West Brom substitute Victor Anichebe scored a late equaliser to deny leaders Chelsea a vital win at The Hawthorns.

The Blues looked set to open up a four-point lead at the top of the Premier League table when Branislav Ivanovic swept home following a David Luiz flick from Willian's corner.

West Brom 1-1 Chelsea: Mourinho says Chelsea got 'too comfortable'

West Brom keeper Ben Foster saved well from Samuel Eto'o and Willian.

But the Baggies moved out of the bottom three after Anichebe got ahead of Luiz to head home Saido Berahino's cross.

Chelsea created enough chances to have won comfortably.

But Jose Mourinho's side will be replaced at the top of the table if either Arsenal or Manchester City win on Wednesday. The Gunners are at home to Manchester United, while City host Sunderland.

Anichebe's 87th-minute equaliser will raise questions as to whether Mourinho's side, who were held to a goalless draw by West Ham two weeks ago, have the quality to win the title.

"Without doubt a missed opportunity for Chelsea. They should have won comfortably but credit to West Brom for getting back into it. You start to wonder: who is going to win this Premier League?"

In a game that will not live long in the memory, Ivanovic's goal in the third minute of stoppage time was reward for a dominant first-half display.

Chelsea smothered West Brom with possession yet Willian's long-range effort was the closest they came before their Serbia defender pounced from inside the six-yard area.

Eto'o had already forced a fine save from Foster, while the lively Willian was denied a chance to open a two-goal cushion by the Baggies keeper.

West Brom, who came from behind to force a 1-1 draw against Liverpool on 2 February, again displayed their battling qualities as they rallied in the final quarter of the game.

But skipper Chris Brunt and James Morrison lost their composure when presented with chances to equalise.

And 21-year-old striker Thievy Bifouma, making his first start since joining on loan from Espanyol, fired across the face of goal.

Pepe Mel's mentality boosted by draw

That looked it for the hosts but, moments after Blues defender Gary Cahill had been treated for an injury, Anichebe sent Baggies fans into raptures with an excellent flicked header that lifted his side out of the relegation zone into 17th spot.

It was West Brom's only attempt on target in the entire match - yet it was enough to provide another twist in the race for the title.

West Bromwich Albion manager Pepe Mel:

"The players worked hard and were strong.

"We have now drawn 1-1 against Everton, Liverpool and Chelsea.

"Now we need to win our next game, the players need to win matches. West Brom next season will be in the Premier League."

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Lineup, Bookings (7) & Substitutions (6)

West Bromwich Albion

  • 01 Foster
  • 02 Reid
  • 06 Ridgewell
  • 05 Yacob Booked (Mulumbu - 63' )
  • 23 McAuley
  • 25 Dawson
  • 07 Morrison
  • 11 Brunt
  • 50 Bifouma Koulossa (Vydra - 78' )
  • 18 Amalfitano Booked (Anichebe - 73' Booked )
  • 38 Berahino

Substitutes

  • 13 Myhill
  • 14 Lugano
  • 16 Anichebe
  • 17 Dorrans
  • 20 Vydra
  • 21 Mulumbu
  • 22 Gera

Chelsea

  • 01 Cech
  • 02 Ivanovic Booked
  • 28 Azpilicueta
  • 21 Matic Booked
  • 24 Cahill
  • 04 David Luiz Booked
  • 22 Willian Booked
  • 07 Ramires (Salah - 89' )
  • 29 Eto'o (Torres - 69' )
  • 11 Oscar (Mikel - 79' )
  • 17 Hazard

Substitutes

  • 03 Cole
  • 08 Lampard
  • 09 Torres
  • 12 Mikel
  • 14 Schürrle
  • 15 Salah
  • 23 Schwarzer
Ref: Anthony Taylor
Att: 24,327

Match Stats

Shots

13 15

On target

1 4

Corners

5 8

Fouls

9 13

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, West Bromwich Albion 1, Chelsea 1.

90:00 +6:52 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, West Bromwich Albion 1, Chelsea 1.

90:00 +6:09

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Craig Dawson.

90:00 +6:04

Attempt blocked. Willian (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Eden Hazard.

90:00 +4:13

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Gary Cahill.

90:00 +4:12

Attempt blocked. Victor Anichebe (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is blocked. Assisted by Saido Berahino.

90:00 +3:27

Attempt missed. Matej Vydra (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Victor Anichebe with a headed pass.

90:00 +2:55

Foul by Mohamed Salah (Chelsea).

90:00 +2:55

Saido Berahino (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +2:11

Attempt missed. Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Nemanja Matic.

89:45

Attempt missed. Chris Brunt (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Saido Berahino.

89:14

Foul by Fernando Torres (Chelsea).

89:14

Steven Reid (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

88:35 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Chelsea. Mohamed Salah replaces Ramires.

88:02 Booking

Booking Nemanja Matic (Chelsea) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

87:57

Foul by Nemanja Matic (Chelsea).

87:57

Steven Reid (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

87:18 Booking

Booking Victor Anichebe (West Bromwich Albion) is shown the yellow card for excessive celebration.

86:04 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! West Bromwich Albion 1, Chelsea 1. Victor Anichebe (West Bromwich Albion) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Saido Berahino with a cross.

84:55

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

83:15

Delay in match Gary Cahill (Chelsea) because of an injury.

