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The Hawthorns (ATT 25,163) 16th April 2011 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: L Probert

West Brom West Bromwich Albion vs Chelsea Chelsea

West Brom 1

P Odemwingie (17)

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Chelsea 3

D Drogba (22)
S Kalou (26)
F Lampard (45)

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Last Updated at 11:43 am, April 18th 2011

  1. Thanks for all your comments guys, I'm sorry I couldn't put them all on here but hope you enjoyed what was an entertaining fixture. Keep with us for the match report, manager's reactions and player ratings.

  2. And that's it! Chelsea's first-half display is enough to claim the three points as strikes from Didier Drogba, Salomon Kalou and Frank Lampard was enough to cancel out an early Peter Odemwingie opener. Torres came on for the visitors in the final stages and put the ball in the net, however his run was deemed offside as Chelsea dominated possession and held out for a comfortable 3-1 win.

  3. 90+3

    We're heading into the final minute now, Chelsea have been relatively comfortable since their equaliser.

  4. 90+2

    The £50m man finds himself in an offside position following a promising Chelsea attack, sloppy play from the Spaniard there - he should've been looking along the line.

  5. 90+1

    Torres already looks defeated as he tries to jink past a defender in the box and sees it nicked away from him.

  6. 90

    They've had their chances WBA in this second-half, it's been a bit of a struggle to get support into the box though.

  7. 89

    Odemwingie's touch past Terry is too strong as he nearly finds himself one-on-one with Cech after great work from Tchoyi.

  8. 88

    Kalou wins a free-kick on the right, it's laid off to Torres who goes to strike it first-time and completely misses the ball after a decent run into space.

  9. 87

    What a chance for West Brom! Vela beats the offside trap down the left, he chips it towards Brunt who heads it straight down the throat of Cech - it's a comfortable save.

  10. 87

    Mulumbu lofts a strike towards Cech who had it covered as he watches it wide of his right-hand post.

  11. 86

    Torres thought he was caught by Reid in the box and goes down, Probert thinks otherwise and waves play on.

  12. 86

    Brunt's left-footed curler goes inches wide of the bar. Unlucky from the Baggies midfielder.

  13. 85

    Terry moans to the ref after giving away a free-kick following a cheap foul on Vela. It's pretty central and just outside the 'D', Brunt fancies it.

  14. 84

    Oooft that's tight! Torres puts the ball in the net after rounding Carson, but he's pulled up for offside. It's so so close on the replay.

  15. 84

    Torres' first touch... offside...

  16. 83

    Drogba comes off for Torres. Tchoyi comes on for the home side in place of Thomas.

  17. 82

    Odemwingie's first touch brings the ball back on to his weaker foot as he fires a curled effort over the bar.

  18. 81

    Benayoun plays the ball behind Florent Malouda - they're trying to walk it in but they're just not finishing off the moves. Another great pass from Drogba to set up that move.

  19. 80

    Vela wins a free-kick after some great skill in the middle of the pitch, he buys the foul off Essien. Great play.

  20. 79

    Kalou and Malouda failed to get on the end of a teasing cross from Drogba across goal. Fantastic ball from the striker there.

  21. 78

    Odemwingie slides to reach a ball down the left along the byline and manages to pull it back, but Cech gets down well at his near-post to gather.

  22. 77

    Lampard comes off for Yossi Benayoun.

  23. 76

    WBA are back to chasing the game - but Vela's pace should be effective if they can just get it into him more.

  24. 75

    Shorey tries to slide in Vela, he's a bit unlucky as the ball just evades the Mexican's out-stretched foot on the edge of the box.

  25. 74

    We're expecting Benayoun to be coming on for the Blues soon.

  26. 73

    Scharner and Morrison come off for Jara and Morrison.

  27. 72

    Cole fires one across goal, but nobody's at the backpost!

  28. 72

    Shorey tried to force the pass there to Morrison, but there's no room to move as Essien collects.

  29. 71

    Jara's looking as if he may also be coming on for West Brom.

  30. 70

    Brunt generates so much power with a strike from the edge of the box but sends his left-footed effort wide of Cech's right-hand post.

  31. 69

    Malouda hits the side-netting with his left-footed strike which fails to trouble Carson. Vela is expected to come on soon we've heard.

  32. 69

    A decent spell of possession there with a couple of dangerous crosses for Chelsea to deal with. Shorey's final ball is cleared by the head of Terry.

