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Summary

  1. Listen to commentary on BBC Radio 5 live & online
  2. Hazard double either side of Moses goal
  3. Chelsea have lost last two league games
  4. West Brom have one win from last 24 Premier League games
  5. Get involved - #bbcfootball

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By Luke Reddy

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Chelsea 3-0 West Brom

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So that's a job well done for Chelsea. Antonio Conte answers the critics and responds to the speculation in emphatic style.

His side dodged the odd scare on their way but after West Brom missed two cracking chances after the break, the Blues kicked on.

It turns out Eden Hazard is a player, it turns out Daniel Sturridge is injury prone and both of those factors will only serve to keep Chelsea in the top four and West Brom nearing the Championship respectively.

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So goodnight my chums. Antonio is clapping your performance. We will catch up another time.

Conte
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Spanish lesson...

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Your daily Spanish lesson from Pedro...

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'We are Chelsea'

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Breaking news from Cesar Azpilicueta....

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'Sturridge a bigger blow'

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More from Alan Pardew on BBC Radio 5 live: "If we can get two or three wins in our next group of games we can put pressure on the other teams.

"It would help if we had Daniel Sturridge. That was probably a bigger blow than the result tonight, we need to get him up and running because it's goals we've struggled with."

On going to train in Spain: "We need a change of scenery, bit of sun on our backs."

'Sturridge injury probably bigger blow than result'

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West Brom boss Alan Pardew to BBC Radio 5 live: "When you go to a top six team who are wounded a little bit, we had a great chance to hurt them. We missed a great chance and five minutes later we were 1-0 down. Our poise in the game was good and we still created chances.

"We just couldn't hurt them. Once they got the second goal you could see the relief in the team and the crowd.

"There have been so many drawn games we should have won and losing Daniel Sturridge after three minutes was a blow in itself.

"He felt his hamstring after a 60 metre full sprint in the first moments of the game. He's had to come off. We'll have to nurse him. He won't play next week (in the FA Cup) but hopefully the week after."

Wins or curtains?

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I'm trying to find some positives for West Brom fans. Tonight they got 20 crosses in from open play. Some of them were very dangerous. They just need someone on the end of them and who knows?

Their run of league fixtures now though looks absolutely crucial.

Huddersfield, Watford and Leicester in their next three league games. Surely less than six points from those and it's curtains?

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Jake Lawson: Why not go to Spain? Can't see much value in West Brom keeping with their regular regimen. FWIW, #LCFC were 7 points from safety after 29 matches in 2014/15, so I'm putting a fiver on the Baggies to win the league next year. #bbcfootball

Sounds like a wise investment Jake. And for those of you just tuning in, West Brom are going to Spain warm-weather training after tonight.

'We will fight the speculation'

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte on his strikers: "We forced Giroud to play with Morata injured. It was important to have a point of reference like him. For us he could become an important player.

"At the same time I think I had a good answer with Morata when he came on, for this we must be happy. We spent one month to find a solution for Morata's pain in his back. Now we are in the right way. He must find the best physical condition but we must be happy."

On speculation over his own future: "We are getting used with the speculation. My players know very well what our work is and what we have to do. For sure we are going to try to fight against this speculation. There is only one way, to win and play good football. I think until the end we continue to live with this speculation. For me it is not important."

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'Tonight was very important'

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte speaks to Sky Sports: "I think tonight was very important for us to get three points and win the game, especially for confidence. When you lose in a bad way two game's the confidence goes down.

"It was important for the players to have a couple of days to rest and tonight is a good win.

"We started the game with not a lot of confidence and made a couple of mistakes. West Brom could have scored. Then I think when we scored we controlled, dominated and had many chances. It's important to go through this bad moment but the most important is to get the win.

"Now we have the FA Cup on Friday and want to go through to the next round, then Barcelona. It will be important to find the right confidence."

