way through. Most of the Premier League is now looking up at West Brom as their fantastic start to the season continues. The home side had heroes all round against Chelsea."

That did not last long, however, as his risky move in making five changes with Tuesday's crucial Champions League game at Juventus in mind backfired.

Chelsea had gone close early on when Sturridge and Moses combined to set up Ryan Bertrand for a shot that was cleared off the line by Liam Ridgewell. Hazard pounced on the loose ball and his shot might have produced a penalty as it appeared to strike defender Jonas Olsson's arm.

But referee Michael Oliver did not award a spot-kick and the Baggies capitalised by taking the lead themselves, Zoltan Gera slipping the ball to James Morrison, whose cross to the far post was headed in by Long.

The visitors struggled to get back on level terms as West Brom, who blended a tigerish work-rate with an assured passing game, showed why they have made their best start to a season in 30 years.

Chelsea, though, kept probing and Hazard equalised when he met Cesar Azpilicueta's cross with a far-post header that took a touch off right-back Billy Jones on the way in.

Di Matteo knocks Chelsea defence

The Blues appeared to have seized the impetus but, after Sturridge had a shot on the turn saved by Myhill, the visitors again fell behind.

This time Long was the provider as he whipped in a cross for Odemwingie, whose glancing header went in through the legs of keeper Petr Cech.

Di Matteo was forced to throw on Oscar and Juan Mata for Oriol Romeu and the ineffective Fernando Torres, and the move almost immediately worked.

Moses was denied a penalty for a shove by Yacob before Mata's chipped ball found Sturridge, only for his flicked shot to be instinctively saved by Myhill.

Myhill was developing into one of Albion's star performers and he again came to his side's rescue when he saved another Sturridge effort.

Sturridge has pushed his claims for a starting place but he did not help his cause as he failed to take the opportunities that came his way.

He had a clear sight of goal in the final minutes of the match only to drag his effort wide as another Chelsea chance went begging.

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Saturday, 17 November 2012

Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
West Brom 2-1 Chelsea FT
(HT 1-1)
  • Long 10
  • Odemwingie 50
  • Hazard 39