  33. 68

    Scharner heads over after a great deep cross from Shorey. The midfielder looks as if he is trying to loop the header over Cech, but he directs it over.

  34. 67

    It's definitely a one-sided game but Thomas does well down this left again to win a free-kick from an over-ambitious Luiz challenge.

  35. 66

    Odemwingie wins another long ball but there's nobody to support the 29-year-old. Hodgson needs to make changes, shirley.

  36. 65

    Plenty of Chelsea fans are cheering for Torres to come on, Lewis has emailed in to say the sooner they do bring him on, the better.

  37. 64

    Reid gets in a fantastic tackle on Essien as he tries one step-over too many in the box, perfectly-timed.

  38. 63

    Ivanovic, who is struggling with a groin strain, makes way for Bosingwa.

  39. 62

    The Hawthorns faithful are still maintaining their voice as they cheer on a West Brom side currently lacking in possession and ideas.

  40. 61

    Kalou sees his deflected effort cannon back off the bar, everybody was beaten there following that effort, Carson was grounded and the strike looped over the keeper's head. Lampard fails to follow-up.

  41. 60

    Malouda smashes an effort on goal which Carson is equal to and parries it away.

  42. 59

    Torres is warming up, it looks like his introduction could be imminent.

  43. 58

    Kalou launches himself towards a searching ball at the far-post but his diving header is more of a glance than a decent connection as it goes wide.

  44. 57

    Chelsea are back to retaining possession.

  45. 56

    Great chance for Albion there, the ball is pulled back into the danger zone from the left. Cole struggles but eventually clears away from his goal. That's much more promising from the Baggies.

  46. 55

    It's looking all to simple for Chelsea at the moment as they continue to find gaps in a worked Albion defence.

  47. 54

    Wasted ball from Morrison following that corner. He latches on to the loose pass and chips it into the box but sends it over.

  48. 53

    Thomas does well down the left, he checks back inside and goes for a piledriver but Ivanovic got a decent block on it for a corner.

  49. 52

    Drogba goes for an ambitious one, it almost fools Carson off his line as he smashes an effort on goal from all of 30 yards out. It dips viciously but just goes over.

  50. 52

    Malouda puts the ball in the net, but it's well offside. Good reverse pass from Drogba.

  51. 51

    Wasted pass from Ivanovic falls to Reid on the edge of the box - but there's nothing on for him, nobody's coming to receive the ball and Lampard nearly nicks it off his toes.

  52. 50

    WBA are on the backfoot once more, can they force their way back into this tie? There's plenty of time to do so!

  53. 49

    Good ball from Brunt to the far-post, he finds Reid but he can't direct his header goalwards following Chelsea pressure.

  54. 48

    Odemwingie goes down under a Terry challenge in the box, it looks a soft one, nothing doing.

  55. 48

    It's a thankless task for Odemwingie at the moment, he's getting hardly any service and when he is he's battling against Terry and Luiz for possession.

  56. 47

    Kalou finds himself offside following a slick Chelsea move and a pinpoint Essien throughball.

  57. 46

    Chelsea have started how they finished as they play keep ball in the early stages.

  58. And we're back with Chelsea to kick-off proceedings.

  59. Come on West Brom fans - we're getting plenty of feedback from Chelsea supporters but what do you think? What does Roy the boy have to do in the second-half to bring this tie back into life for the home side? Would the introductions of Vela and Fortune help maybe? Send me your thoughts: hayley.paterson@bskyb.com or tweet @HayleyP_11

  60. And that's it for the first-half! Peter Odemwingie put the hosts ahead with a smart finish. Drogba equalised after a poor Shorey clearance, Kalou slotted home for the second and Lampard made it three just before the half-time whistle. It's looking comfortable for the Blues so far, but it's all to play for in the second-half - stay with us folks! 3-1 Chelsea.

  61. 45+3

    Brunt fires in a deep corner to Olsson who directs a decent header towards goal. Drogba and Lampard hurriedly clear between them.

  62. 45+2

    Odemwingie wins a corner for the home side after a great back heel from Morrison.

  63. 45+1

    Chelsea fans are having a pop at WBA now following their third goal with chants about their former boss and ex-Blue of "There's only one Di Matteo".

  64. 45

    GOAL CHELSEA!!! Drogba starts the move in his own half as he takes the ball from Odemwingie, he slides it into Malouda down the left who lays it off to Lampard on the edge of the box. The Englishman side foots it first-time into the bottom corner. Good finish.