81:51

Foul by Nemanja Matic (Chelsea).

81:51

Matej Vydra (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

80:45 Booking

Booking David Luiz (Chelsea) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

80:40

Foul by David Luiz (Chelsea).

80:40

Victor Anichebe (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

79:55

Attempt missed. Craig Dawson (West Bromwich Albion) header from very close range is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Chris Brunt with a cross following a corner.

79:26

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by David Luiz.

78:12 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Chelsea. John Obi Mikel replaces Oscar.

77:35

Attempt missed. David Luiz (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

77:24 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Matej Vydra replaces Thievy.

76:32

Fernando Torres (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

76:32

Foul by Chris Brunt (West Bromwich Albion).

75:45 Booking

Booking Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea) is shown the yellow card.

75:09

Attempt missed. Chris Brunt (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Steven Reid with a cross.

74:48

Attempt blocked. Craig Dawson (West Bromwich Albion) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Craig Dawson.

74:14

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Gary Cahill.

74:13

Attempt blocked. Thievy (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Craig Dawson.

73:39

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Branislav Ivanovic.

72:52 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Victor Anichebe replaces Morgan Amalfitano.

71:47

Attempt missed. James Morrison (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from the left side of the box is too high. Assisted by Thievy.

70:28

Attempt saved. Willian (Chelsea) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

69:53

Attempt missed. Chris Brunt (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Thievy.

68:45 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Chelsea. Fernando Torres replaces Samuel Eto'o.

67:46

Attempt missed. Samuel Eto'o (Chelsea) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Eden Hazard.

67:11

Foul by César Azpilicueta (Chelsea).

67:11

Thievy (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

66:12 Booking

Booking Willian (Chelsea) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

65:57

Foul by Willian (Chelsea).

65:57

Craig Dawson (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

65:02

Foul by Willian (Chelsea).

65:02

Liam Ridgewell (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

64:33

Attempt missed. Gareth McAuley (West Bromwich Albion) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Chris Brunt with a cross following a corner.

63:58

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Branislav Ivanovic.

62:50 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Youssuf Mulumbu replaces Claudio Yacob because of an injury.

62:08

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

61:52

Delay in match Claudio Yacob (West Bromwich Albion) because of an injury.

59:56

Willian (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

59:56

Foul by Liam Ridgewell (West Bromwich Albion).

57:34

Attempt saved. Willian (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Samuel Eto'o.

54:05

Attempt blocked. Willian (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Eden Hazard.

52:20

Foul by Willian (Chelsea).

52:20

Liam Ridgewell (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

51:42

Foul by César Azpilicueta (Chelsea).

51:42

Thievy (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

50:12

Ramires (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

50:12

Foul by James Morrison (West Bromwich Albion).

49:36 Booking

Booking Claudio Yacob (West Bromwich Albion) is shown the yellow card.

49:17

Foul by Samuel Eto'o (Chelsea).

49:17

Liam Ridgewell (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

49:11

Attempt saved. Samuel Eto'o (Chelsea) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Willian.

45:37

Attempt missed. Oscar (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

45:00

Second Half begins West Bromwich Albion 0, Chelsea 1.

45:00 +3:16 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, West Bromwich Albion 0, Chelsea 1.

45:00 +2:08 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! West Bromwich Albion 0, Chelsea 1. Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by David Luiz following a corner.

45:00 +1:49

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Craig Dawson.

44:53

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Gareth McAuley.

43:19

Attempt blocked. Samuel Eto'o (Chelsea) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ramires with a cross.

41:31

Attempt missed. Willian (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high following a set piece situation.

40:48 Booking

Booking Morgan Amalfitano (West Bromwich Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

40:44

Eden Hazard (Chelsea) wins a free kick on the left wing.

40:44

Foul by Morgan Amalfitano (West Bromwich Albion).

39:18

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Chris Brunt.

39:17

Attempt blocked. Ramires (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Oscar.

36:41

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

35:21

Delay in match Ramires (Chelsea) because of an injury.

34:29

Ramires (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

34:29

Foul by Thievy (West Bromwich Albion).

33:37

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Gareth McAuley.

32:23

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Craig Dawson.

31:12

Willian (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

31:12

Foul by Saido Berahino (West Bromwich Albion).

27:25

Attempt missed. Chris Brunt (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Thievy.

26:31

Attempt missed. Willian (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Branislav Ivanovic.

24:30

Eden Hazard (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

24:30

Foul by Claudio Yacob (West Bromwich Albion).

23:00

Foul by Nemanja Matic (Chelsea).

23:00

James Morrison (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

21:32

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Claudio Yacob.

19:32

Offside, Chelsea. César Azpilicueta tries a through ball, but Samuel Eto'o is caught offside.

12:10

Offside, West Bromwich Albion. Morgan Amalfitano tries a through ball, but Saido Berahino is caught offside.

12:06

Foul by César Azpilicueta (Chelsea).

12:06

Thievy (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

9:55

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Claudio Yacob.

9:18

Nemanja Matic (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

9:18

Foul by Thievy (West Bromwich Albion).

8:36

Attempt missed. Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

7:33

Willian (Chelsea) wins a free kick on the left wing.

7:33

Foul by Morgan Amalfitano (West Bromwich Albion).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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