West Brom

Substitutes

Chelsea

Substitutes

Ref: OliverAtt: 25,933
WEST BROM
CHELSEA

Possession

  • West Brom 46%
  • Chelsea 54%

Attempts on target

  • West Brom 6
  • Chelsea 12

Attempts off target

  • West Brom 2
  • Chelsea 7

Corners

  • West Brom 0
  • Chelsea 12

Fouls

  • West Brom 7
  • Chelsea 13
  • Final Result
  • 94:09 The referee ends the match.
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+3:46 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Chris Brunt by Victor Moses. Chris Brunt takes the free kick.
  • 90:00+3:07 Markus Rosenberg fouled by Gary Cahill, the ref awards a free kick. Liam Ridgewell restarts play with the free kick.
  • 90:00+1:31 Juan Mata delivers the ball, blocked by Peter Odemwingie. Corner taken by Juan Mata played to the near post, clearance by Claudio Yacob. Cesar Azpilicueta sends in a cross, blocked by Liam Ridgewell. Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Daniel Sturridge. Centre by Juan Mata.
  • 90:00+1:13 The ball is sent over by Juan Mata, Jonas Olsson makes a clearance.
  • 90:00+0:51 Markus Rosenberg takes a shot. Save by Petr Cech.
  • 89:48 Unfair challenge on Nascimento Ramires by Chris Brunt results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Cesar Azpilicueta.
  • 88:56 The ball is swung over by Cesar Azpilicueta, clearance by Peter Odemwingie.
  • 88:36 The ball is sent over by Ryan Bertrand, clearance by Liam Ridgewell.
  • 86:44 Unfair challenge on Youssouf Mulumbu by Nascimento Ramires results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Liam Ridgewell.
  • 86:01 The ball is delivered by Eden Hazard, Effort on goal by Daniel Sturridge from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.
  • 85:40 The ball is crossed by Cesar Azpilicueta, Peter Odemwingie makes a clearance.
  • 84:35 The ball is sent over by Juan Mata, Billy Jones makes a clearance. Eden Hazard takes a shot. Gabriel Tamas gets a block in. Save by Boaz Myhill.
  • 84:15 Ryan Bertrand sends in a cross, Claudio Yacob makes a clearance.
  • 83:33 The ball is delivered by Juan Mata, clearance made by Gabriel Tamas.
  • 82:44 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jonas Olsson by Juan Mata. Jonas Olsson takes the direct free kick.
  • 81:38 The ball is sent over by Cesar Azpilicueta, Gabriel Tamas makes a clearance. Centre by Ryan Bertrand.
  • 81:07 Youssouf Mulumbu has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide right of the goal.
  • 79:47 Substitution Nascimento Ramires on for Mikel.
  • 79:47 Substitution Markus Rosenberg on for Shane Long.
  • 79:08 Cesar Azpilicueta sends in a cross, clearance made by Jonas Olsson.
  • 77:45 Victor Moses takes a shot. Liam Ridgewell gets a block in. Eden Hazard takes a inswinging corner to the near post, clearance by Shane Long. The ball is sent over by Emboaba Oscar, save by Boaz Myhill.
  • 77:00 Daniel Sturridge takes a shot. Save by Boaz Myhill. Shane Long crosses the ball, save made by Petr Cech.
  • 75:49 The referee blows for offside against Daniel Sturridge. Free kick taken by Boaz Myhill.
  • 74:51 Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Emboaba Oscar. Juan Mata sends in a cross, clearance by Shane Long.
  • 72:17 The ball is swung over by Ryan Bertrand, Billy Jones gets a block in.
  • 70:26 The assistant referee signals for offside against Peter Odemwingie. David Luiz takes the free kick.
  • 70:02 David Luiz challenges Shane Long unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Chris Brunt.
  • 69:02 Substitution Graham Dorrans joins the action as a substitute, replacing James Morrison.
  • 69:02 Substitution Chris Brunt comes on in place of Zoltan Gera.
  • 68:06 Juan Mata sends in a cross, save by Boaz Myhill.
  • 67:26 Claudio Yacob takes a shot. Save by Petr Cech.
  • 67:15 The ball is delivered by Shane Long, Gary Cahill makes a clearance.
  • 65:30 Free kick awarded for a foul by Gary Cahill on Shane Long. Zoltan Gera crosses the ball in from the free kick. Jonas Olsson is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by Petr Cech.
  • 64:31 Centre by Juan Mata, Daniel Sturridge takes a shot. Save by Boaz Myhill.
  • 63:01 The ball is sent over by Juan Mata, Daniel Sturridge takes a shot. Save by Boaz Myhill.
  • 61:53 Substitution Juan Mata joins the action as a substitute, replacing Fernando Torres.
  • 61:53 Substitution Emboaba Oscar replaces Oriol Romeu.
  • 61:37 The ball is swung over by Victor Moses, blocked by Liam Ridgewell.
  • 61:23 The ball is delivered by Ryan Bertrand, Jonas Olsson manages to make a clearance.
  • 60:47 David Luiz produces a cross.
  • 60:02 Cesar Azpilicueta produces a cross, clearance by Jonas Olsson. Eden Hazard takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, clearance by Liam Ridgewell.
  • 57:38 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Shane Long by Gary Cahill. Zoltan Gera has a direct shot on goal from the free kick.
  • 55:17 Victor Moses concedes a free kick for a foul on Billy Jones. Boaz Myhill restarts play with the free kick.
  • 53:47 Corner taken right-footed by Eden Hazard from the left by-line to the near post, save by Boaz Myhill.
  • 53:15 Free kick awarded for a foul by Shane Long on Gary Cahill. Petr Cech restarts play with the free kick.
