Albion first half disaster gives Chelsea three points
A catastrophic first half for West Bromich Albion saw them losing 2-0 and receiving a red card in the first 30 minutes of the game, which continues Chelsea unbeaten record.
Just over a year ago, West Brom were only seconds away from their first win at Stamford Bridge for 30 years, but a 90th minute awarded penalty to Chelsea made it 2-2.
Today Albion were looking to repeat their good result from last year, hoping to maybe get their first win at Chelsea since their 3-1 victory in September 1978, but was this a different Blues team they met at a full Stamford Bridge.
This was Chelsea’s first home game since their manager, Jose Mourinho, had criticised the atmosphere at the Blue’s stadium after their game against Queens Park Rangers.
Chelsea were looking to maintain their unbeaten record in Mourinho’s 50th Premier League game back as manager, and do they just need 26 fixtures to become the second “Invincibles”.
Mourinho’s side have kept 10 clean sheets in their last 13 league games at home, only conceding five goal, while Wes Brom have only won once in five games since September and have they not won successive league games on the road for two years.
It turned out to be a difficult afternoon for the Albions already in the first minutes of the game. In the fifth minute, John Terry’s close range left footed shot was saved in the centre of the goal by Ben Foster, who turned out to have a great game for West Brom.
Albion’s first attempt on target came four minutes later, when Stéphane Sessegnon’s shot from outside the box was missed to the left.
However, the next 15 minutes turned out to be the worst minutes of the game for the West Brom fans, as Chelsea took the lead in the 10th minute, when Diego Costa received the ball from a great cross from Oscar in the centre of the box, and with an easy finish but the ball in the net. The Albion players were appealing for offside, but replays later showed that the Spain striker was just on the line.
Then after seven other shots on target, Diego Costa could have gotten his second of the game, when he in the 19th minute came again free one-on-one with Ben Foster in goal, but could not direct the ball in the net. Unlucky.
However, Chelsea did get their second goal only five minutes later when Eden Hazard received the ball inside the box from a corner kick, and with a great first touch went to the left pass the Albion defenders and smashed the ball under Ben Foster.
When things could not get any worse for West Brom, they did. Three minutes later, Cladio Yacob was shown the red card for a stupid two-footed tackle on Diego Costa, and was the Albion Manager Alan Irvine under a lot of pressure.
At half time, Chelsea had 14 shots on goal with seven on target, while West Brom only had one. Chelsea had enjoyed 72% of the possession and did most of the fans expect a second half with even more goals.
However, it didn’t turn out to be an exciting second half, as Alan Irvine had spoken to his men at half time, trying to make them not concede anymore goals and parking the bus before it even had been turned on.
Chelsea tried hard to get more goals, and did they have several attempts on target. Their biggest chance came in the 73rd minute, when Eden Hazard received a through ball from Cesc Fábregas on the left of the six-yard box, but saw his left footed shot was saved by Foster in a packed defence.
The game finished 2-0 to Chelsea and do they continue their great run of form, not losing in their 12th game in a row. Albion on the other hand have now lost their third match in their last six games.
With the win Chelsea are still on the top of the Premier League table, and will they try to continue their unbeaten run next Saturday, as they travel to Sunderland to face the Black Cats.
With the loss, West Brom are still in 13th position, only three points from the relegation zone. They will hope to get some important points as they will face Arsenal at home next week as well.