  65. 44

    The Scotman's back on his feet which is good news for Baggies fans.

  66. 43

    Play is stopped for the time being as Morrison goes off for treatment to a knock on his knee.

  67. 42

    Reid loses out to Drogba on the right, Scharner read it well though and nicks the ball from the Chelsea striker's feet before he can do anything with it.

  68. 41

    Cech takes the ball from the air following that free-kick which goes beyond frontman Odemwingie, they need more balls along the floor to exploit the lack of pace of Terry and Luiz.

  69. 40

    Morrison does well in possession and releases Mulumbu, he's then floored for a free-kick which gives the Baggies a chance to make something happen.

  70. 39

    Thomas goes down under a soft challenge down the left, Lee Probert waves play on.

  71. 38

    It must be frustrating for Albion fans to watch because they had such a great start with that opening strike from Odemwingie. But they need more support down the flanks because Chelsea are exploiting those areas everytime.

  72. 37

    Meite and Olsson are managing to deal with the four or five players Chelsea are throwing forward everytime they attack.

  73. 36

    The visitors are dominating possession once more, it's one-way traffic at the moment. West Brom desperately need to get som composure on the ball.

  74. 35

    Mikel tries to find Drogba, it's a good run from the striker and he chests it down into the box as he shapes to shoot - however he's pulled up for offside. On the replay however, the 33-year-old looks on.

  75. 34

    Lampard strikes the ball sweetly, it's heading towards the roof of the net but Carson pulls off a great save and pushes it over the bar.

  76. 33

    Meite goes into the book for a mis-timed tackle on Drogba. The free-kicks around 30 yards out down this left-hand side.

  77. 33

    Mulumbu concedes a soft corner which Lampard takes however Ivanovic's header is weak and Carson gathers in the air.

  78. 32

    Drogba finds Luiz who arrived unmarked at the far-post, Reid and Carson between them clear for a corner.

  79. 31

    Chelsea win a free-kick around 25 yards out on the right, Drogba fancies it.

  80. 30

    Olsson has to clear once more as Chelsea have so many options down this left and between Cole, Drogba and Malouda as they practically dance through a wobbly Albion defence. The centre-back does well to clear.

  81. 29

    West Brom seem to be making their own problems as Reid fails to clear the danger and gifts the ball to Cole in the box, he pulls the ball back into the danger zone and Olsson clears.

  82. 28

    Mikel escapes without a booking and just has a telling off after a rash challenge in the middle of the pitch.

  83. 27

    A goalkeeper in top form should deal better with that Drogba effort, Albion need some more magic to come back into this now.

  84. 26

    GOAL CHELSEA!!! Carson fluffs Drogba's long range effort and parries it straight into the feet of Kalou on the left who drills it into the far corner. That's his eighth of the season.

  85. 25

    Reid clears in the air once more from Drogba.

  86. 24

    Shorey will be reeling from that poor clearance for the Drogba finish, however he's back on the ball and is looking to surge forward.

  87. 23

    It definitely is game on now as both sides are all square and have everything to play for in what has been an entertaining start to this fixture.

  88. 22

    GOAL CHELSEA!!! And there's the equaliser from Drogba. Great play from Malouda who raced down the left flank and pulled the ball back, Carson couldn't get to it and Shorey's clearance is poor as it falls to the Ivory Coast man. He couldn't miss as he lashes home from close range.

  89. 21

    The Blues are trying to take control back with some decent possession.

  90. 20

    Luiz is called into action to clear from an advancing Shorey down the left.

  91. 19

    Albion are taking charge of this game now following that goal.

  92. 18

    That opener has stunned Chelsea, can Carlo's men reply to cancel out that quality finish from the Baggies' top scorer?

  93. 17

    GOAL WEST BROM!!! It's that man Odemwingie again! He's in top, top form and that finish just shows how confident he is. Great play from Mulumbu who laid it off to Morrison, the Scotsman found Thomas who put Odemwingie on his way and he dinked it over Cech. Game on!

  94. 16

    Odemwingie is in desperate need of some service from Albion, they need Brunt and Morrison to get on to the ball more.

  95. 16

    Shorey steps in to deny an Essien throughball and sets Mulumbu on his way.

  96. 15

    Carson pounces on a near-post drilled cross from Drogba ahead of Kalou.