  • 52:22 Jonas Olsson fouled by Victor Moses, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Boaz Myhill.
  • 51:23 Centre by Cesar Azpilicueta, Jonas Olsson manages to make a clearance. The ball is swung over by Eden Hazard, blocked by Billy Jones. Corner taken right-footed by Eden Hazard to the near post, Shane Long makes a clearance.
  • 49:59 Assist by Shane Long.
  • 49:59 GOAL - Peter OdemwingieWest Brom 2 - 1 Chelsea Peter Odemwingie gets on the score sheet with a goal from close range to the bottom right corner of the goal. West Brom 2-1 Chelsea.
  • 49:49 Shane Long crosses the ball,
  • 49:19 Centre by Cesar Azpilicueta, Gabriel Tamas makes a clearance.
  • 49:03 A cross is delivered by Daniel Sturridge, blocked by Billy Jones.
  • 46:39 A cross is delivered by Victor Moses, Daniel Sturridge takes a shot. Save by Boaz Myhill.
  • 45:19 The ball is sent over by Ryan Bertrand, clearance by Liam Ridgewell. Corner taken right-footed by Eden Hazard from the right by-line, Liam Ridgewell makes a clearance.
  • 45:01 The second half begins.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+1:41 The ref blows to end the first period.
  • 45:00+0:58 The ball is swung over by Victor Moses, Jonas Olsson gets a block in. Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Eden Hazard.
  • 42:59 Claudio Yacob concedes a free kick for a foul on Daniel Sturridge. Strike on goal comes in from David Luiz from the free kick. Corner taken right-footed by Eden Hazard from the left by-line, clearance by Liam Ridgewell. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Eden Hazard, clearance by Shane Long. Oriol Romeu takes a shot. Shot from inside the area by Victor Moses clears the bar. Gabriel Tamas gets a block in.
  • 42:32 Centre by Cesar Azpilicueta, Gabriel Tamas manages to make a clearance.
  • 42:06 Victor Moses produces a cross, blocked by Liam Ridgewell.
  • 38:36 Assist by Cesar Azpilicueta. Shot from outside the area by Daniel Sturridge misses to the left of the target.
  • 38:36 GOAL - Eden HazardWest Brom 1 - 1 Chelsea Eden Hazard grabs a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. West Brom 1-1 Chelsea.
  • 38:27 The ball is sent over by Eden Hazard. A cross is delivered by Cesar Azpilicueta,
  • 37:43 A cross is delivered by Victor Moses, clearance by Jonas Olsson.
  • 35:46 Foul by Eden Hazard on Billy Jones, free kick awarded. Boaz Myhill takes the direct free kick.
  • 34:36 Shane Long has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the goal.
  • 34:18 Oriol Romeu takes a shot. Claudio Yacob gets a block in.
  • 32:14 The ball is sent over by Billy Jones, Shane Long takes a shot. Save made by Petr Cech.
  • 31:38 Daniel Sturridge takes a shot. Save by Boaz Myhill.
  • 30:37 Cesar Azpilicueta gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Claudio Yacob. Free kick taken by Claudio Yacob.
  • 29:15 Youssouf Mulumbu fouled by Eden Hazard, the ref awards a free kick. Gabriel Tamas takes the direct free kick.
  • 26:13 Centre by James Morrison, Gary Cahill makes a clearance.
  • 24:30 David Luiz fouled by Shane Long, the ref awards a free kick. David Luiz takes the direct free kick.
  • 23:49 Billy Jones crosses the ball, clearance by Ryan Bertrand.
  • 21:28 Ryan Bertrand crosses the ball, Gabriel Tamas makes a clearance.
  • 19:23 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ryan Bertrand by Youssouf Mulumbu. Petr Cech takes the free kick.
  • 16:28 Victor Moses has a shot on goal from outside the box which misses right.
  • 15:20 The ball is swung over by Ryan Bertrand.
  • 14:47 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mikel by Shane Long. Free kick taken by Ryan Bertrand.
  • 14:16 Mikel produces a right-footed shot from long range which goes wide right of the goal.
  • 12:58 Victor Moses delivers the ball.
  • 10:55 The ball is swung over by Victor Moses, clearance by Gabriel Tamas. Corner taken right-footed by Eden Hazard from the left by-line, clearance made by Jonas Olsson.
  • 9:30 Assist on the goal came from James Morrison.
  • 9:30 GOAL - Shane LongWest Brom 1 - 0 Chelsea Shane Long finds the back of the net with a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. West Brom 1-0 Chelsea.
  • 9:28 Centre by James Morrison,
  • 8:18 A cross is delivered by Fernando Torres, Gabriel Tamas manages to make a clearance.
  • 7:06 The ball is sent over by Victor Moses, Ryan Bertrand takes a shot. Clearance made by Liam Ridgewell.
  • Correction - 6:47 Centre by Victor Moses, Ryan Bertrand takes a shot. Liam Ridgewell manages to make a clearance.
  • 6:47 Eden Hazard takes a shot. Jonas Olsson gets a block in.
  • 3:48 Shane Long gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gary Cahill. Free kick taken by Petr Cech.
  • 2:54 Daniel Sturridge has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide right of the target.
  • 1:55 Cesar Azpilicueta sends in a cross, Gabriel Tamas makes a clearance.
  • 0:51 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Claudio Yacob by Cesar Azpilicueta. Claudio Yacob restarts play with the free kick.
  • 0:00 The referee gets the match started.

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