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West Bromwich Albion 1-1 Chelsea

West Brom striker Victor Anichebe scores against Chelsea

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.

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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.

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.

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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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As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Chelsea2617632757
2Arsenal2517442255
3Man City2517354154
4Liverpool2515553350
5Tottenham251456047
6Everton2512941145
7Man Utd2512581041
8Southampton261097839
9Newcastle2511410-237
10West Ham267712-528
11Aston Villa267712-928
12Swansea257612-327
13Hull267613-627
14Stoke256811-1426
15Crystal Palace258215-1626
16Norwich266713-2025
17West Brom2641210-824
18Sunderland256613-1324
19Cardiff265714-2522
20Fulham256217-3120
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