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By Mike Henson

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    Chelsea 1-1 West Brom

    Ugly stuff from Diego Costa.

    The ball runs away from the Spain international and, in frustration, Costa dives two footed after it, ploughing into Craig Gardner.

    A deserved yellow.

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    Chelsea 1-1 West Brom

    The advertising hoardings behind the West Brom goal are displaying a message from the Premier League respect campaign - "Get on with the game" it reads.

    I wonder if Peter Scudamore is hoping it might have a subliminally calming effect on Diego Costa.


    Chelsea 1-1 West Brom

    We are back under way.


    Chelsea 1-1 West Brom

    Chelsea make a change with the ineffectual Pedro replaced by Brazilian youngster Kenedy.

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    Chelsea 1-1 West Brom

    Action areas

    It has been more even than you might have expected from the first 10 minutes.West Brom are giving as good as they are getting.


    Chelsea 1-1 West Brom

    Oh dear.

    The half ends with Diego Costa in full rage.

    Anthony Taylor blew for the break just as Costa and a team-mate raced downfield on a swift counter.

    West Brom were short-staffed at the back and it could well have been a chance for a Chelsea second.


    Chelsea 1-1 West Brom

    Three minutes added on at the end of the first half.

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    Chelsea 1-1 West Brom

    Diego Costa's chin is jutting and his lip is running off.

    The Chelsea striker is right in Jonas Olsson's ear offering opinions and winding the West Brom defender up like a spinning top.

    Referee Anthony Taylor has a word to try and cool things down as their spat descends to a bit of push and shove.

    That disagreement is not going to be resolved so easily I fear.

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    Chelsea 1-1 West Brom

    Roman Abramovich is in position. The billionaire Chelsea owner is leaning forward to get a better view of the action.

    As he might, it has been a decent ding-donger so far.

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    Chelsea 1-1 West Brom

    Cesar Azpilicueta

    You have to have your squad number on your protective face mask don't you?

    Otherwise you might accidentally pick up a prop from Phantom of the Opera in the pre-match back-stage confusion.

  11. CLOSE!

    Chelsea 1-1 West Brom

    See you later John Terry.

    Salomon Rondon drops a shoulder and swivels, leaving the Chelsea captain behind.

    Rondon clatters a shot goalwards and his rasping effort is only narrowly wide of the postage stamp.

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    Chelsea 1-1 West Brom

    Chelsea pile forward. This match is rumbling along like a closing-time scrap in a pub car park.

    Oscar sees a shot deflected behind as the hosts picks holes a flimsy West Brom defence once again.

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    Chelsea 1-1 West Brom

    That goal has come out of nowhere. Chelsea have been side-swiped. Maybe the shock of it will zap the home crowd into life.

    There is more atmosphere on the International Space Station than in Stamford Bridge tonight.

  14. GOAL Chelsea 1-1 West Brom

    Craig Gardner

    Craig Gardner celebrates

    Oh my!

    Craig Gardner makes it look easy from 25 yards, striding forward, taking aim and firing low and precise past a full-length Thibaut Courtois and into the bottom corner.

    Two mistakes from Chelsea: first Pedro gives the ball away with a bit of midfield dither, then Kurt Zouma stands off the advancing Garnder half a second too long.

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    Chelsea 1-0 West Brom

    Kurt Zouma is at full stretch at one end, stretching out a leg Inspector Gadget style to poke the ball out of the reach of a lurking Baggies player in the Blues box...

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    Chelsea 1-0 West Brom

    Chelsea are pinging the ball around nicely. That goal has settled them down.

    The footballing equivalent of the onion bhaji on an empty stomach.


    Chelsea 1-0 West Brom

    A red card walking?

    West Brom's Claudio Yacob - who is up against footballing rash Diego Costa - has picked up a yellow card for tripping the Chelsea striker and bringing a Blues counter to an abrupt end.

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    Chelsea 1-0 West Brom

    More creaking in the Chelsea defence as West Brom win another aerial duel.

    James McClean's header is straight at Thibaut Courtois though.

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    Chelsea 1-0 West Brom

    Eden Hazard

    If this football lark ever get a little bit boring for him, Eden Hazard has an alternative career as a catalogue model.

    The injured Belgian is beaming Blue Steel from one of the executive boxes.

  20. GOAL - Chelsea 1-0 West Brom

    Cesar Azpilicueta

    Cesar Azpilicueta celebrates

    From one full-back to the other.

    Branislav Ivanovic gets up the right flank and is rewarded as Diego Costa pokes his backside into his marker, takes the ball on his chest and lays the ball off into his path.

    A lovely low cross into the Baggies box from Ivanovic is met by Cesar Azpilicueta at the back post who turns in from all of two yards.