'We're hoping Sturridge injury not too bad'

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West Brom boss Alan Pardew on Sky Sports: "No goals. When you come to the top teams when you get your chances you have to take them. We had three big chances tonight. It changes the impact of the game - one of those might be enough to unnerve them, in the end they get confidence from the 2-0 lead.

"It was a blow to lose Daniel Sturridge on his first run into the corner. That didn't give us the perfect start. In many ways we've done a decent job tonight but it sums up the season for us. We can't seem to get the goals to get us the win. Daniel's injury will be important now - getting him back.

"We're hoping it's not too bad. We don't think it is a tear or anything. It will probably keep him out of the FA Cup game (on Friday)."

On whether Jay Rodriguez's FA charge affected a missed chance in the first half: "I don't think it's anything to do with that. It was just a poor decision. He may have thought taking it early was the best decision. I can't imagine that was anything to do with it."

Perfect opponents

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'Our target is trophies'

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Chelsea's Eden Hazard on playing with Olivier Giroud: "He is a great target man. Maybe one of the best in England. So we can pass the ball and go around him. He is a good point of reference. We have aplenty though as we have him, Alvaro and I can play striker also."

On the targets that remain for the season: "I think we need to be in the top four for the Champions League. If we can take the FA Cup, the Champions League also but it's not easy.

"We will go for everything. We need to give everything to reach our target and our target when you play for Chelsea is to win trophies."

'We are back'

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Chelsea foward Eden Hazard speaks to Sky Sports: "We showed a response and did well in front of four fans. It's always good to play a game like this. Now we face Hull and Barca and we are ready. It's not easy to lose two games but now we are back, we are Chelsea, the champions, we have to give everything.

"Sometimes you lose. The most important thing is to be together. We worked together and talked together. Today we showed great character defensively and offensively."

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West Brom keeper Ben Foster to 5 live: "It was a decent performance, we plugged away and couldn't find the back of the net. It's similar to how the season has gone.

"It's really difficult - you see some of the results go against you and you're cut adrift. We have big games against other teams in the bottom half of the table - they're really big six pointers.

"Going to Spain now is more a change of scenery. It's been dark and gloomy the weather here so it will be good to get some sun on the training pitch."

Viva Espana...

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West Brom go warm-weather training after this game. Spain it is.

I'm not sure what to make of that. Bottom of the league and it's a sunshine break.

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Shamsheer Chelsea: Much needed 3 points Players showed some pride Let's build some momentum.

Donald: Chelsea were much better with a striker upfront. It gave Hazard more room to play his game.

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Chris Sutton

Ex-Chelsea striker on BBC Radio 5 live

You can't keep being unlucky if you're Alan Pardew. There were moments with big chances. Is it unlucky or bad play? It's bad play and not taking your opportunities.

On paper this West Brom side is too good to go down but they have underachieved.

Alan Pardew
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Six games to live or die by...

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Alan Smith of The Times points out some key games on the horizon. And boy oh boy does that 25-game run of form look dire.

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Chris Sutton

Ex-Chelsea striker on BBC Radio 5 live

If Chelsea beat Manchester United in their next league game they will go level on points. They had the match winner in Eden Hazard. It was all about the performance and result and Antonio Conte got it from his team.

Had Chelsea not won this game the future of Conte would be questioned again. You hear the Chelsea fans, they back their manager and so they should.

The players are still with him. You could see that in the performance.

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The home side had 20 shots in all, eight on target.

This is very much a scoreline they deserve but the key detail came just after half-time, when West Brom missed two cracking chances.

In other news, Daniel Sturridge lasted less than three minutes tonight. Add that to the result and Alan Pardew could be forgiven for wondering if he's walked under a ladder this week.

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Noel Fitzpatrick: Hazard will be getting all the plaudits, but the purists will be salivating at that Azpilicueta performance!

Tommy Ross: West Brom are down. Can't score, can't defend and their midfield gets overrun by every other squad.

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Stamford Bridge has emptied with more speed than the entire West Brom squad possesses.