  97. 14

    Drogba tries to wriggle through a strong defence and works his way into the box but Meite forces the corner.

  98. 13

    Really poor effort from Kalou, he needs to work the 'keeper there as he's through down the right unchallenged - but he lashes it over the bar.

  99. 12

    Morrison is all over the the park, he's looking lively.

  100. 11

    Olsson is proving a huge frustration for Drogba, the Ivory Coast striker's not having any room to move.

  101. 10

    Kalou does well as he rides a couple of Albion challenges, he gets to the edge of the box and is stopped in his tracks. Lampard tries to pick up the pieces and goes to ground in the box, nothing given.

  102. 9

    Drogba launches an effort on goal, but gets underneath it and sends the strike into row z.

  103. 8

    Mulumbu should've done better there after being perfectly tee-d up by Morrison who cut the ball back from the right. However the midfielder's side-footer sails well over the bar.

  104. 8

    Reid is doing fantastically well at right-back to cut out some searching balls from Essien.

  105. 7

    Malouda takes but Olsson clears the set-piece from the left-hand side well as Albion go on the counter.

  106. 6

    Lampard, Malouda and Cole link up well. The left-back has his whipped in cross blocked by Reid for a corner.

  107. 5

    Odemwingie's strike fails to beat Terry but the centre-backs block falls to Morrison who hits it first time. However Luiz gets enough on it to divert the ball away from his goal.

  108. 4

    Chelsea are dominating possession early on but Brunt and co. are pressuring well.

  109. 3

    Kalou and Drogba link up down the right but the young forward's final ball has far too much pace behind it and Carson collects.

  110. 3

    Mulumbu is tidy in possession as he edges past Lampard and lays the ball off to Morrison in the middle of the park.

  111. 2

    Malouda has the first strike of the game from outside the box, he's got the power but not the accuracy as he drags his effort wide of Carson's left-hand post.

  112. 1

    Ashley Cole get his first touches on the ball, to a chorus of boos. And Terry for that matter.

  113. WBA get the game underway. Lee Probert is today's referee.

  114. Jack all the way from Miami says: "I really wanted to see us Blues spank the Baggies again, but unfortunately there is no TV out here. I'll go 3-1 Chelsea with Lamps, Mikel and Anelka off the bench and Reid for WBA."

  115. Baggies manager Roy Hodgson has made just one change, with midfielder James Morrison named in favour of benched forward Simon Cox in what looks like a 4-5-1 line-up.

  116. So there's the teams, probably the most notable change is for Chelsea with Torres having to be content with a place on the bench as Drogba starts. With Alex and Ramires out through injury, Luiz and Mikel have come in and Kalou has been selected ahead of Anelka.

  117. Chelsea: Cech, Ivanovic, David Luiz, Terry, Cole, Essien, Mikel, Lampard, Kalou, Drogba, Malouda. Subs: Turnbull, Torres, Benayoun, Bosingwa, Zhirkov, Ferreira, Anelka.

  118. West Brom: Carson, Reid, Meite, Olsson, Shorey, Brunt, Mulumbu, Scharner, Thomas, Morrison, Odemwingie. Subs: Myhill, Tchoyi, Vela, Fortune, Tamas, Cox, Jara.

  119. The team line-ups are in, I'll put them up next, let me know what you think of the selections.

  120. West Brom have the chance to move up to ninth if they are victorious today and more importantly will have those elusive 42 points which Hodgson believes is the perfect cushion to avoid the drop. Chelsea will be hoping to exert some more pressure on second-placed Arsenal, who are just four points in front.

  121. Today would be the perfect opportunity for £50m man Fernando Torres to break his 11-goal barren run and with the previous fixture resulting in a 6-0 drubbing at Stamford Bridge - Roy Hodgson will be looking to run a tighter ship against the third-placed boys in Blue.

  122. Both teams are boasting unbeaten form in their last five fixtures with the Baggies claiming three wins and a draw and Chelsea four wins and a draw. Coming up, some more match facts to tell at parties...

  123. Hello and welcome to another mouth-watering encounter in the Premier League as Chelsea travel to The Hawthorns to face West Brom. I'll be the one to blame for your minute-by-minute commentary of the game, if you've any match thoughts, score predictions or team selection comments (when we put them up here of course) get in touch via email: hayley.paterson@bskyb.com or tweet me @HayleyP_11

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