Chelsea's 'Blue is the Colour' tune is still playing and all we can see is blue seats.

Very much a night not worth hanging around for. Job done, not much to see.

To the tube comrades, to the tube.

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Jonathan Pearce

BBC Radio 5 live at Stamford Bridge

A weary trudge of the West Brom players as they applaud their fans. Disconsolate.

FULL-TIME

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West Brom creep closer to the drop. Chelsea answer plenty of questions.

Antonio Conte is on the pitch, giving out handshakes for fun.

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Patience from Chelsea as they keep the ball in the West Brom half. They go backwards, not to the pleasure of everyone at the Bridge.

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Our friends from Opta tell us that Eden Hazard has played five key passes tonight. The best mark on the pitch. Not bad when you've found the net twice too.

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Willian strides into the area down the left, all that remains is for Eden Hazard to get his third. Willian's cut-back is behind the hero of the hour though.

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Awais: So Chelsea will be level on points if they beat Man Utd in their next fixture. But we have Conte here, who is predicted to get the sack any minute while Mourinho enjoys the luxuries of a new contract.

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Chris Sutton

Ex-Chelsea striker on BBC Radio 5 live

This was a big game for both sides but Chelsea needed to respond. It's been a good performance, they started tentatively. They have a match winner in Eden Hazard who can do something different.

Eden Hazard
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Chelsea have a corner. Cesar Azpilicueta wants action against Ahmed Hegazi who seems to have tangled in the area and left a bit on his man. Nothing doing.

Chelsea keep the ball in the West Brom half. This game is easing down like a tired parent at the end of Christmas Day.

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I've been impressed with Antonio Rudiger tonight at the heart of Chelsea's defence. Not so much his defending as there have been moments of promise for the away side, so it's not as if he's guided an impenetrable back line.

What he has done though is start attacks repeatedly. He's stepped out with the ball a lot and has generally looked very busy and keen to get the ball moving. He's completed 91% of passes so he's been careful with the ball too.

Antonio Rudiger
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Alvaro Morata has looked lively since coming on. He's tangling with Craig Dawson and concedes a free-kick. West Brom look cooked now. They don't know whether to construct attacks or send it long and hope.

It's all smiles from Conte

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What pressure?

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His favourite opponent?

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Eden Hazard has more goals in this fixture than in any other in the Premier League.

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SUBSTITUTION

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West Brom's midfield now looks a little tired. There's less and less pressure on Cesc Fabregas and N'Golo Kante. The away side covered the yards well in the first half but now there are spaces to pierce for Chelsea.

Willian is coming on for Pedro. Pedro was the second-busiest Chelsea player with 63 touches - makes stuff happen.

Fabregas tops that list by the way.

GREAT SAVE!

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Alvaro Morata sends a dipping, curling effort at goal from 30 yards. Lovely hit, fine double-handed save by Ben Foster.

Good stuff everyone. More of that please.

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Cesar Azpilicueta is some player.

He's in the six-yard box to again make a goal-saving interception after Matt Phillips plays a fine cross into the mixer.

if you're just joining us, Azpilicueta made a similar intervention shortly after half-time with the score at 1-0.

West Brom will look at that period and rue those missed chances from Salomon Rondon and Jonny Evans.

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Alex Haworth: Are people now going to go on and on about how brilliant and out of this world Eden Hazard is because he's just done something good against rock bottom West Brom?

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Shamseer Chelsea: Oh Super Eden Hazard ,it's a privilege to watch you play.

Eden Hazard
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Many tuned in for an Antonio Conte farewell hiccup. It's not quite worked like that has it?

Conte sends Gary Cahill on for Andreas Christensen who looks like he has a knock.

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Chris Sutton

Ex-Chelsea striker on BBC Radio 5 live

It's a good link up with Alvaro Morata. I think Ben Foster gambles and leaves a big gap at his near post. I don't think a keeper should be beaten that easily at his near post and a player of Eden Hazard's quality isn't going to miss.